Category: Show Reviews

Sara Watkins Performs an Engaging Set at Antone’s

Sara Watkins Performs an Engaging Set at Antone’s

Austin, Texas was in for a treat when Sara Watkins and her band took stage this past Thursday night at Antone’s. The concert was intimate with an active crowd containing longtime Nickel Creek fans and others who have only been exposed to Watkins solo career. As a songwriter, Watkins has evolved with every album she releases. Her debut solo album, Sara […]

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No Joy

No Joy packs Pressed in a sold-out show (photo essay)

Montreal-based No Joy made a recent stop in Ottawa in support of their new EP Creep, which is to be released Feb 24th. The band’s wall of sound washed over the packed house, as they delivered their shoegaze style to the faithful crammed into Pressed. The band let the music do their talking as they moved through the setlist without banter. After a […]

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Meg Remy

JUNO Concert Series: The MEGAPHONO Edition (photo essay)

The Ottawa based music festival and conference Megaphono 2017 recently played host to music industry professionals from North America and abroad. Held February 1st to 3rd at a diverse selection of venues in the area, festival attendees were treated to a talented selection of artists from Ottawa-Gatineau and Eastern Ontario. On the closing night, The Juno Awards & the Ottawa 2017 Juno […]

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Julie Byrne

Julie Byrne “Not Even Happiness” Release Show (show review)

On Friday, Julie Byrne released Not Even Happiness, her stunning second LP. That same evening, Byrne performed a record release show in the show space at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade record store. It was an evening fit for the release of what will likely be remembered as one of the year’s most beautiful records. From the dark lighting to the wonderful […]

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PJ Harvey casts a spell on Wellington (review and photo essay)

PJ Harvey casts a spell on Wellington (review and photo essay)

Polly Jean Harvey – or simply PJ Harvey – is arguably the most complex and cerebral artist in music. She is a chameleon, constantly evolving with each and every album so that no two records in her 25-year career as a frontwoman and solo artist sound alike. Whether it is the theatrical and symphonic, avante-garde rock, mythical and mystical, or […]

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Fly My Pretties soar on a windy night in Wellington (photo essay)

Fly My Pretties soar on a windy night in Wellington (photo essay)

There are music collectives and then there are Fly My Pretties. There are very few bands in the world that could match the talent and size of the Kiwi group, who currently are at fifty members. For their current tour around New Zealand, however, “only” fourteen made the trip. Their stop in Wellington on Sunday was a special event. For […]

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MuteMath Show Review – Live and Loud at Emo’s

MuteMath Show Review – Live and Loud at Emo’s

After MuteMath played their opening song “Used To”, Darren King – the drummer for the band – securely duct taped his headphones to his head. I knew I was in for a good show! I’ve seen MuteMath numerous of times since their debut, self-titled album released in 2006, and they always put on a high-energy performance. Their January 7th show […]

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New Swears

Pup and New Swears tear up Zaphod’s (photo essay)

Toronto-based quartet Pup sold out back-to-back shows at Zaphod Beeblebrox near the end of a three-month tour supporting their new album The Dream is Over. The last time the trio were in town was in the summer when they played an early time slot at Ottawa Bluesfest. Seeing them play in the intimate confines of Zaphod Beeblebrox filled with hard […]

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Diana

DIANA dazzle at House of Targ (photo essay)

On December 9th, Toronto’s indie darling DIANA held a Friday evening synth-pop show at Ottawa’s perogie and pinball hot-spot House of Targ. Recently releasing Familiar Touch, the second album following 2013’s acclaimed Perpetual Surrender, their tracks grabbed the crowd by the ear and got everyone dancing. From sweet backing harmonies to striking sax solos, it all meshed to make a memorable night. Though this show […]

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Andy Shauf

Andy Shauf and Chris Cohen at the National Arts Centre

The Party by Andy Shauf The National Arts Centre curates a unique program entitled NAC Presents, which is a series aimed at highlighting the depth of talent that can be found among Canadian artists. As part of this season’s lineup, 2016 Polaris Music Prize nominee Andy Shauf visited the NAC Studio on December 8th. With a trio of adept accompanying musicians, […]

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An intimate evening with Broods

