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The Dirty Laundry Tour

09-Aug-2007 04:25 am Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Dirty Laundry Tour
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario The Dirty Laundry Tour
The Last True Gentlemen,
Fourlines, Mike Celia
August 4, 2007
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema Full Photo Set (20 photos)

Saturday night at The Horseshoe was a CD Release party and kick-off for The Dirty Laundry Tour, a tour comprised of The Last True Gentlemen, Mike Celia, and Fourlines, in which they are... well, collecting your dirty laundry, travelling across Canada with it, and even performing with it on stage. Yes, your dirty clothing can travel to a number of locations from Quebec to British Columbia. The three bands have different sounds, so if you're planning on heading out to see them, get there to see them all, you won't be bored. read more (337 words)

Attack In Black

03-Aug-2007 04:09 am Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Attack In Black
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario Attack In Black
Moneen, Walter Schreifels
July 31, 2007
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema Full Photo Set (24 photos)

I read an article recently that postulated that the buzz around a band is not generated by the quality of their music, but instead it's related to other factors such as number of MySpace friends, connections, and blogger love (among other things). In some ways the author is right, but if Attack In Black is any indication, the quality of their stage show and music are most likely causing the other factors to occur. Currently with just under 8,500 MySpace friends, and connections such as Dallas Green and Moneen (who were both billed as Surprise Special Guests), all that's left is blogger love. And just in case they haven't had enough of that recently, let me contribute. read more (548 words)

Stars Of Track And Field

01-Aug-2007 12:03 am Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Stars Of Track And Field
El Mocambo in Toronto, Ontario Stars Of
Track And Field
July 29, 2007
Photos by: Pete Nema Full Photo Set (7 photos)

My copy of Centuries Before Love And War by Stars Of Track And Field has been getting a fair amount of mileage this year, mostly due to the three songs Movies Of Antarctica, With You, and Arithmatik. I managed to get out and see them perform to a capacity crowd during CMW at Revival, and despite the incredibly difficult lighting (always a concern for photographers) I really enjoyed the show. So I've been wanting to see them again, and given that they've played six times in Toronto in the past five months, there's been plenty of opportunity. But my schedule didn't cooperate until just recently when they played a show at the El Mocambo along with Cary Brothers. read more (134 words)

They Shoot Horses Don't They?

30-Jul-2007 05:05 am Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
They Shoot Horses Don't They? They Shoot Horses Don't They?
Sneaky Dee's in Toronto, Ontario They Shoot Horses
Don't They?
Shapes and Sizes, Arrows
July 21, 2007
Photos by: Pete Nema Full Photo Set (17 photos)

I learned about They Shoot Horses Don't They? from the CBC Radio 3 Podcast with Grant Lawrence. They have a quirky song called A Place Called LA, which clearly places them in the experimental indie rock category. It has an interesting structure and a catchy underlying melody, and it is responsible for making me want to get out and see them. The show ended up being a little more experimental that I had hoped, but there is no denying that they are an interesting band. Even before playing, the band displayed uniqueness by having a group huddle on stage, at which point I counted two pairs of bare feet. read more (134 words)

Ketch Harbour Wolves

28-Jul-2007 07:16 pm Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Ketch Harbour Wolves
El Mocambo in Toronto, Ontario Ketch Harbour Wolves
Fox Jaws
July 20, 2007
Photos by: Pete Nema Full Photo Set (14 photos)

To celebrate the release of their new EP entitled December, the Ketch Harbour Wolves managed to pull a sizable crowd out to the El Mocambo. There were both friends and family present, noticeable through their interactions with the band, and through their zealous support of the music. In fact, as the band took the stage, the crowd moved all the way forward and immediately started bouncing and jumping along with the music, sometimes taking time out to let out a yell at the band members to let them know how great they were. I think the enthusiasm was sincere, and it was a pretty decent set. I went to the show because I like the last song on the EP called This Light, but I enjoyed a few of their other songs even more when played live. read more (75 words)

Pete's Pick: Young Galaxy

23-Jul-2007 01:38 am Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
I first found out about Young Galaxy when they opened for The Frames back in April. Since then I've picked up their CD (of off, where else?) and listened to it a number of times. I think they're getting some good airplay with Outside The City, which is good, but it's my least favourite song on the album. The song that I can't stop thinking about is Lazy Religion. It's a slow song, but the chorus just sticks with me. The other brilliant song is Swing Your Heartache. Info: Young Galaxy | Connect: MySpace


17-Jul-2007 04:12 am Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Opera House in Toronto, Ontario
Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, Ontario
All Day With It - CD Release Concert
Bonus: Even more illScarlett
July 10, 2007
July 13, 2007
Photos and Words by: Pete Nema July 10th Photo Set (21 photos)
July 13th Photo Set (6 photos)

illScarlett had a busy week around July 10th, the day of the release of their debut full-length album All Day With It. On July 10th alone they stopped by 102.1 The Edge for an interview, then did a photo session, then over to Much Music for a show, then cleaned up for their early start CD Release Concert at The Opera House, and then finished the big day off with an afterparty. Ticket holders to the show at The Opera House received a copy of the new CD. During the week, they stopped by MTV, played an Uninvited Guest party, and performed three sets over the course of the Billy Talent concert on Friday night. I'm sure there was more that I'm forgetting. read more (467 words)

Built To Spill

15-Jul-2007 04:09 pm Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Built To Spill
Lee's Palace in Toronto, Ontario Built To Spill July 11, 2007
Photos by: Pete Nema Full Photo Set (12 photos)

I've been a listening to Built To Spill since sometime after they released their 1999 album Keep It Like A Secret, a relatively short time compared to their 15 years spent together, but not too bad for a boy from Toronto a city that Built To Spill has left out of their tour roster until now. And over the past three albums, they've slowly become one of my all-time favourite bands. Both Keep It Like A Secret and Ancient Melodies Of The Future are brilliant albums, and their current effort You In Reverse is growing on me with every listen. Although this was their first time in Toronto, they partially made up for it by playing two back-to-back sold out shows at Lee's Palace on July 10th and 11th. read more (469 words)

illScarlett, Live @ The Orange Lounge

12-Jul-2007 12:30 am Contributed by: pete Press Photos
The Orange Lounge in Toronto, Ontario illScarlett
Live @ The Orange Lounge
April 30, 2007
Photos by: Pete Nema Full Photo Set (14 photos)

illScarlett was in The Orange Lounge studio on April 30th to record an interview and a few live videos for the Sympatico/MSN Live @ The Orange Lounge series. Previous artists include Billy Talent, Sam Roberts, Mobile, Snow Patrol, and many more. The session was published just recently, most likely to coincide with their debut full-length CD release All Day With It (released on July 10th, more on that coming soon). Have a look a the photos, and then be sure to go check out the live music videos and the interview Alex Norman (vocals, guitar) told a couple great stories during the interview, so don't miss it. read more (9 words)

The Polyphonic Spree

08-Jul-2007 09:55 pm Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Polyphonic Spree
Phoenix in Toronto, Ontario The Polyphonic Spree July 5, 2007
Photos and review by: Pete Nema Full Photo Set (11 photos)

After the drug overdose of guitarist Wes Berggren brought Tripping Daisy to an end, Tim DeLaughter (vocals, guitar) and the other remaining band members decided to explore the idea of creating a symphonic rock band, an idea that resulted in The Polyphonic Spree. Now on their third full-length album entitled The Fragile Army, they are touring North America, an impressive feat of logistics given that I counted 23 people on stage last Thursday night. On previous tours they donned white robes for their performances, but this time around they were wearing pseudo-army outfits that featured white hearts on the jackets. read more (383 words)