Reviews

Gig review: Bullet For My Valentine at Phoenix Concert Theatre

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March 6, 2016

Who: Bullet For My Valentine Where: Phoenix Concert Theatre When: 6 March 2016 In one word: Extreme To be honest, I experienced a strange transition walking into the Phoenix to see Bullet For My Valentine after having only an hour prior seeing a drag show with a friend while waiting to get inside. But...
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Gig review: Blessthefall at Phoenix Concert Theatre

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March 6, 2016
Blessthefall at the Phoenix, Toronto - photo Shaun Fitl, Music Vice

Who: Blessthefall Where: Phoenix Concert Theatre When: 3 March In one word: Emo I used to listen to Blessthefall in high school on bus rides home in the winter looking out the window feeling sangry (sad angry) and watching snowflakes fall on brown slush in the roads of East Brampton. And they are surprisingly...
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Msg Me Bro: Chat messaging with The Ocean Cure

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February 29, 2016

Facebook conversations with The Ocean Cure: Pauline Taylor – Vocals Nick Baskerville – Guitar/Vocals Mike Di Monte – Guitar/Vocals Casius Muto-Wray – Bass/Vocals Nicola Sudano – Drums “Mans didn’t even supersize.” ______________________________ Me:  “Hey guys. I went to your show with Oh, Sleeper and thought it was great. I’m thinking of writing a...
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Gig review: Corb Lund at Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre

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February 21, 2016

Photo credit: Massey Hall | Malcolm Cook Who: Corb Lund Where: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre When: 20 February In one word: Groovy Corb Lund’s music sounds like it came out of a dollar store cowboys and indians toy package, as if listening is taking you back in time to a simpler time but...
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Gig review: Post-Valentine’s Day with Vanna

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February 21, 2016

Who: Vanna Where: Hard Luck Bar When: 15 February In one word: Breakdown. Oh boo hoo Valentine’s Day is over and you didn’t get a smooch. LET’S FIGHT! That’s basically how I was feeling last weekend and I settled it by going to a couple metal shows and getting thrown around a crowd with...
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Album review: LNZNDRF – LNZNDRF

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February 18, 2016

Title: LNZNDRF Artist: LNZNDRF Record Label: 4AD Date: 
February 2016 In one word: Vast   LNZNDRF was crafted in 2011 out of the prestige of Cincinnati rock band The National and is something of a minimalist/maximalist effort at spacey sounding indie music. The band was formed out of a need for a supporting...
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Album review: Gloomy Stars – Sadcore Trash (The Basement Tapes)

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February 18, 2016

Title: Sadcore Trash – The Basement Tapes Artist: Gloomy Stars Date: 
February 2016 In one word: Mugatu   Gloomy Stars was formed in Berlin by Cilli and Gary Sinnlos and the debut album is somewhat of an unveiling of a new, inventive genre called sadcore trash. “Trash is trash and we...
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Gig Review – Classified at The Phoenix Concert Theatre

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February 18, 2016
Classified at The Phoenix, Toronto - photo Shaun Fitl, Music Vice

Who: Classified Where: The Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto When: 13 February In one word: Ayyyyyy Seeing Classified perform at the Phoenix was like watching a bear scratch itself against a tree. The way he moves on stage makes it seem like his performances are scratching an itch he normally wouldn’t be able to reach. And...
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Wayhome announces 2016 line-up: LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire and The Killers to headline

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February 9, 2016
Wayhome main stage fans - photo Brian Banks

RepublicLive has announced the line-up for Wayhome 2016. LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire and The Killers are set to headline Wayhome this summer on the weekend of July 22-24. Also on the bill are Mac DeMarco, Chvrches, Major Lazer, M83, HAIM and Beirut. The first Wayhome festival took place last July in Oro-Medonte, Ontario...
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Album review: AA Wallace – In Alpha Zones

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February 7, 2016

Title: In Alpha Zones Artist: AA Wallace Record Label: Culvert Music Date: 
January 2016 In one word: Feel   AA Wallace is full of neon lights and nylon jackets. Just a bunch of people who get home from the Michael Jackson virtual concert and decide to go glow in the dark roller-skating. It sounds...
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