Author: Thierry Côté

When Thierry Côté isn't absorbing popular culture minutiae, he spends most of his time researching music, politics and international relations. He lives behind the digital Iron Curtain that is the Canadian border, where he likes to complain about his lack of access to Hulu, Spotify, Amazon MP3 deals, and most of what the rest of the Popdose staff enjoys freely. You can read his musings about music and politics at http://sonicweapons.net.

Concert Reviews, Music

Concert Review: Rick Astley, Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, 10/9/16

It is easy in the post-rickrolling era to forget the level of popularity that Rick Astley achieved during his late-1980s peak. With 40...

Concert Reviews, Music

Concert Review: Maxwell, Massey Hall, Toronto, 7/5/16

Back in 2009, when Maxwell’s critically acclaimed BLACKsummer’snight marked the singer’s return following an eight-year...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: McAlmont & Butler, “The Sound of … McAlmont & Butler”

Even the best laid plans never quite work out as expected. When David McAlmont first met Bernard Butler in London’s Jazz Café in...

Concert Reviews, Music

Concert Review: Flow 93.5 FM’s Throwback Birthday Bash, TD Echo Beach, Toronto, 9/27/15

Flow 93.5 has long been Toronto’s pre-eminent R&B/hip-hop radio station, but in recent years it has begun to tweak its format to...

Concert Reviews, Music

Concert Review: U2, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, 7/6/15

For a group that once loudly and proudly proclaimed that they were reapplying for the job of best band in the world, U2 have faced their...

Concert Reviews, Music

Concert Review: Prince & 3rdEyeGirl, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, 5/19/15 (11 PM Show)

Well, he owed Toronto this much! No, Prince Rogers Nelson does not really owe anything to anyone, of course, but after speculation and...

Music, Video Premieres

Popdose Video Premiere: Julien Sagot, “Docteur C”

Perhaps best known as percussionist for Polaris Music Prize winners Karkwa, Québec’s Julien Sagot has been making a name for...

Concert Reviews, Music

Concert Review: Ryan Adams, Massey Hall, Toronto, 11/12/14

Nearly a decade removed from Ryan Adams’s most prolific year, when he released three full-lengths over seven months (while leaving...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: The Paul & John, “Inner Sunset”

With a name that knowingly evokes the Beatles and the pinnacle of pop songwriting, The Paul & John set expectations sky-high for their...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Billy Joel, “A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia”

When word leaked that 2014 would see an expanded edition of Kohuept, many Billy Joel fans were left scratching their heads. Originally...

Concert Reviews, Music

Concert Review: Neil Finn, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto, 4/5/14

Going all the way back his days in Split Enz, Neil Finn has always found a welcoming audience in Canada (that group’s True Colours...

Film, Film Reviews

Film Review: “Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records”

Initially conceived as an outlet to release the music of the late MC – and friend of label co-founder Chris Manak (Peanut Butter Wolf)...

Concert Reviews, Music

Concert Review: Paramore, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, 11/20/13

Few bands have recovered from the kind of turmoil that engulfed Paramore following the release of its third album, the excellent Brand New...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: The Heavy Blinkers, “Health”

Following the releases of new albums by David Bowie, My Bloody Valentine and Justin Timberlake, 2013 might go down as the year of the...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Orval Carlos Sibelius, “Super Forma”

At a time when albums are teased, hyped, leaked, dissected, discarded and re-evaluated before they are even officially released, it has...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Rage Against the Machine, “Rage Against the Machine XX”

Trying to listen to a classic, groundbreaking album like Rage Against the Machine with fresh ears two decades after its release can often...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Shovels & Rope, “O’ Be Joyful”

Despite a name perhaps more fitting for a pair of gold-hearted outlaws in a 1960s revisionist Western, Shovels & Rope – Michael...