Category: Show Reviews

Miya Folick Live at The Lexington, London (photo essay)

Miya Folick Live at The Lexington, London (photo essay)

One of our favourites made her way over the pond, giving us the first opportunity to see Miya Folick in person. The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter didn’t disappoint, treating the audience at The Lexington in London to a wonderful set. Armed with a film camera, she urged the crowd to pass it around and get some shots for her to get […]

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Up River – Bleach, Brighton (photo essay)

Up River – Bleach, Brighton (photo essay)

Up River can not be compared to anything I’ve heard before, as I don’t think I’ve ever been exposed to the raw power that they gave us during a short set on Saturday. Their performance was part of a Holy Roar Records showcase in their home town of Brighton. The band recently completed another European tour, where their brand of hardcore […]

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Astrid S

Astrid S headlines at Scala, London (photo essay)

It could have been a sad affair after the horrific incident in Manchester the night before, but the young fans of Astrid S at the front of the crowd were having none of that. Armed with pink roses, Astrid was showered with them as she broke into her opening number, “Bloodstream”. A beautiful moment that showed that nothing will break […]

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The Balconies

The Balconies Bring it Back to the Black Sheep Inn (photo essay)

Despite recommending The Balconies at Canadian Music Week, sadly I was unable to make their performance due to logistics. It took me just over a month, but on the weekend I was able to correct that oversight. The Balconies were formed in Ottawa before relocating to Toronto, so they retain a very faithful following in the area. According to frontwoman […]

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False Heads' Luke Griffiths

False Heads Brighten up a Dark Camden Assembly (photo essay)

Highly rated indie-rock band False Heads tore up Camden Assembly on Saturday night, as they headlined a busy night in the Camden venue. At times it was hard to see what was going on in the badly lit room, but there was plenty of action on the stage from vocalist Luke Griffiths who barely stood still for more than a […]

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Mishkin Fitzgerald Album Launch Night at Hope and Anchor (photo essay)

Mishkin Fitzgerald Album Launch Night at Hope and Anchor (photo essay)

I may have been close to falling asleep Thursday night after my fourth gig in four nights, but Miskin Fitzgerald’s album launch night kept me going right until the very end. Playing after wonderful support from Minnie Birch and Anna Rest Easy, most artists would have struggled to own the stage but Mishkin did just that with Hope and Anchor […]

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Showcase at 229, London

Absent Kelly presents….229 The Venue, London. 5 May 2017 (photo essay)

Five diverse bands, loosely connected by a rock/indie style, were brought to the 229 Club by music promoter Absent Kelly. These sorts of nights give exposure to grafters looking to get that big break – small venue, small crowd, large ambition. Bradley Donaldson Opening the night was Bradley Donaldson, a singer with an acoustic guitar. Songs were angsty and generally […]

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The Honest Heart Collective

The Honest Heart Collective Help Fans Say So Long to Zaphod’s (photo essay)

The rumours had been swirling for some time, but on May 3rd the official announcement we were all dreading was finally made – Zaphod Beeblebrox was going to be closing its doors as of May 14th. Zaphod’s is a club any music lover in Ottawa in the last 26 years is well aware of as they have played host to […]

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Garage Flowers

End of the Trail Records….live music at the Fiddler’s Elbow, London. 3 May 2017 (photo essay)

There seemed to be a lot of middle-aged women wearing leather trousers on the tube up to Chalk Farm in North London. On exiting the station, a tout asked me if I wanted to buy a Blondie ticket. Ah, of course, Blondie were playing at the Roundhouse – a legendary venue nearby. I walked past the long queue of peroxide blondes […]

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Andrew Keoghan delights the crowd at Meow in Wellington (photo essay)

Andrew Keoghan delights the crowd at Meow in Wellington (photo essay)

As I sat and watched Andrew Keoghan perform last Thursday night at Meow, eight words repeatedly flowed through my head, “He should be more popular than he is.” In a different era, the Kiwi citizen now Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist would be a star. He’s a combination of Andrew Bird, Babyface, and Julia Holter with a voice that equally […]

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Shea Stadium Benefit Show (Photo Essay)

