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Month: July 2012

Terra Lightfoot @ Drake Underground

. : : October 30th, 2011 : : . I spent much of Terra Lightfoot‘s set at the Drake Underground wondering why she seemed so familiar to me. I’m pretty sure it didn’t occur to me until later that she was Julie Fader‘s guitarist at a show I’d seen her opening for Kathleen Edwards at the Dakota Tavern a year or two earlier. Julie Fader’s set was, perhaps somewhat infamously, reviewed somewhat poorly, but luckily, Terra’s set was a significantly more engaging. The set especially picked up in the second half of the evening, during set highlight of the evening, the as-of-yet unreleased Never Will. The song has got a great…

Lou Canon @ Drake Underground

. : : October 23rd, 2011 : : . Over the last few months, I’ve amassed quite a few recordings. Most of them are already up here, and perhaps you’ve listened to a few? But sometime last fall, when great concerts were coming fast and furious, and I was seeing almost a dozen bands a week, I sort of fell behind a bit. I’ve never been able to quite catch up, but I think, some ten odd months later, it’s time to start clearing out the back log. So, for the next few updates, I’m going to try a new format. One…

Colleen Brown @ Cameron House

. : : July 4th, 2012 : : . If there’s one thing that can be said about Colleen Brown, it’s that she doesn’t stay in one place, musically speaking, for very long. When I first discovered her back in the spring of 2010, she was touring behind the re-release of Foot In Heart on Emm Gryner‘s Dead Daisy Records label. Since the original Foot In Heart was released independently three years earlier, it was only natural she was road testing new material — much of which would end up on her most recent LP, last year’s Collen Brown’s DIRT, and the rest of which would eventually be unfortunately…

The Rest @ Drake Underground

. : : June 22nd, 2012 : : . It’s near impossible to talk about The Rest and their latest effort Seesaw, without discussing the storied history of the album. It’s been repeated ad nauseum; nary an article reviewing the album has managed to be written without contextualizing it within its colourful history. It’s become almost a trite, tired cliche that the review of the work comes secondary to a re-telling of its troubled past, which is a shame. After all, the album isn’t informed one note by the hard drive crash that all but erased it from existence. Not one song is influenced by…

Paper Lions @ Yonge/Dundas Square

. : : June 29th, 2012 : : . Virgin Mobile is putting on an Indie Showcase this summer; each Friday evening, a new independent band will be performing two showcase performances in the heart of the city, Dundas Square. There will be no openers, no cover charge, aDnd really, no reason not to go. Kicking off the summer event was Paper Lions, whose music is a well-documented love of mine, but after Paper Lions’ somewhat underwhelming set at NXNE festival, I checked my high expectations at the proverbial door. After all, how could the sound and atmosphere at Dundas Square, a cleared…

Limblifter @ El Mocambo

. : : June 16th, 2012 : : . We decided after the Kathleen Edwards set to head back to my apartment for a quick cat nap and a pot of Kraft Dinner. It was on the way back that my Twitter feed lit up with news of the Downsview Park tragedy that had struck before the Radiohead show set to take place only hours later. We were surrounded by forlorn concert-goers, many of whom were finding out about the events through looped pre-recorded messages playing over the PA system in all TTC Subway Stations. Our plans remained steadfast, however: we were going to be catching the Limblifter reunion at…

Kathleen Edwards @ The Hub (Luminato 2012)

. : : June 16th, 2012 : : . A shit ton of you have all but certainly been waiting patiently for my latest Kathleen Edwards recording. There is quite the story as to why I don’t have it for you. It could be summed up in one sentence, I am sure, but where is the fun in that? After getting home from the previous night’s NXNE festivities, we were allotted some five hours of sleep before getting up and getting ready for a brunch meeting with out of town friends. We were scheduled to meet at 11am; more than enough time to get…

Dwayne Gretzky @ El Mocambo

. : : June 15th, 2012 : : . Starting a cover band is a strange and insanely difficult thing to do. Almost all cover bands require a underlying theme that tie together the performance. Whether you’re a cover band solely dedicated to tribute a specific band (ie. Rain, the touring Broadway Beatles cover band), decade (ie. 70’s), genre (ie. 80’s pop), or combination of the three, you’re virtually guaranteed a built-in audience — but also one that’s extremely limited by pre-existing fandom of the artist or style you’re performing. You also lock yourself into a bit of a box. After all, no one cares…

Teenage Kicks @ El Mocambo

. : : June 15th, 2012 : : . If my Facebook page is any indication, Teenage Kicks are THE current buzz band in Toronto. I had been meaning to catch one of their shows for some time, but being unfamiliar with their work made it difficult to muster up that last little bit of energy between intent and execution. Fortunately, my love of Paper Lions, favourable experience with Dwayne Gretzky, and Teenage Kicks’ spot on the bill between the two, meant that I had no excuse not to catch them this go around. Not that unfamiliarity was ever a particularly valid excuse: the band has…