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2009 Gig Reviews - Coverage from concerts in Canada, UK and Australia

Verse Is Everything
Verse Is Everything
Gig review and show photos of Verse Is Everything at The Distillery, Calgary with State of Demur and Warbird.
December 23, 2009 at The Distillery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
In one word: Pumped
Bodyjar
Bodyjar w/ The Jackards
Review, setlist and show photos from veteran Melbourne pop-punk band Bodyjar's second-last show ever.
December 11, 2009 at Dunsborough Hotel, Dunsborough, WA
In one word: Sentimental
Mew at The Mod Club, Toronto, December 6, 2009
Mew, The D'Urbervilles
Gig review and photos from Mew's gig in Toronto, with some excellent local support courtesy of The D'Urbervilles.
December 6, 2009 at The Mod Club, Toronto, Canada
In one word: Enthralling
Nitzer Ebb
Nitzer Ebb, Opopo
Concert review and photos from Nitzer Ebb's gig in Toronto, part of the Industrial Complex tour. Support from Opopo.
December 1, 2009 at The Mod Club, Toronto, Canada
In one word: Lacklustre
The Big Pink
The Big Pink
Review from the The Big Pink's show at Lee's Palace.
November 29, 2009 at Lee's Palace, Toronto, Canada
In one word: Adhesive
Arkells
Arkells
Review from the Arkells sellout show at Lee's Palace.
November 28, 2009 at Lee's Palace, Toronto, Canada
In one word: Astounding
The Specials
The Specials
Coverage from ska legends The Specials 30th Anniversary Tour gig at the Hammersmith Apollo.
November 24, 2009 at Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK
In one word: Legendary
Ash at The Forum, Tunbridge Wells - Photos, Review and Setlist
Ash
Review, photos and setlist from stop 'T' of Ash's A-Z tour of the UK, which saw them play to a very welcoming crowd in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
The Forum, Tunbridge Wells, UK
In one word: Terrific
Idlewild at The Warehouse, Aberdeen
Idlewild
Review, photos and setlist from the "incidentally" Scottish indie mainstays Idlewild at The Warehouse in Aberdeen, Keen support was provided by Sparrow and the Workshop.
The Warehouse, Aberdeen, Scotland
In one word: Reminiscent
Fucked Up
Fucked Up Weekend
A review of Fucked Up Weekend 2009, held over Halloween weekend in Toronto. Featuring photos from Fucked Up's show at Sneaky's.
Kool Haus, Toronto, Canada
In one word: Firecracker
Hard-Ons
Hard-Ons
Aussie DIY punk rock veterans the Hard-Ons rip it up in Perth during their 25th Anniversary Tour. Support came from Grim Fandango, Project Mayhem and The New Husseins.
Rosemount Hotel, Perth, Australia
In one word: Loud
The Barettas
The Barettas, Magneta Lane, Holly McNarland
Coverage from Pinktober at the Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto, a charity gig for Breast Cancer, featuring Holly McNarland, The Barettas and Magneta Lane.
Hard Rock Cafe, Toronto, Canada
In one word: Pensive
Pixies
Pixies
Is it art? What does it matter...the Pixies play a storming show in Glagow with a setlist to die for. Humbled support came from Sons And Daughters.
SECC, Glasgow, Scotland
In one word: Faux-art
Paramore
Paramore
Hayley WIlliams' bounces back from her recent throat problems as Paramore bring the noise to an adoring Toronto crowd.
Kool Haus, Toronto, Canada
In one word: Firecracker
Sounds of Gun
Sounds of Gun
As we near the next decade, are the much hyped Sound of Guns the band to fly the flag for a new generation of British rock? Definitely, maybe... but probably not.
Barfly, Camden, London
In one word: Average
Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello's dad once foresaw that his son would play Fremantle in Australia - this prophecy came true, to the delight of the locals.
Fremantle Arts Centre, WA, Australia
In one word: Unplugged
The Maccabees
The Maccabees
The Maccabees rock out in Manchester, with a highly-spirited show that not even a mid-show scuffle could dampen the mood at.
Manchester Academy, England
In one word:Kindred
NOFX
NOFX and Bad Religion
The last time NOFX were on tour in Australia their shows were stunted by Fat Mike carrying a leg injury - no such worries this time round as they played a rip-roaring show with Bad Religion.
Metro City, Perth, WA, Australia
In one word: Hyperactive
Suzi Quatro
Suzi Quatro
