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IndieCan Birthday Bash

18-Feb-2007 10:53 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
IndieCan Birthday Bash
February 16, 2007
Jeff Healey's Roadhouse in Toronto, Ontario
Photos by: Pete Nema

Tin Bangs Full Set (17 photos)
Anti-Hero Full Set (12 photos)
Anti-Hero

IndieCan Radio is a website where "indie fans meet indie bands". Their weekly podcast focuses on local Toronto talent with interviews and music. To celebrate IndieCan's birthday, a birthday bash was held at Jeff Healey's Roadhouse and was devoted to help AthletesCAN help Canadian amateur athletes. To start the evening, a short movie entitled What Is INDIE? was shown and then followed by performances by Tin Bangs (who have previously opened for The Killers), Anti-Hero (London Ontario's 2006 Rock Band of The Year), and Tocoma Redd (who recently had a successful CD launch at The Horseshoe). read more (41 words)

C'est What Turns 19

16-Feb-2007 05:37 AM Contributed by: pete Music News
On Tuesday, a great local pub with some of the best handcrafted beers in the city held a party to celebrate their 19 years in business. C'est What is a musician's pub, and the party included musicians playing for musicians. C'est What's slogan is True Local Flavour and it's meant both in the brewing and musical sense. I can be found there fairly often on Sunday nights, enjoying a pint while listening to local talent hosted by Terence, Tim, and Derek.

I arrived slightly late on Tuesday, but still managed to catch performances by Emm Gryner, Lindy, Royal Wood, Priya Thomas, Andy Kim, and The Bicycles. Have a look at my C'est What Photo Set from that night.

Midlake

15-Feb-2007 03:30 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Midlake
February 12, 2007
Lee's Palace in Toronto, Ontario
Photos by: Pete Nema

Full Photo Set (9 photos)
Midlake

Midlake is a five piece band out of Texas that was formed by a group of music school students. Their first full-length CD, Bamnan and Silvercork, was released in 2004 with album art that is based on a short film this team made together early on. Throughout the show on Monday night, playing to a sold out crowd at Lee's Palace, the band projected images on a screen behind them while they played, including the aforementioned short film during their live performance of Some Of Them Were Superstitious, one of the musical and visual highlights of the night. read more (275 words)

Pete's Pick: The Evens

12-Feb-2007 05:33 AM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
I can't say I love this whole CD, but I can say that the two songs Cut From The Cloth and Everybody Knows from the album Get Evens are just so brilliant in their simplicity. The drums are at the forefront of both songs with their driving and variable beats. They are accompanied by catchy melodies, fun vocals, and finger-blistering acoustic guitar. To hear Cut From The Cloth, check out The Evens on MySpace.

Pony Up!

05-Feb-2007 02:36 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Pony Up!
February 2, 2007
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

Full Photo Set (16 Photos)
Pony Up!

Pony Up! is an all-girl four piece band out of Montreal, an epicentre of Canadian indie-pop music. Their music is light, yet complex enough to keep your interest, and the lyrics are authentic, if not even a little confessional. I suspect these are the reasons Pony Up! attracts a largely female audience. However, even though the band has an overall cuteness, there is definitely sexuality emitted during their stage performance, which easily explains the male fans and their audacious behaviour that made for some bizarre moments. read more (614 words)

Pride Tiger, Superstack

03-Feb-2007 04:49 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Pride Tiger, Superstack
January 30, 2007
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

Full photo set: Pride Tiger (10 photos)
Full photo set: Superstack (12 photos)
Pride Tiger

New Music night at The Horseshoe can often be a great place to discover up and coming bands. In June 2006, I went to there to catch a West coast band called Bend Sinister, but got there a little early - in time to see the opening band Pride Tiger. I'd never heard Pride Tiger before, but their set really caught my attention, and since then I've been loosely following them. Pride Tiger was back in Toronto this past week, and to top it off they were playing the same night as a local Toronto band called Superstack that I've been wanting to see for a while. It was a night filled with classic rock guitar, clear vocals, and a taste of jam band, all in the good way. read more (548 words)

Fourway Flashers

26-Jan-2007 04:42 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
Fourway Flashers
January 24, 2007
El Mocambo in Toronto, Ontario
Photos by: Pete Nema

Full Photo Set (9 photos)
Fourway Flashers
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Pete's Pick: Kooks

24-Jan-2007 12:47 AM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
The Kooks debut album Inside In/Inside Out has some late 60's influences such as The Kinks, and could be described as a blend of many current bands like Sam Roberts and The Libertines with a bit of The Strokes, or something like that. The album is pretty darn good, with short tight songs - 15 tracks and just 44 minutes. For the most part, it's just easy, happy listening, but the last song, Do You Love Me Still, has that certain special something. I'm not usually a sucker for love songs, but for whatever reason I like this one. Check out The Kooks on MySpace.

Gentleman Auction House / The Rules Were Handed Down

22-Jan-2007 05:35 AM Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
7 Track EP
© 2006 Gentleman Auction House
Gentleman Auction House on MySpace
Listen Listen to A Hospital Or Heaven
Enema Rating:
Gentleman Auction House is a seven piece band (perhaps a better word would be "collective") that currently calls home St. Louis, Missouri. Like always, it's difficult to predict what you're going to hear when you place a CD in the car stereo that you've never heard. But I liked the colour and graphics on the cover of this CD - it gave me a bit of a childhood autumn sensation. Which, as it turns out, couldn't be more perfect for the songs contained within. The music immediately reminded me of Modest Mouse or even Rogue Wave, not necessarily because it sounds similar, but because it gives me the same feeling. read more (332 words)

Peeler

18-Jan-2007 05:50 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Peeler
January 16, 2007
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

Full Photo Set (11 photos)
Peeler

In case you didn't see it, I very recently wrote up a Quick Shot Review on Peeler's debut CD Evils Of The Modern Pleasure Dance. I enjoyed Craig Peeling's vocals on the CD and I noticed that Peeler was playing The Horseshoe on Tuesday, so I grabbed my camera and dropped by. I wanted to see how Peeler fared live on stage. The Horseshoe was more crowded than usual for a Tuesday night - a good sign for all the bands playing that night. read more (210 words)