TECH N9NE LIVE IN TORONTO – FEATURE EDITORIAL

TECH N9NE

LIVE @ THE ROCKPILE – TORONTO

FEATURE EDITORIAL

By: Fridae Mattas

The last time I saw Tech N9ne live was at the 2009 Rock The Bells festival at the Molson Amphitheater in Toronto. I was thoroughly impressed by his ever so tight stacatto patter that he’s known for. Rapid fire in seconds and it doesn’t sound repetative or fake, he actual means what he says when he’s throwing down a rhyme.

Aaron Dontez Yates from Kansas City is anything but new to the game, he has been the king of underground Hip Hop for years and only has just begun to surface the mainstream. Tech N9ne brought his set to the centre of the universe twice (Joking, this one is for the Quebequers, we all know how much you love Toronto.) Friday September 21st and Saturday September 22nd, both nights I heard were bananas! The door man said he only had about 10 tickets left for the Saturday show when we arrived and that was at 7:30pm. By the time Tech N9ne hit the stage those tickets I were long gone.

Opening up for Tech N9ne was Canada’s So Sick Social Club and MadChild of Swollen Members. If I had know every white rapper in the GTA was going to perform and none of the skilled MC’s would hit the stage until ten, I would not have been so early. Absolutly horrendous were majority of those who hit that stage, they were giving me a headache I couldn’t tell them a part. Short, white with Backstreet Boy facial hair, some stalky, all bald except the one female who attempted to spit only to be shut out and drowned by her co-performer. I thought okay here’s a female MC, I hope she throws it down! WRONG! So Wrong! She let the boys take the spotlight even when it was her verse. She was stuttering and did not rhyme with passion at all, why she even stepped to the mic I don’t know. Aside from the only female “rapper”, a few desperado girls were giving the boys a peep show for a t-shirt. Maybe, if it was for a legit Rapper with at the least some type of B status clout, you could have some dignity remaining. But, once your tits hit youtube for a random shitty ass r,ap group’s $5 T-shirt…Your judgement will forever be questionable ladies! So many women lack class, there are many ways to be sexy without desperatly flashing your headlights for every fugly wannabe.

On with the show! Ontario’s So Sick Social Club entertained the crowd before Madchild. This was not their first time opening for Tech N9ne, it seems like a trend for them everytime he has a show in Toronto. I saw them perform many years ago barely recalling their set. The crowd was loving their energy and their rapping isn’t bad, I like the fusion of guitar in their music. Rapping is their stronger suit because none of them are very good melodic singers however, they do put on an energetic set worth checking out. So Sick Social Club is: VooDoo Drew, Chris So Sick and Midnight a.k.a VooDoo Man they recently released their “Dead Friends Don’t Tell” LP available for purchase here.

Next up was Madchild also know as one third of the Juno Award winning Canadian Hip Hop group from Vancouver “Swollen Members”. Madchild (Shane Bunting) recently released another solo record titled “Dope Sick“. He came out strong, the crowd instantly errupted as he slapped and dapped every hand he could touch. I am familiar with a few of the Swollen Members’ singles and Madchild threw down a few of those, surprisingly he was pretty good. It was getting a little too crazy in the “mosh circle” area, the boys were a little too excited. The show was ages sixteen and up so a variety of people were present but mostly male. Madchild did a fantastic job keeping the crowd ripe and ready for Tech N9ne.

Teck N9ne’s right hand man Krizz Kaliko spit a verse before introducing The headliner to the crowd. Once Yates hit the stage, the crowd went bonkers wild at the Rockpile. He played a full set of almost thirty tracks and this was his second and final Toronto show for this tour. It was a nice treat for my ears to hear such smooth, passionate rhymes with conviction coming from the source. Tech N9ne is one of the very few rappers who has such a vast array of original material to choose from including tracks off of his latest E.B.A.H. ep. The crowd knew every word to every song he spit and didn’t want this night to end. You can find videos I filmed from the sets here  and more photos here. Tech N9ne is the only MC anyone should be talking about and if he comes through a city near you go see him live!