Coverage from 70's star Suzi Quatro's show in Perth. Quatro's maintained a strong following in Australia and still wears some of the most famous leather pants in rock 'n roll.
Challenge Stadium, Perth, WA, Australia
In one word: Glistening
Monster Magnet
Monster Magnet
Monster Magnet bring the noise to the smoke-filled Metropolis in Fremantle for an explosive onslaught of metal.
Metropolis, Fremantle, Australia
In one word: Nuclear
Claim The Throne
Claim The Throne
Ahoy mateys! Claim The Throne throw a gig on a boat! Also on board were Dyscord and Gallows For Grace, and a bunch of drunken pirates.
Paddle steamer "Decoy", Swan River, Perth, Western Australia
In one word: Swashbuckling
The Rifles at Merc Clothing
The Rifles
The Rifles continue to build a strong following, as they played out a jaunty little homecoming in-store show at Merc Clothing in London's Soho.
Merc Clothing, London, England
In one word: Jaunty
Kram
Kram
Kram is the coolest dude in Australian rock and roll. A review from the Spiderbait drummer's solo tour.
The GB Hotel, Richmond, Australia
In one word: Eclectic
Cal Peck and The Tramps at Deville's Pad, Perth
Cal Peck and The Tramps
A review from the action from Cal Peck and The Tramps' Cinnamon EP launch.
Devile's Pad, Perth, Western Australia
In one word: Howlin'
Kill Devil Hills
Kill Devil Hills
Bearded bad boy Aussie outback rock n' roll ahoy! Introducing Kill Devil Hills, with a review, photos and setlist.
Mojo's Bar, Fremantle, Western Australia
In one word: Hairy
Green Day at Copps Coliseum
Green Day
A review, photos and complete set-list from Green Day's show at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, part of the 21st Century Breakdown Tour.
Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario
In one word: Defining
The 69 Eyes
The 69 Eyes
The 69 Eyes play a show that some of their fans in Australia have waited 20 years to see - a certain 'Uncle James' could've waited a while longer.
Hi-Fi Bar, Melbourne, Australia
In one word: Fanatical
Florence and The Machine
Florence and The Machine
Review, setlist and photos of Brit Award winners Florence and The Machine, as they wowed the locals of Nelson, England.
ACE Centre, Nelson, Lancashire, UK
In one word: Magical
Los Hories
Los Hories + HKM
Show review + photos of Los Hories and Hong Kong Mississippi - a couple of crazy-ass bands from the East Coast of Australia.
The GB Hotel, Richmond, Australia
In one word: Rickety
Jenny at Tubby Dog, Calgary - show review and photos
Jenny
"Jenny are the most exciting new band I have seen in a long, long time." - Find out all about this awesome band from Calgary, from their CD release show for Leaving Nothing.
Tubby Dog, Calgary, Alberta
In one word: Compelling
Trail Of Dead
Trail Of Dead
Review and photos from Trail Of Dead's show in Melbourne, with some awesome support coming from a band called Pets With Pets.
Corner Hotel, Melbourne, Australia
In one word:Pets!
The Famines at Broken City, Calgary, May 27, 2009 - review and photos
The Famines
A whole lot of glorious thrash and trash served up from The Famines, Fox Opera and Seizure Salad.
Broken City, Calgary, Alberta
In one word: Throbbing
Alana Levandoski at Ironwood Stage & Grill, Calgary
Alana Levandoski
Coverage from Manitoba singer-songwriter Alana Levandoski's gig at Ironwood Stage & Grill.
Ironwood Stage & Grill, Calgary, Alberta
In one word: Caged-lion
MC Lars at the Royal Melbourne Hotel - Concert Review
MC Lars
A review of MC Lars, as the internet-made star takes his 'post-punk laptop rap' sounds to Melbourne.
Royal Hotel, Melbourne, Australia
In one word: Geeky
The View at HMV Forum, Kentish Town - Photos and Concert Review
The View
Review, live photos and a complete set-list from The View's show at HMV Forum in London. A stellar gig from the Dundee band.
HMV Forum, London, UK
In one word: On-Fire
Chuck Ragan and Tom Gabel at the Hyde Park Hotel - Concert Review and Photos
Tom Gabel, Chuck Ragan
Gainesville punks Tom Gabel (Against Me!) and Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music) go acoustic for their tour-ending show in Perth, Western Australia.
Hyde Park Hotel, Perth, Australia
In one word: Bromance
Kate Miller-Heidke review - a review of Miller-Heidke's show at Hi-Fi bar in Melbourne
Kate Miller-Heidke
"Kate Miller-Heidke is probably the most essential artist in Australia today" - find out all about K M-H, with a review of her show at Hi-Fi in Melbourne.
