Category: Show Reviews

July Talk

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival 2016 Concert Series in Pictures – Part I

Since 1994, Ottawa has annually been hosting the Tim Horton’s Dragon Boat Festival. It has grown to be the largest of its kind in North America, and raises funds for the betterment of the Ottawa community via supporting charitable organizations in the area. As part of the festivities, the event hosts on the grounds of Mooney’s Bay Park free concerts […]

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Dragonette

Glowfair 2016 – Day 2

Friday night was a great start to Glowfair. With several bands I love on Saturday’s night bill, I knew the evening would be special. Rising talent Gang Signs kicked things off, and they sure didn’t disappoint. They played a number of tracks from their well-received album Geist. Check it out if you aren’t familiar with it. Follow Gang Signs at: Website | […]

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Keys N Krates

GlowFair 2016 – Day 1

On June 17-18, Glowfair took over ten city blocks along Ottawa’s Bank Street, turning it into one huge street party. The festival welcomed all sorts of artists and the downtown become a beautiful celebration of Music, Light and Art. The weather this year was absolutely perfect, and Glowfair turned into a wonderful kick off to the summer season (even if […]

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Photo Essay: Adam Baldwin at Mavericks

Photo Essay: Adam Baldwin at Mavericks

I first saw Adam Baldwin perform as a solo artist in the Fall of 2013, opening for and then playing with Matt Mays at the Wakefield institution, Blacksheep Inn. Now several years since, I was pleased as punch to see he made his way back here on June 16th with a new album in hand. Though officially available as of June 24th, fans were […]

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The Pack A.D. rock the House of Targ (photo essay)

The Pack A.D. rock the House of Targ (photo essay)

Vancouver rock duo The Pack A.D. is one of those bands you must see live! Although certainly their recordings are excellent, it is the energy and power of their live performances that will convert new fans. Similar to The Black Keys, they manage to create a sonic offering that is hard to imagine coming from just two people. Their reputation […]

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Northcote

Josiah, Jordan Klassen and Northcote: hat trick at House of Targ (photo essay)

If I had to pick a random day of the week to peg as being a highlight, more often than not it would reflect the weekend. When pondering the week past, that would have been wrong. For it was not a Friday or a Saturday, but a Tuesday that would hold that memory. On June 7th, House of Targ hosted […]

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Brian Wilson

Northside Music Day 4 Recap and Review

Over the last three days, we have recapped each day of Northside Music. Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and today we cover the fourth and final day of this year’s festival. The fourth day was headlined by the legendary Brian Wilson on the main stage, with openers Rostam, formerly of Vampire Weekend, and Madrid’s Hinds. Much […]

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Kacey Musgraves

Northside Music Day 3 Recap and Review

Over the last two days we covered the first two days of Northside Music, the music portion of Brooklyn’s Northside Festival. On this day, there were tons of bands to see, from Kacey Musgraves, Conor Oberst, PWR BTTM, Grouper, and many, many others. It was another fun day of great music, despite the difficult choices. If you missed the last […]

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Northside Music Day 2 Recap and Review

Yesterday, we covered Northside Festival’s first day of music. Today I take a look at Day two, which again was full of incredible, varied acts including Grandmaster Flash, The World Is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid To Die, Colleen Green, M.A.K.U. Soundystem, and No One and the Somebodies among many, many others. Again, difficult choices had […]

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Wolf Parade

Northside Festival Day 1 Recap & Review

This past weekend, Brooklyn’s Northside Festival’s music portion was in full swing. From Thursday to Sunday, some of the best acts in music played in various venues throughout Williamsburg and Bushwick.  The festival as a whole is way more than just music, we caught a keynote from Samsung about Virtual Reality, describing their plans to get the technology into the […]

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Nada Surf Live in Austin, TX: Let’s Do it Again

Nada Surf Live in Austin, TX: Let’s Do it Again

It’s been four years since Nada Surf released their previous studio album The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy, and since then the group has not played any headlining shows in Austin. Now, with their newest album release —  You know who you are — the band is currently touring US/UK. Friday night was a highly anticipated night for Nada Surf […]

