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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…

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,…