The Tragically Hip: A Canadian Shield

The Tragically Hip, Fully and Completely Tour Canada Day (July 1) Molson Ampitheatre, Toronto. (Tour, along with a few new dates, continues through September...

Mixed Up

At the end of the first vinyl age, a thing we called just records, then, The Cure's Mixed Up was the last record I...

Simply Not Having A Wonderful Christmastime

Three things precipitated this piece. It was reported that Adult-Contemporary spend-triggering "retail" Christmas radio has had a major upset this year. The new Christmas Number One-...

Prince is All in our Music & Culture Links News Roundup

"Dearly beloved, We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life. Electric word life. It means forever and that's a mighty long...

The Cure to Headline Bestival Toronto 2016: The Future Is…

The Cure announced their 2016 North American tour back in November with Toronto slotted in for one of a couple of dates in June. The...

The Tragically Hip: A Canadian Shield

The Tragically Hip are a national institution. They are the rarest of things in Canadian music, especially Canadian rock music: a band massive enough to...

Found musical treasures: Pop music revolves around Johnny Marr

After the sudden end of The Smiths, and the equally abrupt out-of-the-box launch of Morrissey’s solo release (a head-spinning 5 months after the break up), fans...

Still Waters / Breaking Trail: Canadian Music’s Rocky Heart

or: What Canadian Rock Taught Me "Don't always look back. But look back." - Canadian workingman, visionary, agendaless poet Ken Babstock who joined this cocktail...

Found treasures: Lollapalooza ’94 Beastie Boys mosh pit guide

Lollapalooza ‘94 was the first and last time we at the future Step On would get to see our beloved Beastie Boys perform live...

Confessions of a Mother Mother Mother

If you ask a teenager who their favourite band is, nine times out of ten they can tell you. Usually emphatically. As people get...
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Eden Music Fest Manifesto: fans take the story back

As organizers of Bonnaroo (partnered with Republic Live) recently announced a multi-day camping music festival near Barrie, Ontario planned for summer 2015, it’s a...

The Twilight Sad at Bestival Toronto

Glasgow's (make that  Kilsyth's) The Twilight Sad have been having a banner year. First, in May 2015, Robert Smith covered the band's "There's a...