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Month: July 2010

Meaghan Smith @ Drake Underground

. : : July 26th, 2010 : : . When Spring rolls around, you can usually count on a few big concert announcements that get you really jazzed for the summer season. This year, it was announcements that Roger Waters would come in September and play Pink Floyd‘s The Wall in its entirety. Paul McCartney was also coming to town, which is a big deal, whether he’s promoting a new album or not. But where were all the important indie shows? Even Canadian Ryan Dahle, formally of Limblifter and Age of Electric, keeps teasing at Ontario dates, but hasn’t made it over since a show I regrettably missed last November. Ra Ra Riot would be…

Colleen Brown @ Drake Underground

. : : July 26th, 2010 : : . Wow! Four posted Colleen Brown shows in five weeks? An astounding feat for an artist that, until this year’s recent North By North East (NXNE) festival, didn’t even register on my radar. Certainly, Colleen Brown was this year’s exceptional find at my two-day, limited experience at the city-wide musical circus, and my love of and deep appreciation for her music has deepened with back-to-back-to-back-to-back phenomenal performances. I was a bit concerned that so frequent blog updates dedicated to Ms. Brown would over-saturate any interest in the performer from my dedicated readers, but positive fan feedback has been…

Colleen Brown @ Horseshoe Tavern

. : : July 13th, 2010 : : . Following Dark Mean on Tuesday’s Dave Bookman‘s Nu Music Night was Colleen Brown — my reason for coming out for another night of beautiful music in spite of a looming double shift in the morning. The crowd had dispersed after the opening bands set, some to the bar, some to the pool table, some outside for a cigarette, and some to a table for a bit of comfort and conversation. Surprisingly, they were slow and hesitant to come back once Colleen started her set. She opened again with the infectious Red Light Green Light, but the attentive few stood…

Dark Mean @ Horseshoe Tavern

      . : : July 13th, 2010 : : . It is Dave Bookman’s New Music Night at the Horseshoe Tavern. The last time I came her for the coverless Bookman night was 7 years and one month ago, for a criminally under attended The Long Winters set. I brought two friends, and short of the band, the sound guy, two people making out, a fellow taper and two other good-natured patrons, the room was empty. Five minutes before the first band tonight, its not looking much more promising. There’s a couple against the wall looking very intimate, and no more…

Colleen Brown @ Drake Underground

      . : : July 12th, 2010 : : . I arrive at the Drake Hotel at 5 minutes to 9. I’m almost out of breath with rushing, as a city bus didn’t arrive and I’m a bit behind schedule. Worried that I wouldn’t have time to set up my mics and format my SD card (why didn’t I do that on the subway?!), I shuffle in and head straight to The Underground. The doors are locked. Odd, I think as I step outside and consult my Blackberry to confirm that I am in the right place on the right date.…

Matthew Good @ Status Lounge

. : : July 1st, 2010 : : . My interest in Canadian alt-rock was minimal at best throughout high school. While I eventually got into bands such as Moist and Our Lady Peace, it wasn’t until their sophomore albums, well after the bands had been established as a Big Deal. More frequently, however, were others like I Mother Earth and Matthew Good Band, who barely registered on my radar. In the late 90’s, I’d become enamored with the grungier side of alternative music: the Smashing Pumpkins, Bush, Nirvana and Placebo were at the top of my musical interests, and these bands almost exclusively originated from the United States and Britain. I…