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Monthly Archives: June 2012

OFF! Live Concert Review (NXNE Festival)

OFF! Live Concert Review (NXNE Festival)

Date: Friday, June 17, 2011 City: Toronto, Ont. Venue: Horseshoe Tavern Rating: 3.5/5   It was a wild night at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on Friday. Not only was West Coast Hardcore Punk Supergroup OFF! performing, but someone also lost a shoe. This is no joke, and this latter fact became public knowledge thanks in [...]

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Seether Live Concert Review

Seether Live Concert Review

Date: May 26, 2011 City: Toronto,ON Venue: Opera House Rating: 4/5   If you like your rock n’ roll immersed in grimy filth, the Opera House was the place to be Thursday night. Devoid of pretentiousness, South African rockers Seether skillfully adhered to a back-to-basics sort of rock. Loud and ferociously abrasive, the jam-packed audience [...]

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The Airborne Toxic Event Live Review

The Airborne Toxic Event Live Review

Date: May 13, 2011 City: Toronto,ON Venue: Opera House Rating: 3.5/5   Audience indifference can have quite an effect on the energy of a performance. No matter how talented a band may be, a weak spectatorship has the ability to undermine even the most entertaining show. Friday night’s performance by the Airborne Toxic Event at [...]

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Chris Cornell – Live Concert Review

Chris Cornell – Live Concert Review

Date: April 20, 2011 City: Toronto, ON Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Rating:  4.5/5   It’s highly surreal when one comes face-to-face with their past. I had one such encounter late Wednesday night.  As a child of the 90s, I have always held tight to the belief that the music existent during your teenage years will [...]

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The Go! Team- Live Concert Review

The Go! Team- Live Concert Review

Date: April 10, 2011 City: Toronto, ON Venue: The Opera House Rating: 4.5/5   Never in my concert attending history have I ever witnessed a show containing such joyful exuberance as the one I witnessed Sunday night. Bouncing and gyrating around as if they were children in the midst of a sugar rush, The Go! [...]

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Graham Wright- Shirts vs. Skins

Graham Wright- Shirts vs. Skins

Album: Shirts vs. Skins Label: File Under: Music Rating: 3.5/5   Graham Wright’s Shirts vs. Skins is power-pop at its most casual. Driven by an effortless, free-flowing vibe, Wright’s debut LP (In 2008, he released his first EP entitled The Lakes of Alberta) is a curiosity-piece reveling in simplistic bliss. As is the case with [...]

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The Head and the Heart- (Self-Titled)

The Head and the Heart- (Self-Titled)

  Album: The Head and the Heart Label: Sub Pop Rating: 3.5/5   It was bound to happen. What with all of the recent mainstream success of folk-rock acts like Fleet Foxes and Mumford and Sons, it was only a matter of time before other similar sounding groups began to emerge from musical obscurity. Enter [...]

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Arctic Monkeys- Suck It and See

Arctic Monkeys- Suck It and See

Album: Suck It and See Label: Domino Rating: 4/5   It’s never an easy undertaking to predict the sonic structure of an Arctic Monkey’s album. Their first two LP’s, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not and Favourite Worst Nightmare, were hyper-frenetic garage rock anthems while their third album, Humbug, was largely inspired by [...]

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Moby- Destroyed

Moby- Destroyed

Album: Destroyed Label: Little Idiot Rating: 3.5/5   Populated by desolate and dour soundscapes, Moby’s Destroyed eerily captures the essence of emptiness. Basking in haunting structural tones and textures, his tenth LP obsessively consumes itself with the re-creation of the fantastical elements of sleep deprivation. In fact, the electronica mastermind defines his latest release as [...]

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Ben Harper- Give Till It’s Gone

Ben Harper- Give Till It’s Gone

Album: Give Till It’s Gone Label:  Virgin Rating: 4/5   Ben Harper’s Give Till It’s Gone is quite simply a quest for understanding. A self-reflective journey navigating throughout many musical genres, Harper’s tenth LP (largely a solo effort) is a melancholic exploration ripe with rhythmic bliss. Throughout its duration, a clearly emotionally ravaged Harper passionately [...]

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