Rap Battle Against Consumerism: Rap Takes on Familiar Foe

Consumerism is defined as the “protection and promotion of the interests of the consumer,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Dan Parker is looking to show that it is maybe time to update the term.

On March 29th, the latest installment of Rap Battles for Social Justice, “Rap Battles Against Consumerism”, will take place at Le Belmont, at 8 p.m.


KANPE Karnaval @ Métropolis, March 15th, 2017

On March 15th, KANPE held it’s 5th annual Karnaval, with the one and only Arcade Fire headlining the event. Co-founded by Regine Chassagne, principal member of Arcade Fire, KANPE is an organization that works in Haïti to help those who are facing extreme financial poverty. Meaning “Stand Up,” KANPE helps vulnerable families to reach financial autonomy.


Bring Me The Horizon @ Stade Uniprix, March 17th, 2017

The evening started off slow with myself making my way to the venue, feeling really excited. Since the Stade Uniprix is a fairly new place, I had no expectations on how it was going to be; how big it was or how many people it could hold. Getting off at De Castelnau metro station, I noticed people were looking for the way to get to the venue, and I just followed the crowd. As soon as I saw the stadium, a huge line had already started since doors had opened and it was endless. I was thinking to myself, “holy cow, this is gonna be huge.


Vinyl Review: Another Eternity by Purity Ring

Album: Another Eternity

Artist: Purity Ring

Year: 2015

Label: Last Gang

Tested On: Grado Black – Realistic Lab 400 – Luxman R-1050 – Dynaco A-25


Ritual Master: The Next Black Sabbath (Show Review)

Along came excitement when I was invited to a special show at the Mayfair to see Ritual Master, an up-and-coming doom metal band from the West Island who take influence from a lot of bands such as Black Sabbath, Venom, Electric Wizard, and Bathory.

Arriving to the venue my friend, we walked in as the band was on stage setting up their gear. We had a little chat with Gabe (bass, vocals), Ethan (keys/vocals), David (drums), and Rob (guitars), and we caught up since the last time we all saw each other previously. Rob is the newest member of Ritual Master since Alex, their old guitarist, quit the band due to pursue other things in his life.


NEW RELEASE: Punk Shadows by Blood and Glass

There's just something about Montreal duo Blood and Glass' music—something eclectic and entrancing, something that flawlessly brings together a wide variety of sounds into one song. That sound is omnipresent, now more than ever, in the group's brand new album Punk Shadows that drops today.


Simply Saucer @ Le Ritz PDB, February 24th, 2017

Even though faint rumblings of the band’s reunion had been creeping down the grapevine from Hamilton, never did I think I would be fortunate enough to see Simply Saucer LIVE in concert. So many proto-punk heroes and trailblazers from the golden age of wild and weird rock ‘n roll are either six feet under, or scattered ashes. Lou Reed is dead. Jimi Hendrix is dead. The Asheton brothers are dead. Rob Tyner, Fred ‘Sonic’ smith, and Michael Davis—all dead. But Edgar Breau and Simply Saucer are very much alive, and after their performance at Le Ritz PDB back in February, I can personally attest to this fact.


Review: Ritual Master - Obscurus

It’s a rare occasion that I decide to review a recent album, but this year’s Metal March at CJLO has proven to be such a time. As such, I have decided to take a look at an EP released earlier this year by Montreal locals Ritual Master, entitled Obscurus. I’m a real sucker for metal albums that use Old English font on their covers, so this one piqued my interest from the get-go.


Audio Penpals @ Zugathon Fundraiser

On March 25th, from 2 to 5 p.m., Concordia's Centre for the Arts in Human Development will be hosting a Zumba + Yoga fundraiser: Zugathon. Proceeds will go to funding the centre's range of programs that use the creative arts therapies to help facilitate social skills, build self-esteem and improve functioning for people with developmental disabilities. Come to move, stretch and raise funds with CJLO's the Audio Penpals! Tickets are available at zugathon.eventbrite.ca!


How Punk and Metal Crossed Over

So you might be wondering why I’m participating in this year’s Metal March, even if I’m not listed under CJLO’s metal shows. Isn’t Sewer Spewer primarily a punk show? (Follow-up question: what the hell is a Sewer Spewer?) Well, if you ever bothered to listen to my radio show, you would realize that the lines between the punk and metal tunes I play on the air are quite blurred.


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