Category: Show Reviews

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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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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