Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Tuesday Find: Grizzly Waves

For those who like: Frank Turner, Billy Bragg

Grizzly Wave is the stage name of Ontario singer/songwriter Luke MacDonald.  My first impression of his new EP, The Wild Life: Part One, was that it fused a punk poet spirit with some welcome twang.

Listen to the first single, "Brothers", here:

Monday, October 05, 2015

This week in Toronto concerts: Mark Knopfler, Coeur de Pirate, Stevie Wonder

One of the least heralded (at least by hipsters) songwriters of the last 30+ years, Mark Knopfler takes on Massey Hall on Tuesday.  The great Coeur de Pirate hits The Phoenix on Wednesday...of course there's Stevie Wonder at the ACC on Friday.

...also this week:
  • A Place To Bury Strangers, Oct 5
  • Chvrches, Oct 5
  • Gene Ween, Oct 6
  • Mew, Oct 7
  • Algiers, Oct 8
  • BAIO, Oct 8
  • Bring Me The Horizon, Oct 8
  • Blitzen Trapper, Oct 9
  • Chris Cornell, Oct 9
  • Landshapes, Oct 9
  • The Neighbourhood, Oct 9
  • Hanson, Oct 10 & 11
  • Flux Pavilion, Oct 10
  • The Lighthouse and the Whaler, Oct 10
  • MS MR, Oct 10

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Toronto concerts announced this week:The Who

  • Those Darlins, Danforth Music Hall, Nov 8
  • Ghastly, The Hoxton, Nov 14
  • Exes for Eyes, Lee's Palace, Nov 22
  • The Who, Air Canada Centre, Mar 1
  • The Who, Air Canada Centre, Apr 26

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Playlist Of The Week: Corb Lund

For no particular reason, here's a playlist of Canada's greatest living country musician, Corb Lund.

Friday, October 02, 2015

New releases for Oct 2nd: Born Ruffians, Editors, Sheepdogs

  • Blitzen Trapper
  • Born Ruffians
  • Collective Soul
  • Darkstar
  • Dirty Ghosts
  • Eagles Of Death Metal
  • Editors
  • Indian Handcrafts
  • The Sheepdogs
  • Wavves
  • Younghusbands

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Ryan Adams: "1989" (album review)

Front-to-back cover albums are becoming a little more common.  We've seen the Flaming Lips do Pink Floyd.  We've seen Ben Lee cover Against Me!  Beck did an entire series of them.

Now comes probably the most high-profile of the sort, Ryan Adams' much buzzed-about take on Taylor Swift's 1989.

I have to admit that I was not terribly familiar with the original album heading into this, and that probably served it well.  As a result, most of these songs could easily pass for Adams originals, which says a lot about Swift's unheralded songwriting (or does it say more about Adams' sometimes overrated work?).

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Dirty Ghosts: "Let It Pretend" (album review)

Dirty Ghosts' 2012 album Metal Moon hit me like a ton of bricks.  It was refreshing to hear a female-dominated project do the Garage Rock thing as hard and forcefully as Allyson Baker did.

Fast forward a few years and we're now getting the release of the follow-up Let It Pretend.

This is a much different record than the first one.  While there were always undertones of New Wave influence, this record puts that sound squarely in focus.  The result is the nearly complete lack of the overt aggression of Metal Moon.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tuesday Find: No Museums

For those who like: Guided By Voices

Edmonton's No Museums are here to fill your need for clattery lo-fi rock.

Listen to their brand new album, Frightening Camera, here:

Monday, September 28, 2015

This week in Toronto concerts: Yo La Tengo, Noah Gundersen, Joan Armatrading, Ben Caplan & the Casual Smokers

Veterans of the indie scene Yo La Tengo take the stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Wednesday.  One of my local favorites, Ben Caplan & the Casual Smokers, play The Mod Club on Friday.

...also this week:

  • Norma Jean, Sep 29
  • The Internet, Sep 29
  • Noah Gundersen, Sep 29
  • Lower Dens, Sep 30
  • Destroyer, Sep 30
  • The Districts, Sep 30
  • Autechre, Oct 1
  • Battles, Oct 1
  • Gardens & Villas, Oct 1
  • Ghost, Oct 1
  • Pure Bathing Culture, Oct 1
  • The Wood Brothers, Oct 1
  • The Growlers, Oct 2 & 3
  • Kill the Noise, Oct 2
  • Joan Armatrading, Oct 3
  • Matt Nathanson, Oct 3
  • Chvrches, Oct 4

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Toronto concerts announced this week: Josh Ritter, Vance Joy. Jason Isbell

  • San Fermin, Horseshoe Tavern, Dec 9
  • The Arcs, Massey Hall, Dec 10
  • Born Ruffians, Silver Dollar, Dec 10
  • Born Ruffians, Lee's Palace, Dec 11
  • Born Ruffians, Opera House, Dec 12
  • Most Serene Republic, Horseshoe Tavern, Dec 22
  • Vance Joy, Massey Hall, Jan 27
  • Josh Ritter, The Phoenix, Feb 16
  • Jason Isbell w. Shovels & Rope, Danforth Music Hall, Feb 29
  • Bullet For My Valentine, The Phoenix, Mar 5