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01-Apr-2007 05:28 pm Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Rheostatics Rheostatics
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario Rheostatics Mach 29, 2007
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema Full Photo Set (22 photos)

If you live in Toronto, you most likely know about the Rheostatics. And you also most likely have an opinion - very few people are indifferent toward their music. If you're like the crowd that gathered at The Horseshoe Thursday night, you would be a devout fan. Either way, the one thing that can not be said about the Rheostatics is that they are predictable. After being together for over 20 years, they've produced music within three decades (80's, 90's, 00's) in a variety of unique styles, always with curious lyrics and and a distinctive sound. And now the Rheostatics are breaking up. To celebrate their years together, they held a pre-farewell show at The Horseshoe on Thursday, and a final farewell show at Massey Hall on Friday. read more (442 words)

Quick Shot Reviews: Ride Your Bike, Proud Simon, The Morning Stars, Stars Of Track And Field

25-Mar-2007 02:06 am Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
If only I had more time to give these CDs a little more attention, they all deserve it - this set of Quick Shot Reviews is just a few of the best submissions I've received in the past few months (which explains why all four reviews are so positive). I've got more in the queue that I hope to get to soon, but hopefully these recommendations will keep you busy for a bit. In this volume:

  • Ride Your Bike
  • Proud Simon
  • The Morning Stars
  • Stars Of Track And Field.

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CMW: Saturday

15-Mar-2007 02:04 am Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Golden Dogs
Toronto, Ontario CMW: Saturday March 10, 2007
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema Full Photo Set (24 photos)

The Saturday of CMW had a lot of interesting shows available, and although my friend and I could've just hung out at The Horseshoe all night, we decided to get out to some other venues to see new places as well as new bands. So we started our night with The Yoko Casionos, then made our way up to Rancho Relaxo to catch The Red Light Riot, then took the scenic route back to The Horseshoe for The Golden Dogs, and finally ended up at The Boat for The Mark Inside (not officially part of CMW). read more (950 words)

CMW: Friday

13-Mar-2007 01:07 am Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Stars Of Track And Field Apostle Of Hustle
Toronto, Ontario CMW: Friday March 9, 2007
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema Full Photo Set (8 photos)

There was so much to see Friday night, but I only managed to photograph two bands. I like to think I covered quality not quantity, but in truth there was probably heaps of quality in mass quantities all over Toronto. For example, Saigon Hookers were playing at the Hard Rock. And The Horseshoe had a great line-up including You Say Party! We Say Die! and Cadence Weapon, among others. And I won't even mention that I missed The Besnard Lakes and We Are Wolves at Lee's Palace, or The Miniatures at The Mod Club. But I did manage to get out and photograph a band I really like called Stars Of Track And Field, and then made my way over to see Apostle Of Hustle. read more (518 words)

CMW: Thursday

11-Mar-2007 04:19 pm Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Uncut Les Breastfeeders
Toronto, Ontario CMW: Thursday March 8, 2007
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema Full Photo Set (15 photos)

For day 1 of CMW festivities, my only plan was to start out at the Neutral Lounge to see a band called Jen Militia, and then head over to The Silver Dollar to see the The High Dials. But once I got to The Silver Dollar, I stayed there and got to see two amazing additional performances by Uncut, and Les Breastfeeders. read more (738 words)

CMW: The Indies

09-Mar-2007 08:12 am Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
Cadence Weapon
The Docks in Toronto, Ontario CMW: The Indies March 7, 2007
Photos by: Pete Nema Full Photo Set (27 photos)

Kicking off Canadian Music Week were The Indies, formally known as the 7th Annual Independent Music Awards. An awards show that is in the spirit, and celebrates the success, of independent music. Hosted by Jully Black, the award ceremony included performances by: DJ Champion, Cadence Weapon, Neverending White Lights, Hellogoodbye, Rough Trade (who were inducted into the Indies Hall Of Fame), Priestess, Wolfmother, and The Stills. read more (377 words)

The Ettes

06-Mar-2007 01:21 am Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Ettes
February 28 , 2007
Lee's Palace in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

Full Photo Set (14 photos)
The Ettes

Despite the fact that Lindsay "Coco" Hames (vocals, guitar) claimed The Ettes are from Toronto, there are those that believe they are actually from Los Angeles. There may be something behind that belief since it turns out this was the first time The Ettes have actually performed in Toronto. After having seen a short review on them in Magnet, and listening to the few songs they have posted on MySpace, I decided to get out and see what The Ettes could do on stage. read more (199 words)

Bright Eyes

01-Mar-2007 03:25 am Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
Bright Eyes
February 27 , 2007
The Opera House in Toronto, Ontario
Photos by: Pete Nema

Full Photo Set (7 photos)
Bright Eyes

Bright Eyes is all about Conor Oberst, who has been making music professionally since the age of 14 in 1994. He has worked with a number of indie musicians, including members of Neutral Milk Hotel, Of Montreal, and Spoon. Bright Eyes' most recent CD release is from early 2005 entitled I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning, but this current tour is just in advance of the next release, Cassadaga, due out April 10th, 2007. read more (2 words)


26-Feb-2007 12:22 am Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Mod Club in Toronto, Ontario Sparklehorse February 23, 2007
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema Full Photo Set (13 photos)

Mark Linkous and his band Sparklehorse were in Toronto on Friday to play a concert at The Mod Club, one of my favourite local venues. I'm told he's notorious for disliking touring, but on stage he exposed a few mild smiles when the crowd showed their appreciation, and seemed to be having a reasonably good time. Perhaps it's the not-on-stage portion of touring that bothers him? Either way, Sparklehorse didn't take the stage until about 11:45 PM, played a set that included many songs off earlier albums, and played a one-song encore. Mark had a fan positioned between the monitor speakers, blowing air up at his face. In addition to keeping him cool, it also caused his hair to blow around in a very photogenic rock-n-roll way. For more information on Sparklehorse, have a look at my review of the most recent album Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain. read more (22 words)

The Apples In Stereo

24-Feb-2007 06:24 am Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Apples In Stereo
February 20, 2007
Lee's Palace in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

Full Photo Set (20 photos)
Apples In Stereo

Formed (more or less) in 1993 as part of the Elephant 6 collective, a group of like-minded indie bands that included Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples In Stereo have been producing full length albums since 1995. Although the band had a recent lineup change with the departure of Hilarie Sidney (drums), their indie-pop sound has stayed the path led by frontman Robert Schneider. Schneider recently appeared on The Colbert Report "Green Screen Challenge" singing a tribute to Stephen Colbert that helped bring some additional attention to the band. I discovered Apples In Stereo in mid-2003, and since then I've been listening to their back catalogue fairly regularly. Their 60's inspired music has a pleasing lo-fi sound that has helped put Apples In Stereo in my overall top 50 bands. read more (324 words)