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Courtney Barnett – Live at Metropolis (photo essay)

Courtney Barnett – Live at Metropolis (photo essay)

This has been a performance I’ve been waiting excitedly on, having picked up tickets when it was originally announced some time ago. Most certainly the prospect of seeing Courtney Barnett live was worthy of enduring a groggy Monday that always manifests after shuttling myself to Montreal and back in an evening. I expect others were anticipating good things too as the venue […]

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Van Damsel perform at Zaphod Beeblebrox (Photo Essay)

Van Damsel perform at Zaphod Beeblebrox (Photo Essay)

On the heels of a pair of performances at CMW, Van Damsel made a stop at Zaphod Beeblebrox in Ottawa to hold an all ages show. The BC hailing band recently (April 22nd) launched their first self-titled album, which proceeded a couple of EP releases including Say Hello To Your Mother and The Sunshine, Girl.  The intimate but enthusiastic group in […]

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Lady Lamb

She Shreds 10th Edition Release Party at Market Hotel

Ten issues may not seem like a huge milestone for a magazine, but for one that breaks rules and is single-handedly changing everything a guitar magazine should be, She Shreds is ready to celebrate that milestone. She Shreds is the only print magazine dedicated to female guitarists and bassists and to celebrate their milestone they put together a showcase featuring […]

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Islands play Ritual (photo essay)

Islands play Ritual (photo essay)

Two weeks ago, indie quartet Islands released two new albums, Should I Remain Here, At Sea? and Taste. This ambitious project showcased the two sides of the Montreal now Los Angeles-based group – the guitar-driven, indie-rock and art-rock sound we have grown accustomed to and a new more electronic-oriented approach. The beginning of the show focused primarily on material from […]

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French For Rabbits & Fraser Ross at Caroline (photo essay)

French For Rabbits & Fraser Ross at Caroline (photo essay)

Photos by Jasper Rain, words by Ben Yung with contributions from Jasper For the two of us, seeing New Zealand’s outfit French for Rabbits was high on the live music list. Their combination of dream-pop and indie folk has long mesmerized all of us at The Revue since we first featured them as a hidden gem and the subsequent occasions […]

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Philip Sayce returns to The Rainbow (photo essay)

Philip Sayce returns to The Rainbow (photo essay)

I remember the moment I discovered Philip Sayce clearly. I was at the Ottawa Bluesfest and didn’t recognize any of the artists on stage. It was dinner time, so I decided to get something to eat. While waiting in line to order, I heard some of the most incredible guitar playing I have ever heard coming from across the field. […]

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An Evening with Said the Whale at House of Targ (photo essay)

An Evening with Said the Whale at House of Targ (photo essay)

Said the Whale is one of Canada’s fastest rising, indie-rock bands. In 2011, they awarded the Juno for New Group of the Year, and 2013’s hawaii was a hit. The Vancouver-based band hasn’t released any new material since that time, which makes a tour seem puzzling, until you realize that this isn’t any ordinary tour. Their current cross-Canada tour could be […]

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Slingshot Dakota Show Review : Pure Punk

Slingshot Dakota Show Review : Pure Punk

Slingshot Dakota played a packed show at Monkey Wrench last Thursday in Austin, Texas. I went into the concert blindly; I was excited to go to a venue I’ve never been to and witness a band I haven’t seen. I ended up being surprised in many ways that night. First, Monkey Wrench isn’t an actual concert venue; it’s a small […]

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The Dandy Warhols

The Dandy Warhols’ long awaited return to Ottawa (photo essay)

The Dandy Warhols had not played Ottawa since 2000, but the Portland-based, indie-rockers’ fanbase was not adversely affected. The show as originally scheduled to be at Ritual Nightclub but was moved to the Bronson Centre to accommodate the high demand. The band is currently touring in support of their new album Distortland, which will be released this Friday via Dine Alone […]

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