An intimate evening with Broods

Sister-brother duo Broods have become one of music’s fast-rising groups over the past two years – not just in New Zealand and Australia but globally. They have opened for Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding, and Lorde penned a song for them. This year, they performed to 20,000 people in Los Angeles, which included Taylor Swift in the audience. When headlining […]

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Diemonds

Diemonds bring a dose of hard rock to the House of Targ (photo essay)

Diemonds is a Toronto-based hard rock band that is influenced by many of the great hard rock and metal bands of the 80s and 90s, such as Guns n’ Roses and Mötley Crüe. Their music is filled with bold guitar riffs and their stage theatrics suit their style. If you love your rock heavy, you will love Diemonds. Hopefully these […]

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DZ Deathrays

DZ Deathrays and Dune Rats work crowd into frenzy at House of Targ (photo essay)

Ottawa got a taste of DZ Deathrays this summer at RBC Bluesfest Ottawa, and this viewer was especially impressed with their performance. So when I heard they were returning to town to play House of Targ, I was very intrigued. This time, they were performing with Dine Alone Records label-mates Dune Rats in what has been dubbed the International Disaster […]

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Coleman Hell

Coleman Hell brings the Summerland Heat to Zaphod’s (photo essay)

It’s a Thursday evening in late November at the packed Nightclub at the Edge of the Universe. Amid the ever-increasing heat and an eyeful of pulsating lights, a female’s voice beckons your inner flower child on a languid expedition towards a destination called Summerland. You follow, smitten, staring at the stage where you find your guide decked in an ivory brocade coat, tinted […]

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MADEIRA, girlboss light up Wellington’s MOON (gig review and photo essay)

MADEIRA, girlboss light up Wellington’s MOON (gig review and photo essay)

On a cool, Saturday evening, Wellington’s favorite dive bar MOON opened its doors to MADEIRA and girlboss. Given the music that these two singer-songwriters have crafted to date, expectations were that the show would be very intimate. The opposite was true to delight of the few hundred people in attendance. The headliner this night was MADEIRA. Featured a few times in […]

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Nadia Reid’s arresting performance at Meow in Wellington (gig review)

Nadia Reid’s arresting performance at Meow in Wellington (gig review)

To witness 500 hundred pairs of eyes completely focused on an artist for more than an hour is a sight to behold, which is exactly what Nadia Reid did on Wednesday night at Meow in Wellington, New Zealand. The entire event exhibited Reid’s musical talent and potential, and just how far she has come in a short time. The Port […]

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Brendan Canning

Zaphod’s Welcomes Brendan Canning (photo essay)

On November 19th, Brendan Canning headlined a Saturday night show at Ottawa’s infamous nightclub Zaphod Beeblebrox. Recently releasing his album Home Wrecking Years, this third solo offering of the founding member of Broken Social Scene hit all the right notes with the crowd. Despite a broken guitar string at one point, the tunes flowed, rocked and, at times, got sweet and jammy. […]

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Jim James at the Fillmore Philadelphia (gig review)

Jim James at the Fillmore Philadelphia (gig review)

Jim James may be the greatest frontman in rock music right now. No matter what he is involved with, he always creates a top-notch live performance, whether it’s the folky Appalachian Voices or a three-hour long, Red Rocks epic with My Morning Jacket. He is currently touring in support of his second solo record, Eternally Even, and we decided to […]

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Dragonette

Dragonette kick off “Royal Blues” tour (photo essay)

November is a big month for Canadian electro-pop band Dragonette, who have not only become one of Canada’s marquee groups but internationally their star has also been quickly rising. The group kicked off their North American tour last week while simultaneously releasing their fourth album, Royal Blues. Their tour sees the Toronto-based trio surprisingly playing in smaller, more intimate venues, including […]

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Culture Club

A double shot of the 80s – Culture Club & Platinum Blonde at TD Place (photo essay)

After more than a 30-year void from performing in Ottawa, Culture Club kicked off their Canadian leg of their 2016 tour at Ottawa’s TD Place. The over 2000-strong crowd were treated with a nod to new wave and nostalgia, starting with 1983’s “Church of the Poison Mind” and extending through to the encore anthem that had you singing singing red, gold […]

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