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Paul Price, tHe WitHouts @ El Mocambo, Toronto (Photos)

22-Aug-2009 01:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
Paul Price
Paul Price, tHe WitHouts
El Mocambo in Toronto, Ontario on August 14, 2009
Full Photo Set (12 photos)

Last Friday night, I was just looking for a good place to start the night out with a bit of music, a few photographs, and a couple of friends, so I ended up at the El Mocambo to see my friend Cherise Burda and her band tHe WitHouts open for family friend, Paul Price, who was holding a CD release party. I had a great time while I was there, but only stayed just long enough to see a few songs before heading out to the Caledonia CD release party at Rancho Relaxo. read more (20 words)

The Decemberists @ Koolhaus, Toronto (Photos and Review)

13-Aug-2009 03:40 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Decemberists
The Decemberists
Koolhaus in Toronto, Ontario on August 3, 2009
Full Photo Set (9 photos)

Executing near perfectly, The Decemberists put on the kind of show that brought about a musical brain-rush that I can only get from something incredible. The concert was in support of their latest album, The Hazards Of Love, an album that has become one of favorite releases of 2009. As a result, their appearance at the Koolhaus in Toronto was one of my most anticipated events of the year. read more (561 words)

The Rural Alberta Advantage @ Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto (Photos and Review)

10-Aug-2009 11:30 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Rural Alberta Advantage The Rural Alberta Advantage
The Rural Alberta Advantage
Hooded Fang, The Wilderness Of Manitoba
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario on July 30, 2009
Full Photo Set (15 photos)

Celebrating the release of their debut full-length album, The Rural Alberta Advantage managed fill the Horseshoe Tavern to capacity. They are one of those bands I've heard a lot about, mostly from other bloggers and music podcasts, but hadn't yet managed to experience their show. In my experience, CD release parties are generally the best time see a band for the first time. read more (340 words)

Zeus @ The Dakota Tavern, Toronto (Photos)

07-Aug-2009 01:30 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
Jay Ferguson (of Sloan) w/ Zeus
Zeus
The Golden Dogs
The Dakota Tavern in Toronto, Ontario on July 29, 2009
Full Photo Set (23 photos)

It turns out that last week included not just one repeat visit, but two. Even though I had been out to see Zeus earlier in July, I had such a good time that I felt like being at The Dakota Tavern again for the last show of their July residency. Glad I was there, not only for the good times, but also because Jay Ferguson (of Sloan) showed up to play a few songs with the band including one (of many) of my Sloan favorites, The Lines You Amend. read more (163 words)

Library Voices @ The Horseshoe, Toronto (Photos)

05-Aug-2009 01:00 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
Library Voices
Library Voices
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario on July 28, 2009
Full Photo Set (11 photos)

I had such an amazing time watching Library Voices perform on July 21st at the Horseshoe, that I went back for their second Toronto show show just a week later. I was expecting to see very much the same show, and that mostly that held true, but they put a little extra something into the performance, possibly due to the density of the crowd, and ended the show with a Neil Young cover that brought the entire band out to the edge of the stage. Another great performance. read more (15 words)

Frightened Rabbit @ Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto (Photos and Review)

30-Jul-2009 10:00 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Frightened Rabbit
Frightened Rabbit
The Antlers
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario on July 22, 2009
Full Photo Set (16 photos)

When the Horseshoe is completely sold-out, the place becomes pretty hot and sweaty, but there's something about having that many people packed into the venue that puts the crowd into a distinctive mood. It didn't hurt that Frightened Rabbit is an incredibly sincere band and that a good portion of people there knew every song, but I'm talking about something beyond that... maybe there's something in the air there. read more (327 words)

Library Voices @ The Horseshoe, Toronto (Photos and Review)

27-Jul-2009 04:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Library Voices
Library Voices
Arietta, Black Diamond Bay
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario on July 21, 2009
Full Photo Set (25 photos)

One great satisfaction is when I go see a band just because I sort of like a few of their songs, and they completely surprise me with an awesome set. It was Tuesday (always free at The Horseshoe) and Library Voices were scheduled to play, along with Arietta and Black Diamond Bay. Library Voices have been on my list of bands to go see since February of this year, which is when I acquired their current EP entitled Hunting Ghosts. But that was months ago and this particular night rolled up on me so quickly that I hadn't listened to their EP since then. I couldn't even remember what their music sounded like, but I'm glad I got my night sorted out because... yes, they were definitely one of the better independent bands I've seen this year. read more (481 words)

Arkells @ Sound Academy, Toronto (Photos and Review)

23-Jul-2009 10:00 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Arkells
Arkells
Still Life Still, Ruby Coast
Sound Academy in Toronto, Ontario on July 17, 2009
Full Photo Set (28 photos)

It was at the Death Cab For Cutie show at the Sound Academy in April that I ran into the members of the Arkells, and I remember saying to one of them "When you're headlining here, I want to be on stage with you, photographing the show", and there was some agreement we would do that. I really had no idea that day would come just three months later, with the Arkells headlining a Friday night show with nearly 2,000 people in attendance. read more (549 words)

Zeus @ The Dakota Tavern, Toronto (Photos and Review)

15-Jul-2009 11:30 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Zeus
Zeus
William Delray And The Sexy Moving Parts, The Silt
The Dakota Tavern in Toronto, Ontario on July 8, 2009
Full Photo Set (16 photos)

I started Thursday of NXNE '09 with Zeus and ended up seeing a total of eight bands play that same night. Even though sometimes the first set of the night can fade in my memory, Zeus stood out in their own way among a night of great performances. For the month July, Zeus is doing a Wednesday night residency at The Dakota Tavern - I missed the first one on July 1st, but when July 8th rolled around I was looking to get out and photograph and band, and Zeus was it. read more (460 words)

JET @ The MOD Club, Toronto (Photos and Review)

14-Jul-2009 02:30 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
JET
JET
The MOD Club in Toronto, Ontario on July 6, 2009
Full Photo Set (10 photos)

Even if you have seen the business cards I hand out sometimes, what you might not know is that the image I use on the front of the card is of Nic Cester (vocals, guitar) from JET. Their 2003 album Get Born was played heavily in my household, and even though their second album Shine On was met with some hilariously nasty reviews (I'm looking at you, Pitchfork), I thought it was a pretty decent follow-up. Now with their third studio album set to be released August 25th, JET set out for a pre-release tour. read more (204 words)