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The four above adjectives could be used to describe just about any punk rock band from the Sex Pistols to Green Day to Rancid, but these words actually come from the official website of the band known as the Saigon Hookers. Boasting perhaps one of the most comical band names around, the Hookers are a down and dirty three piece indie rock band originating from the town of Kitchener, Ontario intent on rekindling a classic conception of punk rock. Not only is the band’s music fast and furious, but so is their work ethic.
on Dec 13, 2006
One of the most perplexing questions that critics, fans and record executives have all pondered for decades is who’s going to make it big in the mainstream? It’s really an impossibility to predict as year after year bands seemingly come out of no where and take the rock and metal world by storm with a multi-platinum selling record and a bunch of hit singles.
on Nov 27, 2006
The Marble Index. Sound familiar? The name, which originated from a solo record by former Velvet Underground chanteuse, Nico, has now resurrected in the form of a durable trio with something to prove - they are here to stay! The Marble Index is a three-piece sensation from the unlikely Steel Town - Hamilton Ontario.
on Nov 15, 2006
It’s a strange phenomenon, but there seems to be something special about bands that only stay together for a short span. Take for instance The Beatles or Led Zeppelin, two of rock and roll’s greatest ever groups and they each lasted only one decade. Nirvana, the most popular rock band of the 1990s, lasted only about seven years before the band split up...
on Nov 15, 2006
Within the world of popular music, there’s no telling what’s going to be the next big thing. This holds true for musical acts from all different genres with unlikely stars emerging all the time, but there is perhaps one exception to this rule and that’s the celebrity band. Every once in a while, a celebrity, most commonly a Hollywood actor, decides that their ego...
on Oct 25, 2006
"You know where you are? You’re in the jungle baby, you’re gonna die..." Guns N’ Roses dominated the 80’s and early 90’s with their hard rock, glam pop rock, metal, bluesy style of music when at a time pop dance music and pop metal was dominating the music charts.
on Oct 23, 2006
In a world of diversity, it only seems appropriate that musical mastermind Daniel Victor would bring such diversity to the music industry. Born and bred in Windsor, Ontario, Daniel Victor was recognized for his obsession with music, playing his hand at every instrument you can name - guitar, bass, drums, organ, strings, mellotron, all of which he plays in his revolutionary collaborative album.
on Oct 04, 2006
Historians, music scholars and even normal, everyday people often like to debate about who is truly responsible for creating rock and roll music. Some credit Elvis Presley or Chuck Barry for this groundbreaking creation, but then others argue that they were simply popularizing a genre of music that African Americans had developed years prior in the southern United States.
on Oct 03, 2006
It’s been quite a while since the world saw the renaissance of rock and roll in its most down and dirty form. Back in the 1970s, bands such as Led Zeppelin and later on The Sex Pistols encompassed this version of rock where the music was hard, fast, electric and catchy. Nevertheless, music aside, just as important in establishing this “dirty” rock was the attitude.
on Sep 27, 2006
One disturbing trend that has arisen over the last decade or so in the music industry is the gross amount of rock bands (and pop acts) that sound the same. Once a band with a defining sound makes a mark in the mainstream, major labels will flock to any other act that has a close resemblance in the way they sound.
on Sep 20, 2006
If you’re a fan of rock or metal music on any level, you’re bound to have at least heard of the band Slipknot. Well, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has been active with his other band Stone Sour.
on Sep 02, 2006
When we hear the world rock and roll, we usually think of a few key things. Think about it for a moment, it’s most likely that you’ll think of such rock staples as the electric guitar, leather jackets and tight jeans and four guys with attitude performing their songs on a stage before a huge crowd of people. When we associate such an image with a band, we might think of...
on Aug 17, 2006
Picture this: You’re in a dark room with lights flashing on and off and it’s extremely loud. Right in front of you stands eight fear provoking men wearing matching clothes and black and white masks that resemble characters from the Spawn comic book. While it might sound like I’m describing a child’s worst nightmare, I’m actually portraying...
on Aug 14, 2006
Straight from the Hammer or better known as Hamilton, Ontario comes the five piece alternative rock band known as Everything At Once. Everything At Once is currently one of the most promising indie rock acts in Ontario, largely thanks to a lot of hard work and perseverance. Like so many famous rock acts, Everything At Once was formed and is fronted by two brothers...
on Aug 06, 2006
The English dictionary defines the following words as: Idle: lazy, indolent, not in use, unoccupied, purposeless. Son: male descendent or inheritor of a quality. While at first glance these two words would not seem to have anything in common, when put together, they make a pretty damn good Canadian rock band.
on Jul 30, 2006
One trend that has become far too common in new rock and alternative music over the last several years is the lack of diversity in sound between different bands. We saw it with all the grunge bands that became popular in the early to mid ‘90s and then the nu-metal/rap rock movement of the early twenty-first century.
on Jul 07, 2006
There is really no clear answer, but for decades now ever since rock music became popular, people have debated about what are the main ingredients for a good rock and roll band. Is it technical precision and musicianship? Is it flashy production? What about appearance? All of these things can be important, but what about bands like the Ramones...
on Jun 18, 2006
When we think of Australia, usually a few key thoughts come to mind. We think of kangaroos, really tall cans of beer and most definitely Crocodile Dundee. But in terms of rock music, the only real bands that stick out are groups such as AC/DC, Midnight Oil, Silverchair, and more recently The Vines. While most of the aforementioned bands have long passed their prime...
on May 14, 2006
For some time now in the world of alternative rock music, there seems to be a stigma attached to rock artists that originate from the country of Canada. Many fans of this genre of music have developed a bias that it is impossible, or at least highly unlikely, that any rock artist that was born and grew up in Canada is actually better or just as good...
on Apr 24, 2006
One trend evident in the world of new rock the last few years has been the forming of brand new bands by previously famous names of the mid 1990s. We’ve seen it with Audioslave, Velvet Revolver, the new Richard Patrick, Dean and Robert Deleo project titled Army of Anyone and now, Gavin Rossdale’s new band called Institute.
on Mar 20, 2006

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