COPYRIGHT © 2012 FRIDAE MATTAS. All Rights Reserved

 

NEW CALVIN HARRIS ALBUM “18 MONTHS” TO BE RELEASED OCTOBER 30TH!

CALVIN HARRIS
TO RELEASE HIS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM
‘18 MONTHS’ ON OCTOBER 30

VIA ROC NATION/ULTRA MUSIC/COLUMBIA RECORDS

FEATURING INTERNATIONAL HITS:
THE MULTI-PLATINUM “WE FOUND LOVE” WITH RIHANNA,
PLATINUM “FEEL SO CLOSE” AND GOLD “LET’S GO” WITH NE-YO

 
Drew Ressler/RUKES.com

Many things can happen in 18 months.  For Scottish-born, international DJ/producer CALVIN HARRIS, he garnered two MTV Video Music Awards, earned a platinum-selling single for “Feel So Close” and performed at many major music festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Ultra Music Festival and iTunes Festival, just to name a few.  However, the greatest accomplishment for him during this time period was the completion of his new album 18 MONTHS, out October 30 (Roc Nation/Ultra Music/Columbia Records).

18 MONTHS features a star studded line-up, with guest vocals from the likes of Rihanna, Kelis, Ne-Yo, Florence Welch, Dizzee Rascal, Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah, Ayah and Example, as well as collaborations with DJ/producers Nicky Romero and Dillon Francis.  It is the follow-up to HARRIS’ 2009 #1 album Ready For The Weekend.

 
“Sweet Nothing” will be the sixth single from the album so far, following HARRIS’ collaborations with Rihanna (the international smash hit “We Found Love” which HARRIS wrote and produced for her 2011 album Talk That Talk) and Kelis (“Bounce”), his smash radio track “Feel So Close” and collaborations with Ne-Yo (“Let’s Go”) and Example (“We’ll Be Coming Back”).  Upon its release as a single (date TBA), “Sweet Nothing” will also feature remixes by Tiësto, Burns, Dirtyloud and Qulinez.

 
Fans don’t need to wait long to experience the song, though.  Once again, HARRIS teams with director Vincent Haycock—whose credits also include “Feel So Close” and “Bounce”—for the video which made its broadcast debut on MTV and its online debut on VEVO last week and since posting has garnered over 2,000,000 views.  It features Florence Welch in a masculine look most have never seen her in as well as a prominent cameo by HARRIS himself.  Wrote USA Today (9/17/12) of the track, “The singer lends her powerful chops to a pounding dance track…”

 
View the video for CALVIN HARRIS featuring Florence Welch http://smarturl.it/sweetnothingvideo

With international album sales of over 3.2 million, singles sales from the tracks taken from 18 MONTHS are already up to 2.2 million worldwide. In Canada, “Feel So Close” has already achieved triple-platinum status and “Let’s Go” is close to reaching platinum with 70,000+ in sales, all the while remaining on Billboard’s Hot 100—“Feel So Close” peaking at #9 and “Let’s Go” at #19—and receiving heavy play on Top 40 stations across the country.
The track listing for 18 MONTHS is:
1.    Green Valley
2.    Bounce (feat. Kelis)
3.    Feel So Close
4.    We Found Love (feat. Rihanna)
5.    We’ll Be Coming Back (feat. Example)
6.    Mansion
7.    Iron w/ Nicky Romero
8.    I Need Your Love (feat. Ellie Goulding)
9.    Drinking From The Bottle (feat. Tinie Tempah)
10. Sweet Nothing (feat. Florence Welch)
11. School
12. Here 2 China w/ Dillon Francis (feat. Dizzee Rascal)
13. Let’s Go (feat. Ne-Yo)
14. Awooga
15. Thinking About You (feat. Ayah)

