"It went up to the roof. I remember thinking, ‘We’re going to burn this place down.’ There are still burn marks on his guitar."
— Joel Plaskett
, telling me about the time Thrush Hermit almost burned down the Horseshoe Tavern
"When it comes to bands getting good mileage out of their debut album, it’s hard to beat The xx. Since 2009, the London-based indie pop band have played a handful of shows in Toronto, including a headlining show at the Phoenix Concert Theatre this past summer. Now that they’re playing venues like Massey Hall — and charging approximately $40 and upwards for tickets — the band can no longer get away with playing 35-minute sets. The loss of guitarist and keyboardist Baria Qureshi, long before the making of the second album, hasn’t seemed to faze the band. As a three-piece, Romy Madley-Croft, Oliver Sim, and Jamie Smith, have focused their individual abilities into a well-oiled machine."
— Wrote about The xx’s show at Massey Hall on Tuesday night for the National Post
. Read it here
"Kele Okereke is a lover first and foremost, and a fighter second. The Bloc Party frontman might occasionally sing about stomping on the faces of policemen or name a song after the Greek god of war, but he’s a hopeless romantic at heart. He likes to go out dancing on a Saturday night and his idea of a perfect Sunday afternoon date is watching football in the park. Even when he was baiting the sometimes sluggish crowd at the Music Hall on Monday night by saying, “C’mon you f–kers!” it was with a smile and a good-natured wink."
— I saw Bloc Party for the second time this year on Monday night at Toronto’s beautiful Danforth Music Hall and wrote some words
about it for the National Post
. I also tried to defend the band’s latest album, Four
, which received some less-than-favourable reviews. My friend Ryan
also took some great photos of Kele Okereke & Co. which you can check out here