Mike Wardlaw

Mike Wardlaw

Line Editor (Toronto, ON, Canada)
- Mike is a PureGrain vet back for round two, always searching for new ways to write about the music he loves. A musician, punk rock fan, and selective sports-guru, he’s on the lookout for music that pushes boundaries, challenges assumptions, and generally just causes mass hysteria.
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Cincinnati, Ohio’s rock n’ roll supergroup Cool Life (featuring members of Foxy Shazam, The Skulx, Cadaver Dogs, and Honeyspiders) join us for Stereo…
By on Aug 30, 2018
Quite familiar with pummelling ears with crushing walls of sonic, Netherlands bassist Chealsea “Thee Chuq” Wierbonski joins us for the newest entry i…
By on Aug 20, 2018

Recorded at the Foo Fighter’s Studio 606 with Steve Evetts, Denver, Colorado’s In The Whale dropped their snarling, slamming EP Dopamine on August 3rd…
By on Aug 16, 2018
We’re telling the truth! Fun, dark-pop rockers Pravada are offering a free download of their latest single, “Jessica Lies“ - off of 2018’s Still the…
By on Aug 11, 2018
How about skipping The Ridiculous 6 for now, and listening to “Bad Western” instead. We’re offering the plaintive, heartfelt “Sainte Something” as a…
By on Jul 28, 2018
Weesp is offering a free download of “Who We Are” from their recent album Black Sails. Come give it a listen and get your daily Eastern European, alt-…
By on Jun 01, 2018
Come and grab a free download of the “Lose It” single from Canadian indie rocker Danielle Duvall; a sharp, melodic indie rock burner soaked with warm…
By on May 23, 2018
On the festival's South stage, by far the smallest of the three, Torrance, California's Joyce Manor and their A.D.D brand of catchy punk rock capped…
By on Jul 07, 2014

6.5 / 10

Tigers Jaw lose three-fifths of their band and the line, "I started this fire and I watched it burn to the ground," – whether clairvoyant or reaction…
By on Jul 02, 2014

8 / 10

Bay Area screamo gets a hell of a lot snappier with Yearbooks' debut EP See You Next Year. This Oakland four-piece comes with a smattering of members…
By on Jun 16, 2014

6.5 / 10

As a mostly-instrumental two-piece, Florida's World’s Strongest Man uses layered, delayed and reverb-soaked guitars with driving percussion to mainta…
By on Jun 11, 2014

6 / 10

I'm a sucker for everything Gainesville, Florida's Dikembe touches – hell, I even liked their Mariah Carey cover – so naturally their effort on this…
By on May 28, 2014

8 / 10

With who I'm pretty certain is Dr. Manhattan staring off the album cover, melancholic and ruminative as he wills the world to disintegrate around him…
By on May 01, 2014

6 / 10

Florida spits out another noisy punk unit with Orlando's Among Giants. Back and Forth isn't a debut, but for many it will be their first listen of th…
By on Apr 14, 2014

7 / 10

Teen Agers' full-length I Hate It is an album of temperate pop-punk anthems lost between the genre's generations of relevance, whose punch neither re…
By on Mar 21, 2014

7 / 10

The newest offering from Pennsylvania's Title Fight is a quick collection that works as a go-between for 2012's Floral Green and whatever is to come…
By on Jan 22, 2014

7.5 / 10

Sleepy Sun's fourth album Maui Tears is an assured deliverance of psych-rock; fuzzed and elasticized into epic, tangible landscapes that hook and pul…
By on Dec 10, 2013

7 / 10

In the end, as per most splits, the division is a little jarring, but when you take parts of Tigers Jaw and hadron-collide with bourbon fuelled folk…
By on Oct 21, 2013
When Frightened Rabbit took to the stage for their mammoth 20 song set, there was no doubt as to how elite of an act the Scottish unit had become.
By on Oct 18, 2013

6 / 10

Richmond, Virginia's Brief Lives released a laconic EP in the Spring, channeling a DC-inspired, Fugazi-heavy sound to add a third release to their sm…
By on Oct 03, 2013

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