A few thoughts on U2’s deal with Apple

U2 and Apple made a big splash this week by releasing without warning (although there were a lot of rumours) their new album Age of Innocence for free on iTunes. Of course the album may be free for the consumer (and it allows U2 to claim their album is in the hands of half a…

The ticket stub of the future

I’ve ranted before about my attachment to good, old-fashioned ticket stubs in an article. I feel that showing my phone/credit card/receipt robs the concert experience of its most prized memento: the ticket stub. I collect all mine in a box, and sometimes I’ll dig through it, reminiscing about past concerts, venues that are no longer standing,…

5 musical wishes for 2014

After looking backward at the year that just ended, I’d like to look forward to 2014, and list out 5 things I hope will come to pass in the musical world. They’re not predictions, just my silly wishful thinking. I hope a few rock bands that have been working their asses off for years will…

My 10 favourite musical events of 2013

Best of lists are by definition pretentious, so I thought I’d avoid the whole argument and just go with my ten favourite moments of 2013. It’s really the same thing in the end, and it just feels more honest! So without further ado, here are my 10 favourite musical moments of 2013:

Halford’s Winter Songs: Was that really necessary?

Every holidays since its 2009 release, I play Rob Halford‘s 3rd solo album, Winter Songs, hoping to “get it”. And I don’t. Really, I don’t see the point. Don’t get me wrong, I have huge amounts of respect for Rob Halford, one of the greatest voices of metal and a flag bearer for the genre…