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Concert Reviews

Coachella 2014 Future Islands Kid Cudi Holy Ghost

Coachella 2014 Day 2: BANKS, Bombay Bicycle Club, Holy Ghost!, Kid Cudi, Future Islands, LORDE, Queens of The Stone Age, & Pharrell Williams

With day two even more stacked than the first we arrived early to the Empire Polo club to catch singer BANKS performing all six of her original songs, plus a few covers including Aaliyah’s “Are You that Somebody?” Considering the [...]

April 20, 2014 Concert Reviews, Music
Coachella 2014 Chromeo, Bryan Ferry, Woodkid weekend 2

Coachella 2014 Day 1: Shlohmo, Chromeo, Broken Bells, Woodkid, Bryan Ferry, Flume & Outkast

Day one at weekend two of Coachella was pretty stacked, even with the rain clouds slowly drifting overhead. We started our afternoon off exploring the expanded festival grounds, which were twice as large since we had been there in 2011 [...]

April 19, 2014 Concert Reviews, Music
The War on Drugs LIVE

Live Music: The War on Drugs at Lee’s Palace in Toronto

Not even a city-wide blackout could prevent Adam Granduciel and his band, the War on Drugs, from delivering their second of two back-to-back performances in Toronto this week. “I knew it… too many amps” Instagrammed @WarOnDrugsJams. In complete darkness and below [...]

April 17, 2014 Concert Reviews

Live Music: FKA Twigs at Wrongbar in Toronto

FKA Twigs’s sold out show at Wrongbar on Monday night was one that shouldn’t have been missed. As some unfortunate souls found, last minute tickets were hard to come by and the venue was turning people away at the door. [...]

April 16, 2014 Concert Reviews, Music

Live Music: SKATERS and Brews Willis at The Underground in Toronto

Toronto had a case of stand-entious on Wednesday evening, but that didn’t stop NYC punk-rockers SKATERS from delivering a solid set at the Drake Underground. Let me just start off by saying “Manhatten” is one of my favourite releases so [...]

April 12, 2014 Concert Reviews, Music
The Hold Steady Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto

Live Music: The Hold Steady at Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto

In a scene which has a tendency to place style over substance and glamour before sound, The Hold Steady are in some ways extremely unlikely rockstars. For about a decade and a half, Craig Finn and his ragtag band of [...]

April 12, 2014 Concert Reviews, Music
London Grammar at Phoenix Concert Theatre April 2014-2

Live Music: London Grammar & Haerts at The Phoenix in Toronto

Gloomy Monday nights only get better with a little London Grammar playing in your living room with the window open and the rain coming down, and their sold out show motivated us out of the house to experience it live [...]

April 9, 2014 Concert Reviews, Music
Cloud Nothings Horseshoe Tavern Toronto 2014

Live Music: Cloud Nothings at Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto

I now know for sure, that I have to be in the Bass-Zone to truly get into and enjoy a show of a particular size. Local hard-punk quartet, Greys, began proceedings with their comfortably intense performance in front of a [...]

April 8, 2014 Concert Reviews, Music
Dum Dum Girls Toronto March 2014

Live Music: Dum Dum Girls & BLOUSE at Lee’s Palace in Toronto

It was a brilliant night of female-fronted bands at the sold out Lee’s Palace show on Saturday night. Starting the night off was the 4-piece Blouse from Portland, Oregon. Coming onto the stage, the band looked effortlessly cool with singer, [...]

March 31, 2014 Concert Reviews, Music
Darcys, Reuben & The Dark, NO Lee's March 25-14 Rochelle Latnisky-2641

Live Music: The Darcys at Lee’s Palace in Toronto

After spending time on the road it’s always nice to get a warm welcome home. This is exactly what happened on Tuesday March 25th when The Darcys arrived home to play to a sold out crowd. It’s no surprise that [...]

March 28, 2014 Concert Reviews, Music
Warpaint at Danforth Music Hall

Live Music: Warpaint at Danforth Music Hall, Toronto

There is nothing more thrilling than seeing an all-female band completely “in the zone” on stage, with a great level or musicianship and a heavy dose of unintentional sex appeal. Danforth Music Hall served to be the perfect venue for [...]

March 27, 2014 Concert Reviews, Music
Real Estate Band

Live Music: Real Estate at Opera House in Toronto

My weekend was bookended perfectly by two shows. On Friday, The Dirty Nil propelled me well into the back end of my week – very nearly missing it all together and putting me straight into the next – and on [...]

March 26, 2014 Concert Reviews
Lorde at Sound Academy Toronto, 2014-2

Live Music: LORDE at Sound Academy in Toronto

Having championed the charts with her songs for weeks straight before sweeping up two Grammys in January, Lorde has definitely taken a fast track route to the top since her previous venture to Toronto last October. With her signature untamed [...]

March 16, 2014 Concert Reviews, Music
North Mississippi Allstars, Toronto Lee's Palace

Live Music: North Mississippi Allstars at Lee’s Palace, Toronto

It had been almost five years since I last saw the North Mississippi Allstars perform. Other than the face-melting slide guitar work, some of my most vivid memories of the night included an effects-drenched electric washboard solo that sounded like [...]

March 9, 2014 Concert Reviews, Music

Live Music: Broken Bells At Danforth Music Hall, Toronto

If the stage set at The Danforth Music Hall looks a little spacey for Broken Bells, that’s because it is. The kick-off began in Toronto Monday night for a tour, which is all about raising awareness for space, and protecting [...]

March 6, 2014 Concert Reviews, Music