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…

Interview with Big Black Delta – May 17th, 2016

By Mike Bax Lead photo by Jeff Brown and Caspar Newbolt I first saw Jonathan Bates in January of 2003, opening for Johnny Marr at Lee’s Palace in Toronto under the moniker of mellowdrone. At the time, mellowdrone only had a handful of singles and EPs available. I can still remember how impressed I was with…

Autolux – Lee’s Palace, April 7th, 2016

Review and Photos by Mike Bax And now, the task at hand; attempting to describe a concert that was indescribably good. Autolux is a Los Angeles three-piece alternative rock band comprised of Eugene Goreshter (lead vocals/bass), Greg Edwards (guitar/vocals) and Carla Azar (drums/vocals). The band is often lumped into the category of ‘shoegazer’ music because…

Interview with Richard Patrick of Filter – March 29th, 2016

By Mike Bax Photo by David Rubene Richard Patrick is many things. An inaugural ex-member of Nine Inch Nails. Brother of the T1000 (Terminator 2’s Robert Patrick). An editorial writer, outspoken on the harder topics like warm, religion and politics. He’s also an outspoken ex-addict. He’s a husband and a father of two children. He…

The Black Queen – Fever Daydream album review

Review by Mike Bax theblackqueenmusic If slow burning dirty synthesizer beats and soft vocals are your thing, Fever Daydream by The Black Queen is most definitely going to spend some time infiltrating your ears in 2016. A pet project by Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Joshua Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv, Nine Inch Nails) and…

Failure – Lee’s Palace, Toronto – August 18th, 2015

Photos and review by Mike Bax The last time Failure played Toronto, it was at the Mod Club celebrating their reunion with a modest run of small venue club dates. This show in many ways was a bigger reason to celebrate, as the reunited band members in Failure were touring an album that nobody (the…

An Interview with J. G. Thirlwell (FOETUS WISEBLOOD STEROID MAXIMUS)

#TBT – Conducted Circa 2009 By Mike Bax Photo by Maya Hardinge It’s utterly surreal to me that Jim G Thirlwell is the kind of musician who is still a relative unknown in the grand scheme of things. The Australian born Thirlwell has been in music for almost thirty years now, and is quite respected amongst…