Reviews

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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Gig Review – Wintersleep lays down some dreams at the Drake, Toronto

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January 17, 2016
Wintersleep at the Drake, Toronto - photo Shaun Fitl

Who: Wintersleep Where: The Drake Underground, Toronto When: 14 January 2016 In one word: Swell Wintersleep were at The Drake Underground Thursday night playing tracks from their prospective March release The Great Detachment. It was a cold, wet night. The streets were filled with that hazy colour pollution coming off the machines in the...
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FIVE+ NYE: An Amazonian New Year’s Party In Toronto – Review and photos

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January 2, 2016
FIVE+ NYE: An Amazonian New Year’s Party In Toronto – Review and photos

A good old sit down… Revellers chill out at FIVE+ Amazonian-themed NYE party What: FIVE+ NYE Party Where: Kuda, Toronto When: 31 December 2015 In one word: Sensory With over 100 events across Toronto New Year’s Eve typically serves as an excuse to behave badly, lose inhibition and wake up next to a bottle of...
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Matthew Good at Hamilton Place Theatre – Review and photos

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December 18, 2015
Matthew Good at Hamilton Place Theatre - photo Shaun Fitl, Music Vice

Matthew Good on stage at Hamilton Place Theatre Who: Matthew Good Where: Hamilton Place Theatre, Hamilton When: 17 December 2015 In one word: Joyous Matthew Good’s performance at Hamilton Place on Thursday began with a similar but alternative tone with Scott Helman’s band taking the stage and delivering an energetic, youthful set. The rowdy...
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Half Moon Run at the Mod Club, Toronto – Gig review

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December 18, 2015
Conor of Half Moon Run on stage last night at Virgin Mobile Mod Club in Toronto - photo Brian Banks, Music Vice

Who: Half Moon Run Where: Virgin Mobile Mod Club, Toronto When: 17 December 2015 In one word: Happiness There are few things that when lined up properly, allow me to fully enjoy my concert-going experience on a work night: 1. Good band – preferably of the indie-oriented, folk-infused, prog-rock ilk. 2. Good venue – preferably...
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Pop Evil at The Phoenix, Toronto – Gig review

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December 2, 2015
Pop Evil at the Phoenix, Toronto - photo Shaun Fitl, Music Vice

Who: Pop Evil Where: The Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto When: 1 December In one word: Supreme Pop Evil delivered an excellent set at The Phoenix on Tuesday night and satisfied many Torontonians’ cravings for the darker side of hard rock. What could be better than solos with that wah pedal that sounds like frequencies...
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