Category: Show Reviews

Alert The Medic

Alert the Medic : Sick fun at the House of Targ

Alert the Medic formed in Nova Scotia in 2006 and wasted no time in releasing their self-titled debut album later that same year. Soon after refining their lineup and sound, the band gained recognition with multiple nominations at the 2008 East Coast Music Awards. Their follow-up album in 2009,called We, the Weapon,  spawned four radio-played singles. Last month, they released their […]

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October Drift – The Lexington, London (photo review)

October Drift – The Lexington, London (photo review)

In the Summer, I got some business cards printed. I had to choose 10 photos from the 1000s I’ve taken to go on the back of them. One of those had to be October Drift. I “discovered” October Drift playing a support slot for Echobelly in June. I was one of only two photographers who had turned up early and […]

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The Dears – Live at Oslo Hackney, London (photo essay)

The Dears – Live at Oslo Hackney, London (photo essay)

The Dears The Dears delighted their UK-based fans on Saturday night with 90 minutes of nothing but music. With barely a break for Murray Lightburn to let the band know he was ready for the next song, the Montreal duo had the packed-out London venue dancing and singing along to their packed out setlist. Opening with “Take It to the […]

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Racing at Meow, Wellington

Racing electrify Meow in Wellington (photo essay)

On Saturday night, Auckland-based Racing brought their The Bass EP tour to Wellington’s Meow. It was the last stop of the band’s cross-country tour, and the quartet didn’t hold anything back, playing for nearly 90 minutes. Before describing the band’s music and show, it is important to describe Ed Knowles’ presence. Imagine for a moment that Dr. Frankenstein was tasked […]

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Mauno – The Islington, London (photo review)

Mauno – The Islington, London (photo review)

A bomb scare didn’t stop Mauno making an appearance in London’s Islington. I’m glad they braved the cordons. So I continue my tour of small venues in London. This time it was The Islington Pub, which, as you may have guessed, is another pre-war, red-brick pub with a trendy bar and a small music venue off to one side. The […]

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Barns Courtney – LP release gig – Dingwall’s, London (photo review)

Barns Courtney – LP release gig – Dingwall’s, London (photo review)

Barns Courtney released his new LP today and celebrated by playing an intimate gig to a room full of adoring fans. Dingwall’s is a basement space in a red brick warehouse in the heart of Camden Market in London. While I was waiting for the support band, a 19-year old actor asked me about my camera and what I’d recommend. […]

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Alaskalaska

Alaskalaska – Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London (photo review)

Another day, another trip to London’s East End. This time for the launch party for Alaskalaska’s new EP. Bethnal Green is part of London that still feels a bit edgy, despite the encroaching hipster wine bars and craft beer pubs. The Working Men’s Club looks like it probably did in the 1960s with pine-paneled walls, a downstairs bar that sports […]

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Stars

Beau’s Oktoberfest 2017 in Photos

Usually, Autumn would feature the leaves changing color and a brisk evening breeze, but this past weekend brought record-breaking temperatures for the annual installation of Beau’s Oktoberfest. A rich celebration of craft beer and Bavarian traditions at the Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds, the 9th installment was held September 22nd and 23rd. Beau’s Oktoberfest is a really festive event. Besides the copious offerings […]

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Bite the Buffalo

Bite the Buffalo ‘Big Blind’ LP gig – Cargo, London (photo review)

Back in London’s Shoreditch. This time to Cargo for the LP launch event for Bite the Buffalo’s, Big Blind. Cargo is a venue set in three Victorian red brick railway arches. Previously a train workshop, the ghosts of its engineers still inhabit the vaulted halls, as does an actual stuffed lion in one of the bars. Tonight Bite the Buffalo […]

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Swimming Tapes & Softer Still – The Lexington, London (photo review)

Swimming Tapes & Softer Still – The Lexington, London (photo review)

Two bands, gently pressed from the same mold, provided an evening of accessible indie/dream pop in the heart of Shoreditch. I seem to be spending more and more time in the trendy East End of London. The Lexington is another of those Victorian pubs with an expanse of craft beers on offer downstairs and a snug venue on the upper […]

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Nova Twins

Fluffer Pit Party – Spring King, Demob Happy, Nova Twins – London (photo review)