 
Upcoming Canadian Tour Dates:
FRI Sep 28    Toronto, ON              Sound Academy
FRI Oct 12     Calgary, AB               Big Four Building
FRI Oct 19     Montreal, QC                        New City Gas

www.calvinharris.co.uk
www.facebook.com/calvinharris
www.twitter.com/calvinharris

UK’S MADNESS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND SINGLE

MADNESS ANNOUNCE NEW STUDIO ALBUM
AND SINGLE

Artwork By Sir Peter Blake
iTunes Festival Appearance

(Toronto, ON) – UK ska and pop legends Madness have today announced details of their 10th studio album “Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da.” The album of all brand new material will be released on October 30, 2012 in North America through eOne Music. The band is also delighted to announce that the artwork for the album has been designed by the legendary British artist Sir Peter Blake. The first single, “My Girl 2” will be serviced to radio shortly.
 
“Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da” sees the band team up with a number of new producers, the first time in their illustrious career they have decided to do so, to create an album of incredible pop songs. Fans have already been given a taste of what is to come from the album with track “Death Of A Rude Boy” which was made available as a free download from their official site in August.
 
It has been an incredibly busy summer for the band; playing on the roof of Buckingham Palace, a number of high profile festivals and to millions of people at the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony. It has also been confirmed that they will appear at the iTunes Festival on September 27th. 
 
Tracklisting:
 
My Girl 2
Never Knew Your Name
La Luna
How Can I Tell You
Kitchen Floor
Misery
Leon
Circus Freaks
So Alive
Small World
Death of A Rude Boy
 
Bonus Tracks
Powder Blue
Black and Blue
My Girl 2
 
Madness are performing dates in the UK throughout Winter 2012 and are expected to tour the U.S. in early 2013.

http://blog.madness.co.uk/

STREET PHARMACY’S ALIMONY EP AVAILABLE NOW!

Street Pharmacy Returns to Reggae Rock Roots With New EP “Alimony”

New release caps the band’s Founding Fan direct-to-fan experience

Welland, Ont. – (Sept. 25, 2012) – Street Pharmacy today released a new EP, “Alimony,” marking a fan-driven return to the band’s reggae rock roots. Alimony is available immediately for download on the band’s Founding Fan site (http://buy.streetpharmacymusic.com) and iTunes.  The new recording, Street Pharmacy’s fifth release, was inspired by overwhelming fan requests to return to its popular reggae-rock sound. The EP follows the band’s Nov. 2011 alt rock-inspired release “Divorce.” Alimony also marks a return to Street Pharmacy’s original four-member lineup. After a few jams in their hometown of Welland, Ontario, it was obvious that the spark that initially ignited the band, and the friendships within it, are still there. They decided to craft some new songs that would deliver a fresh take on the band’s signature hip hop, reggae rock-infused sound.

The release of Alimony caps Street Pharmacy’s Founding Fan experience – a new and unique way for fans to connect directly with the band online and in person. For just $10, fans can download a high quality digital copy of Alimony plus the band’s entire back catalogue, exclusive videos and other content. About the New EPSix new songs were recorded for Alimony over six days at Catherine North Studios in Hamilton, Ontario. Highlights include the title track “Alimony”, which tackles the crumbling institution of marriage in today’s society.

The first track, “Step Outside,” has fan pleasing, anthem-like qualities similar to the band’s 2007 release “Free Delivery,” with a country-inspired bridge that is new to Street Pharmacy. The second track is a unique reggae version of Blind Melon’s “Change” that fuses intrinsically folk instrumentals with reggae grooves and tight vocal melodies. Lead singer Ryan Guay demonstrates his strong but youthful pipes throughout the challenging vocals, staying true to both the original song and Street Pharmacy’s distinctive reggae sound. Songs like “Twenty One” and “Shepherd’s Pride” add more experimental song structures and arrangements to the band’s distinctive sound.  The final song, “It Ain’t That Crazy,” is a reggae-infused hip hop track that features verses from Welland-based rapper Sosa and A Plus from Hieroglyphics/Souls of Mischief, one of the band’s main musical influences.

