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Gimme Your Answers (Beyond the Stage): An Interview w/ Benji Rogers, founder and president of PledgeMusic

Benji Rogers
Ever wonder what happens beyond the stage? Well we do. These roadies, managers, guitar techs, lighting directors, publicists (and even positions you may not have known about) make the music you love come alive! PledgeMusicrecently announced the highly anticipated relaunch of their site, which included a series of design and tech updates to further enhance users’ experience. To learn more about…

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Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Teleman

Formed out of the ashes of English indie rock group Pete and the Pirates, Teleman dropped their debut record Breakfast back in June. To learn more about the album and band members themselves, we spoke with frontman Tom Saunders! Indulge in our interview below as we discuss recording saxophone, important meals, English history, and future plans.

AMBY:Hey Teleman, welcome to AMBY. What’s the band…

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Concert Review: Passenger @ The Sound Academy

The usually desolated Docks was a hub of ‘too much at once’ this past Saturday night. Road closures due to a marathon, Reggae Festival in parking lot and a concert at Sound Academy. Yep, ‘too much at once’!

Traffic lag made me miss most of Stu Larsen’sset. The bearded long-haired Aussie impressed at his last Toronto show in May, and his new album “Vagabond” is worthy of multiple listens. Fret…

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Getting Cozy With: Gigantic Leaves

Gigantic Leaves
Hi there Canada, how’s it going?

Our names are Gavin, John, and Tom and together we are Gigantic Leavesfrom Edinburgh, Scotland.  We’re an indie rock band that’s a wee bit lo-fi(ish) and scruffy sounding.  Gav likes Guided by Voices, The Byrds, and Sebadoh, John really likes Shellac and Slint, and Tom loves My Bloody Valentine and lots of post-rock.  There’s lots of other influences too…

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Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Jordan Hastings, Dine Alone Foods’ co-founder and Say Yes drummer

Gimme Your Answers (Beyond the Stage): An Interview w/ Jordan Hastings, Dine Alone Foods’ co-founder and Say Yes drummer

Say Yes

Photo by Dustin Rabin Photography

In a recent interview, A Music Blog, Yea? spoke with Dine Alone Foods‘ chef/co-founder and Say Yes‘ drummer Jordan Hastings. With Say Yes’ debut EP out today, we gave Jordan a call to discuss the origins of Dine Alone Foods, their new EP, the inspirations of Austin, and touring with Alexisonfire — enjoy!

AMBY:Thanks for speaking with me today, Jordan. I look…

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Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas

Jessica Hernandez
On August 23rd, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas are bringing soulful vocals and upbeat gothic-pop to the The House Cafe in Illinois. Currently on tour in support of their debut album Secret Evil, we had the opportunity of speaking with the lady behind the project, the lovely Jessica Hernandez. Enjoy our new interview below as we discuss late night mescal sessions, thrifting and Yahtzee, $500…

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Our Lady Peace
The Raine came down on Echo Beach last night…. but (for once) I’m not talking about precipitation! Raine Maida and major rockers Our Lady Peace headlined the final installment of Edgefest Summer Concert Series. It brought my heart so much joy and nostalgic nourishment to see Eve 6, I Mother Earth, Sloan, and OLP play together on the same stage. It has been 20 years since Our Lady Peace released Naveed and they have maintained and improved on every ounce of their golden-age status that I can remember.

I have thoroughly enjoyed attending 102.1 The Edge’s Summer Concert Series! It was an excellent idea to draw out the fun throughout the summer instead of just one arbitrary festival day. We got to party hard with Canadiana pride on Canada Day, and continued with new-age coastal rock in mid-July. With the 20th anniversary of when Our Lady Peace released Naveed, it was most appropriate to have a throwback closer – as OLP is releasing a new album and have a hot new single “Won’t Back Down”. My girlfriends and I met up at Echo Beach and danced our way through the crowd to get a prime spot in front of the stage during Eve 6’s set – lo-and-behold, we realized we were standing in front of the 4 tallest gentlemen in the venue (score!!). They dwarfed our 5’9” figures and we made small talk with them – maybe hoping that we’d end up on their shoulders. Better yet, we chilled with them the rest of the night and we became fast friends! Each of the tall-gentlemen had an OLP song that was “their jam” and they were waiting all night for Raine and the boys to play it – they ranged from Somewhere Out There, to Thief, to Innocent and Naveed- my personal OLP jam is 4am – but I’ll get to that later.

If you were there, you’d understand the goosebumps that came over me when the lights were dimmed and there was a 2minute intro before the band made their entrance. The suspense was palpable and Raine entered carrying a mega-phone, which is not new for him, but it reminded me of Scott Weiland when I went to the STP show in Toronto years ago! Raine has been on a journey – from his solo career release The Hunters Lullaby in 2007, to releasing Curve with OLP in 2012, there has been a strong following all these years. He looked better than ever on stage, I think we’d all like to dip into that fountain of youth. When the set took off, everyone was singing every lyric as hard as we could – it was great to look around me and bond with the other couples, the fast friends I made had each claimed one of my girls and I to wrap their arms around so we had dancing partners for the whole set (and balance beams in case we got pushed around).

The pinnacle of the evening came near the end of the night – Raine had just finished singing the new single Won’t Back Down and was climbing the scaffolding! He then talked about how much he loved Toronto and always valued growing up here. He admits to having a very happy life (married to Chantal Kreviazuk with three beautiful children, now living in LA), but there’s something about the melancholy of August nights and the neighboring CNE that gets him into a nostalgic state. He then went on to do a beautiful cover of Lana Del Rey’s Summertime Sadness and just at that moment, the CNE Fireworks went off across the water. I didn’t know what to do with myself in that moment – I shed a tear from the profound beauty of the moment – the culmination of a few things: the coincidence of events, the idea that summer was fleeting, and the pure joy of seeing a band that I have so much respect for just own the show. My girls and I held each other, smiling ear to ear with tears across our cheeks and I just wanted to capture that moment in a locket and wear it around my neck.

Raine closed the show with 4 A.M. and as the crowd sang every lyric from the bottom of our hearts, Raine commented that it felt as if we were taking it to Church (…possibly… the church of Our Lady Peace?). It was hard to let the evening go after such an experience, we all walked away so satisfied – my heart was so happy, it felt like a balloon filling with air too quickly – it might have burst! The comradery and good-mood of everyone as we walked out of the venue and through the CNE grounds surpassed my expectations of the night. I am grateful for such a fitting end to The Edge’s Summer Concert Series.

Our Lady Peace


I Mother Earth


Photos by Alicia Atout (@AliciaAtout) | Review by Stefanie Romano (@stefaloves)

Festival Review + Photos: Edgefest 2014 – August 16th (including Our Lady Peace, Sloan, I Mother Earth, + more) The Raine came down on Echo Beach last night…. but (for once) I’m not talking about precipitation!

Vinyl and CD Giveaway: RÜFÜS DU SOL – “Atlas”

will release their electronic-dance record Atlas on August 26th. Courtesy of With A Bullet Promotion, you can win a CD or vinyl copy of the record by following the rules below!

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is fill out the form below and write in your name and mailing address AND follow @AliciaAtout on Twitter and RT this Tweet. The contest will run until Tuesday,…

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