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  • If you ask anyone in Toronto how Riot Fest was, they will immediately say “muddy.” Is this worth talking about, you might wonder; yes, yes it is. When you enter a festival that is primarily focused around rock and punk, mud becomes an accessory.  While some managed to leave Downsview Park with just a muddy footprint […]

  • Riot Fest is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year among some tension. Said tension comes from the somewhat new location of the festival. Back in 2012 Riot fest founder Michael Petryshyn apprehensively decided to move the festival to Humboldt Park (headliner Patti Smith’s childhood home). Since the initial and the following years at Humboldt Park, […]

  • OK, don’t laugh, but do you remember Michael Cretu’s ‘90s project, Enigma? Before becoming something of a punchline, the musical collective released songs that crossed borders with ease, charting in over 40 countries. Picking up where Anne Dudley and Trevor Horn’s Art of Noise left off, Enigma fused soothing dance beats with limited vocal samples – […]

  • The first time I heard “Hey Mami” I was immediately drawn into the harmonized opening, the lyrics, and the unexpected beat that hits nearly half way through the song. It seemed only appropriate for Sylvan Esso to open the set with that song, a song that smoothly guides the crowd into a hot mosh pit.  […]

  • September is always a busy month for music. As the festival season comes to an end bands, DJs, and solo acts begin to stack up lineups in small and large venues around town. One of those smaller acts, King Reign, performed a quick gig during the Scion Sessions Mixtape Series on September 4th at Toronto’s […]

  • Avant Suede is the type of playlist that can get you in the mood. As sultry as this EP’s name is, it’s exactly what you’d expect- a list of sensuous songs that make sweet, sweet love to your beat-horny ears. COFRESI, Chicago-based producer and popular trap/club music DJ, has done us all a favor by […]

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  • Labor Day weekend in Chicago has meant one thing for the last five years – the North Coast Music Festival. The 3-day event is a celebration of all genres of music with a heavy emphasis on EDM. One of...

  • Andy Carthy, better known as Mr Scruff, is one of those artists you hear once and always keep at an arm’s reach. His tracks are catchy, jazzy, glitchy, melodic, and almost always accompanied by some solid dancing potato action. ...

  • Jarrah McCleary, lead singer/keyboardist/songwriter for Panama, hails from Sydney, Australia and aside from recording Panama’s two albums in L.A. and San Francisco, this tour is the first time he’s spent any considerable duration in the U.S. and sensibly his...

  • As the 2014 Vans Warped tour continues its trek across North America, one aspect of the festival is noticeably different. Normally light on urban acts, this year’s event features a stage devoted solely to Hip-Hop called the “Yo! Bring...

  • Pitchfork, on Saturday, started with one of my favorite sets of the weekend, Twin Peaks. Featuring four adorable boys from right here in good ole Chicago, IL. They have a punk rock meets surfer rock meets stolen riffs from Thin...

  • Santa Cruz rapper/singer Amplified is a deeply introspective artist with a zeal for lyrics and life. His new album Middle Ground showcases Amp’s skills as an emcee, singer and songwriter. Amplified and collaborator Brandon Scott are currently on the Vans...

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