A Plus anchors the final verse with his signature hieroglyphics West coast flow, taking the EP to an unexpected, energized level. The track was produced and engineered by Adam Tune of live hip hop remix act “KEYS N KRATES.” Tune has worked with Street Pharmacy since its inception in 2006. All of the other tracks were recorded and mixed by moon:and:6 and Marcone at Catherine North Studios, and produced by moon:and:6 and Ryan Guay. Alimony will appeal to fans of original Sublime, Pepper, illScarlet and Bedouin Soundclash.Founding Fan: the Best Way to Get Alimony and Much More.

Alimony is available for download on Street Pharmacy’s Founding Fan website. For just $10, fans get the new EP plus high quality, DRM-free copies of the band’s entire back catalogue, access to exclusive video content, and a Soundcheck Pass to a private show where they can meet Street Pharmacy before upcoming concerts. Founding Fan picks up the direct-to-fan approach of comedian Louis CK’s “Live at the Beacon Theater” special and takes it to the next level by offering fan a rich, multimedia experience built around the band’s music. During the recording of Alimony, fans joined Street Pharmacy via live streaming video, helping to shape the music in real-time by sending their suggestions on Twitter. 

Founding Fan is powered by Waterloo’s ArtBarn Media (http://artbarnmedia.com), a collective of media and technology industry professionals. ArtBarn Media leverages social media channels to innovatively engage consumers. Founding Fan can be accessed at http://buy.streetpharmacymusic.com

About the BandStreet Pharmacy (www.streetpharmacymusic.com) is a four-piece reggae rock band hailing from Welland, Ontario. Led by Ryan Guay, the band has written and recorded four full length albums since its start in 2006 and has gained a cult following in much of Southern Ontario. Street Pharmacy offers a fresh sound that combines 90s alternative rock with reggae grooves and lyrical flow reminiscent of Golden Age Hip Hop. The band has a solid and growing fan base, with about 7,000 likes on Facebook, an album that achieved sales of 10,000 copies, and a Walk Off the Earth/Street Pharmacy YouTube video with 1 million views.

Street Pharmacy was a recent co-winner of the popular MuchMusic series DisBAND. The band released its 4th album, Divorce, on the Handsome Boy/Fontana North label in late 2011 and plans to release a new album, Alimony, in June 2012. Lead singer and songwriter Ryan Guay started Street Pharmacy right after he was released from a Hamilton mood disorder clinic. This came after the discovery that he had been misdiagnosed with schizophrenia following a physical illness that had caused brain swelling. Ryan began writing songs about these experiences, which also inspired the band’s name. As a teacher in his native Welland, Ont., Ryan Guay goes the extra mile to share his knowledge and passion for music with students. A “School of Rock”-style music club he started released a single on iTunes to raise money for music education and was recently featured across Canada in National Youth Arts Week. 

Upcoming concert dates:

Sept. 30 – Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, St. Catharines, Ont. (with Walk Off the Earth)

Oct. 7 – Busholme Inn, Erin, Ont. (with KO)

Alimony Credits

Ryan Guay – Vocals/ acoustic, electric and lead guitars/ mandolin

Dan Fretz – Drums

Brandon Ventresca – Bass

Nate Triano – Rhythm guitar

Additional instrumentalists:

Leon Furs – Mandolin, pedal steel and banjo

Marcone – Organs and synthesizers.

http://www.facebook.com/streetpharmacy

http://www.myspace.com/streetfarmacy

http://www.youtube.com/streetpharmacymusic

http://twitter.com/StreetPharmacy

JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE TOUR DATES!

