Young Rival Part II Exploring band identity through recording

Young Rival Live By: Acey Rowe
November 29, 2009

The Beatles meets The Ramones: a dirty vintage sound complimented by cadenced arcs (and without the self-conscious grind of intentional rawness), Young Rival has found a way to make good old rock n’ roll their own.

The past year has seen the release of their third album, a self-titled EP under their new name, followed by a three-month tour across North America. Now back in Hamilton focusing on local shows while their day jobs catch up to them, the members of Young Rival have time to reflect on their identity as a band. 

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Skratch Bastid talks about his new Toronto event kicking off Nov 14

Interview With Skratch Bastid By: Kristen Chamberlain
November 13, 2009

He’s been deejaying for over a decade and has worked with artists from Nas to the Tragically Hip. Now, DJ and producer extraordinaire Skratch Bastid is about to breathe a breath of fresh air into our night life with his new and highly anticipated events, “Skratch Bastid Presents” which kicks off Saturday Nov 14 at Revival Bar on College St.

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You Say Party! We Say Die! Ticket giveaway contest

YSPWSD.jpgWe’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to the Steamwhistle Presents concert series featuring You Say Party! We Say Die!, Think About Life and Little Girls along with DJ Vaneska on the 1’s and 2’s.  The show’s going down on November 20 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St.  Doors at 9 p.m.  All you have to do is tell us a story about why you should have these tickets.  At $12 a pop, we accept stories of brokeness, but make them creative!  Email first and last name along with your story to . Please note this is a 19+ event.  The winner will be contacted by the 18th.  Good luck!

Show Review: Fucked Up Weekend @ Sneaky Dees Night 2

Toronto Band Danger BayBy: David Stuckey

November 8, 2009
I don’t know what I was expecting coming into the show, but it certainly wasn’t the sonic beat down I ended up receiving. I figured the Fucked Up weekend was simply a thinly veiled encouragement for everyone to consume copious amounts of alcohol and/or illegal substances over the course of the music festival. A silly lapse of judgment on my part, in that my face actually melted upon exposure to the bands playing that night.

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Modernboys Moderngirls last minute ticket give away

Modernboys Moderngirls Free ickets
Modernboys Moderngirls Free icketsWe’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to the Modernboys Moderngirls show this Friday November 6 at the Silver Dollar Room.  They’ll be sharing the stage with Darlings of Chelsea and Lemonwilde.  All you have to do is check out their Myspace at and tell us the name of their new CD.  Please email your answer along with your first and last name to .  Winners will be contacted Thursday.  Good luck!

Deadline for SXSW submissions this Friday

South By Southwest Application
South By Southwest ApplicationToronto bands looking to apply to showcase at the 2010 South By Southwest Music conference in Austin, Texas need to do so by midnight on Friday November 6.  The festival will be running March 17-21 and encourages Toronto bands to apply through Sonicbids.  Unfortunately there is a $40 application fee, but the fee also gives bands a six-month membership trial to Sonicbids.  Last year’s Toronto performers included Sebastien Grainger, Emma-Lee, The D’Urbervilles, the Mark Inside, Magneta Lane and more.

Here are some helpful links provided by Sonicbids whether you’re applying to SXSW or not.

SXSW application page:

Audio interview with Brad First from SXSW’s election committee giving advice to bands:

Blog post sharing tips/advice from SXSW’s chief music director: