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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…

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…

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…

Del Bel @ El Mocambo

. : : October 21st, 2011 : : . Sometimes it’s hard to get out to a show to see opening bands. I know it. You get off work, need time to change, get ready, wind down, make dinner, catch the highlights on the tele, whatever. And without name recognition or previously established familiarity, you find excuses to delay arriving on time. “Maybe we should grab a drink at the bar down the street, first,” or “I could use a quick cat nap before heading down.” I try to avoid these all-too familiar pitfalls, because I’ve discovered SO MANY wonderful local talent…

Paper Lions @ El Mocambo

. : : December 10th, 2011 : : . After a month-long weekly residency gig in Toronto, the Paper Lions took to a cross-Canada tour that seemed to bring them to every major (and some minor) Canadian city EXCEPT Toronto. I guess it was kind of rude to expect another stop by, but it would have been nice to see them again. Although they weren’t letting us in on the secret yet, the Paper Lions had a well-calculated reason for shipping Toronto for the weeks-long Rolling Oyster Revue tour. Namely, the Young Lions Music Club (no relation) that put on the aforementioned residency at Toronto’s The Supermarket would…

The Rest @ El Mocambo

. : : October 21st, 2011 : : . I’ve already stated several times that The Rest is one of the best bands I’ve discovered this year. Their forth-coming album, See-Saw, promises to be phenomenal — and that’s not me just whistlin’ dixie: the band has released two songs as a double A-side single as a preview, available now to download for free on their bandcamp page. Having seen them play The Horseshoe Tavern and The Great Hall, I was interested to see how they would fit their plethora of band members on a stage as small as the one at the El Mocambo for the Indie Machine showcase. Turns…

Maria Taylor @ El Mocambo

. : : April 17th, 2009 : : . It’s a bit weird that I’ve posted both openers for this set last May, but didn’t get around to sharing the headlining set by Maria Taylor. Don’t get me wrong — it’s not for a lack of love (in fact, Maria’s solo material is sadly missed!), or for a lack of quality (as this recording sounds great!). Really, I have no excuse other than plain old forgetfulness, and perhaps maybe fear that too many back-to-back-to-back Maria Taylor recordings would wane thin on casual readers of the blog not as totally enamored with her as I…

Telekinesis @ El Mocambo

. : : September 4th, 2010 : : . After the last day in a long week of work, I called up a dear old friend I haven’t seen in many months to grab a drink at the Red Room before heading over to the El Mocambo to see a bunch of bands I’d never heard before. A risky endeavor, I know. Especially since the El Mocambo is known for it’s inconsistent sound (usually the louder the band is, the worse the sound). But Telekinesis was in town opening for Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, and I’d been meaning to check them (him) out for some…

Too Many Sisters – El Mocambo

. : : April 17th, 2009 : : . Local openers can be troubling. All too often, they’re dredged out for just the one show and placed on the bill more because they’re friends of the promoter rather than their being musically compatible with the touring line-up, let alone their ability to create local interest in a foreign headliner. It shouldn’t be so difficult. Especially in a market as large as Toronto, where the sea of local musical talent is deep and long, and the breadth of choices is nothing short of astounding. Perhaps that’s the problem? Maybe if the promoter can’t…