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Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’: Media Ploy?

Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’: Media Ploy?

When Radiohead released In Rainbows in 2007, the band made the decision to distribute the album through download for whatever price the consumer decided upon. It was a decision that rocked a music industry already ravaged by the onslaught of digital downloading. Was Radiohead constructing a new method of how music was to be received in the [...]

January 16, 2015 mikepeters Music, Music Analysis Comments Off on Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’: Media Ploy?

Radiohead: Fact or Fiction?

Radiohead: Fact or Fiction?

When does intuitive creativity trespass into the realm of self-indulgent pretentiousness? A very thin line separates these two ideas, so how is anyone ever able to fully discern between the nature of the two? In other words, how is one to discern whether a piece of art decrees for it to be defined as progressive/genius [...]

January 15, 2013 mikepeters Blog, Music, Music Analysis Comments Off on Radiohead: Fact or Fiction?

Magneta Lane- Witchrock

Magneta Lane- Witchrock

Album: Witchrock (EP) Label: eOne Music Canada Rating: 4/5   It’s one thing to be influenced by the likes of Joan Jett or Shirley Manson, but it’s another to actually capture (sonically) what made those women so strong in the first place…passionate expressiveness. Magneta Lane’s (a female 3-piece from Toronto) latest release, a 4-track EP [...]

January 14, 2013 mikepeters Music Reviews Comments Off on Magneta Lane- Witchrock

S.C.E.N.E 2011

S.C.E.N.E 2011

Attending the 2011 S.C.E.N.E music festival has opened my eyes to a stark reality-I simply do not fit in with modern day youth culture. As I scurried amongst the thousands of others in downtown St. Catharines on Sunday afternoon, I was quick to realize that I was the odd man out. Heavily surrounded by a [...]

July 6, 2012 mikepeters Music Reviews Comments Off on S.C.E.N.E 2011

OFF! Live Concert Review (NXNE Festival)

OFF! Live Concert Review (NXNE Festival)

Date: Friday, June 17, 2011 City: Toronto, Ont. Venue: Horseshoe Tavern Rating: 3.5/5   It was a wild night at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on Friday. Not only was West Coast Hardcore Punk Supergroup OFF! performing, but someone also lost a shoe. This is no joke, and this latter fact became public knowledge thanks in [...]

June 18, 2012 mikepeters Music, Music Reviews Comments Off on OFF! Live Concert Review (NXNE Festival)

Seether Live Concert Review

Seether Live Concert Review

Date: May 26, 2011 City: Toronto,ON Venue: Opera House Rating: 4/5   If you like your rock n’ roll immersed in grimy filth, the Opera House was the place to be Thursday night. Devoid of pretentiousness, South African rockers Seether skillfully adhered to a back-to-basics sort of rock. Loud and ferociously abrasive, the jam-packed audience [...]

June 18, 2012 mikepeters Music, Music Reviews Comments Off on Seether Live Concert Review

The Airborne Toxic Event Live Review

The Airborne Toxic Event Live Review

Date: May 13, 2011 City: Toronto,ON Venue: Opera House Rating: 3.5/5   Audience indifference can have quite an effect on the energy of a performance. No matter how talented a band may be, a weak spectatorship has the ability to undermine even the most entertaining show. Friday night’s performance by the Airborne Toxic Event at [...]

June 18, 2012 mikepeters Music, Music Reviews Comments Off on The Airborne Toxic Event Live Review

Chris Cornell – Live Concert Review

Chris Cornell – Live Concert Review

Date: April 20, 2011 City: Toronto, ON Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Rating:  4.5/5   It’s highly surreal when one comes face-to-face with their past. I had one such encounter late Wednesday night.  As a child of the 90s, I have always held tight to the belief that the music existent during your teenage years will [...]

June 12, 2012 mikepeters Music, Music Reviews Comments Off on Chris Cornell – Live Concert Review

The Go! Team- Live Concert Review

The Go! Team- Live Concert Review

Date: April 10, 2011 City: Toronto, ON Venue: The Opera House Rating: 4.5/5   Never in my concert attending history have I ever witnessed a show containing such joyful exuberance as the one I witnessed Sunday night. Bouncing and gyrating around as if they were children in the midst of a sugar rush, The Go! [...]

June 12, 2012 mikepeters Music Reviews Comments Off on The Go! Team- Live Concert Review

Graham Wright- Shirts vs. Skins

Graham Wright- Shirts vs. Skins

Album: Shirts vs. Skins Label: File Under: Music Rating: 3.5/5   Graham Wright’s Shirts vs. Skins is power-pop at its most casual. Driven by an effortless, free-flowing vibe, Wright’s debut LP (In 2008, he released his first EP entitled The Lakes of Alberta) is a curiosity-piece reveling in simplistic bliss. As is the case with [...]

June 12, 2012 mikepeters Music Reviews Comments Off on Graham Wright- Shirts vs. Skins