Chris Rock Chris Rock made the wrong kind of headlines recently when he told an audience in New York’s Comedy Cellar about his disinclination to employ women. “They shout rape because they need money,” the smart-talking stand-up star clarified, before going on to create Harvey Weinstein jokes. The audience was reportedly tense and silent as… Read More


A star-studded lineup which included Sting, Feist and k.d lang delivered psychological musical tributes to Leonard Cohen in front of a rapt audience at Montreal’s Bell Centre on Monday. The concert, titled “Tower of Song,” happened on the eve of this one-year anniversary of the Canadian singer-songwriter’s passing last November at age 82. It started… Read More


“She’s never late,” the publicist is saying, referring to the singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman. “This isn’t like her,” she continues. We sit in a cozy coffee shop, make small talk and wait on the woman taking her time. The new album from Lindeman bears the name of her folk-rock band, The Weather Station. The lineup fluctuates;… Read More


This article was originally published on Wed., Nov. 28, 1984. Such a peculiar evening it had been. At 6:30, the O’Keefe Centre’s house lights dimmed, the chatter of the crowd dimmed to whispers, and then silence. The white grand piano appeared on stage left: Fats Domino – the larger-than- life figure of the rolling New… Read More


For at least a decade, former Pink Floyd front man Roger Waters has loudly protested policies of the Israeli authorities he maintains amount to an occupation and collective punishment of Palestinians. It has attracted criticism so acute that now, Mr. Waters has a word of warning for people who want to join the motion of… Read More


It is not surprising that the creators of the international Unsound Festival – a music festival that specializes in the non-verbal and the experiential – would choose Halloween as a peg on which to hang a couple of concerts of atmospheric music, played on instruments both conventional and electronic. The festival originates in Poland, the… Read More