Interview with Priya Panda of Diemonds – July 5th, 2016

By Mike Bax Lead Image photo by Nikki Ormerod There’s a few bands in Toronto that I consider to be a must-see good time, and I consider Diemonds one of them. A five-piece band almost a decade into their career, I got turned onto the band when they opened a Steel Panther show in Toronto four…

Smashing Pumpkins w Liz Phair – Massey Hall, Toronto – April 12th, 2016

Review and Photos by Mike Bax Smashing Pumpkins is a band that, for me, are two things: 1) an amazing studio band and 2) a disappointing live band. Until last night, that is. The sound and representation of the material presented at Massey Hall this evening sounded superb. Touring In Plainsong as an acoustic-electro evening, Billy…

Interview with Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice – June 30th, 2015

By Mike Bax Their love really IS cool. When compared to the median age of the members of Wolf Alice, I’m a dinosaur clocking in well past double their years. I say this only to illustrate that I was heavily into the UK shoegazer/guitar music of the early 1990s, and that I find the majority of…