Sunday, June 19, 2016

Savages

Savages
With Head Wound City
@ Imperial
May 27th, 2016
Doors 8, Head Wound City 9:30, Savages 10:30

Head Wound City were a cacophany of noise and grit.

Savages were undeniably savage.
The most incredible stage persona and front woman, Jehnny Beth.
Consistent and persistent crowd engagement and stage diving.
Absolutely brilliant.



Set List:

1. I Am Here
2. Sad Person
3. City's Full
4. Slowing Down the World
5. Shut Up
6. Husbands
7. When in Love
8. Surrender
9. I Need Something New
10. The Answer
11. Hit Me
12. No Face
13. T.I.W.Y.G
14. Mechanics
15. Adore
16. Fuckers (with Head Wound City)

Friday, April 1, 2016

Chasity Belt and Daughter and Joanna Newsom

Chastity Belt @ Fortune Sound Club March 8th with Protomartyr and TV Ugly

Surf Rock at it's best.

Daughter @ Vogue Theatre March 18th with Dralms

Doors: 7pm
Dralms: 8pm
Daughter: 9pm

Show was everything I had hoped it would be.
Elena was spectacular.
'Home' was glorious.



Setlist:
How
Tomorrow
Numbers
Alone / With You
Amsterdam
Human
Doing the Right Thing
Shallows
Home
No Care
Winter
Smother
New Ways
Youth
Fossa

Encore: Made of Stone

Photos

Photos

Photos

Joanna Newsom @ Vogue Theatre March 30th with Robin Pecknold

Doors: 8pm
Robin Pecknold: 8:50pm
Joanna Newsom: 10pm

What a magical evening full are artistry and authentic music.
There's no one quite like Joanna Newsom.
The stage was willed with 4 other multi-instrumentalists who filled the theatre with thunderous sound.
Goosebumps

"And it pains me to say I was wrong
Love is not a symptom of time
Time is just a symptom of love"



Setlist:
Bridges and Balloons
Anecdotes
Divers
Monkey and Bear
Waltz of the 101th Lightborne
In California
Sapokanikan
Leaving the City
Have One on Me
Peach, Plum, Pear
Cosmia
Time, as a Symptom (with Robin Pecknold)
Good Intentions Paving Co. (with Robin Pecknold)
On a Good Day (with Robin Pecknold)
Happy Birthday singalong for Robin

Encore: Baby Birch

Friday, October 23, 2015

2015 Update

Brief Update: Great shows this year.

Braids with Tasseomancy @ The Cobalt (October 2nd, 2015)

--> Tasseomancy were a great band - Ethereal sound.
--> I had been looking forward to this show for a long time. They were spectacular.
--> Endearing moment - in-ears tangle brought to life. 
--> 'Miniskirt' before encore, and then being called back onto the stage after we refused to leave. Adamant cheers and applause brought the band back. They were reluctant because they don't often play encores. Her cheeks hurt from smiling so much. Mine too.
--> They played 'Getting Tired' to a room full of expectant and eager ears. I loved this show.
--> In line with my feminist values - this song is everything, and more. 



Met this photographer - Great photos: Braids

Peaches with US Girls @ Commodore Ballroom (October 6th, 2015)

--> Peaches and Cream
--> 'Pickles' - "At the dawn of a Summer, I give birth to a bad girl without a motherfuckin' epidural"
--> Yas Peaches - you do that.



PEACHES + CREAM

Angel Olsen with Lionlimb @ The Biltmore Cabaret (October 8th, 2015)

Phenomenal - Commanding - Engaging
No 'Windows' though.



I remember learning about Angel Olsen through this: "Everything is tragic."



Nice Review
Shitty that heckling and attack on women's bodies knows no limits - even when women own the stage and command respect.
Hecklers go bother someone else

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Up to date.

These are the shows I've had the pleasure of seeing live within the last few months.

August 27th, 2014 - Little Dragon with Dam Funk (DJ Set) @ Vogue Theatre

September 30th, 2014 - Hercules and Love Affair with Guests @ Venue

October 26th, 2014 - The Kills with Baby in Vain @ Commodore Ballroom

November 17th, 2014 - FKA Twigs with Guests @ Commodore Ballroom

December 5th, 2014 - White Lung @ Electric Owl

Future Shows:

February 27th, 2015 - Tops @ The Biltmore Cabaret

May 16th, 2015 - Sleater Kinney @ Commodore Ballroom


Sharon Van Etten @ Rickshaw Theatre

Late post as usual.

