Aaron Matthews had a good weekend. Eddie Argos has been stammering out honest tales of embarrassment, alcoholism, love and rock n roll with Art Brut since 2005. The band’s latest album Brilliant! Tragic! was produced by former Pixies bellower Frank Black and finds Eddie, actually singing instead of speak-singing for a change. I spoke with […]
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Aaron Matthews doesn’t recommend the Texas-Style BBQ in Toronto. Now in its 17th year, NXNE is the closest thing Canada ever gets to SXSW; 5 days of live shows sprawled across over 20 venues in downtown Toronto. The city has to close off Yonge Street, the main thoroughfare, just to accommodate the number of pedestrians […]
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Aaron Matthews is currently working on his debut album, “Human League Back.” Graham Van Pelt has an interesting relationship with the past. The Montreal based singer/songwriter’s new album feels like nostalgia for an era that he’s too young to remember. It’s a hazy reminiscence that comes from digging through your parents’ records or your brother’s […]
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Photo via Scott McDonald Darkened highways. Pocket combs. Battered Gibsons. The vein of Americana imagery drawn upon by Dirty Beaches runs deep. The Taiwan-born, Vancouver-reared Alex Zhang Hungtai is the man behind Badlands, a fleeting, evocative record that tours through the back roads of David Lynch films, Duane Eddy. I chatted with Hungtai via email […]
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Image via Up North Trips Aaron Matthews once mixed vodka and milk with unfortunate results. Jesse Thorn has built a rep for thorough interviews through over a decade of his radio show, but he truly excels in his interviews with rappers. His latest interview with Prodigy of Mobb Deep, finds a lucid and emotionally connected […]
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Aaron Matthews doesn’t want to sit next to Carson Daly or Fred Durst. On his second go-around, Eminem wanted to get personal, balancing the Slim Shady persona with Marshall Mathers. Putting himself under the microscope, he weighs influence and impact, evaluating and manipulating his own image of the media. It established the template for the […]
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Though known to most as B.O.B.’s right hand, ATLien Playboy Tre (born Clarence Montgomery) has carved out his own niche in the rap game as a thoughtful storyteller and skillful shit-talker with a trio of excellent, cohesive mixtapes. He first made an impact as a solo artist with the excellent “Goodbye America” tape in ’08, […]
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Aaron Matthews prefers paisley suits and pickaxes. The artist formerly known as Doey Rock first made his name in E-40’s Sick Wid It camp, hailing from Sacramento while the rest repped the East Bay. But don’t be fooled by the Norcal roots, his West Coast twang sounds equally comfortable over mellow soul samples and frantic […]
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Aaron Matthews was the original percussionist in Toto. With the rapturous reception of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West has finally accrued a cult of personality to match that of Big Brother Jay. With that cult comes the ability to start trends. After all, MBDFT was one of 13 platinum albums in 2010, everyone […]
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Aaron Matthews went to Hell for snuffing Jeebus. Rapper Saigon released his long-delayed debut The Greatest Story Never Told earlier this year, five years after its initially scheduled release date. Despite the backing of Roc-a-fella hitmaker Just Blaze, who produced most of the record and guest spots from Jay-Z and Raheem DeVaughn. “Pain In My […]
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