Concert Reviews

HOLLY GOLIGHTLY + the Woggles @ El Salon

By Paul Brown - The Go-Go Radio Magic Show - 07/18/2005

The great thing about not knowing the opening band is the ability to find a new love. This is exactly what happened last Monday night. The Woggles were a band whose name may be more familiar than their music. In fact, there were many conversations in line with people trying to find out info on the opening act. The only wisdom that could be shared was “uh, they’re from Georgia”.


DINOSAUR JR @ Festival d'été de Québec

By Alex Huynh - Losing My Edge - 07/16/2005

"Ça sonne en crisse"


BUCK 65 + Ridley Bent @ Main Hall

By Stephanie D - Idle Minds - 07/07/2005

Warning: this is a review written by an Idle Mind

It was a warm summer night in Quebexico, and I didn't know what to expect.


MAXIMO PARK + Trouble Hubble @ Cabaret La Tulipe

By Trevor Kiernander - Ones and Zeroes - 06/13/2005

Hey Nigel! Make plans for Maximo Park! And no, I’m not saying that the Park boys are the next XTC. And I’m not going to say that they are the next Smiths or the Jam. Of course they are a driving force of post-punk/new-wave from Newcastle, but you do a band more justice by speaking of their music than by touting them as the big band from yesterday. Hell, if I read a review that said ‘so and so’ was the next Stone Roses, you bet your grandma I’ll be there! Besides, being compared to the Smiths and the Talking Heads should be good enough PR for anyone.


ALEXISONFIRE + Story Of The Year + Kill Radio @ Metropolis

By Jordan-na Belle-Isle - Canadian Invasion - 06/29/2005

On a humid Montreal Wednesday evening, a packed Metropolis housed three of those newfangled emo/screamo quasi-punk bands that are all the rage with the young ‘uns these days. It was a threesome of angst-ridden music with only one winner who emerged sweaty and victorious from the weeping anthems, pained shouts and quick guitars.


ALKALINE TRIO + Rufio @ Club Soda

By Dallas Richter - Don't Mess With Dallas - 06/21/2005


NO USE FOR A NAME + Bigwig + The Reason + Mute @ Metropolis

By Mikey B - The Lonesome Strangers - 06/09/2005

A good No Use For A Name show is a pretty regular occurrence here, considering the fact that they’ve played Montreal twice in the last year and a half. As far as most hard-working punk acts go, NUFAN has still got chops, and they haven’t pussed out and gone pop like so many other punkers out there.


IVY + Hexes & Ohs + Astaire @ Cabaret

By Lina Harper - Ivy Gives Good Rashes - 06/13/2005

Since their debut album in 1995, Ivy has known some small successes in their lives as soft indie rock darlings. The three-piece band played to an intimate crowd on Monday June 13th at Cabaret (2111 Saint-Laurent). The low turnout was perhaps due to the cost of the tickets ($15) or the sweltering heat of the temporary sauna we called Montréal. If only people knew that the joint is nicely air-conditioned, intimate and the sound quality is pretty on par with the bigger venues in the city.


REEL BIG FISH @ Spectrum

By Marc Wiltshire - The Humpday Buffet - 04/20/05


The Melting Pot @ Cabaret La Tulipe

By Katie S - Wrong Side of the Bed - 06/10/05

On what was most definitely the hottest night Montreal has seen in a long time,played a spectacular show at Cabaret La Tulipe while drenched in sweat and wearing what would quickly become a see-through dress. Returning to the city a little less than two months after her latest local show, Wainwright pulled off a strong set composed of almost every song she has ever recorded, in addition to many covers of classic folk and jazz songs.


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