My Favourite Concerts of 2012

It's been another great year for live shows. Especially in Toronto. Outside of Toronto, Osheaga this year was easily the best festival I've ever been to. Black Keys, Bloc Party, Sigur Ros, Florence and the Machine, Santigold, MGMT, Passion Pit, and, of course, Snoop Lion. It was beautiful. Anyway, back in Toronto, here are my…

The Flaming Lips and the Human-sized Hamster Ball

by RYAN BOLTON Unabashed, psychedelic good fun. That's not even a sentence, but that's how I would sum up the Flaming Lips' free show at a completely packed Yonge-Dundas Square Saturday night for NXNE. Like everyone else in the crowd, way into the thousands, as soon as those confetti canons went off and frontman Wayne Coyne…

The Death of Music Criticism

by RYAN BOLTON Read this: “Guitars submarined by wild-angled synths, off-kilter beats tripping up big ballads. A few songs have the old leather-jacket kick, but things get weirder as he explores alienation from a Lower East Side he once ruled.” So that’s a direct quote from a recent review of Phrazes for the Young, the first…