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Alternative Yin and Yang, A Night at the Rialto

22-May-2006 02:34 PM Contributed by: Anonymous Concert Reviews
She Wants Revenge, OK Go, and The Year of Acceleration
May 1, 2006
Tucson, Arizona
Rialto Theatre
Review and Photos by: Janice French
Enema Rating: (8/10)

The Rialto Theatre in Tucson Arizona was built in the 1920ís and has had a wicked past indeed. Members of the Dillinger gang were captured in front of it when they were burned out of a bar across the street. Vaudeville, Stripers, and the Spanish Cinema were once housed within. But tonight it was all about entertainment with She Wants Revenge, OK Go, and The Year of Acceleration as they strummed up rock passion in the crowd of a packed house. OK Go and She Wants Revenge were like a meeting of the light and the dark, the yin and the yang. read more (591 words)

Basement Arms - Gargling For Your Pleasure

04-May-2006 03:37 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Basement Arms
April 30, 2006
Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
Wavelength @ Sneaky Dee's
Review by: Pete Nema, Photos by: Rod Pizarro
Enema Rating: (6/10)

When a band lists The Muppet Show as one of their musical influences, it sparks my interest. So when Dwight Schenk (vocals) of Basement Arms asked me to come watch them play at Sneaky Dee's on Sunday night, I decided to show up and see what they were all about. So, what are they all about? Aside from being seasoned musicians, what I learned is that Basement Arms has a tendency toward hard rock, pirates, children's toys, beards, sideburns, and jamming. This band has the collective ability to jam like a harsher version of The Allman Brothers, sing like an insane Tom Waits, and write lyrics like Ween. Let me explain... read more (305 words)

Elbow - Point Your Toes

21-Apr-2006 12:27 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Elbow
April 18, 2006
Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
The Opera House
Enema Rating: (8/10)
As I watched Elbow accurately reproduce a number of songs from their three full-length CDs, I was surprised that their stage versions were so close to their studio work. It didn't take long for me to realize that I had it backwards - it is their studio work that is, in fact, a faithful reproduction of their live show. And although the crowd was mostly stationary, it occurred to me that the reason is because Elbow's music is more cerebral than physical. The Opera House, with it's ornate arc framing the stage, chandeliers, and burgundy walls was probably the best venue in Toronto to host a concert for a band that is a perfect example of the current progressive rock movement from the U. K. read more (638 words)

The Flaming Lips - Big Balloons and a Fish-Eye Lens

07-Apr-2006 01:44 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Flaming Lips
April 4, 2006
Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
The Phoenix
Enema Rating:
I guess the issue with writing concert reviews is that I'm often already a fan of the band, so the chances that I'll enjoy the concert are high. And the chances are even higher when the band is well known for their live shows. But bands can't always live up to the expectations of the crowd, so even though they may be legendary for their stage presence, they just can't live up to their reputation. The Flaming Lips is NOT one of those bands. I had heard many good things about their performances, and have even seen a few clips here and there on TV, so my expectations were very high. And even on the small Phoenix stage, they lived up to their reputation in creating an amazing and amusing spectacle. One that was clearly enjoyed by the 1000 or so ticket holders, a crowd almost entirely made up of smiling faces and Coyne clones. read more (495 words)

Broken Social Scene - Toronto Needs An Enema

23-Jan-2006 06:28 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
It's only appropriate that the first review I decided to write for this site was for the Broken Social Scene concert on Friday, January 20th at the Kool Haus on in Toronto. The reason is that about 3/4 into the concert, Kevin Drew shouted Toronto needs an enema! He didn't specify Pet Enema, but still, I took it as a sign.

After a quick two-beer warm up at C'est What, a group of friends and I headed down to the Kool Haus. Yes, I'm a fan of Broken Social Scene, but my iTunes contains the truth: my ratings vary between 1 and 5 stars. Some of their tracks can be pretty boring, but the songs that I like, I really like. So my expectations were not all that high... I was looking for night out listening to a local Toronto band play a few good songs. Sure, that happened, but I got more. They put on a great show, but the clincher was Leslie Feist. With her and the amazing set of musicians on stage, this was one of the best concerts I've seen in about 10 years. read more (828 words)