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

20-Oct-2009 11:15 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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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)

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)

Deleted Scenes @ Sneaky Dee's, Toronto (Photos and Review)

10-Jul-2009 05:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
Deleted Scenes
Deleted Scenes
Circus School
Sneaky Dee's in Toronto, Ontario on July 5, 2009
Full Photo Set (10 photos)

Wavelength is a weekly live music series that is run every Sunday night at Sneaky Dee's. It showcases independent bands (Broken Social Scene, The Constantines, Tokyo Police Club have all played Wavelength in the past), but in my experience, it also includes some of the more experimental acts you'll see. I went this past Sunday to see Deleted Scenes, a band from Washington D.C. that fits in the former category, but I got there in time to see Circus School, an act this fits firmly in the latter. read more (355 words)

Inward Eye @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, Toronto (Photos)

17-Jun-2009 03:45 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
Inward Eye
Inward Eye
Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto, Ontario on June 4, 2009
Full Photo Set (10 photos)

"When was the last time you saw a band like that?!?" was the question that was posed to me immediately after Inward Eye left the stage. My response? "They're amazing." But what I should've said was "April 9th" because that was the date I last saw Inward Eye perform, when they opened for Thornley. Before that? March 12th when I saw them perform during Canadian Music Week. read more (44 words)

Dog Day @ Lee's Palace, Toronto (Photos)

01-Jun-2009 11:00 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
Dog Day
Dog Day
Lee's Palace in Toronto, Ontario on May 28, 2009
Full Photo Set (9 photos)

Halifax-based Dog Day was in Toronto as part of a May/June tour to promote their new album, Concentration, that was released on April 28th. The tour started with a hometown CD release party on May 1st and takes them across the country ending up in Vancouver, BC on June 14th, followed by another show in Moncton, NB on June 26th. read more (9 words)

Magneta Lane @ The Horseshoe (Photos)

25-Jan-2009 05:30 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
Magneta Lane Magneta Lane
Magneta Lane
The Wilderness
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario on January 22, 2009
Full Photo Set (11 photos)

I'm not exactly sure when Magneta Lane last performed in Toronto, I think it has been many months, but they did play a gig for Microsoft in Seattle in December. They have a new album entitled Gambling With God that should be released in the near future by their new label Last Gang Records, a follow-up album to 2006's Dancing With Daggers (which was on Paper Bag Records). read more (137 words)

Concert Photos: illScarlett @ The Opera House

30-Dec-2008 06:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
illScarlett
illScarlett
Saint Alvia, Dodger
The Opera House in Toronto, Ontario on December 19, 2008
Full Photo Set (24 photos)

For the second year in a row, illScarlett has been my final concert of the year, and back in 2006 it was my second last show. Looking back, it's amazing that the show in 2006 turned into such a long relationship. I had actually gone to that show to photograph Hostage Life and ended up sticking around for illScarlett as well. I still remember that show quite well... how crazy the crowd was, how many people were up on side-stage, and just how the band surprised me with their live performance. read more (348 words)

Concert Photos: Birds Of Wales

09-Nov-2008 06:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
Birds Of Wales
Birds Of Wales
Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto, Ontario on November 6, 2008
Full Photo Set (9 photos)

After having an absolutely amazing time at the Matt Mays & El Torpedo / Arkells show on Thursday night (more on that next), I decided to stop by the Tattoo Rock Parlour to see if I could catch part of the set by Birds Of Wales. I made it mostly in time, missing only the first three or four songs, so this ended up being my third time seeing Birds Of Wales perform at the Tattoo Rock Parlour. read more (186 words)