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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7.5 / 10

Elbow are a rare critical gem. A paragon of pop music's validity, this subtle outfit puts forth another solid album with the title of Build a Rocket…
By on Apr 22, 2011

7 / 10

Philadelphia's Restorations offer 8 tracks on their debut full length, recently released on Tiny Engines, and although it's a small dosage it keeps t…
By on Apr 11, 2011

8 / 10

The newest full length from Philly's One Win Choice is a visceral beating; and you'll enjoy it like the masochistic fiend you are. Or at least you'll…
By on Apr 11, 2011

8.5 / 10

At least we didn’t have to deal with the burgeoning, incendiary build-up of anticipation for the newest Radiohead release. We have to thank the Oxfor…
By on Mar 10, 2011

7.5 / 10

With a pinch of punk and a splash of folk, Restorations debut their style with the promising EP Strange Behavior. From gruff vocals to buoyant melodi…
By on Mar 10, 2011

8 / 10

Scottish post-rock legends Mogwai have released their newest full length, and if the music is anything to go by, it seems that Glasgow is getting sun…
By on Mar 10, 2011

8 / 10

Propelled by their newest release, Whitby’s favourite metal-heads are making huge waves with their brand of tech-rock insanity. "C'est La Vie" is the…
By on Feb 28, 2011

7.5 / 10

Are you a Canadian metal fan wishing for a home grown band to stand up to the likes of Isis, Pelican and Russian Circles? Well, your days of hopeless…
By on Feb 28, 2011

8 / 10

Atlanta’s Campaign continues two traditions with their newest release: taking full advantage of the green-screen photo-op, and perfecting the extende…
By on Feb 13, 2011

7 / 10

Pop-Punk is a perplexing realm where embarrassing adolescent whining is barely held in check by frenetic energy; needless to say, it’s a difficult ge…
By on Feb 11, 2011

8 / 10

Is This It was seminal, epochal, and renowned worldwide, but The Strokes have yet to find that garage-rock perfection since their early years. They ca…
By on Feb 11, 2011

7 / 10

Despite the dubious name choice, Antillectual deserve credit for being one of those European bands who manage to play American punk rock better than…
By on Feb 08, 2011

8 / 10

The trajectory of this Scranton band is a dilatory process; with members in and out of post-secondary education the band seems to constantly fall sho…
By on Feb 03, 2011

7.5 / 10

Annabel came forth with a new EP, Here We Are Tomorrow, at the end of 2010 and "The Forgetting of Names and Faces" is the standout track. The bright,…
By on Jan 29, 2011

8 / 10

After The Fall’s newest disc Eradication rails at breakneck speed without relent: 14 tracks; 25minutes. The driving velocity is what pulls you in, bu…
By on Jan 29, 2011

7 / 10

Vancouver’s Carpenter is bright and infectious while remaining committed and conscientious. Known for covering the struggle of local Canadian farmers…
By on Jan 17, 2011

5 / 10

“We Used To Be In Love” is the first single off of The Sainte Catherines’ new album Fireworks. The song title might represent how long-time fans of t…
By on Jan 12, 2011

6.5 / 10

With some pinch harmonics, 70’s inspired riffing and an anachronistic fashion sense, Hey Sugar look to merge some unlikely genres; hardcore, classic…
By on Jan 12, 2011

8 / 10

The Dears have always seemed to hover around a certain point; bright, slightly melodramatic rock that’s steady, but never quite phenomenal; always so…
By on Jan 05, 2011

7 / 10

Girls are a California outfit built around the duo of Chistopher Owens and Chet “JR” White. At this point, if you’re even remotely plugged into the ‘…
By on Dec 13, 2010

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