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Month: June 2012

Paper Lions @ El Mocambo

. : : June 15th, 2012 : : . After wrapping up at Yonge-Dundas Square, it was time to get to the El Mocambo. I was expecting a good sized crowd to show up at the Young Lions Music Club showcase, and didn’t want to risk being left in the figurative cold, and opted out of the subway for a quick and easy taxi ride over to the club. As the crowd of thousands poured into the subways and out onto the streets, we decided to head southbound, even though the venue was north-west. It only made sense: as we suspected, northbound lanes were immediately filled…

Rocky Votolato @ KEXP Radio

. : : June 13th, 2012 : : . Have I mentioned recently on this blog how much I love Rocky Votolato? Well, I do. I also love KEXP, a great radio station out of Seattle, WA, that seems to have the absolute best taste in music, and throws huge support behind some great north-eastern bands, such as Death Cab For Cutie, The Long Winters, David Bazan, and, yes, even Rocky Votolato. Each of the aforementioned bands have performed multiple times in-studio for KEXP radio, and the station’s website allows archived streaming in both compressed and uncompressed formats. Wait! Uncompressed formats you say!? Yes, every foreign taper’s…

Matthew Good @ Yonge/Dundas Square (NXNE 2012)

. : : June 15th, 2012 : : . I don’t make it out to NXNE every year. My interest in the festival is directly relative to the amount of bands I know playing it. Which, really, isn’t the point. The whole point of the festival is to sort of hop around and sample a bunch of music — mostly Canadian. In previous years, I’ve fallen deeply, madly in love with bands I’ve discovered for the first time at the NXNE festival. Kathleen Edwards, anyone? Or maybe Colleen Brown, perhaps? Hawksley Workman suit you well? How about Danny Michel? The list goes on and on. But,…

Bahamas @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

. : : June 19th, 2012 : : . I have developed this weird, reverse way of discovering bands through their various side projects. I didn’t get into Cursive, for example, until after falling in love with front man Tim Kasher‘s lighter, popper band, and The Good Life. Similarly, I’d never heard of Bahamas before accidentally stumbling across Afie Jurvanen‘s alter ego, “Country Superstar” Tex Message. Then, I couldn’t stop hearing of him. Shortly after, he made a guest appearance in Kathleen Edwards‘ live CBC performance to launch her album, Voyageur. Then, he was featured on Q With Jian Ghomeshi, which served as my first taste on his Bahamas material. The…

Jonathan Coulton @ Mod Club

. : : June 6th, 2012 : : . I’m not a Jonathan Coulton fan. Not that it’s a bad thing to be. In fact, based on the show I witnessed at Toronto’s Mod Club Theatre earlier this week, I’d say it’s a damn fine thing to be. Never have I seen such an enthusiastic — nae, INTERACTIVE — crowd at an indie rock concert in my life. I don’t mean in the “drunkenly yelling lyrics at the top of your lungs” interactive, nor the “wildly dancing and flailing about with no regard for the people around you” interactive, or even the less annoying “get on…

John Roderick @ Mod Club

. : : June 6th, 2012 : : . It occurs to me that many readers of this blog might not be familiar with it’s top domain, HaterHigh.com. I don’t blame you; the site hasn’t been updated in almost two years. So let me tell you a bit about its history. HaterHigh.com started out as a fansite for The Long Winters. The modest site primarily housed lyrics, guitar tabulature, and live recordings. But, after finishing touring on the back of the band’s latest album Putting The Days To Bed in 2008, the band went on an unusually quiet hiatus. News came down the pipe that…