Hi-Fi Bar, Melbourne, Australia
In one word: Front-Bottom!
The Thermals - Live Review, Now We Can See tour in Toronto
The Thermals
The Thermals were joined by fellow Portland band The Shaky Hands, for a show in Toronto in support of their latest album Now We Can See.
Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Canada
In one word: Warming
Peter Pan Speedrock review and photos
Peter Pan Speedrock
Danny's found himself yet another brilliant band, this time in the guise of Dutch outfit Peter Pan Speedrock. Check out the gig review and photos.
Ding Dong, Melbourne, Australia
In one word: Fast
Half Baked at Rancho Relaxo - Gig review and photos
Half Baked
A review of Montreal band Half Baked, from their gig in Toronto. A crazy live performance, with some good tunes to boot!
Date 11, Date at Richmond, Victoria, Australia
In one word: Uninhibited
Darren Hanlon at Mojo's, Fremantle, Western Australia
Darren Hanlon
A review of the curiously named Hong Kong Mississippi, with Wrong Turn from the East coast of Australia.
Date 11, Date at Mojo's, Fremantle, Western Australia
In one word: Personal
The Enemy at Brixton Academy, April 11, 2009
The Enemy
A review and photos from The Enemy's sell-out show at Brixton Academy. With Twisted Wheel and Kid British.
ate 11, Date at Brixton Academy, London, UK
In one word: Magical
Gig review of Wrong Turn and Hong Kong Mississippi
Wrong Turn
A review of the curiously named Hong Kong Mississippi, with Wrong Turn from the East coast of Australia.
Date 11, Date at Richmond, Victoria, Australia
In one word: Diddley
6FtHick Gig Review and Photos
The Jacknives
A review and photos from two fine Australian bands that you need to discover right now!! The Jacknives and SixFtHick.
March 28, 2009 at Mojo's, Fremantle, Australia
In one word: Dirty
Bloc Party at Metropolis, Montreal - gig review and photos
Holy Fuck and Bloc Party
One of the biggest British bands on the planet, Bloc Party were joined in Montreal by Toronto's Holy Fuck. Review and photos!
March 18, 2009 at Metropolis, Montreal, Canada
In one word: Spring!
WhiskyCats show review - Manchester
WhiskyCats
A review of Von Bondies show at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. Support came from Nico Vega who are crazy-good.
February 21, 2009 at Club Academy, Manchester, UK
In one word: Animated
Von Bondies and Nico Vega live review and photos
Von Bondies, Nico Vega
A review of Von Bondies show at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. Support came from Nico Vega who are crazy-good.
February 13, 2009 at The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto
In one word: Upstaged
Abbe May and Sex Panther - Review
Sex Panther
More Sex Panther action from Down Under! Our Aussie-based contributor Danny checks in again on one of his new favourite bands...
February 13, 2009 at The Artrage Bakery, Northbridge, Western Australia
In one word: Epilectic
Primal Scream
A review and photos from Primal Scream's show in Fremantle, Australia. Yes, the show was as good as it looks on paper!
February 11, 2009 at Metropolis, Fremantle, Western Australia
In one word: Screamadelica
Glasvegas
Coverage of the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour in Manchester, headlined by Glasvegas and featuring Brit Award 2009 winner Florence and The Machine.
February 6, 2009 at Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK
In one word: Dancey
Big Day Out 2009
Festival review and photos from Big Day Out in Perth, Australia. Featuring Neil Young, The Prodigy, Serj Tankian, Dropkick Murphy's and more...
February 1, 2009 at Claremont Showgrounds, Perth, Western Australia
In one word: Surprising
The Dears
The devil's music in a church? Hell yeah! Check out the review of The Dears in Montreal.
January 31, 2009 at St. James United Church, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
In one word: Blasphemy!
Ani DiFranco & The Waifs
A review of Ani DiFranco playing in Fremantle, Western Australia, alongside Aussie folk band The Waifs.
January 21 at Fremantle, Western Australia
In one word: Cosmic
Abbe May and Sex Panther - Review
Abbe May & Sex Panther
MV contributor Danny's first review from Down Under, as he finds out about Abbe May and Sex Panther.
January 17, 2009 at the Amplifier Bar, Perth, Western Australia
In one word: Sexy