Shea Stadium Benefit Show (Photo Essay)

For the past eight years, Brooklyn venue Shea Stadium has been a home away from home for many. Shea is a welcoming space with wonderful people and, always, incredible music. From its long stairway to the show space to the swordfish on the wall to the string light sculpture hanging above the stage, Shea had a unique charm. Sadly, after […]

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Frontman Connor Schofield

JAWS Sink Their Teeth Into Scala, London (photo essay)

A venue full of teens and a load of inflatables made for a buzzing atmosphere at Scala in London last Wednesday as JAWS had the crowd bouncing. Wonderfully warmed up by support acts Social Contract and Kagoule, the passionate fans of JAWS were singing along to every song being pumped through the PA system as the sound crew set up. […]

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Centre Excuse

Four-band showcase at Cargo, London – 27 April 2017 (photo essay)

Cargo is one of those trendy nightclubs housed in a Victorian, red brick, railway arch, in the now gentrified East End of London. In years gone by, it would have housed broken down trains, but now it boasts a stuffed lioness above the bar. Tonight, it welcomed a four-band showcase as part of the regular Upsurge event. Nadia Sheikh The […]

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The Julian Taylor Band

Canadian Music Week takes over Toronto (Part 3 of 3)

Canadian Music Week 2017 was a 6-night festival where new music seems in endless supply. Between the 1000+ artists and the over 60 venues, you were not at a lost for what to do. If you did get out and want to remember or you weren’t lucky enough to attend (which you should remedy for next year), check out the photos so […]

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Kagoule

Kagoule – The Scala, Kings Cross, London 26 April 2017 (photo essay)

An overexcited female fan shouts over my shoulder, “Are you a lesbian?”, as Lucy Hatter of Kagoule appears from the dressing room, a full bottle of Becks in each hand. I’m assuming that question is directed at the stage and not at me or Paul, my colleague from The Revue, who is sitting next to me in the photographers’ pit. […]

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Matt Mays

Canadian Music Week takes over Toronto (Part 2 of 3)

Though Canadian Music Week festival has drawn to a close, you’re likely still remembering fondly some fabulous nights with some fantastic bands. The massive event, held in over 60 venues and featuring approximately 1000 artists, really hit the music loving spot. Get a glimpse of some of the showcases held mid-festival in our Part 2 of Canadian Music Week in […]

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Lost Cousins

Canadian Music Week takes over Toronto for the week (Part 1 of 3)

Toronto’s massive Canadian Music Week festival has wrapped up for another year and if you took in all it had to offer, you’re likely still catching up on your sleep. With over 60 venues and approximately 1000 artists, choices for how to spend an evening were almost endless. Our Part I of Canadian Music Week is a photographic revisiting of […]

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Spizz Energi – Black Heart, Camden, London 11 April 2017 (photo essay)

Spizz Energi – Black Heart, Camden, London 11 April 2017 (photo essay)

I’m upstairs waiting in the tiny sweaty venue that is the Black Heart.  A hand is placed on my shoulder.  I turn to see Phil Ross, guitarist, looking at me, eye makeup already smeared down his face. “How come you’re not headlining tonight?”, I ask him, but he just points to his ears, which are stuffed with heavy duty ear […]

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Desperate Journalist Headline at Scala, London (photo essay)

Desperate Journalist Headline at Scala, London (photo essay)

London was the place to be on Thursday night as Desperate Journalist headlined at a busy Scala. The night started with a selection from the London band’s new album, Grow Up, such as the brilliantly Gothic “Hollow” and latest single “Be Kind”. Singer Jo Bevan spend the night tangling herself up in her microphone lead, and you could see that […]

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JUNOFest: Holy Fuck that was a great show! (photo essay)

JUNOFest: Holy Fuck that was a great show! (photo essay)

  Saturday night in Ottawa during JUNOFest meant there were eighteen shows to choose from, though unfortunately mostly running concurrently. It was a tough choice, but with two JUNO nominees, an intriguing new band I really wanted to see, and a local favourite all on the same bill, I chose the show at Zaphod Beeblebrox. The show opened with local artist […]

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