Category: Show Reviews

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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Photo Essay – Australian duo Peking Duk bring it to Barrymore’s

Photo Essay – Australian duo Peking Duk bring it to Barrymore’s

Peking Duk are an Australian electronic music duo made up of Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles. They’ve already enjoy considerable success and and have achieved accolades in their home country and are now taking their show on the road. On Feb 20th they brought their high-energy show to the faithful at Barrymore’s. As you can see from the photos, the duo […]

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Photo Essay – Infected Mushroom takes over Flybar

Photo Essay – Infected Mushroom takes over Flybar

Infected Mushroom are an Israeli, sound-sculpting duo and for the second time in less than a year they brought their unique sonic experience to Ottawa. This time, they performed a DJ set at Flybar. They are currently touring in support of their new LP Converting Vegetarians II. Below are some pics from their sweat-inducing, high-energy set. Needlessly to say, there were […]

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra Live Review 2-7-16

Unknown Mortal Orchestra Live Review 2-7-16

It was Superbowl Sunday. I live in Texas and of course the Cowboys are no where near the annual football match up between the two best teams in the NFL so it was an easy decision to skip the game and go see some great live music instead. It was really no question to go see Unknown Mortal Orchestra live […]

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Jenny Lewis performs Rabbit Fur Coat in New York City

Jenny Lewis performs Rabbit Fur Coat in New York City

Jenny Lewis has been one of the best storytellers in music, from her time with Rilo Kiley to her solo career. Her first solo album, Rabbit Fur Coat, was an instant classic. It was folky with a soul feeling mostly thanks to the vocal assist from the Watson Twins. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Rabbit Fur Coat, and Lewis […]

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Futurebirds Let it all Loose in Texas

Futurebirds Let it all Loose in Texas

Futurebirds are currently touring in support of their new album Hotel Parties, and I was able to photograph their show when they stopped in Austin, Texas. I haven’t heard much from the band beforehand despite them previously releasing two full LPs (Baba Yaga in 2013 and Hamptom’s Lullaby in 2010) and two EPs (Futurebirds and Via Flamina were both released […]

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FRAGILE ROCK Show Review – #StayFelt

FRAGILE ROCK Show Review – #StayFelt

This past Tuesday I received a notification from Facebook that two of my friends were going to a show at Empire Control Room that night to see Fragile Rock. The ad caught my attention because my mind read Fraggle Rock (you know, that one badass Jim Henson show from the 80s?) when I first saw the band’s name. The event […]

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Jeff Martin

Jeff Martin brings acoustic show to Mavericks

Jeff Martin is the lead singer of one of Canada’s greatest rock bands, The Tea Party. I only managed to see The Tea Party once before they went on hiatus. During their hiatus I twice caught Jeff Martin’s solo shows and very much enjoyed them. Clearly his solo performance is a completely different experience. Where The Tea Party put on […]

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Mac DeMarco reigns over Wellington

Mac DeMarco reigns over Wellington

It’s been 18 months since I last saw Mac DeMarco. It was at the 2014 edition of the Ottawa RBC Bluesfest, and before his gig we walked around the grounds to see if a) people recognized him and b) fans knew his full name. This little game of “What’s His Name” was amusing to say the least (you can watch […]

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Platinum Blonde pictorial – December 26th, 2015

Platinum Blonde pictorial – December 26th, 2015

Over the holidays, a quick trip to Toronto included an excursion to see Platinum Blonde perform at Danforth Music Hall on Boxing Day.  The set spanned several decades of music, thick with memorable selections from albums past and balanced with several songs from their last release Now & Never (2012). As hinted at on the band’s Facebook page prior to the […]

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The Headstones’ triumphant return to Barrymore’s

The Headstones’ triumphant return to Barrymore’s

When I first moved to Ottawa in the mid 1990s, Barrymore’s was the place for live music for all the hot new bands on the scene. I saw many bands inside that venerable club over the next decade; no band left a bigger impression on me than The Headstones as the energy of their performance had unmatched. I have seen The […]

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Ian Fletcher Thornley brings solo show to Ottawa

Ian Fletcher Thornley brings solo show to Ottawa

Ian Thornley is probably best known as the front man and guitarist of Big Wreck, a band he formed in 1993 and enjoyed considerable success with, especially in Canada. They recorded two albums before they broke up in 2002. Ian Thornley formed a new band known simply as Thornley with whom he recorded two more albums. In 2011 Big Wreck reunited […]

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Matthew Good brings Chaotic Neutral to the NAC

Matthew Good brings Chaotic Neutral to the NAC

On November 26th, Matthew Good brought his cross-Canada tour to Ottawa’s National Arts Centre backed by Blake Manning on drums, previous tour alumni Stuart Cameron on guitar, and newly added Bones Hillman on bass.  The set was framed with a copious selection of songs from his latest and 7th solo studio release, Chaotic Neutral, an album highly anticipated by the fans […]

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