Category: Show Reviews

The Damn Truth

The Damn Truth Deliver a Night of Rock at Mavericks (photo essay)

Get With You | Single by The Damn Truth In the summer of 2017, a last minute schedule change at the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival introduced me to The Damn Truth. The band, taking over the River Stage, had a comfortable swagger, as they gave the crowd a solid taste of rock ‘n roll music and attitude and won […]

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Shun Ng with Lesley Mok – Live at Hojoko Tavern (Boston)

Shun Ng with Lesley Mok – Live at Hojoko Tavern (Boston)

Shun Ng is the incarnation of joy. He plays his guitar with the enthusiasm of a novice and the intensity of a virtuoso. When he took to the stage at the Hojoko Tavern (The Verb Hotel) on April 3rd, the atmosphere was cold. People talked, uninterested in the drums and microphones set up before them. A couple arrived late, laughing […]

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October Drift and 485C – Birthdays, London (photo review)

October Drift and 485C – Birthdays, London (photo review)

Birthdays is an underground venue in a bar in Dalston. Dalston is an area of London that seems to sport more mobile phone repair shops per head than any other part of the capital. It is real Eastenders country, although more grime than soap. Before the gig started, I had a chance to share a vodka and slimline with the […]

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Florist blossoms at Espace B in Paris (photo review)

Florist blossoms at Espace B in Paris (photo review)

Words and photos are from Elissa Vinh, a photographer and writer based in Paris, France and London, England. An assertive, high-pitched scream from the audience filled the whole room as the band came up on stage. “We do it really soft”, Florist front woman Emily Sprague quietly replied in the microphone, alluding to her blend of calm folk and electronic […]

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The Foreign Resort bring Canadian tour to the House of Targ (photo essay)

The Foreign Resort bring Canadian tour to the House of Targ (photo essay)

After playing several shows during SXSW, The Foreign Resort headed north for an 11-date tour in Canada, starting in Quebec City and driving across to Vancouver. On March 21st, the Danish post-punk/darkwave trio brought the show to the House of Targ, giving people a great excuse to bundle up and go out on a Wednesday night. The band was one of […]

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Our Lady Peace

Matthew Good & Our Lady Peace Delight on Double Bill (photo essay)

On March 8th, a double dose of Canadian music makers stopped at TD Place in Ottawa. Matthew Good and Our Lady Peace, currently on a co-headlined, 20-date cross-country tour, gave the arena attendees a solid 2.5-hour performance. The wedding tradition of something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue seems a bit fitting to describe their collective sets.   Good […]

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Losing All Senses with Grizzly Bear at the Wellington Opera House (photo review)

Losing All Senses with Grizzly Bear at the Wellington Opera House (photo review)

The last time I saw Grizzly Bear was June 2013 in Montreal when they co-headlined a tour with The xx. The outdoor venue was a make-shift one in an industrial part of the city, where parking was limited and the closest Metro stop was a kilometre away. Fortunately, the two performances were stellar. Five years later, Grizzly Bear find themselves […]

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Thunder on the Left – Rough Trade East, London (photo review)

Thunder on the Left – Rough Trade East, London (photo review)

Gig in a shop. Not a bad idea. Thirty years ago today, I was the Assistant Manager of an Our Price Music branch, which was a national chain of record stores in the UK that got rid of vinyl in favour of CDs and then got rid of those in favour of VHS and mobile phones. No wonder it no […]

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The Balconies

The Balconies’ Last Lunge at The 27 Club (photo essay)

If you’ve been following live music in Ottawa for the past ten years, it would have been difficult to not have run into The Balconies and impossible to have forgotten them. They were regulars in several of the local festivals as well as frequent performers in clubs, both as headliners and as an opening act for some international bands. They […]

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Tyler Childers live at Omeara, London

Tyler Childers – Live at Omeara, London (photo essay)

Tyler Childers “You guys have one hell of a setlist worked out. Wish I was watching that show!”. The crowd called throughout for their favourites last Tuesday, but American country singer Tyler Childers knew exactly what he was going to perform before he packed his guitar up and strolled off into the night. Despite being only 26, the man from […]

