Tag: Live Music

False Heads' Luke Griffiths

False Heads Brighten up a Dark Camden Assembly (photo essay)

Highly rated indie-rock band False Heads tore up Camden Assembly on Saturday night, as they headlined a busy night in the Camden venue. At times it was hard to see what was going on in the badly lit room, but there was plenty of action on the stage from vocalist Luke Griffiths who barely stood still for more than a […]

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Mishkin Fitzgerald Album Launch Night at Hope and Anchor (photo essay)

Mishkin Fitzgerald Album Launch Night at Hope and Anchor (photo essay)

I may have been close to falling asleep Thursday night after my fourth gig in four nights, but Miskin Fitzgerald’s album launch night kept me going right until the very end. Playing after wonderful support from Minnie Birch and Anna Rest Easy, most artists would have struggled to own the stage but Mishkin did just that with Hope and Anchor […]

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Showcase at 229, London

Absent Kelly presents….229 The Venue, London. 5 May 2017 (photo essay)

Five diverse bands, loosely connected by a rock/indie style, were brought to the 229 Club by music promoter Absent Kelly. These sorts of nights give exposure to grafters looking to get that big break – small venue, small crowd, large ambition. Bradley Donaldson Opening the night was Bradley Donaldson, a singer with an acoustic guitar. Songs were angsty and generally […]

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The Honest Heart Collective

The Honest Heart Collective Help Fans Say So Long to Zaphod’s (photo essay)

The rumours had been swirling for some time, but on May 3rd the official announcement we were all dreading was finally made – Zaphod Beeblebrox was going to be closing its doors as of May 14th. Zaphod’s is a club any music lover in Ottawa in the last 26 years is well aware of as they have played host to […]

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Garage Flowers

End of the Trail Records….live music at the Fiddler’s Elbow, London. 3 May 2017 (photo essay)

There seemed to be a lot of middle-aged women wearing leather trousers on the tube up to Chalk Farm in North London. On exiting the station, a tout asked me if I wanted to buy a Blondie ticket. Ah, of course, Blondie were playing at the Roundhouse – a legendary venue nearby. I walked past the long queue of peroxide blondes […]

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Andrew Keoghan delights the crowd at Meow in Wellington (photo essay)

Andrew Keoghan delights the crowd at Meow in Wellington (photo essay)

As I sat and watched Andrew Keoghan perform last Thursday night at Meow, eight words repeatedly flowed through my head, “He should be more popular than he is.” In a different era, the Kiwi citizen now Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist would be a star. He’s a combination of Andrew Bird, Babyface, and Julia Holter with a voice that equally […]

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Frontman Connor Schofield

JAWS Sink Their Teeth Into Scala, London (photo essay)

A venue full of teens and a load of inflatables made for a buzzing atmosphere at Scala in London last Wednesday as JAWS had the crowd bouncing. Wonderfully warmed up by support acts Social Contract and Kagoule, the passionate fans of JAWS were singing along to every song being pumped through the PA system as the sound crew set up. […]

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Spizz Energi – Black Heart, Camden, London 11 April 2017 (photo essay)

Spizz Energi – Black Heart, Camden, London 11 April 2017 (photo essay)

I’m upstairs waiting in the tiny sweaty venue that is the Black Heart.  A hand is placed on my shoulder.  I turn to see Phil Ross, guitarist, looking at me, eye makeup already smeared down his face. “How come you’re not headlining tonight?”, I ask him, but he just points to his ears, which are stuffed with heavy duty ear […]

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Preview of Canadian Music Week 2017 – Part 1 of 2

Preview of Canadian Music Week 2017 – Part 1 of 2

The Spring thaw ushers in the start of Canadian Music Week, a festival intent on entertaining, educating, and featuring music, comedy, film, along with both trade/award shows and a conference. This year brings the 35th installment, and music lovers have a plethora of options over the 6-day stretch to scratch their new music itch. The Music Festival is held in […]

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Desperate Journalist Headline at Scala, London (photo essay)

Desperate Journalist Headline at Scala, London (photo essay)

London was the place to be on Thursday night as Desperate Journalist headlined at a busy Scala. The night started with a selection from the London band’s new album, Grow Up, such as the brilliantly Gothic “Hollow” and latest single “Be Kind”. Singer Jo Bevan spend the night tangling herself up in her microphone lead, and you could see that […]

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JUNOFest: Holy Fuck that was a great show! (photo essay)

JUNOFest: Holy Fuck that was a great show! (photo essay)

  Saturday night in Ottawa during JUNOFest meant there were eighteen shows to choose from, though unfortunately mostly running concurrently. It was a tough choice, but with two JUNO nominees, an intriguing new band I really wanted to see, and a local favourite all on the same bill, I chose the show at Zaphod Beeblebrox. The show opened with local artist […]

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French for Rabbits & Secret Knives perform at San Fran in Wellington (photo essay)

French for Rabbits & Secret Knives perform at San Fran in Wellington (photo essay)

A lot has changed since French for Rabbits first formed in 2012. At the time, Brooke Singer and John Fitzgerald were two friends living in the cozy, seaside town of Waikuku Beach on New Zealand’s South Island and writing whispery, wind-swept dream-folk and dream-pop. After the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, Spirits, the duo saw their popularity heighten […]

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ELBRÅNO live at The Horn

ELBRÅNO Rock Out The Horn, UK (photo essay)

ELBRÅNO completely rocked out The Horn in St Albans last Wednesday with their take on Groove Metal. ELBRÅNO’s bio makes a really interesting read. Alex, the lead singer, is from Norway and was influenced by Hard Rock and Blues. Marios, from Greece, is the bassist who brings on the element of Stoner Rock. Bruno has been a drummer in Death […]

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She Drew The Gun Capture the Crowd at The Horn UK (photo essay)

She Drew The Gun Capture the Crowd at The Horn UK (photo essay)

I’m not lying when I say I’ve fallen in love a little with She Drew The Gun, the Liverpool-based indie-rock band who are among the UK’s fastest-rising bands. Earlier in the week, they were in Austin at SXSW, showcasing their talents to new fans. They returned to the UK in time to kick off their mini-tour in support of their […]

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Matthew Good Gets the Crowd Going at Ottawa’s NAC (photo essay)

Matthew Good Gets the Crowd Going at Ottawa’s NAC (photo essay)

Matthew Good‘s 28-date cross-Canada Beautiful Midnight Revisited tour stopped in Ottawa on March 16th for a show in Southam Hall of the National Arts Centre. The tour was announced with the release of the  I Miss New Wave: Beautiful Midnight Revisited EP, a new twist on a handful of the songs from the 1999 Juno winning album. Accompanied by Blake […]

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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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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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