The Flaming Lips at Riot Fest, Toronto – Photos

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September 7, 2014
The Flaming Lips at Riot Fest, Toronto – Photos

Wayne Coyne – photo Brian Banks Wayne Coyne and his band of merry men and women — mushrooms, butterflies and a glowing sun… — known as The Flaming Lips are one of the most fantastically fun bands you could ever see. Maybe it was the homemade acid candy that the band had shared pre-show,...
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Photo gallery: Metallica at Glastonbury 2014

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June 28, 2014
Metallica at Glastonbury Festival 2014 - photo Brian Banks, Music Vice, all rights reserved

James Hetfield of Glastonbury 2014 headline band Metallica Exclusive photos from Saturday night headliners Metallica on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2014. Metallica are still on stage at time of posting. (Click thumbnails to view larger) © Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice All photos by Brian Banks, all rights reserved. Share and discuss using the...
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Dan Croll at Wrong Bar, Toronto, NXNE 2014 – Gig review and photos

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June 26, 2014
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Who: Dan Croll Where: Wrong Bar, Toronto When: Thursday, 19 June 2014 In One Word: Eclectic It was 1:30 a.m. and the crowd started to get restless, but it was well worth the wait. U.K.’s Dan Croll stole the show at Wrong Bar, wrapping up a night full of great music. Dan Croll’s set...
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Beach Day at Wrong Bar, Toronto, NXNE 2014 – Gig review and photos

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June 26, 2014
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Who: Beach Day Where: Wrong Bar, Toronto When: Thursday, 19 June 2014 In One Word: Gritty In keeping up with the beachy-grunge line-up at Wrong Bar, Beach Day was a welcome inclusion. Specializing in the 60′s garage-rock sound, the Hollywood, FL band made for a chill set. Beach Day has tapped into a sort of...
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The Kickstand Band at Wrong Bar, Toronto, NXNE 2014 – Gig review and photos

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June 26, 2014
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Who: The Kickstand Band Where: Wrong Bar, Toronto When: Thursday, 19 June 2014 In One Word: Sunny Detroit, MI knows how to produce sunny, surf-rock sounds, and The Kickstand Band is proof that it’s working. Seemingly drawing inspiration from the distorted sounds of surf-rock, the energy of pop-rock and the soulfulness of the blues, The...
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Blaire Alise and the Bombshells at Wrong Bar, Toronto, NXNE 2014 – Gig review and photos

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June 26, 2014
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Who: Blaire Alise and the Bombshells Where: Wrong Bar, Toronto When: Thursday, 19 June 2014 In One Word: Refreshing Blaire Alise and the Bombshells is a rockabilly outfit hailing from Detroit, MI. Drawing inspiration from the rockabilly sounds of the 50′s, this band produces something refreshing while still paying homage to the styles of...
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Glastonbury 2014 – A paradise of music and nature – day one photos

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June 26, 2014
Glastonbury 2014 day one - photo Brian Banks, www.homegrownsound.org

I am at Glastonbury with Homegrown Sound, my new project promoting nature through music, and I couldn’t be in a better place – Glastonbury is a paradise of music and nature. I spent Wednesday at Glastonbury exploring the MASSIVE festival site. Everywhere you look at Glastonbury you are surrounded by nature: the rolling green...
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Elbow at Danforth Music Hall, Toronto — Gig review

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May 21, 2014
Elbow - photo credit Tom Sheehan

Elbow – photo Tom Sheehan Who: Elbow Where: Danforth Music Hall, Toronto When: Saturday, 17 May 2014 In One Word: Perspicacious The first time I saw Elbow live was June 2002. They were the opening act for Doves at the fabulous Palais Royale. It was the first time I have ever been blown away by...
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Dilly Dally, Gold Pony, The Sandy Pockets at Handlebar, Toronto — Gig review

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May 20, 2014
Gold Pony at Handlebar, Toronto, Wavelength #599 - photo Brian Banks

Who: Dilly Dally, The Sandy Pockets, Meeko Cheech, The Julee Cruise Ships, Gold Pony Where: Handlebar, Toronto When: Saturday, 17 May 2014 In One Word: Spiffing Right from the get-go, this show was destined to be one of the best nights of the year. On arrival, I got my stamp from the friendly Wavelengthers at...
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Owen Pallett at Danforth Music Hall, Toronto — Gig review

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May 15, 2014
Owen Pallett at Danforth Music Hall, Toronto — Gig review

Who: Owen Pallett Where: Danforth Music Hall When: Saturday, 10 May 2014 In One Word: Masterful Owen Pallett never ceases to amaze when it comes to his musicianship. Relying heavily on keyboard and violin, Pallett’s set integrated bass and drums for some added support. However, what Pallett can do simply with a violin and...
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Lights interview – Lights chats about staying grounded and achieving your goals

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July 16, 2014
Lights

Since the release of her debut album The Listening back in 2009, Lights has stolen the hearts of Canadians with her continuously innovative music. Since her last album release, Siberia, she has stepped into the realm of motherhood and marriage, which has developed her even further as an artist...
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Interview with The Flatliners, on tour in North America and Europe this summer

