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Concert Review: Tickle Me Pink

04-Nov-2008 01:30 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Tickle Me Pink
Tickle Me Pink
Night Flowers
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario on October 28, 2008
Full Photo Set (12 photos)

If you have the patience to go back through the archives here, you'll discover that occasionally I'll head out to Dave Bookman's Nu Music Night at The Horseshoe. Sometimes it's because I hear a rumour about a special guest, sometimes it's to see a specific band, but other times I head out just to just hear some new music on a week when I'm not booked up. Last Tuesday, I happened to be driving in my car while Bookie was on air at 102.1 plugging the show, and I always like being at The Horseshoe... so a few hours later, there I was. read more (284 words)

Concert Review: Make Your Exit, Gypsophilia, After The Weather

31-Oct-2008 12:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Gypsophilia
Hi-Hat Recordings Compilation #2
Make Your Exit, Gypsophilia, After The Weather
Rancho Relaxo in Toronto, Ontario on October 24, 2008
Full Photo Set (16 photos)

Hi-Hat Recordings is a Toronto-based independent record label and Dan Wolovick, who is the promoter for the Rancho Relaxo, has recently taken over general operations of the label as well. To generate interest in their roster, a second compilation CD was put together and released (the first one was released a while ago). I'm not sure how excited people get about compilation CDs, especially when they are produced for marketing purposes, but there's a twist to this one... all the CDs come in a one-of-a-kind CD case created by one of many contributors that hand-make them during an "art party". It's a cool idea. To celebrate, five bands played over the course of the evening, although I was only there for three of them: After The Weather, Gypsophilia, and Make Your Exit. read more (251 words)

Concert Review: Secret Machines

27-Oct-2008 04:15 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Secret Machines

Lee's Palace in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Secret Machines
TK Webb & The Visions
October 22, 2008
Full Photo Set (18 photos)

The Secret Machines are the creators of one of my favourite albums of this decade with their 2004 release Now Here Is Nowhere. They've been through Toronto at least a few times since then, but each time they've been here, there has been some major conflict that prevented me from getting out to the show. This time around was no different in terms of a conflict, with The CASBY Awards happening on the same night. And although I felt awkward about missing the CASBY Awards (especially with all those excellent Canadian bands playing), I decided it was finally time to get out and see the Secret Machines. read more (577 words)

Concert Review: Okkervil River, Crooked Fingers

20-Oct-2008 12:45 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Okkervil River

Phoenix in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Okkervil River
Crooked Fingers
October 12, 2008
Full Photo Set (16 photos)

Given that I included Okkervil River in my top 10 concerts of 2007, it should be no surprise that I was eager to see them again when the opportunity arose. They passed through Toronto in April this year, opening for The New Pornographers, but I was unable to get out to that show, so I waited in hopes that they would return later in the year to headline their own show. The release of a new album, The Stand Ins, on September 9th spawned a tour with a stop in Toronto on October 12. Perfect. read more (654 words)

Concert Review: Oh No Forest Fires CD Release Party

17-Oct-2008 05:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Oh No Forest Fires

Supermarket in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Oh No Forest Fires
Black Hat Brigade
Dinosaur Bones
October 10, 2008
Full Photo Set (23 photos)

Toronto has pockets of like-minded independent bands, much like I imagine the music scene in any city to be, so when it became time for local indie band Oh No Forest Fires to release a new CD, they invited two bands from the scene that just made sense: Black Hat Brigade, and Dinosaur Bones. read more (490 words)

Indie Week 2008

15-Oct-2008 04:30 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Vesta Varro

Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Indie Week 2008
Vesta Varro, The Dunes
Saigon Hookers, Fred
The Matthews Brothers
October 8 and 10, 2008
Full Photo Set (30 photos)

To kick off Indie Week 2008, an opening night party (presented by IndieSolo.com) was held at Tattoo Rock Parlour and featured five independent acts: Fred (from Ireland), Vesta Varro (also from Ireland and winners of Indie Week 2007), Saigon Hookers, The Dunes, and Larry Bagby. Now in its 5th year, Indie Week is gaining momentum with a number of foreign independent acts as well many local bands participating. One of the most notable differences between Indie Week and other Toronto festivals is that Indie Week has a battle-of-the-bands aspect to it in the sense that one band wins a prize (including a press photo shoot by mrchgirl and a photographer that you may already be familiar with). And the winner of Indie Week 2008 is... read more (577 words)

Concert Review: Joshua Bartholomew, The Painted Birds, Public

09-Oct-2008 01:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Joshua Bartholomew

Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Joshua Bartholomew
The Painted Birds
Public
October 2, 2008
Full Photo Set (20 photos)

Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Tattoo Rock Parlour are turning out to be great nights just because that venue has been booking lots of decent local talent. They seem to be broadening the scope over the past few months by booking more out-of-town acts, including People In Planes (Wales) and Skybombers (Australia) on the same night. For last Thursday, The Painted Birds from Vancouver got the 11pm slot, and were surrounded by two local acts that I've seen before and wanted to see again: Joshua Bartholomew and Public. read more (347 words)

Concert Review: Wintersleep

05-Oct-2008 02:00 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Wintersleep
Phoenix in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Wintersleep
The Wooden Sky
October 1, 2008
Full Photo Set (15 photos)

In January of this year, Wintersleep turned me from a casual listener into a fan with just one show. It wasn't a jaw-dropping performance, but it was amazingly solid and the style in which they played was unexpected to someone like me who only really knew them for Weighty Ghost. I also saw them perform at Virgin Festival recently, and now here they are again, playing to what looked like a sold-out crowd at the Phoenix. The thing is, sometimes it can be difficult to write something new about a band you've already seen a couple of times, so instead I'm going to ramble on about something I was thinking at the Wintersleep concert, which I suppose can be considered a review of sorts. (Not really, but just play along, okay?) read more (556 words)

Concert Review: Cake, Paper Lions

01-Oct-2008 12:45 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Paper Lions

Sound Academy in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Cake
Paper Lions
September 25, 2008
Full Photo Set (8 photos)

For me, Paper Lions were the big surprise of Virgin Festival this year. I realize it's not even a month later, but I wanted to get out and see them again. And since they were paired with Cake, one of my favourite bands from the 90's, it just seemed right. read more (552 words)

Concert Review: Broken Social Scene, The Stills, Sebastien Grainger @ The Verge Music Awards

28-Sep-2008 05:00 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Sebastien Grainger

Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Verge Music Awards 2008
Broken Social Scene
Sebastien Grainger
The Stills
September 24, 2008
Full Photo Set (25 photos)

For the first annual Verge Music Awards, presented by XM Satellite Radio, $50,000 was split between two Canadian artists for two separate awards: Artist Of The Year and and Album Of The Year. With only two awards to give away, the night was light on ceremony and big on music. The two awards were framed by performances from Sebastien Grainger, The Stills, and headliners Broken Social Scene. Not a bad line-up of Canadian talent for the relatively intimate Tattoo Rock Parlour. read more (690 words)