The soulful yet raucous Chicago trio Empires are making their way back across North American stages this summer with a promising stop at Toronto’s own Horseshoe Tavern this Tuesday (June 26th).
Armed with new tunes off their June 12th release Garage Hymns, vocalist Sean Van Vleet and guitarists Tom Conrad and Max Steger are hitting familiar and foreign stages to spread the new noise.
With song titles like “Lord Have Mercy,” “Hell’s Heroes,” and “Hitchhiker,” the album delivers just what it promises: roaring, rowdy, and relentless rock n’ roll music. The band’s signature heartfelt lyrics are laced with Van Vleet’s raspy, determined vocals and a mixture of hard-hitting riffs and heavy drumming holding the pieces together.
When William Beckett hit the stage solo after breaking off from Chicago band The Academy Is…, he chose to keep it small, tight and intimate. “That’s how I started when I was a 17-year-old kid on the acoustic guitar, sitting on a barstool with a really bad haircut,” he told INK. “Now I’ve lost the stool — and I still have a bad haircut.” We sat with him hours before his show in Toronto and were pleased to have a refreshingly candid conversation about his smokescreen past, his bright aspirations and, well, writing a song for One Direction. The more you know.
Our guest photographer Jen Hopper captured the essence of a William Beckett solo show with her words and photos. Enjoy her review and photographs from ‘An Evening With William Beckett’ in Grand Rapids below!
On the third date of his solo tour, Walk the Talk, William Beckett stopped in the arcade district of Grand Rapids, MI to play the Pyramid Scheme to an intimate room of no more than a couple dozen.
It’s no easy feat, packing Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre on a Tuesday night (April 17), but young and old fans flocked to see the All-American Rejects make their return to the stage with their brand new album, Kids in the Street. The boys opened with long-standing fan-favourite “Dirty Little Secret” and were their usual quirky selves throughout. Eccentric frontman Tyson Ritter strutted around stage with a hop in his step and a sway to his hips, setting the tone for the show early on by knocking over his mic stand mid-song, falling to his knees, and all but devouring his microphone.