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.
I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier: An Interview with Pearl Jam's Mike McCready | 2 Apr 2013 // 5:14 PM
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 ...
I'm Your Man: An Interview with Butch Vig | 19 Mar 2013 // 5:10 PM
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?
The Ketamines: You Can't Serve Two Masters | 23 Oct 2013 // 8:01 PM
Focused and entertaining garage psych from the man who took on the Canadian music industry
La Machine: Phases and Repetition | 22 Sep 2013 // 9:01 PM
Sparse yet repetitious noise lacks the punch to make it memorable.
NXNE 2013: The National + The Whiskey Hearts + Paul Langlois + Bruise Cruise + Shannon and the Clams | 17 Jun 2013 // 12:00 AM
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.
NXNE 2013: Authentic (Young Rival) + Moon King + Diana + Ell V Gore + No Joy | 14 Jun 2013 // 3:50 AM
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.