The boxing ring had moved to a new warehouse for the latest in the series of Fluffer Pit Parties. As usual, the secret location was revealed shortly before I drove into East London. This time Fluffer Records had laid on the latest of their showcases at Hackney Downs Studios – a hidden away arts centre. I knew that Spring King, […]

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Charly Bliss

Charly Bliss & Whenyoung – Old Blue Last, London (photo review)

Charly Bliss pitched up in London’s East End to play only their second ever non-US gig. The Old Blue Last pub is a real East End boozer. It’s a Victorian building on the corner of a cross-roads, and it has a tight upstairs venue that has seen most of the bands in “the scene” over the years. Tonight saw Charly […]

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Alvvays – KOKO, London (photo review)

Alvvays – KOKO, London (photo review)

Alvvays – KOKO, Camden, London. 8th September 2017 Toronto-based Alvvays came to KOKO to play tribute to their new album, Antisocialites. KOKO is an old Victorian-style theatre with steeply banked levels and balconies overlooking a crowded dance floor. It’s gone through other incarnations (I used to go clubbing there when it was Camden Palace), and the opulent red and gold chamber […]

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Dishy Tangent – Notting Hill Arts Club, London (photo review)

Dishy Tangent – Notting Hill Arts Club, London (photo review)

Absent Kelly presents….Sonic Sketch, featuring Dishy Tangent. Notting Hill Arts Club 9 September 2017 What’s not to like about Dishy Tangent? Four good looking blokes from Canning Town in the East End of London, creating great tunes. I was asked by DJ Sonic, or bass player Del Sajiwandani as he is also known, to take some portrait shots of the […]

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Music Makers Festival 2017, London (photo essay)

Music Makers Festival 2017, London (photo essay)

Omnibus Theatre was the venue in August for the first of hopefully many Music Makers Festivals. The cute little theatre was the perfect setting for the two days of music, which were brilliantly organized by Albert Man and Manoja Ullmann. The festival showcased some of the underrated (and even quirky) talent from around the UK and Ireland. Here’s a run […]

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Fluffer Pit Parties – Japandroids, Bad Breeding, and Yowl (photo essay)

Fluffer Pit Parties – Japandroids, Bad Breeding, and Yowl (photo essay)

My first visit to the Fluffer Pit Party series held in downtown Dalston, home to the hipsters who can’t afford to live in London’s Hoxton. Tonight’s trio of dynamic bands took to the in-the-round stage aiming to raise the temperature of the room to boiling. I was expecting a mosh pit to end all mosh pits as I walked into […]

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King Nun – Finsbury Pub, London (photo essay)

King Nun – Finsbury Pub, London (photo essay)

This week, I counted how many bands I’ve photographed so far in 2017. King Nun came in at 203rd place. I’ve been a busy boy! I mention this because it means I have spent a lot of time listening to dozens of bands that are new to me. King Nun are one of those – pretty much all I knew about […]

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Fluffer Pit Parties – Deap Vally, Baby in Vain, and Yassassin (photo essay)

Fluffer Pit Parties – Deap Vally, Baby in Vain, and Yassassin (photo essay)

Deap Vally Not only is Deap Vally‘s Femejism one of my favourite names for an album; it’s quite possibly one of my favourite albums of all-time. Rarely do you find an album where you like every single song! Hearing it live is even better. Fresh from the airport by the sounds of their tales, the Californian duo headlined a night […]

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The Nursery

The Nursery & Adera bring Synth Night to Bar Robo (photo essay)

For those who have not yet visited Bar Robo, they have taken over the space that used to be Raw Sugar in Ottawa’s Chinatown. The space has been renovated significantly, now transformed into an intimate yet contemporary cafe and club for live music. On this particular Wednesday night, the venue hosted the aptly billed Synth Night, as both bands featuring […]

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Thunder on the Left

Thunder on the Left at Fiddler’s Elbow, London (photo essay)

I was in Camden to shoot The Family Jools‘ publicity pics – the usual photos of a group of lads standing about in front of urban decay. The band was also playing at End of the Trail Records‘ showcase event on August 17th, so I thought I would drop in to see what else was on offer. Apart from Jools’ slick […]

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