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New Release: Evanescence / The Open Door

13-Oct-2006 11:10 PM Contributed by: pete Music News
With so much music out there, sometimes I'm amazed when music I really like becomes popular. But then there's all the other times when music that just doesn't stroke me the right way becomes a worldwide sensation. What I'm saying is that just because I'm personally indifferent to the songs on The Open Door by Evanescense (released on October 3rd), my indifference is irrelavent here. This is a skilled band with a female lead that can really belt out the notes. Their first major label debut album, Fallen, sold over 14 million copies and was certified gold or platinum in 35 countries. And although you're not going to see me playing this CD over and over, I completely understand what's going on. So after listening to The Open Door, I'm convinced Evanescence is headed toward alt-rock-goth world domination.


Pete's Pick: Surface

09-Oct-2006 08:28 PM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
Surface is a band out of Pennsylvania that went on indefinite hiatus in 2005. The song Heart Of Darkness is off of Surface II, an album produced in 2002 yet has a sound straight out of 1992. Sure, I realize there's a decade of sound lapse here, but the point is: if you close your eyes, you can imagine you're ten years younger. Currently, Chris Degorski is working on some solo material and is also cutting vocals for the band Awaken with Eric Perazzo. Jeff Suta is working with The Groove Train Riders. Stay up to date: Surface on MySpace.

CBC Radio 3 - See Vous Play

03-Oct-2006 11:40 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
CBC Radio 3 - See Vous Play
October 1, 2006
Koolhaus in Toronto, Ontario
Review and Photos by: Pete Nema

Full photo set: See Vous Play
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To celebrate International Music Day, CBC Radio 3 decided to host a free concert in Toronto featuring four Canadian artists, with equal English and French representation - just like our cereal boxes. It was a major event including video cameras to tape the entire event, held at the Koolhaus which has a capacity of about 3000 people. read more (530 words)

Islands

01-Oct-2006 03:22 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Islands
September 28, 2006
The Opera House in Toronto, Ontario
Review and Photos by: Pete Nema

Full photo set: Islands
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From the start, it's obvious Islands is not your typical band. First off, from the moment they take the stage, it is clear that they are not concerned with being seriously cool. With all six band members completely dressed in white, their clothes constantly take on the colour of the lights, turning their bodies into a perpetual lightshow. Also, with one dedicated violin player and another part-time violin player, I feel secure in my assertion that they may be the only indie rock band out there with duelling violins. Add in the occasional bass clarinet and the extremely low average age of the crowd, and I found myself at a concert like no other I've attended. read more (544 words)

Be Your Own Pet / Black Lips

27-Sep-2006 02:48 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
Be Your Own Pet / Black Lips
September 25, 2006
The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario
Review and Photos by: Pete Nema

Full photo set: Be Your Own Pet
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I'm going to write this review like Be Your Own Pet writes and performs their songs. Short and fast. And it's best if you imagine I'm screaming.

I went to Be Your Own Pet almost entirely because I love their band name. Can't help it, it just works for me. Love it. And with a 19 year-old energetic female lead, you know there's likely a few good photos to be had. So I went. After getting through the opening band without puking (seriously, more on that later), Be Your Own Pet came on stage around 11:25 PM. From the moment they started playing, the energy level was insane. Bouncing, head shaking, jump kicks, kicking mic stands, and writhing around on the floor were all part of the incredible pace. read more (296 words)

TV On The Radio / Return To Cookie Mountain

27-Sep-2006 12:36 AM Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
11 Track CD + 3 Extra Tracks
Label: Interscope Records
http://www.tvontheradio.com/ or MySpace
Listen Listen to Dirtywhirl
Enema Rating:

It's amazing how long you can go without hearing music that is causing such a buzz in the music industry. Critics have been heaping on the praise for TV On The Radio's latest effort Return To Cookie Mountain. And with so many positive reviews, the question needs to be asked: Why haven't I heard this yet? For me, it's been on my list, and I only just got to it. For others, there may be a good reason why you haven't heard TV On The Radio just yet. The music on this 11 track CD is a very unique piece of work, crafted out of experimental beats and sounds, that makes it a challenging listen. And mainstream radio stations don't regularly seek out challenging material. This music challenges current trends in independent and alternative music, and in turn challenges your synapses to the ultimate battle: interesting versus likeable. It can't possibly be both, can it? read more (381 words)

Asobi Seksu / The Horseshoe, 20-Sept-06

22-Sep-2006 03:42 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Asobi Seksu
September 20, 2006
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario
Review and Photos by: Pete Nema

Full photo set: Asobi Seksu
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Asobi Seksu is a band out of New York currently on tour to promote their latest album Citrus. The front woman, Yuki, a petite woman of Japanese descent, plays keyboards and provides vocals in both English and Japanese. She is backed by three men hiding in the darkness playing guitar, bass, and drum kit. Before the band made a move for their instruments, they decorated the mic stands and amplifiers with strings of decorative lights. After two songs and multiple requests from both Yuki and James Hanna (guitar) to lower the lights even more, the band was finally under the cover of dim light, exposed only by the subdued red gels, the decorative lighting, and the occasional (and inconsistent) strobe light. read more (192 words)

Pete's Pick: Calla

20-Sep-2006 04:18 AM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
Calla is a band out of NYC that has put together some pretty tight tunes. I picked up their latest album Collisions off of eMusic.com last week, and the opening track It Dawned On Me quickly got its hooks into my brain. The album has its ups and downs, but it's definitely one of the better random picks I've purchased in the past 6 months. Find out more at the Calla website.

Virgin Festival, Day 2

13-Sep-2006 05:30 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Virgin Festival, Day 2
September 10, 2006
Toronto Island Park in Toronto, Ontario
Review and Photos by: Pete Nema

Full photo set: Virgin Festival, Day 2
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What happened to Day 1, you ask? Good question! So, anyway, Day 2 of the Virgin Festival was a sunny and slightly cool day. Almost the perfect weather to be spending the day in a very large crowd of people. My friends and I managed to get out to the ferry docks for about 2:30 PM, which is over an hour and a half after the festival started. The bands we completely missed include The Diableros and We Are Wolfs. I'm sure all the bands we missed were excellent, but I was really there to see Wolfmother, Sam Roberts, and The Raconteurs. We arrived on Centre Island close to 3 PM, just in time to hear the last song of the Born Ruffians. read more (1,112 words)

Stefy / The Orange Album

08-Sep-2006 04:35 AM Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
11 Track CD
Copyright © 2006 Wind-up Records, LLC
http://www.stefytheband.com/
Listen Listen to Chelsea
Enema Rating:
Out of the blackness, I slowly became conscious to the sounds of a Gary Newman style synthesizer. What am I doing lying on the floor? Why am I drooling? What happened to me? My desk chair is lying on its side next to me. Somehow, yes somehow, I managed to fall out of my chair even though I hadn't been drinking (yet). And... and... what is this music that's playing?!? read more (274 words)