 


Festivals 2009

Indie Week 2009
Indie Week
All the action from Indie Week in Toronto, featuring a host of exciting new indie artists from Canada and abroad including Katie Costello, Tim Chaisson and Morning Fold, Teenage X and Darlings of Chelsea.
Toronto, Canada
In one word: Spirited
The Shwaltz
The Shwaltz
Forest City Lovers, The D'Urbervilles, Jadea Kelly and Volcano Playground were among the bands that turned up to play the The Shwaltz, a free open-air concert in Oshawa.
Memorial Park, Oshawa, Ontario
In one word: Sedated
Pet Shop Boys
Virgin Festival Ontario - Sunday
The second day of V-Fest Toronto where the headliners Nine Inch Nails played their last ever show in Canada and were joined by The Pet Shop Boys and Datarock.
Molson Amphitheater, Toronto
In one word: Farewell
The Pixies
Virgin Festival Toronto - Saturday
All the action from Saturday at Virgin Festival Ontario in Toronto headlined by The Pixies, also featuring Franz Ferdinand, Paulo Nutini and Thunderheist.
Molson Amphitheater, Toronto
In one word: Pneumatic
Dananananakroyd
Hop Farm Festival
A festival without any sponsors? Yes please! All the action from Hop Farm, with the line-up including Paul Weller, The Fratellis, The View and Dananananakroyd.
Hop Farm, Kent, England
In one word: Positive
Hard Rock Calling, Hyde Park London - Review from Day One
Hard Rock Calling
A review from Day One of the Hard Rock Calling festival at Hyde Park in London, featuring The Kooks and The Killers.
Hyde Park, London, England
In one word: So-So
Cancer Bats at S.C.E.N.E. Festival 2009 in St. Catharines
SCENE 2009 - St. Catharines
All the action from S.C.E.N.E. festival 2009 where the Cancer Bats were phenomenal and some new bands created a buzz including Polar Bear Club.
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
In one word: Ballistic
Woodpigeon - NXNE 2009 - photo by Brian Banks
NXNE 2009
A full review and photos from North By Northeast '09 in Toronto, where a few bands from out West shone, including the fantastic Woodpigeon.
Toronto, Canada
In one word: Scandalous
Anvil
Canadian Music Week 2009
A full review and photos from Canadian Music Week '09, where the old school Canadian bands Anvil and GrimSkunk stole the show.
March 12-14, 2009 in Toronto, Canada
In one word: Upstaged
Serj Tankian
Big Day Out 2009
Festival review and photos from Big Day Out in Perth, Australia. Featuring Neil Young, The Prodigy, Serj Tankian, Dropkick Murphy's and more...
February 1, 2009 at Claremont Showgrounds, Perth, Western Australia
In one word: Surprising

Disc Reviews 2009 - Albums, EP's, DVD's

The Rural Alberta Advantage - Hometowns
The Rural Alberta Advantage - Hometowns

An outstanding debut album from one of Canada's most exciting talents. Hometowns is our editor's choice for album of 2009.

In one word: Fervent
Invaders Must Die
The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die (Deluxe)

Album review of the deluxe 3-disc edition of Invaders Must Die by The Prodigy.

In one word: Bouncing
Dead To Me - African Elephants
Dead To Me - African Elephants

African Elephants represents a new chapter for Dead To Me, with a new frontman and a refined sound.

In one word: Ambitious
Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, A Paris: Martha Wainwright’s Piaf Record
Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, A Paris: Martha Wainwright's Piaf Record

Album review of Martha Wainwright's tribute to Piaf.

In one word: Astonishing
Every Avenue - Picture Perfect
Every Avenue - Picture Perfect

Album review of Picture Perfect from Michigan emo pop band Every Avenue.

In one word: Abysmal
Niagara & The Hitmen - St. Valentine's Day Massacre
Niagara & The Hitmen - St. Valentine's Day Massacre

Review of the collaborative album between Niagara and The Hitmen.

In one word: Iffy
Bring Me The Horizon - Suicide Season: Cut Up
Bring Me The Horizon - Suicide Season: Cut Up

Review of Bring Me The Horizon's remix album Suicide Season: Cut Up.

In one word: Profitable
Orisha - Falling Open
Orisha - Falling Open

Review of Falling Open by Orisha, the work of Australian singer Emah Fox.

In one word: Spiritual
Fun - Aim and Ignite
Fun - Aim and Ignite

Review of Aim and Ignite the debut album from NYC indie pop band Fun.

In one word: Theatrical
NME The Album 2009
NME The Album 2009

Not that'd we'd normally endorse anything that the NME puts it's name to... but this ain't bad.

