2016 in review

As 2016 comes to an end, I have come to the conclusion that it wasn’t a great year for music. We’ve lost too many great musicians (a trend I fear will continue as the pioneers of rock and pop aren’t getting any younger), and few releases have managed to really grab me. There were a lot…

Concert Review: Heavy Montreal, Day 1 (August 9 2014)

Back with a new name and new, wider horizons, the former Heavy MTL (now renamed Heavy Montreal to de-emphasize the metal part) finally offered the headliner everyone had been waiting for since the festival maiden voyage (pun intended) in 2008: Metallica! As the festival broadens its musical palette, adding punk acts like Pennywise and The…

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,…