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Joshua Kloke

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.


Features

Tuesday, April 2 2013

I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier: An Interview with Pearl Jam's Mike McCready

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

I'm Your Man: An Interview with Butch Vig

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

Micro Frustrated, Macro Happy: An Interview with Demetri Martin

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

The Good, The Bad, and the Stoned: An Interview with the Trailer Park Boys

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

Keeping It Clean: An Interview with Comedian Jim Breuer

“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.”


Reviews

Wednesday, October 23 2013

The Ketamines: You Can't Serve Two Masters

Focused and entertaining garage psych from the man who took on the Canadian music industry


Sunday, September 22 2013

La Machine: Phases and Repetition

Sparse yet repetitious noise lacks the punch to make it memorable.


Sunday, September 15 2013

Lemuria: The Distance Is So Big

Buffalo three-piece realizes their slacker-pop vision and does so with relative ease.


Thursday, August 8 2013

Pearl Jam: 19 July 2013 - Chicago

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

Steve Adamyk Band: Monterrey EP

Invigorating but incredibly aware punk rock from Ottawa four-piece.


Restorations: LP2 [28.May.13]
White Laces: Moves [23.Oct.12]
Seapony: Falling [10.Oct.12]
Woods: Bend Beyond [20.Sep.12]
Deloro: Deloro [21.Sep.11]
Postdata: Postdata [19.Apr.10]

Blogs

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

NXNE 2013: Authentic (Young Rival) + Moon King + Diana + Ell V Gore + No Joy

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 2013: Parts and Labor + Rituals + Milk Music + Merchandise

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

Restorations - "Let's Blow Up the Sun" (song review)

It's a feeling we've all wanted to capture and bottle from time to time: infinite possibility.


Monday, July 16 2012

Mario Batali's Exclusive Video Interview with PopMatters

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 ...


Harvest - Taking Australia to A New Dimension (Notes from the Road) [7.Nov.11]
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