In one word: Bargain
Moneen - The World I Want to Leave Behind
Moneen - The World I Want to Leave Behind

Review of The World I Want to Leave Behind from Canadian rock band Moneen.

In one word: Emo
Taken By Trees - East Of Eden
Taken By Trees - East Of Eden

Review of Taken By Trees' mesmerizing debut East Of Eden, one of the albums of the year.

In one word: Innate
Jerry Douglas - Jerry Christmas
Jerry Douglas - Jerry Christmas

An alternative gift option to a lump of dirty coal for that special someone you despise.

In one word: Ho-Ho-Horrific!
Girls - Album
Girls - Album

Review of Album, the debut full-length release by San Francisco band Girls.

In one word: Tedious
Kris Kristofferson - Closer to the Bone
Kris Kristofferson - Closer to the Bone

Review of Kris Kristofferson's twentieth studio album Closer to the Bone.

In one word: Reflective
Rolo Tomassi -
Rolo Tomassi - Hysterics

Review of the Rolo Tomassi album Hysterics, an album so freaking fascinating and crazy that we had to invent a whole new word to describe it!

In one word: ZAZZO!
Melvins - Chicken Switch
Melvins - Chicken Switch

Review of Chicken Switch - a Melvins remix album by various noise and experimental artists.

In one word: Shit
Bad Lieutenant - Never Cry Another Tear
Bad Lieutenant - Never Cry Another Tear

This record fails to live up to it's creators legacy with Joy Division and New Order.

In one word: Boring
The Poor - Round 1
The Poor - Round 1

Review of the debut album from Australian hard rock outfit The Poor.

In one word: Charging
tUnE-yArDs - BiRd-BrAiNs - Album Review
tUnE-yArDs - BiRd-BrAiNs

A review of Tune Yard's debut album BiRd-BrAiNs. Homerecording at its finest, a DIY delight.

In one word: Arresting
WASP - Babylon - Album Review
W.A.S.P. - Babylon

W.A.S.P. try to keep hair metal alive and kicking with their latest album Babylon.

In one word: Dated
Rory Ellis - Two Feathers - Album Review
Rory Ellis - Two Feathers

Review of Rory Ellis' fourth album Two Feathers.

In one word: Deep
Black Asylum - Anthem of Order
Black Asylum - Anthem of Order

Review of Aussie heavy metal monsters Black Asylum's six-song EP Anthem of Order.

In one word: ANGRYYY
Baddies - Do The Job
Baddies - Do The Job

No more Mr. Indie Rock Nice Guy - the Baddies are here to change the record with a masterpiece of calculated evil that you need to listen to.

In one word: Evil
Chuck Ragan - Gold Country
Chuck Ragan - Gold Country

A review of Chuck Ragan's latest album Gold Country which is "too beautiful for people not to hear".

In one word: Stunning
Dawn Landes - Sweetheart Rodeo
Dawn Landes - Sweetheart Rodeo

A review of Sweetheart Rodeo by Dawn Landes.

In one word: Tricky
I Told You I Was Freaky
I Told You I Was Freaky

A review of Kiwi comedy duo Flight of the Conchords' latest album.

In one word: Deficient
Pitbull Terrorist - Contraband International Audio
Pitbull Terrorist - C.I.A.

Contraband International Audio is the new album from Finland's Pitbull Terrorist - a band trapped in a web of acronyms, terrorist conspiracies and raging thrash music.

In one word: Crusty
Bakteria - Defecate! Suffocate! Mutilate! Masturbate!
Bakteria - D!S!M!M!

Review of Bakteria's forthcoming new album Defecate! Suffocate! Mutilate! Masturbate! - the title of the record should give you enough clues of what to expect with this one.

In one word: Tasteless
The Johnstones

The Johnstones - Can't Be Trusted

Can't Be Trusted is as much a warning as it is a very apt title for the latest album from Ajax, Ontario ska punk favourites The Johnstones.

In one word: Chillin'
Lord - Set In Stone
Lord - Set In Stone

A review of Set In Stone, the latest album by Aussie heavy metal band Lord.

In one word: Face-melting
Behemoth - Evangelion
Behemoth - Evangelion

Behemoth's ninth full-length album Evangelion - one of the best metal albums of 2009.

In one word: Intense
Steve Vai - Where The Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are

A review of Steve Vai's new DVD video release Where The Wild Things Are.

In one word: Meticulous
Special Beat - Ska'd In Sydney
Ska'd In Sydney

A review of the Special Beat DVD release Special Beat: Ska'd In Sydney.

In one word: Cheap

 

 

 

 

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