Category: Show Reviews

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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Shakey Graves shakes down Bodega (photo essay)

Shakey Graves shakes down Bodega (photo essay)

I was lucky enough to see Alejandro Rose-Garcia – a.k.a. Shakey Graves – twice in one week. This time, with his 2-piece band in tow, Rose-Garcia shook down Bodega for 90 minutes with his high-energy blend of blues-rock. It didn’t take long for pearls of sweat to drip off the Texas gentleman’s face, a testament to the energy he brought […]

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Cage The Elephant

Spring Fling 2016 at Main Street Armory Pt. 2 (photo essay)

The Spring Fling Rock AF tour is concluding today, however during its final week it made a stop at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY. This synergistic lineup featured four fabulous bands: Bear Hands, Foals, Silversun Pickups and Cage The Elephant. The first two acts to take the stage were Bear Hands and Foals, who were featured in yesterday’s photo essay. Next up were […]

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Foals

Spring Fling 2016 at Main Street Armory Pt. 1 (photo essay)

On March 26th, the Spring Fling Rock AF tour rolled into the Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY. With a lineup including Bear Hands, Foals, Silversun Pickups and Cage the Elephant, it was chock-a-block with of-the-moment music and fully worthy of a road trip to attend. The Brooklyn natives Bear Hands led off the evening with a 7-song set featuring songs […]

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The Zolas at Zaphods (photo essay)

The Zolas at Zaphods (photo essay)

On March 29th, The Zolas highlighted tracks from their third studio LP Swooner to a sold-out crowd at the Nighclub at the Edge of the Universe. The 80s-tinged pop tunes of the new release, like “Molotov Girls” and “Get Dark”, were mingled in with older sing along favourites such as “Escape Artist” and “Strange Girl”. The crowd was enthusiastic and up for it all, […]

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The Motorleague rocks the House of Targ (photo essay)

The Motorleague rocks the House of Targ (photo essay)

The Motorleague are currently on tour in support of their 3rd album, Holding Patterns, which recently brought them to House of Targ in Ottawa. Most of the songs on the latest album were road tested before being recorded, which allowed the band to craft the songs for optimum live effect. I have to admit the music sounded great live, and […]

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Language Arts play Zaphods (photo essay)

Language Arts play Zaphods (photo essay)

Art-pop group Language Arts brought their compelling sound to Ottawa and played Zaphod Beeblebrox on Wednesday, March 16th. They are currently touring in support of their recent sophomore release Able Island available on MapleMusic Recordings. The album is dedicated to their home province Nova Scotia. This dedication was demonstrated by having photos of Nova Scotia projected onto themselves during the performance. I […]

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Calexico Conquers Wellington (gig review)

Calexico Conquers Wellington (gig review)

For nearly twenty years, Calexico has become one of the most influential bands in music. One of the groups at the forefront of the alt-country and Americana movement, the Tuscon, Arizona collective have helped pave the way for a new era of stars in Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes, and The Lumineers. While the multi-member band […]

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Nadia Reid, Darren Hanlon, and Anthonie Tonnon score a hat trick at Meow

Nadia Reid, Darren Hanlon, and Anthonie Tonnon score a hat trick at Meow

For the better part three weeks, two of New Zealand’s favourite offspring, Nadia Reid and Anthony Tonnon, have teamed up with legendary Australian folk storyteller Darren Hanlon for a country wide tour of “Urban Folk”. The trio made an appearance at Wellington’s Meow last Saturday. The trio started the evening performing on stage together before playing an entertaining game of “Rock, […]

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Wild Rivers play Zaphod’s (photo essay)

Wild Rivers play Zaphod’s (photo essay)

Wild Rivers is a folk band originally formed by Devan Glover and Khalid Yassein. They released their debut EP as Devan and Khalid, and it is available from their Bandcamp site via donation. Though they met in Kingston, they have since relocated to Toronto, Ontario. A couple of new members have since joined the lineup, namely Ben Labenski (drums) and […]

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The Phoenix Foundation lift up Wellington (photo essay)

The Phoenix Foundation lift up Wellington (photo essay)

Having been together as a band for 20 years, The Phoenix Foundation have been an integral part of the New Zealand music scene since before I can remember, in fact, they were one of the first live performances I ever saw.  Despite their long stint playing together and having released six studio albums and a number of EP’s, TPF add […]

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Tinashe energizes Theatre Corona (photo essay)

Tinashe energizes Theatre Corona (photo essay)

I stopped listening to radio several years ago preferring to choose an individualized soundtrack to accompany me throughout the day. The downside is this sort of behaviour could result in missing out on other new artists as they emerge, which would be unfortunate, as I absolutely love discovering new music. My methods to unearth new artists vary; sometimes I read […]

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Aldous Harding’s powerful performance at Meow, Wellington

Aldous Harding’s powerful performance at Meow, Wellington

Last Saturday night (or Friday night for those in North America), mysterious singer/songwriter Aldous Harding graced the stages of Wellington’s Meow as part of her New Zealand tour. Performing solo, with the occasional assistance of a keyboardist, Harding enthralled a seated full house with her unique blend of alternative folk and her haunting, powerful voice that was simply captivating. An […]

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John Jacob Magistery brings their Busy Dying tour to Ottawa (photo essay)

John Jacob Magistery brings their Busy Dying tour to Ottawa (photo essay)

About a week ago I had a conversation with a friend which went somewhat like this: Friend: have you seen John Jacob Magistery? Montreal band. Me: no, that I haven’t. Why? Friend: Saw them a few days ago at The Sheep. They were pretty frickin (yes, I said frickin) amazing. At the time I was unfamiliar to their music, never mind seeing them […]

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Young Empires

Young Empires bring The Gates to Ottawa at Ritual (photo essay)

On February 26th, Young Empires played Ritual Nightclub in support of their debut, full-length album The Gates. I was lucky enough to see them open for Dragonette in Montreal last November, but it was great to experience a longer set where they could really show their capabilities as a band. Lead singer Matt Vlahovich led by example as his on-stage […]

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Rachel Platten Wildfire Tour Review (photo essay)

Rachel Platten Wildfire Tour Review (photo essay)

Rachel Platten‘s tour stood out from the past shows I’ve experienced in recent years. I‘ve attended plenty of music concerts since 2005, mostly by independent acts, and I’ve grown to expect bands to have certain cliches during their performance. Rachel Platten did not meet these expectations. Her show didn’t include bizarre propa or some peculiar homemade instrument. Her band didn’t […]

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Operators perform at Ritual Nightclub (photo essay)

Operators perform at Ritual Nightclub (photo essay)

When a fellow member of The Revue speaks so highly of a band, you know that seeing them live is an opportunity not to be missed. This was the case for the recent Operators‘ (Dan Boeckner, Devojka and Sam Brown) performance, who stopped in Ottawa to play Ritual Nightclub on February 25th. The ensemble took to the stage immersing all […]

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