MUSIC PREVIEW: The Dears darlings of indie rock

MUSIC PREVIEW: The Dears darlings of indie rock

The Dears have been around almost as long as “indie rock” has been a thing, forming in Montreal in 1995 and releasing their debut album End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story in 2000. Their particular brand of rock music, both dark and orchestral, has found them fans across the continent, and three of their albums […]

REVIEW: Bahamas pretty heavy for soft rock

REVIEW: Bahamas pretty heavy for soft rock

There’s a keen musical mind lurking behind the dark wit of the man who calls himself Bahamas. Or maybe it’s the other way around. During his show at the Winspear Centre on Monday night, Bahamas picked out a couple in the front row who’d told him they just got engaged to his song Lost in […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Bahamas or Dwight Yoakam, tough choice

MUSIC PREVIEW: Bahamas or Dwight Yoakam, tough choice

You concert promoters need to get it together. You give us weeks of nothing but sporadic metal and classic rock shows during a usually dead time of year – and then on the same otherwise unassuming first Monday night of March you book two must-see acts in two concert halls at opposite sides of town. […]

Jack Semple channels B.B. King

Jack Semple channels B.B. King

The late B.B. King revealed more personality in three notes than all of those wankers who made it to the cover of Look At Me I Play Guitar magazine. There was even a rumour going around that B.B. didn’t actually know how to play chords (like Thelonious Monk didn’t know how to play the piano). […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Get your headphones on!

MUSIC PREVIEW: Get your headphones on!

A couple of local well-heeled promoters – Mangled Tapes and Sweaty Palms – are putting on an intriguing little affair on Saturday night that will likely be the talk of the city’s core music scene for a good long while. Taking place at the Bleeding Heart Art Space (9140 – 118 Avenue) beginning at 7 […]

REVIEW: Anthrax just wants to have fun

REVIEW: Anthrax just wants to have fun

Anthrax is one of the founding fathers of the thrash movement that had its birth in the early ’80s, and reigned for at least a decade after that. Blending the speed of Motorhead with the melodic twin guitars and vocals of Iron Maiden and a huge dose of groove, Anthrax stood apart from the rest […]

REVIEW: Janes stage another successful rescue musical

REVIEW: Janes stage another successful rescue musical

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is a daunting musical for even so fruitful a production company as Plain Jane Theatre. The play started life as a 1988 Pedro Almodovar film – the Spanish director’s first successful international hit. Now regarded as a classic, its track record as a stage musical has been […]

Avenged Sevenfold an amazing metal mash up

Avenged Sevenfold an amazing metal mash up

Avenged Sevenfold comes off like this superhuman Frankenstein monster made of body parts of other hard rock bands – and you better get out of its way if you know what’s good for you. Specifically, it’s Metallica stitched together with AC/DC plus Black Sabbath and Soundgarden and a small piece each of Pink Floyd and […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Frequency off the dial

MUSIC PREVIEW: Frequency off the dial

Can a DJ be a rock star when all they apparently do is push the “play” button, and then dance around waving their arms and looking fabulous, while thousands of equally fabulous fans dance their brains out for nine straight hours? It is the age-old argument. Headlining Boodang’s annual Frequency rave at the Shaw Conference […]

Motown the Musical: Berry Gordy’s lavish love letter to himself

Motown the Musical: Berry Gordy’s lavish love letter to himself

Motown: The Musical begins with a high decibel blast of pure soul straight from the ’60s. Immediately we are in the midst of a marvelous musical battle – an energetic sing-off between The Tops and The Temps (Temptations), two of the best known male groups from the early years of Motown. From their patent leather […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Temple of the Starlite

MUSIC PREVIEW: Temple of the Starlite

The historic Starlite Room – originally constructed as a “citadel” for the Salvation Army before becoming the headquarters for the Citadel Theatre in 1965, and then a TV studio where the late Chuck Chandler hosted Disco Daze – first started running live music in 1978. It was later a popular underground club called the Bronx, […]

Portugal. The Man. Greater. Than. That One Hit.

Portugal. The Man. Greater. Than. That One Hit.

It’s always a interesting experience seeing a concert from a modern rock band known in the mainstream for only one massive radio hit. Seems like they’re all that way these days. You never know what you’re going to get. They could be a box of chocolates – or as has been witnessed once or twice, […]