Concert Reviews

Derelict + First Fragment + Epiphany from the Abyss @ Katacombes

And so we begin the bleak descent into madness that is winter. This season is filled with pagan rituals, cold, unrelenting weather, and of course, the whipped cream on top of the pie: a mutual anger for having to put up with people in general. If this all doesn't relate to metal, then I don't know what does.

Sloan "Twice Removed Tour" 2012 @ Le National

Once upon a time, there was a girl that loved Sloan so much, that she named her first and only cat after them (he turned 15 this summer!).

Once upon a time, there was a girl that loved Sloan so much, that every time she got drunk, she would belt out "Deeper Than Beauty" and "Snow Suit Sound". 

Once upon a time, there was a girl that loved Sloan so much, that she broke up with her fiancée when he didn't "get" them. (For reals.)

Plants and Animals @ Théâtre Corona

No gimmicks were necessary for Montreal indie-rock band Plants and Animals, who wooed their sold out hometown crowd at Corona Theatre on November 16th. Standing in the top corner balcony, the show opened with the spotlight on Nicolas Basque, guitar and bassist of the band, cheekily strumming along some melodic tune. He soon joined the band on the main stage and they kicked off the show. 

Dropkick Murphys + The Mahones + Teenage Bottlerocket @ Metropolis

Reeling on the heels of an incredible M for Montreal festival, I wondered how I could ever manage to make it to the Dropkick Murphys show on Sunday night, but immediately upon hearing a Celtic flute, accordion, and a fiddle, the Scottish girl that I am broke into a smile and got her jig on. 

Chrome Canyon @ Cameo Gallery, Brooklyn NYC

Chrome Canyon


A couple of CJLO peeps and I trekked all the way to Brooklyn with our CMJ Music Marathon badges in tow to catch METZ at the Cameo Gallery, only to discover that the venue had reached its CMJ badge quota. Having come all that way, we resentfully paid the ten bucks and went inside.

Pig Destroyer + Encrust + Early Graves + KEN Mode @ Public Assembly, Brooklyn NYC

Few things excite me as much as the CMJ Music Marathon. Every year, members of community and college stations across North America congregate in New York City to meet up with promoters, talk about how to improve their radio stations, and of course see tons of live music.

D.O.A. @ Les foufounes électriques


The spectacle at Foufounes Electriques on Monday night was no evening with your uncle and his dusty old punk LPs talking about the good ol’ days. Vancouver veteran rockers D.O.A. catered to a crowd of fresh faces who were hip to the new modernized and refined punk-rock, and also delivered a dose of Canadian grade-A punk nostalgia to the hoards of seasoned fans.

PASA Musik Showcase @ Club Lambi

My last night of Pop Montreal festivities was spent at the PASA Musik Showcase. I made my way to Club Lambi to take in the sounds of Sarah MK, La Bronze, and Elsiane.