Joshua Kloke is a music writer and hopeless Toronto Maple Leafs fan who splits his time between Melbourne, Australia and Canada. He’s contributed to The Vancouver Sun, Exclaim!, Beatroute, Beat Magazine, Time Out and veri.live.
Tuesday, April 2 2013
Mad Season only produced one album, but Pearl Jam's Mike McCready is still surprised by its legacy, and recounts its simple genesis: a project wherein he could try to keep his friends sober even as things began slipping away ...
Tuesday, March 19 2013
When not touring with garbage or manning the boards behind some of the most iconic rock albums of the modern era, Butch Vig can not only wax nostalgic (even though he's not a big fan of it), but can also get some of his friends together to form an alt-country band called the Emperors of Wyoming. 'cos when you're Butch Vig: why the hell not?
Sunday, October 21 2012
Dropping his usual punchline-a-sentence persona, comedian and author Demetri Martin speaks to PopMatters all about his influences, his frustratingly unfinished projects, and how he can never drift from stand-up for too long ...
Wednesday, June 13 2012
Comedy phenoms the Trailer Park Boys stay true to their personal ethics despite their unabashed love for weed, booze, and prison. Here, they open up about who's stolen their weed, learning the hard way about glory holes, and the possibility of going into space.
Sunday, June 10 2012
“Being clean is the new shock,” Jim Breuer tells PopMatters. “I feel like the last decade was the grunge era for comedians in America. I’m exhausted by it. When you’re paying money to come and see me, it’s my job to make you laugh. I’m not a revolutionary, I’m not going to change the world.”
Wednesday, October 23 2013
Focused and entertaining garage psych from the man who took on the Canadian music industry
Sunday, September 22 2013
Sparse yet repetitious noise lacks the punch to make it memorable.
Sunday, September 15 2013
Buffalo three-piece realizes their slacker-pop vision and does so with relative ease.
Wednesday, August 7 2013
When weather plays a factor in concerts, most people afterwards wonder about “what could’ve been.” And yes, Pearl Jam’s set list was supposed to be a behemoth. But instead, most left with the knowledge that while a marathon set would’ve been memorable, it wouldn’t have necessarily been special.
Tuesday, August 6 2013
Invigorating but incredibly aware punk rock from Ottawa four-piece.
Monday, June 17 2013
NXNE 2013: The National + The Whiskey Hearts + Paul Langlois + Bruise Cruise + Shannon and the Clams
After two days heavy with buzz-worthy acts, I decided to get back to basics on Friday night. Southern Ontario has a storied history of gutsy roots acts, and both young and old were on display at venues across Toronto’s Dundas St.
Friday, June 14 2013
A large element of NXNE 2013 involves efforts to re-brand the City of Toronto as one of the great music cities of the world.
Thursday, June 13 2013
NXNE has always played a vital role in establishing Toronto as one of the world’s premiere music cities, though the 2013 version could not have come at a better time for the city.
Wednesday, April 24 2013
It's a feeling we've all wanted to capture and bottle from time to time: infinite possibility.
Monday, July 16 2012
The master chef, published author, and celebrated personality has just found his new diamond in the rough -- Michigan -- and tells PopMatters all about it's culinary secrets in this exclusive video interview ...