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Month: May 2012

Rocky Votolato @ Drake Underground

. : : May 19th, 2012 : : . Rocky Votolato, like so many other independent artists with the accumulated fan base that comes with just the right mixture of hard work and good luck, took to Kickstarter to campaign for funding for his album, Television of Saints. The album, his eighth solo effort I believe, was his first following the closing of his contract with Seattle indie label juggernauts, Barsuk Records. It was Barsuk Records that re-introduced me to Rocky (I was introduced to his as an opener a couple of years earlier. The only thing that stands out about the performance…

Amelia Curran @ Glenn Gould Studio

. : : May 15th, 2012 : : . Amelia Curran is my constant reminder for giving second chances. The first time I saw her perform, I gave her performance the sole negative review in a show that featured a dozen or more Canadian performers. Admittedly, I saw potential, and (although I wasn’t sure why) went to see her perform at Glenn Gould Studio in the closing weeks of 2010. I was blown away by a beautiful, engaging show. The next time I saw her perform, opening for Whitehorse a couple of months ago at the Winter Garden Theatre, I thought the performance was good, but leaning more…

Pearl and the Beard @ Drake Underground

. : : May 10th, 2012 : : . I’ve long admired Wesley Verhoeve‘s business model for his New York City-based record label, Family Records. One of my favourite practices is a process called cross-pollination. As a fan of the label’s Wakey!Wakey!, I purchased some of their older, hard-to-get (and now sold out, out of production) albums from their website. Along with instantaneous download to the album while waiting for the postman to do his duty was a link to a digital mix CD, showcasing a song or two of each of the label’s top talents. If I remember correctly, the first song on that…

Kathleen Edwards @ NBC TV Studios

. : : May 4th, 2012 : : . Sorry for the quiet last few weeks, chums. I recently started a new job that requires more time and attention — especially since I’m still learning just how to do it. Fret not for the future of this blog: I intend to keep at it, and have a handful of concerts lined up this month and next, not to mention the still dozens strong backlog of recordings from last fall and winter. No matter how busy I am, though, I will always drop everything for Kathleen Edwards, who performed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last…