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The Temper Trap at Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto (Photos and Review)

26-Oct-2009 08:00 pm Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Temper Trap
The Temper Trap
We Are The Take, Cut Throat Britva
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario on October 20, 2009
Full Photo Set (29 photos)

Recommendations go a long way when they're from someone whose opinion you trust, so when a fellow photographer and music lover recommended that I go see The Temper Trap playing Bookie's Nu Music Nite at the Horseshoe Tavern, I added it into my calendar right then and didn't really think about it again until the day arrived. I was happy to see that We Are The Take were going to open the night, so I made sure to get there as early as possible, and even stayed after The Temper Trap to watch part of the set by Cut Throat Britva. read more (651 words)

The Ghost Is Dancing at Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto (Photos)

23-Oct-2009 07:40 pm Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
The Ghost Is Dancing
The Ghost Is Dancing
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario on October 15, 2009
Full Photo Set (9 photos)

After the Silversun Pickups show, I made my way up to the Horseshoe Tavern to catch a local indie rock band called The Ghost Is Dancing. The band has been together over 5 years now, and have released two full-length albums, The Darkest Spark (2007) and Battles On (2009). I hadn't heard either album, but I did see some reviews of The Darkest Spark over a year ago that made some comparisons to other well known Canadian bands with lots of members. But that's not why I went; I went because the band promised that they would wash my bike or hang out with my foreign friend (among many other options) in their Facebook invitation. read more (194 words)

Silversun Pickups and Cage The Elephant at Sound Academy, Toronto (Photos)

20-Oct-2009 07:15 pm Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
Silversun Pickups
Silversun Pickups
Cage The Elephant
Sound Academy in Toronto, Ontario on October 15, 2009
Full Photo Set (20 photos)

I'm not unique in the sense that it was the song Lazy Eye that drew me toward Silversun Pickups. That song received a load of radio airplay in 2007 and 2008 and it also ended up being featured in both Guitar Hero: World Tour and Rock Band 2, providing even more exposure. But one single great song does not make a great band; to get there, the band must have other songs to satisfy when the hit single loses its luster, and a killer stage show to reinforce the music. Silversun Pickups has those. And with one of my current favorite bands, Cage The Elephant, opening the show, it was no suprise that the bands played to a sold-out crowd.
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Down With Webster release Time To Win Vol. 1 at the Phoenix, Toronto (Photos and Review)

15-Oct-2009 07:30 pm Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Down With Webster
Down With Webster
Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, Ontario on October 8, 2009
Full Photo Set (14 photos)

Having recently signed with Universal Motown, Down With Webster didn't waste much time getting a recording completed. The release of Time To Win Vol. 1 marks a pretty big step in for this young hip-hop/rock band from the Beaches area of Toronto, and it also was as good a reason as any to hold another hometown show. The album contains only 7 songs, but I think the inclusion of "Vol. 1"in the title hints pretty strongly toward a follow-up, very possibly to be sold as a set or as one full-length CD. read more (225 words)

Built To Spill at Lee's Palace, Toronto (Photos and Review)

12-Oct-2009 10:45 am Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Built To Spill
Built To Spill
Lee's Palace in Toronto, Ontario on October 6, 2009
Full Photo Set (9 photos)

Since I was lucky enough to see Built To Spill perform in Toronto back in 2007, their first visit to this city, I had a pretty good idea of what to expect for their recent two night sold-out stint at Lee's Palace: Loud, mind-bending guitar solos, great songs, and extended versions, but performed with a reasonably stationary stage show. What we got was pretty much exactly that, but one unknown aspect of any Built To Spill concert is which songs they will choose to play from their 16 years of albums. read more (543 words)

illScarlett Celebrate the Release of 1UP! at The Opera House

07-Oct-2009 09:00 pm Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Opera House in Toronto, Ontario on September 29, 2009
Full Photo Set (16 photos)

To celebrate the release of their sophomore album, 1UP!, illScarlett held CD release party at The Opera House, the very same venue they used to celebrate the release of their debut album, All Day With It. Although it doesn't feel like it to me, the releases were separated by 15 months, and during those months I've seen them perform countless times (well, actually, it can be counted: eleven). Relative to the other shows, this one had a fuller set list, with 14 high energy songs in the proper set, followed by 6 sweat-filled songs in the encore. read more (281 words)

Over 50 Artists Participate in Busking For Change to Help War Child

05-Oct-2009 09:00 am Contributed by: pete Music News

This year was the second annual Busking For Change event organized by War Child, with the first official event happening in October 2008. However, it was back in 2007 that the idea for Busking For Change was created when Raine Maida from Our Lady Peace set out to the streets with two goals: To raise $30,000 for War Child by busking on the streets of Toronto, and at the same time make a music video for his latest solo hit song Yellow Brick Road. That was a major success, and so War Child ran with the idea. read more (245 words)

Free Music: Three Albums Worth Downloading

02-Oct-2009 07:40 pm Contributed by: pete Music News


There always seems to be some free music available on the intertubes, but this past week has been particularly free. I've received more emails in the last seven days offering free music than in the past three months. Here are three free selections in three different styles that are worth downloading. Enjoy.

  1. Hostage Life - Centre of the Universe [Punk Pop]
    • Remember Hostage Life? It's been three years since they released Walking Papers, but you will probably remember This Song Was Written By Committee, a song I still love to listen to every now and then.
  2. Crush Luther - Some People Have No Good To Give [Pop Rock]
    • This album is only free until October 13th, so if you're going to download it get it now. The free download is 128kbps, but they also offer a pay-what-you-can 320kbps version. If you can afford it, maybe throw the boys a fiver for their effort.
  3. The Rest - W.O.W. EP [Indie Rock]
    • This EP is a precursor to The Rest's Oct 12th full-length album release, Everyone All At Once, available through Rough Trade. Hints of Grizzly Bear and Arcade Fire, I suppose.

Metric, The Weakerthans, and Hey Rosetta! at The Verge Music Awards

01-Oct-2009 12:30 am Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Metric, The Weakerthans, Hey Rosetta!
The Verge Music Awards
The MOD Club in Toronto, Ontario on September 22, 2009
Full Photo Set (22 photos)

The Verge Music Awards consists of just two awards, but each is worth $25,000, which means a total of $50,000 gets injected into the Canadian music ecosystem. It's a significant contribution, but the way XM goes about awarding the prizes is the best part. The award ceremony is more like an awesome three set concert, with two awards quickly announced in between the sets. This year the show consisted of the two 2008 winners, Hey Rosetta! and The Weakerthans, as well as a headlining set by Metric. Where else are you going to find a line-up like that? read more (612 words)

We Are The Take, Jets Overhead @ Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto (Photos and Review)

23-Sep-2009 07:00 pm Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Jets Overhead
We Are The Take, Jets Overhead
Great Diviners
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario on September 17, 2009
Full Photo Set (24 photos)

I've been running into members of We Are The Take every now and then, like I did back on the Thursday night of NXNE '09. These chance meetings have been small reminders that it has been too long since I've seen them perform, especially given how much I like their stuff. So I was already planning on being at the Horseshoe Tavern for We Are The Take on September 17th, but then when I found out Jets Overhead were were on the same bill, it just doubled the must-see-ness of the night. Despite the fact that U2 was playing just down the street (at a little known venue called the Rogers Centre), the Horseshoe Tavern still managed to fill in nicely for the night. read more (520 words)