Back Stories | My Review of XTC’s 1999 Masterpiece Apple Venus Vol. 1

Two decades ago this week, XTC’s eagerly awaited comeback album Apple Venus Vol. 1 was released. Here's a slightly edited what I had to say about it back then....

Some Snide Remarks on the Grammys

Head-scratching performances. Infuriating decisions. Pointless segments. Yep, it was another Grammy Awards show. I didn't watch it live, since I don't have to do that for a living anymore....

Next Week in Music | Feb. 11-17, 2019 • 130 New Albums Coming Your...

There are more than 130 albums, EPs and singles being released next week. Mark your calendars and pre-order your favourites — but don’t blame me if things change at...
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Next Week in Music | Feb. 11-17, 2019 • Music on TV

I know you like to watch. So here's a list of the musicians who will be singing for their supper next week on the boob tube. Of course, everything...

Next Week in Music | Feb. 11-17 • Birthdays & Anniversaries

I wouldn't want to live in the past. But I still like to visit every now and then. Here are the musical birthdays we'll be celebrating and the anniversaries...

Charlie Faye & The Fayettes | The Whole Shebang

Even nostalgia needs an update every now and then. And who better to bring classic girl-group pop into the modern world than Charlie Faye and The Fayettes? They've already...

Colin Linden & Luther Dickinson With the Tennessee Valentines | Amour

Amour isn't a bad title. But Mutual Admiration Society might be a better one. Or at least a more accurate depiction of this genteel joint effort spearheaded by Blackie...

The Lemonheads | Varshons 2

It's a shame about Evan Dando. Back in the ’90s, the Lemonheads frontman was one of the more interesting and individual singer-songwriters on the scene (as anyone who's heard...

Linda Ronstadt | Live in Hollywood

It's so easy to overlook Linda Ronstadt. And sadly, it always has been. Back in the ’70s and ’80s, the supremely talented vocalist topped charts, sold out arenas and...

Mavis Staples | Live in London

Mavis Staples looks like a boxer on the cover of Live in London: Head down, chin tucked, fists balled in front of her face like she's about to pop...

Various Artists | Music Inspired By The Film Roma

Full disclosure: I have not seen Roma, director Alfonso Cuarón’s semi-autobiographical, Oscar-nominated Netflix drama about a Mexican family in the early 1970s (though I did interview him 20 years...

LCD Soundsystem | Electric Lady Sessions

LCD Soundsystem have always been full of surprises. In 2011, the Brooklyn dance-punk kings suddenly pulled the plug at the height of their powers and popularity. Then, four years...

Mercury Rev | Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited

Strange but true: After becoming an overnight sensation with the enigmatic southern-gothic single Ode to Billie Joe, singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry’s sophomore album The Delta Sweete was a bizarre concept...

Bob Mould | Sunshine Rock

Another new day is rising for Bob Mould. And it's a brighter one than he's seen in some time. After going dark (again) with 2016's Patch The Sky —...

DIY Discovery | Joi Noir

Most of the music I hear is sent to me by labels and publicists. But there’s nothing like getting it straight from the source. Welcome to the latest instalment...

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