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Month: May 2011

Portugal. The Man @ Lee’s Palace

. : : May 27th, 2011 : : . I came upon Portugal. the Man quite by accident. Really, it had just been a while since I’d gone to see my friends in Arietta play a set, and our schedules had finally aligned. Arietta scored an opening spot for the Alaskan-based band at the Reverb — a small room above the more spacey Kathedral concert venue (They’re now both sadly defunct). Of the two dozen or so people who attended the show that night, I have a feeling a good chunk of them were actually there for the local openers than the international headliners. But those who stuck around to…

Telekinesis @ Lee’s Palace

. : : May 27th, 2011 : : . I discovered Telekinesis in an unusual way. The band’s only permanent member and brainchild, Michael Lerner, sat in on drums for The Long Winters for a set shortly after Nabil Ayers migrated east. In a posting on the official Long Winters message board, a reviewer made special mention of Lerner, under-scoring its note-worthiness as Telekinesis, not only a local indie rock band but Michael is also the younger brother of Erika Lerner, a member of Barsuk Records‘ (the Long Winters’ label) management team. As a Barsuk street teamer for Toronto, I reported back to Erika, and we had a good rapport. It…

Rootstock 2010 @ Jackson-Triggs

Didn’t make it to this show, but luckily, CBC Radio did! Rootstock is an annual festival put on by the Jackson-Triggs winery in Niagara-On-The-Lake. Only two years into its legacy, and it’s already played host to Jim Cuddy, Kathleen Edwards, Tom Cochrane, and (as featured here), Steven Page, Hawksley Workman, Joel Plaskett and Sarah Sleen. The sound quality, as always for CBC, is astounding. The performances are a bit more of a mixed bag, but more than justify a download from fans of the performers. Hawksley Workman’s Autumn’s Here is especially loose and hilarious, featuring an impromptu harmonica solo by (what I can only assume is) an audience member. Give this recording…

Maria Taylor @ Horseshoe Tavern

Has it really only been two years since I last saw Maria Taylor perform a solo set in Toronto? It seems like it’s been much longer, underscored by the fact that her last trip north of the border was as a part of the duo, Azure Ray, which left me with a sour taste in my mouth and a strong desire to see another Maria Taylor showcase. I never expected at the Azure Ray show that my wish would be granted a mere six months later. Sure, it was a truncated opening set for ex-Drive By Truckers member Jason Isbell, but it was at the Horseshoe…

Death Cab For Cutie @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

. : : May 18th, 2011 : : . I credit Death Cab For Cutie with my interest in indie pop/rock music. A friend and fellow taper turned me onto them with a copy of his recording of a recent show they played at the *tiny* local venue, The Reverb, usually reserved for little-known local bands. It was shortly upon the release of their third album, The Photo Album, which virtually single-handedly changed my musical interests. Death Cab For Cutie became THE band I listened to, almost non-stop. New friends and acquaintances as a freshman in university would raise a confused eyebrow when I always listed…