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John Paul White dazzles at the American Songbook Series (concert review)

John Paul White dazzles at the American Songbook Series (concert review)

“I’m starting to feel super country right now,” he said, drawing out the word super, standing with his guitar in front of a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking 59th street. It was impossible not to look behind him. “And I’ll get more redneck as we go. Ok, let’s get started! Are you into…sadness?” The crowd cheered.   John Paul White and his band, […]

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Big Wreck

Big Wreck’s ‘In Loving Memory Of’ Anniversary Tour, Ottawa (photo essay)

 Big Wreck exploded onto Canadian radio stations in 1997, instantly proving themselves to be a new force with their debut LP, In Loving Memory Of… The album enjoyed success on both sides of the border, though in Canada the band was especially embraced. The record spawned four singles, several of which are still staples on Canadian rock stations. With […]

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Live in Austin (photo review)

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Live in Austin (photo review)

 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club was one of founding bands that revived the roots rock genre. Their style combines dirty blues riffs and tones that give a fervor for rebellion. The band has kept up with that theme since the their debut work in the late ’90s and has developed a dedicated fan base. And that’s who showed up for the […]

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Stables, Xsara and Rotem – Camden Assembly, London (photo review)

Stables, Xsara and Rotem – Camden Assembly, London (photo review)

I had been warned that the Camden Assembly is a nightmare for photographing bands thanks to the back wall of light-bulbs and the now compulsory LEDs flooding the stage with purple light. However, I was intrigued to see what I could do, and also to meet the guys behind BeNuMu.com. BeNuMu put on two free gigs over the weekend to […]

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Marcus’ top pix of 2017

Marcus’ top pix of 2017

2017 has been a crazy year for photographing bands. I’ve managed to get a whopping 277 of them in front of my camera. I also had some firsts – first time in a photo pit, first time shooting at a festival, first time a photo has been published, as well as my first of 40 articles for The Revue. I’ve […]

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Sleep Party People at The Lexington, London (photo essay)

Sleep Party People at The Lexington, London (photo essay)

Occasionally you turn up to a gig and wonder whether that headache tablet you took earlier was something just a little bit stronger. Imagine turning up to a gig where the four guys on stage resemble a certain rabbit from Donnie Darko. Yeah, that’s exactly what happened at The Lexington as Danish band Sleep Party People headlined at the small […]

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Cigarettes After Sex

Cigarettes After Sex, Bad Sounds, and We Were Promised Jetpacks (photo reviews)

November was a busy month for London gigs. Many nights saw at least five bands playing in various places across the capital that The Revue would have loved to have covered. Here’s three of the best from the last couple of weeks. Cigarettes After Sex The Roundhouse I 20/11/2017 I No support act Cigarettes After Sex play at two speeds […]

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Rachael Yamagata live at Islington Assembly Hall, London (photo essay)

Rachael Yamagata live at Islington Assembly Hall, London (photo essay)

Singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata‘s headline gig at the Islington Assembly Hall was a pleasure to experience. Her beautiful voice and her witty personality went down like a storm with the modest-sized crowd. Joking away with the audience throughout her set, it felt like a real personal performance. Opening with “Has It Happened Yet”, a song she wished was her saddest number […]

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Rock Against Violence – O2 Academy Islington, London (photo review)

Rock Against Violence – O2 Academy Islington, London (photo review)

The O2 Academy in Islington was given over to Rock Against Violence – a charity fundraising gig on behalf of Solace Women’s Aid. The charity provides shelters and advice to women who are the victims of domestic abuse in the UK. It supports more than 10,000 women and children per year. The annual event is hosted by Roadkill Records – […]

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The War on Drugs – Alexandra Palace, London (photo review)

The War on Drugs – Alexandra Palace, London (photo review)

Alexandra Palace was built in 1873 and is steeped in history. The huge arched building on top of a hill in North London looms over the neighborhood. Ally Pally was the place where the world’s first TV was transmitted, and it has been home to some epic gigs over recent years. With a capacity of nearly 11,000, the main hall […]

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