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Month: December 2013

Iron & Wine and Calexico @ NBC Studios

. : : December 11th, 2013 : : . After a slew of frequent updates all in a row, I was planning on taking another (much shorter) break from the blog for the holiday season to spend time with my new family and prepare for the festivities. Ah, but the best laid plans of mice and men… Popular talk show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, of all things, was the thing to bring me back. More specifically, last night’s closing performance by Iron and Wine, Calexico, Glen Hansard, and HaterHigh.com perpetual favourite, the lovely Kathleen Edwards. Knowing many of my readers as as big of fans of…

Meaghan Smith @ Pearl Company

. : : December 5th, 2012 : : . A lot can change in a year. This time last year, I wasn’t feeling very festive. Years of working in a shopping mall have soured me on Christmas a bit. The incessant Christmas songs blaring over the PA the minute Hallowe’en ends, the unabashed consumerism, the entitlement and attitudes from stressed out holiday shoppers, the hustle-bustle of the crowds… well, it wasn’t the magical season of merriment that it was when I was a kid. If there’s one thing Canadian singer-songwriter and Juno award winner Meaghan Smith isn’t lacking, however, it’s youthful merriment and…

Limblifter @ Lee’s Palace

. : : November 30th, 2012 : : . Limblifter reunited for a special performance at North By North-East in Toronto supporting of their self-titled debut being reissued on vinyl in June of 2012. It was supposed to be a one-off show, but I guess the band felt some of that old magic, and were back doing a small province-hopping series of shows by late Autumn of the same year. As a big fan of the band — especially their excellent I/O album, long considered to be their last — there was no way I was going to miss seeing them perform again, given that…

Dwayne Gretzky @ Great Hall

. : : April 16th, 2013 : : . It is a familiar trope so ingrained in North American culture that it has become a caricature of itself: basement bars across the continent featuring dimly lit stages occupied by various variations of the same theme — the cover band. Impersonators, tributes, genre and era-revivalists, the configurations are virtually endless. But then, there’s cover bands, and then there’s Dwayne Gretzky. OK, I know I’ve blogged about these guys before. A lot. And it’s always been unabashedly universal praise for their live energy, note-perfect, faithful recreations of classic songs that span both genres and decades.…