Bass virtuoso Tal Wilkenfeld raves about her band before they blow Vancouver away

By Steve Newton Tal Wilkenfeld played the Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver a couple nights ago, and man, did she impress. Aside from the stunning bass playing she's best known for, the 29-year-old showed great promise as a singer-songwriter as well. My wife kept raving about the poetry in her original tunes, and I had to … Continue reading Bass virtuoso Tal Wilkenfeld raves about her band before they blow Vancouver away

Cy Curnin of the Fixx talks paranoia and censorship in 1984

By Steve Newton Thirty years ago today--on October 13, 1984--British pop-rock/new-wave group the Fixx played Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The previous year the band had had a million-selling album called Reach the Beach, which you may recall for the hit single "One Thing Leads to Another". In advance of the show I interviewed frontman Cy Curnin … Continue reading Cy Curnin of the Fixx talks paranoia and censorship in 1984

The spirit of Mick Ronson inspires the Payola$ at the Town Pump

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 20, 1994 Ya gotta like that Bob Rock guy. When he gets tired of producing platinum-plus CDs for bands like Metallica and Mötley Crüe, he forms his own group, Rockhead, and gets back to his ’70s-rock roots with melodic, radio-friendly sing-along tunes such as “Bed of Roses” and … Continue reading The spirit of Mick Ronson inspires the Payola$ at the Town Pump