Overheard at Shows (NXNE Edition, Part 2)

June 27, 2012 Written by Melody Lau No comments

“You disappeared, did you make out with them?”

“Sometimes she’s looks super Asian…”

“CHEEKBONES.” (a girl referring to the lead singer of a band)

“He was tall and looked like a real man. A real man, like a viking man.”

“Wherever there’s a body of water, you know you’re fucked.” (someone on the ferry ride to Toronto Island for the Smith Westerns)

“Does it really suck there?” (people walking to the Smith Westerns show asking the people leaving the show)

“Cut it with the fucking smoke, man. We’re not Echo and the Bunnymen.” (What Matt Good said after the smoke machine was left on a little long during his set)

Jazz Festival Preview

June 22, 2012 Written by Dustin Cordeiro No comments
Jazz Festival Preview

Still recovering from the storm of shows, events, and all-night bar hopping that took place last week? Well if you’d rather put off the NXNE-hangover for a while than quit cold-turkey there’s another equally hectic festival starting this weekend to keep you going.

Showcasing some of the biggest names in Jazz music, most of whom are Canadian, The Toronto Jazz Festival kicks off tomorrow with multi-talented and effortlessly cool chanteuse Janelle Monáe shaking things up at Nathan Phillips Square. After some high-scale musical connections, which included working with Stevie Wonder, singing with fun. at the MTV Movie Awards, and performing for unlikely fan, Barack Obama, Monáe has been dreaming up a whole new experience for her live shows, and tonight’s performance will surely showcase a new breadth for this genre-hopper.

On Saturday, the greatly underrated but highly talented soul-singer Bettye LaVette will take the stage at Nathan Phillips Square to bring her “classic soul singing” to a new audience. 20+ piece orchestra, The Big Sound, will open for LaVette and perform throw-back hits from the Motown era – including The Jackson 5, The Supremes and Marvin Gaye – for all your nostalgic needs.

If you’re still able to squeeze in another show on Saturday night, Vancouver indie-rock group, Destroyer, will play the Opera House at 9pm. A quick east-bound trip down the Queen streetcar line will be very worth it for this band.

But if this weekend’s still a write-off, a slew of other great acts will be performing throughout the week, including last year’s “who-the-eff-is-that” Grammy winner, Esperanza Spalding, as well as highly accomplished and multi-talented Ziggy Marley. There’s also enough free shows to keep your pockets happy, and of course some events held at restaurants, to keep those stomachs happy. Because what better way is there to treat a concert-hangover than with more shows?

Visit http://torontojazz.com/ for more info.

Stars announce new album, The North

June 21, 2012 Written by Melody Lau No comments

Montreal indie-pop band Stars have announced a new album entitled The North, out September 4. The North will be the follow-up to 2010′s The Five Ghosts and fans can hear the first single “The Theory of Relativity” now. Listen below:

Watch: Sandro Perri – “Changes (Zongamin Remix)”

June 20, 2012 Written by Melody Lau No comments

Recent Polaris Prize long list nominee, Sandro Perri released a new video for the Zongamin remix of “Changes”. This track is off of Perri’s “Changes”/”Love & Light” Remixes EP (out now) which includes remixes and contributions from Mickey Moonlight, Eluvium and Max Gross. Watch the clip below:

[NXNE] Action Bronson @ Drake Hotel – June 16, 2012

June 18, 2012 Written by Kristian Pedersen No comments
[NXNE] Action Bronson @ Drake Hotel – June 16, 2012

It’s hard to talk about an Action Bronson concert without it sounding like a work of fiction. Somehow everything he does seems truly unbelievable.

Saturday night he played a set in the Drake Underground, and even with the venues mid-sized status, Bronson instantly made it feel like a basement party. You’d hardly know there were people with popped collars just one floor up.

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Overheard at Shows (NXNE Edition)

June 18, 2012 Written by Melody Lau No comments

The Flaming Lips @ Yonge-Dundas Square


Guy 1: “Have you ever crowd surfed before?”
Guy 2: “No.”
Guy 1: “Well, this is going to be the night, my friend.”
Guy 2: “No, I can’t. I’m not drunk enough.”
Guy 1: “DO IT.”

(Getting out of the crowded pit): “WE’RE ALIVEEEEEEEE”

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