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.
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.
08 Aug 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.
17 Jun 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.
14 Jun 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.
13 Jun 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 ...
02 Apr 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?
19 Mar 2013
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 ...
21 Oct 2012
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