Sharon Van Etten
The Rickshaw Theatre
July 6th, 2014
Lower Dens - Guest

Speechless.
It's been a long time since I felt giddy and happy after attending a show.
I was smiling ear to ear the whole show.
Sharon is adorable, humble, hilariously honest and personable.
She woke up feeling bad for no reason
Remember Patti Smith saying that it happens sometimes?
The crowd was attentive, my favourite kind of audience.
You could hear a pin drop
She was electric
Serpents was amazing
Consolation prize was incredible
Such a talented musician that deserves all of the success she receives and more
Should have a been a sold out show, people missed out on a magical experience
Read this

Sunday, March 30, 2014

CocoRosie @ Venue

COCOROSIE
Busdriver
Venue - Vancouver
October 24th, 2013
Doors 8, Busdriver 9:30, CocoRosie 10:45

You grow into them. CocoRosie are an eclectic collection of performance art, poetry and music. Add in a complicated metaphorical storyline and you have the backdrop of an outstanding show.
The first time I saw them play at the Vogue Theatre in 2010. I didn't expect to be so moved to the point where it would change the course of my musical leanings. I was pleasantly surprised and forever grateful. Although that show will always be my favourite; their performance at Venue is a close second.
The venue didn't cater to their performance - a theatre setting would have suited them more.
I waited in line for an hour to snatch a spot at the front of the stage, and while I was waiting I realized that the last time I had stood in line for a show was in high school.

Inside the venue I chatted to fellow CocoRosie fans and it was refreshing being able to talk CocoRosie nonsense with others who knew what I was referring to. I planted my feet at the front of the stage and rebelled at the notion that people were so rudely pushing past to get to the front. Rowdy drunk concert goers aside, once Busdriver started his set everyone focused and listened in. His quick rap style and non-conventional sound expressed an intense need to be heard. He was energetic and forthright and it prepped everyone for CocoRosie.

The stage was decorated with a clothesline lined with torn t-shirts and aprons. The vanity table that stood centre stage served as the focus of their narrative. Once CocoRosie took to the stage the performance ensued. My favourite part of the night began when they played songs from their 2010 release 'Grey Oceans'. Smokey Taboo, RIP Burn Face, Undertaker all took on an exploratory composition. I was ecstatic when they played 'K-hole' a sure crowd pleaser for the long-time CocoRosie listeners. With Sierra's harp intro I could feel my body vibrating, my hands shaking and my vocal cords exploding. It was exhilarating!

I have habitually imagined Bianca and Sierra as mystical ethereal beings who weren't quite human. It's not possible for two people to create perfect pieces of imperfect art. Seeing them there in person just feet from me snapped me back to reality and it was brilliant. 

They ended their set with 'Werewolf' and while I wished that the audience would have sang along it was the sure way to end a set - with the song that introduced me to their music and drew me in. Infinitely, it will always be the song that gripped my consciousness and helped cycle my obsessive obsession with their aesthetic and stories told through their art.

While they skipped a few songs on their setlist the show is a memorable one.

I love this review from their past show at Webster Hall

Setlist:

Child Bride
End of Time
Harmless Monster
Tears for Animals
Afterlife
Gravediggress
Ana Lama
Tez Solo
Villian
Far Away
Undertaker
Grey Oceans
God Has a Voice
RIP Burn Face
Smokey Taboo
K Hole
We Are On Fire
-----
Turn Me On (Skipped)
Werewolf

LATE.

I have been neglecting this blog. I just don't have time to sit down and write!

Here is a list of shows that I've seen since I updated last. 

March 6th 2013 - Thao + the Get Down Stay Downs + Sallie Ford + the Sound Outside @ Fortune Sound Club

October 11th, 2013 - Austra + ______ @ The Commodore Ballroom

October 23rd, 2013 - MSMR + Wildcat Wildcat @ Venue

October 24th, 2013 - COCOROSIE + BusDriver @ Venue

October 25th, 2013 - Laura Marling + Willy Mason @ Rio Theatre

December 17th, 2013 - The Punk Singer @ Rio Theatre

February 17th, 2014 - Ane Brun + Linnea Olsson @ Electric Owl

February 28th, 2014 - The Cave Singers + Hunting @ Rickshaw Theatre

March 21st, 2014 - James Vincent McMorrow +Aiden Knight @ Rio Theatre

March 25th, 2014 - St. Vincent + ____ @ The Commodore Ballroom

March 27th, 2014 - The Black Lips + THE COATHANGERS! @ Rickshaw Theatre

Future Shows:

May 4th, 2014 - Warpaint @ Rickshaw Theatre

May 24th, 2014 - Haim @ Malkin Bowl OR Banks @ Venue

June 9th, 2014 - The Jezabels @ Imperial

July 6th, 2014 - Sharon Van Etten @ Rickshaw Theatre

July 23rd, 2014 - The Julie Ruin @ Fortune Sound Club


Will update soon. No promises.