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June 2, 2014
The Flatliners - photo credit Florian Franik

The Flatliners – photo: Florian Franik The Flatliners are one of Toronto’s exploding punk rock bands that have been making their name known all throughout North America and Europe. Their most recent album, Dead Language, was released in 2013 and truly portrayed the band’s progression and maturity since their first album,...
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PUP interview — We chat with the band during their last crazy night in Toronto before their UK tour

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February 3, 2014
Pup at The Garrison, Toronto, January 2014 - photo by Megan Rach, Music Vice

There are few bands that could muster energy to play two shows in one night. Even fewer could do it two nights in a row. Toronto punk outfit PUP are not most bands. Two days shy of setting off for a European tour, Pup played two sold out shows and lived...
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Ryan Star interview – Music without a label

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January 26, 2014
© Meredith Truax

The beginning of a new year usually involves reflecting on the past and finding hope in the future. Ryan Star released his long-awaited new album, A N G E L S + A N I M A L S, through PledgeMusic at the most ideal time. It tells a...
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Zane Carney interview – John Mayer’s guitarist talks in-depth about his debut EP

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November 18, 2013
Zane Carney - Music Vice interview

Back in September, Zane Carney released his much anticipated solo debut, Confluence. It combines his influences as a world class jazz guitarist and the dark, mysterious sound that he created with his brother, Reeve, for their bluesy rock band, Carney. Confluence not only introduces Zane as a captivating lead...
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Say Hello To… Tim Watson – Durham Region artist is one to watch

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July 12, 2013
Photograph by Mike Peleshok

Photo by Mike Peleshok Tim Watson has been making a name for himself within the Durham Region music scene. He is often being praised and remembered for his wide, soaring vocal range and his diverse musical talents. Watson possesses that rare ability to always connect with the audience through...
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Say Hello To… Little Creatures – a Toronto band looking to channel some Billie Jean King spirit in their music

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June 28, 2013
Little Creatures

Jessica Paiva of Music Vice Magazine had the privilege of catching up with award-winning songwriter and drummer Alison MacLean and singer/guitarist Chris Ioannou of Toronto band Little Creatures before hitting The Painted Lady’s stage during North by Northeast festival (NXNE). Why do you choose to be a part of these festivals?...
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Jimmy Gnecco interview – Canadian exclusive: OURS lead singer on crowdfunding their new album

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May 28, 2013
OURS - Press_Shot 2013

The sold-out crowd’s clothes in Lee’s Palace were definitely dry from the rain once OURS blazed through their fierce 40-minute set on May 10, 2013. The band came to Toronto as support for Peter Murphy. They played songs from their new album, Ballet The Boxer 1, which was just...
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Say Hello To… Capital Cities

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May 14, 2013
Capital Cities - photo credit Eliot Lee Hazel

Capital Cities —  photo credit Eliot Lee Hazel It’s catchy, upbeat, electrifying collaborative magic, and all created by the magical minds of Capital Cities. The group who are causing a wave of dance and awesome alternative sound throughout the world, stopped in Toronto last night to play the Virgin Mobile...
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Industry Insider: Brett O’Brien – Viddy iOS app co-founder interviewed

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July 24, 2012
Industry Insider: Brett O’Brien – Viddy iOS app co-founder interviewed

“The best advice I can give is to fail quickly and often! It is the fastest way to learn and to figure out what does not work!” – Brett O’Brien. The latest Insider in our series is the highly successful Brett O’Brien, Chairman and Co-founder of “Viddy”, a mobile...
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Interviews

Lights

Lights interview – Lights chats about staying grounded and achieving your goals

Since the release of her debut album The Listening back in 2009, Lights has stolen the hearts of Canadians with her continuously innovative music. Since her last album release, Siberia, she has stepped into the realm of motherhood and marriage, which has developed her even further as an artist and has set into motion...

The Flatliners - photo credit Florian Franik

Interview with The Flatliners, on tour in North America and Europe this summer

The Flatliners – photo: Florian Franik The Flatliners are one of Toronto’s exploding punk rock bands that have been making their name known all throughout North America and Europe. Their most recent album, Dead Language, was released in 2013 and truly portrayed the band’s progression and maturity since their first album, Destroy to Create, that was...

Pup at The Garrison, Toronto, January 2014 - photo by Megan Rach, Music Vice

PUP interview — We chat with the band during their last crazy night in Toronto before their UK tour

There are few bands that could muster energy to play two shows in one night. Even fewer could do it two nights in a row. Toronto punk outfit PUP are not most bands. Two days shy of setting off for a European tour, Pup played two sold out shows and lived to tell the tale. Megan Rach was...

Podcasts

Aereogramme - photo Brian Banks, Music Vice

Download: Radio Wunderbar Episode 33 [AAC podcast. 1 hours 32 minutes (87.9 MB. Right-click...

The Walking Dead - screen shot courtesy AMC

Download: Radio Wunderbar Episode 32 [AAC podcast. 1 hours 54 minutes (106 MB. Right-click...

Radio Wunderbar

Download: Radio Wunderbar Episode 27 [AAC podcast. 1 hours 20 minutes (72 MB. Right-click...