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Neil Leyton / The Betrayal Of The Self

15-Nov-2006 08:09 pm Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
13 Track CD
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Listen Listen to The System Is The System Is The Problem
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There are a few really interesting things about Neil Leyton and his latest album The Betrayal Of The Self, so I have no idea how anyone who writes about music could pass up the opportunity to write about Neil. The first interesting thing is that the music is really quite good. More details on that later, but it's an important point because without that attribute, I wouldn't have discovered these other bits of information. read more (484 words)

Pete's Pick: OK Go

13-Nov-2006 07:08 pm Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
OK Go is playing in Toronto tonight, but sadly I won't be there. Over the past 6 months or so, they've become a staple in my playlists. As of today they stand as my 18th most listened to band since September 2005 on Their music is infectious. So, since I can't be there tonight, I feel compelled to post them as Pete's Pick. If Invincible doesn't get you going then perhaps you forgot to take your medication today.

The Last True Gentlemen

09-Nov-2006 08:04 pm Contributed by: pete Press Photos
The Last True Gentlemen
November 5, 2006
Photos by: Pete Nema

The Last True Gentlemen are Andrew Clark (Vocals, Keyboards , Guitar), Adam O'Connor (Bass), and Mark Ansara (Drums) and they rock. Visit them now on MySpace and send them some love. read more (115 words)

The May Bees and The Holy Fields

07-Nov-2006 09:35 am Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The May Bees and The Holy Fields
November 2, 2006
The Rivoli in Toronto, Ontario
Review and Photos by: Pete Nema

Full photo set: The May Bees (9 photos)

If you think it's tough being a Canadian band and trying to make it in the North American market, try being a Dutch band and doing the same. Then add in having your bass player leave the tour, and you'll understand why musicians require so much dedication. Speaking with Greg Orange (lead vocals, guitar) before the The May Bees' took the stage, it's clear he's able to take it all in stride. He adapts and continues, and enjoys what he does. read more (253 words)

Sparklehorse / Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain

01-Nov-2006 12:53 am Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
12 Track CD
Copyright © 2006 Capitol Records Inc. or on MySpace
Listen Listen to Don't Take My Sunshine Away
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Sparklehorse is effectively Mark Linkous, whose last full-length album, It's A Wonderful Life, was released in 2001. Now, just over 5 years later, Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain has been added to the Sparklehorse catalogue, an even longer title than his debut album Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot. Is the title of the new album a reflection of how Linkous felt during the past five years? Since 2001, Linkous admits to getting into a bad state of depression due to a number of factors, including 9/11, that caused him to spend approximately 3 years in a paralysing vortex of nothingness. read more (335 words)

The Beautiful Unknown

29-Oct-2006 08:53 pm Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Beautiful Unknown
October 27, 2006
The Silver Dollar Room in Toronto, Ontario
Review and Photos by: Pete Nema

Full photo set: The Beautiful Unknown (15 Photos)

Will The Beautiful Unknown be able to keep their name once they become widely known? That is the question I pondered on the way home from The Beautiful Unknown's video release party Friday night at The Silver Dollar Room. The new video that was at the centre of the celebration is for the track Spinning In My Grave. Before the band took the stage and played a very well received set, the video was introduced and played on a big "screen" (a white sheet). read more (500 words)

Pete's Pick: Athlete

27-Oct-2006 08:01 pm Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
I know, it's not like Athlete is an unknown independent band that no one has ever heard of, especially with all the mainstream radio airplay they've been getting. But that doesn't change the fact that their most recent album, Tourist, is filled with incredibly decent music. In case you haven't heard it yet, have a listen to Chances.

Kyle Riabko

25-Oct-2006 07:05 pm Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Kyle Riabko
October 23, 2006
The Mod Club in Toronto, Ontario
Review and Photos by: Pete Nema

Full photo set: Kyle Riabko

Kyle Riabko says he moved from Saskatoon to Toronto only 5 months ago, and so far he's found Toronto an accommodating city. It doesn't take long watching him on stage for it to become obvious why Toronto has been good to him. After playing two gigs at The Rivoli this past weekend, he opened for Five For Fighting at The Mod Club on Monday night. Playing on an acoustic guitar for the entire set, Kyle's energetic solo performance wasn't just incredibly soulful, it showcased his expressive and charismatic personality that includes a well-timed sense of humour. When Kyle was on stage, he really put himself out there, and the crowd's response was extremely positive. read more (378 words)

Phoenix / It's Never Been Like That

17-Oct-2006 11:56 pm Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
10 Track CD
Copyright © 2006 Virgin Music or on MySpace
Listen Listen to Long Distance Call
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Phoenix is a four-piece band that calls home Versailles, France and It's Never Been Like That is their 3rd full-length studio album. I'll admit now that I haven't had really any exposure to English rock originating in France. In fact, the only other French band I can think of that I listen to is Air, and although I love some of their music, it's not a stretch for me to figure out where they're from. But after grooving my way through It's Never Been Like That for the first time, I was definitely surprised. Not because it is entirely in English, but mostly because I just wasn't expecting it to be my new favourite pop-rock album of 2006. read more (309 words)


13-Oct-2006 09:00 pm Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
October 12, 2006
The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario
Review and Photos by: Pete Nema

Full photo set: Hewit

Hewit is a local Toronto band that has been getting some college radio airplay recently. They have four tracks up on MySpace, for everyone to hear, and based on the strength of these tracks, I decided to get out and see them live at The Horseshoe. Joel Auge leads the band, and even though his vocal style is fairly unique in their studio recordings, a comparison between his on-stage vocal style and Chris Martin of Coldplay is an easy one to make. read more (164 words)