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PUP Explore Morbid Stuff

PUP

Toronto punk band PUP have really captured the spirit of the thing with their newest album Morbid Stuff.

An exploration of depression, mental illness, anxiety and all-around existential angst wrapped up in a spiky pop-punk package, it’s a dose of cathartic rage ideal for anyone having trouble navigating this world.

I spoke to the band for a feature story in SOCAN Words & Music magazine.

To read the piece go here.

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Kardinal Offishall On The Toronto Raptors’ Magical Run

Kardinal Offishall

Can-rap OG Kardinal Offishall has been supporting hometown NBA team the Toronto Raptors since the beginning and through the lean years, so it’s only fitting now they’re the champs that he also gets to share in a bit of that shine.

I spoke to Kardi about the Raptors and the team’s close connection to the Canadian rap community in a piece for SOCAN Words & Music.

To read the story go here.

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Mother Mother’s Identity Crisis

Mother Mother

Mother Mother

Vancouver alternative-pop band Mother Mother’s newest album No Culture was the result of some deep soul searching.

As the band explained to me in a feature for SOCAN’s Words & Music, the combination of writer’s block and an identity crisis made making the album difficult.

To read about how they navigated this, click here.

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Shaun Frank’s Not So Overnight Success

Shaun Frank

Shaun Frank

One of the biggest songs of 2016 was The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” featuring Halsey.

That song had a northern secret weapon to it — it  was co-written by Canadian Shaun Frank.

Frank’s had a long road from screamo rock band singer to EDM producer/DJ to #1 hitmaker.

He told me all about it in a feature interview for SOCAN’s Words & Music Magazine.

To read the interview click here.

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Grimes’ Thunder Machine Rolls On

Grimes

Grimes

When music people take stock of 2016 one of the most important breakout stars this year will be electro-producer Grimes.

With a fiercely independent music-making streak and a uniquely fantastical vision, she’s created a unique sound and path that’s been fascinating to behold.

I talked to her about these things and more in a marquee feature for SOCAN’s Words & Music magazine.

To read it click here.

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From Operators To Wolf Parade With Dan Boeckner

Dan Boeckner

Dan Boeckner

At this point it’s pretty clear Dan Boeckner is one of the coolest dudes in the indie rock music world.

Not only is he in the reunited Wolf Parade and was one-half of the RIP Handsome Furs, his newest band Operators are pretty rippin’ in their own right.

I spoke to Boeckner about all these things and more in a feature for SOCAN’s Words & Music magazine.

To read the feature click here.

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Jazz Cartier’s Very Toronto Album

Jazz Cartier

Jazz Cartier

Drake isn’t the only rapper with a claim to Toronto.

Jazz Cartier, whose excellent debut album Marauding In Paradise is filled with Toronto-isms, is doing a mighty good job of his own to romanticize the 6.

I spoke to him for SOCAN’s Words + Music magazine about the city and how he created his unique cut ‘n’ paste songs.

To read the story go here.

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