Attica Riots – The Drake Hotel, Toronto – April 6th, 2016

Photos by Mike Bax These photos were taken at an industry showcase where Attica Riots performed eight songs from their upcoming June debut (on Five Seven Music). A close look at the band members will reveal that Inward Eye’s guitarist and drummer, Kyle Erickson and Anders Erickson respectively, are included in the line-up along with vocalist Bobby…

David Gilmour – Air Canada Centre, Toronto – March 31st, 2016

Review by Mike Bax Photo by Darren Eagles “Are you having a good time here tonight? Please say you are!” An utterly moot question from Mr. David Gilmour during the second lengthy set of songs at the packed Air Canada Center on this evening. EVERYBODY was having a good time! This first night of two…

Pete Yorn – Opera House, Toronto – March 22nd, 2016

Review and Photos by Mike Bax “You know you’re the best thing ever” I can still remember the first time I heard Musicforthemorningafter (Pete Yorn’s 2001 debut), played in snippets over a friend’s car stereo as we drove to a concert together. The songs on that album sounding so incredibly RIGHT in every sense of…

RNDM – The Mod Club, Toronto – March 13th, 2016

Review and Photos by Mike Bax RNDM THGHTS ABT RNDM L1VE I love seeing shows like this. A talented three-piece, featuring Joseph Arthur (The Lonely Astronauts, Fistful of Mercy), Richard Stuverud (War Babies, Three Fish and Tres Mts.) and Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam) jamming some wonderful original material in an intimate, live setting. Parker Gispert…

Interview with Joseph Arthur of RNDM – March 10th, 2016

By Mike Bax RNDM, the joint project of Joseph Arthur, Richard Stuverud and Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam) released their wonderful sophomore album Ghost Riding upon the masses just last week, courtesy of Dine Alone Records. A sublime mix of guitars, drums, Mellotron and Moog, the eleven songs on Ghost Riding feel less like a side…

Interview with Tobias Sammet of Avantasia, March 6th, 2016

By Mike Bax Coming for ONE CANADIAN DATE ONLY (one of only THREE North American live shows in April), Tobias Sammet’s collective tour de force, Avantasia, promises a three-hour long spectacle of metal unlike anything you’ve seen before. Tobias Sammet (Edguy), along with eleven other musicians, featuring members of Jorn, Masterplan, Mr. Big, Pretty Maids,…

Muse – Air Canada Centre, Toronto – January 16th, 2016

Review and photos by Mike Bax There can be no denying that Muse is, bar none, the best bang-for-the-buck when it comes to a live concert. This is across all genres of music – even Taylor Swift (who can boast an utterly jaw-dropping live spectacle) yet can’t touch what I witnessed from Muse at the…

Venom Inc – The Hard Luck, Toronto – January 10th, 2016

Review by Mike Bax Photos by Andrew Hartl Originally booked for Danforth Music Hall, this show was moved to The Hard Luck a week before the show. I think the sound might have been better at the Danforth, but the experience of seeing so many great Venom songs in a room like The Hard Luck…