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Against Me!

Against Me! rock the Bronson Centre (photo essay)

A couple years ago, the Bronson Centre was renovated, removing many rows of seats to make room for a “standing” area in front of the stage. This is exactly the kind of show this change was made for, as one does not go see Against Me! and sit through the performance. Sure enough, when the band hit the stage and […]

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The Staves

The Staves Impress at the Bronson Centre (photo essay)

Last summer before heading to the Newport Folk Festival, I did some research of bands I was unfamiliar with so I would be sure not to miss any unknown-to-me gems. The Staves were one of the bands I had identified during my homework, and I was rewarded with a wonderful live performance. When I heard they were playing Zaphod Beeblebrox, I […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Photo Essay: Hey Rosetta! and Yukon Blonde

Photo Essay: Hey Rosetta! and Yukon Blonde

Now in its 5th year since its inception, NAC Presents strives to showcase the depths of the musical talent within Canada’s borders. On November 22nd, as part of that series, the evening’s entertainment spanned coast to coast. Yukon Blonde, hailing from British Columbia, paired with Newfoundland’s own Hey Rosetta!, both took to the Southam Hall stage in front of a […]

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49 Above: The Strumbellas, who Play Mavericks on December 12

49 Above: The Strumbellas, who Play Mavericks on December 12

  The award-winning, Toronto indie band, The Strumbellas, are set to play Mavericks on Friday, December 12. I spoke with lead singer Simon Ward to get some insight on how 2014 was for them and on what we can expect in 2015. KSP: Simon, you just won a Canadian Folk Music Award for contemporary album of the year and earlier this year […]

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Gig Pick: Larry and His Flask, Good For Grapes and Steamers Sunday October 5

Gig Pick: Larry and His Flask, Good For Grapes and Steamers Sunday October 5

Spectrasonic and punkottawa.com Present Larry and His Flask, Good For Grapes and Steamers on Sunday, October 5 at 8:30pm at Mavericks (221 Rideau Street). Admission is $12 advance + service charge. Tickets are available at tickets available at Vertigo Records and Spectrasonic.  RSVP to this event at www.facebook.com/events/327478704073345. Larry and His Flask Musical anthropologists interested in the study of just how fast a band […]

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Shred Kelly and Shannon Rose & The Thorns June 14 @ Mavericks

Shred Kelly and Shannon Rose & The Thorns June 14 @ Mavericks

Shred Kelly from BC and Ottawa’s own Shannon Rose & The Thorns will be playing Mavericks on Saturday June 14. Tickets are $10 in advance at Vertigo Records and www.spectrasonic.com/event/555149 Shred Kelly is an alternative/folk/pop band based in British Columbia. They are a high energy, foot stomping fun band with an amazing banjo player. Shannon Rose & The Thorns are a folk/pop band […]

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Conversation (and existential despair) with Paterson Hall

Conversation (and existential despair) with Paterson Hall

Hello, meet the sprightly gang of sonic messengers that is Paterson Hall. Before I get into this, I’d like to share a few extraneous nuggets from my recent conversation with the band, which endeared them to me greatly: “One of my favourite things to do in life is to just imagine people as apes. The grocery store is the best […]

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