PHOTO BY: CHELSEA LAUREN

JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE

WEST COAST TOUR TO LAUNCH OCTOBER 5
EAST COAST, CANADA ON TAP FOR NOVEMBER

The popular and critically acclaimed concert JASON BONHAM’s LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE (JBLZE)–which celebrates the life and music of JASON’s father, the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham–will return to the west coast starting October 5 in Napa Valley, CA and concluding October 16 in Sacramento, CA. In November, JBLZE will head to the east coast and select dates in Canada. Tickets for the JBLZE shows are now on sale; see www.jblze.com for ticket links and more information.

“This is a personal trip through my life with the music of Led Zeppelin,” explains JASON, “and how the music influenced me.”  

JASON played with Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones at Led Zeppelin’s “final” show at London’s O2 Arena in 2007. The O2 Arena show was heralded as the most powerful Led Zeppelin performance since the group’s original disbandment. The band received uniformly rave reviews the epic night will finally see a worldwide theatrical release titled Celebration Day in 1,500 screens in 40 territories beginning October 17. Tickets will be available starting September 13 via www.ledzeppelin.com.

“Performing my father’s songs at the Led Zeppelin 02 reunion concert in 2007 was an honor that I will forever remember as one of the most bittersweet, yet greatest nights of my life,” says JASON BONHAM. “I’m over the moon that the 02 concert will finally be available for all Zeppelin fans to enjoy. That special night was the original spark that ignited JBLZE.” 

BONHAM partnered with Annerin Productions–the critically acclaimed theatrical producers of “PFX-The Pink Floyd Experience” and “Rain, A Tribute to the Beatles”–to create a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience.JASON BONHAM’s LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE is a spectacular rock concert with the iconic blues-infused rock ‘n’ roll of Led Zeppelin, stunning atmospheric video and lighting effects, which highlight the unique history that JASON BONHAM shares–in commemoration of his father John Bonham–with the legendary rock n’ roll group Led Zeppelin.JASON and his band’s powerful live performance of over 20 iconic Led Zeppelin classics takes concert-goers through a mesmerizing visual and aural journey as giant backdrops display iconic art, and BONHAM’s own historical footage, photos and stories are set to stunning atmospheric effects.

The powerful JBLZE line-up–JASON BONHAM (drums), TONY CATANIA (guitar/theremin), STEPHEN LEBLANC (keyboards/lapsteel guitar) DORIAN HEARTSONG (bass) and JAMES DYLAN (vocals)–will make stops at such venues as San Francisco’s The Warfield (October 14), Sacramento’s Crest Theatre (October 16) and Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre (October 11), among others. For the new line-up, see dates listed below with more coming soon.

www.jblze.com
http://www.facebook.com/jblze
 


JASON BONHAM’s LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE
 dates are as follows with more to be announced soon.

DATE   CITY VENUE SHOWTIMES
U.S. TOUR      
Fri

5-Oct-12

 Napa Valley, CA The Uptown Theatre

8:00 PM

Sat

6-Oct-12

 Reno, NV Silver Legacy

8:00 PM

Thurs

11-Oct-12

 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater

8:00 PM

Fri

12-Oct-12

 Las Vegas, NV Aliante Casino

8:00 PM

Sat

13-Oct-12

 Indio, CA Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

8:00 PM

Sun

14-Oct-12

 San Francisco, CA The Warfield

8:00 PM

Tues

16-Oct-12

 Sacramento, CA Crest Theatre

8:00 PM

Fri

9-Nov-12

 Westbury, NY Theatre at Westbury

8:00 PM

Sat

10-Nov-12

 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory

TBA

Sun

11-Nov-12

 York, PA Capitol Theatre

7:30 PM

Mon

12-Nov-12

 Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre

TBA

Wed

14-Nov-12

 Port Chester, NY Capitol Theatre

TBA

Thurs

15-Nov-12

 Montclair, NJ The Wellmont Theatre

TBA

Fri

16-Nov-12

 Wilmington, DE Grand Opera House

8:00 PM

Sat

17-Nov-12

 Munhall, PA Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead

7:30 PM

Mon

19-Nov-12

 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre

TBA

Thurs

20-Dec-12

 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater

8:00 PM