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Make Your Exit, Michou @ Rancho Relaxo (Photos and Review)

07-Feb-2009 12:15 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Make Your Exit
Make Your Exit, Michou
Voila
Rancho Relaxo in Toronto, Ontario on January 30, 2009
Full Photo Set (22 photos)

Even though I don't get out to the Rancho Relaxo as often as I'd like, when I do go, it's good to see that the music community there continues to thrive. The place was packed front to back with lovers of independent music, including members of at least two additional bands that were not performing that night. It's the kind of environment that encourages bands like Windsor-based Michou to come play in Toronto, and helps bands like Make Your Exit transform from a group "with a few nice ideas" (as I previosuly wrote) into a surprisingly awesome indie-rock band. read more (294 words)

Low Level Flight, We Are The Take, These Three Cities @ Tattoo Rock Parlour (Photos and Review)

03-Feb-2009 11:00 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Low Level Flight
Low Level Flight
We Are The Take, These Three Cities
Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto, Ontario on January 29, 2009
Full Photo Set (29 photos)

I caught Low Level Flight for the first time near the end of last July and have been watching for another opportunity to see them play again. With Low Level Flight on the same bill as We Are The Take and These Three Cities at the Tattoo Rock Parlour last Thursday, it made it a great night to get out. read more (411 words)

Band Names For A Bad Economy

01-Feb-2009 03:30 PM Contributed by: pete Music News


There's a thread over at Drowned In Sound about band names for a bad economy. It's a pretty funny thread, lots in there to make you chuckle, but here are my top 10 band names extracted from that thread. read more (107 words)

Super Furry Animals Announce New Album

30-Jan-2009 03:00 PM Contributed by: pete Music News


Super Furry Animals have announced the release of their 9th studio album. They have a working track listing, but no album title yet. The band says "Musically it's based around riffs and grooves we've been playing around with over the last few years. We have enough now for a whole album so even though it's still very melodic we thought we could leave off the acoustic ballads for the time being." read more (170 words)

Doves Announce New Album, Offer Free Download of "Jetstream" For Two Weeks

28-Jan-2009 04:15 PM Contributed by: pete Music News


The British trio Doves will be releasing their 4th studio album, Kingdom of Rust, on April 7th and are offering the track Jetstream as a free download for two weeks on the Doves website starting today. They will be touring the U.S. (and hopefully Canada?) in support of the album starting in late spring. read more (65 words)

Amos The Transparent @ Sneaky Dee's (Photos and Review)

28-Jan-2009 05:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Amos The Transparent
Amos The Transparent
Fox Jaws, Modernboys Moderngirls, AfterpartY
Sneaky Dee's in Toronto, Ontario on January 23, 2009
Full Photo Set (19 photos)

The venue upstairs at Sneaky Dee's showcases some of the more eccentric and experimental music you'll get to see in Toronto (if you disagree, please check out my photos from The Robot Ate Me), but last Friday was a much more regular night there with Modernboys Moderngirls, Fox Jaws, AfterpartY, and one of my current favourite independent bands Amos The Transparent. read more (625 words)

Hollerado Releases "Record In A Bag" as a Free Download

26-Jan-2009 03:00 AM Contributed by: pete Music News

Following the naming pattern of the Demo In A Bag series of CDs, Hollerado has now released a full-length album entitled Record In A Bag, and they have made it available for free download. This is music that is well worth paying for, so I recommend going to download it for free now while you can. Aside from including the incredibly catchy Americanarama (a song that I have trouble not listening to on repeat), there are more than a few other tracks that are entirely appropriate for pre-party warm ups or when everyone ends up at your place after the bar closes. read more (120 words)

Magneta Lane @ The Horseshoe (Photos)

25-Jan-2009 05:30 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
Magneta Lane Magneta Lane
Magneta Lane
The Wilderness
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario on January 22, 2009
Full Photo Set (11 photos)

I'm not exactly sure when Magneta Lane last performed in Toronto, I think it has been many months, but they did play a gig for Microsoft in Seattle in December. They have a new album entitled Gambling With God that should be released in the near future by their new label Last Gang Records, a follow-up album to 2006's Dancing With Daggers (which was on Paper Bag Records). read more (137 words)

Woodward Company @ The Horseshoe (Photos and Review)

18-Jan-2009 06:00 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Woodward Company
Woodward Company
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario on January 13, 2009
Full Photo Set (12 photos)

One thing I really like about the music community in Toronto is the support musicians give to each other. I will often see members of bands in the audience for other bands, supporting their friends or there just because music is their life. Before Woodward Company took the stage, I ran into Tim Oxford who plays drums for the Arkells. It turns out he was there because he is long-time friends with two of the members of Woodward Company, and was involved in the recording of their new, but not quite ready for release, EP. read more (234 words)

AC/DC @ Rogers Centre, Toronto (Photos and Review)

14-Jan-2009 12:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
AC/DC
AC/DC
Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario on January 9, 2009
Full Photo Set (22 photos)

I'm 14 again, and I'm out in my backyard on a hot summer's day jumping on a trampoline with Back In Black blasting on the stereo through the back windows of my house. (Seriously, I did that.) Then I'm 25, and in the Harp pub in Wollongong, Australia with Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap) playing in the background, and a guy has me pinned and is trying to write a bad word on my forehead with permanent marker. I can't remember what I did to provoke that, but anyway... my friend steps in to stop him, and my forehead lives through another night [mostly] unscathed. read more (599 words)