Music news from Toronto and beyond. Profiles on your favorite local bands and coverage of local gigs. Featuring columns by Jeff Jones.
In my first column for Swept, I lamented the end of the radio as a meeting place for music lovers and what that would mean for the discovery of new music. I suppose one of my goals here at Swept is to spread the word about music I come across that might be your thing.... More
“One good thing about music; when it hits, you feel no pain.â€ť - Bob Marley Music seems to have the power to heal. Maybe not always, certainly not completely, and obviously more mentally than physically. At least, I know it does for me. Actually, I know it does for you, too. In 2001, a study... More
In the spirit of the previous column about introductions, let me introduce you to a great new rock band with a classic feel. Goodnight, Sunrise has a warm, dirtyÂ rock sound that sits over a tight groove. With shared lead vocals, a keytar and plenty of heart they evoke the ’70s for sure, but they are... More
Hey, that #1 up there looks pretty good. The start of something good, perhaps? So fresh and new…but a little bit daunting too. Now, I donâ€™t mean to begin by hurling aspersions at the inherent wisdom of iconic 80â€™s pop/rock wisdom but the hardest part for me has never been the waiting. Waiting is building.... More
If ever you find yourself searching for music to somehow soothe your mind yet still shake your booty, look no further than Redbrick. This stripped-down, deep soul outfit will take you there. Take a few minutes and listen to them doing their thing at The Central in Toronto. You’ll be glad you did. ... More
By way of introduction let me say this: I love music. Itâ€™s really this simple. Truly, madly and deeply. Love. I often struggle to express this, precisely because of its simplicity. Walls donâ€™t break and skies donâ€™t fall; the world turns and life keeps on keepinâ€™ on. Yet, through the chaos of any given day... More
Not all people have this thing called passion. It’s a powerful force that lies within. It forces you to face your fears, pushes you to success, and brings you an indescribable and overwhelming sense of joy. Left with nothing but the drive to succeed, 3Versatile, a Toronto-based band, have committed their lives to the hopeful... More