Concert Reviews

BETH ORTON @ Club Soda

By Louis Rozza - Hooked On Sonics - 04/07/2006

This was British singer/ songwriter Beth Orton’s first Canadian tour since 2002 when she was showcasing her underrated album Daybreaker. The wait was worth it on this night. Her melancholic raspy voice was in fine form and so was her sense of humour, as she engaged the crowd at the beginning of the set saying “I didn’t know I was opening for Lesbians on Ecstasy”, referring to the huge letters that band had outside the marquee promoting their upcoming show.

MINUS THE BEAR + The Spill Canvas + Metal Hearts @ Club Lambi

By Omar Goodness - Hooked On Sonics - 04/24/2006

Aaaaaah, memories. Memories can be good or bad, depending how you reflect on them, and I like to remember the bad ones… it’s how I roll. But, how best to recall bad moments than to mask them with an air of humour. Y’know, mask those buried emotional wounds with “laughs” to hide the true deep dark pain. Weeeeeell, lemme tell ya a little story…

HARD-FI + Nine Black Alps @ Le National

By Paul Lafond - 04/04/2006

I loves me those bills with all U.K. bands on them. We get so few up here in our neck of the woods that the wee little British lad in me just laps them up. On this particular April evening, we had Nine Black Alps from Manchester and much talked about buzz band of the month Hard-Fi from Staines, England.

SUPERSUCKERS @ Musée Juste Pour Rire

By K-Man - "Beyond That Graveyard! III" - 04/23/2006

I gotta say right off the bat, these guys are always better the first time you see them. I saw them in '93, was it? They were a lot more punk rock, you know that whole cow-punk dealio, all guitar and even more attitude. Now it was April 23, 2006.


By Susannah Hicks - Rock the Plank - 04/15/2006

I have never been to CEPSUM before and when I arrived, I was surprised to see how big it was. It is a huge stadium, reminding me of the Sky Dome. The openers were The Cribs but sadly I didn’t get to catch their act. Throughout the whole night, both Franz Ferdinand and Death Cab mention how much they like the openers, even dedicating songs to them so if you are into both headliners, check out The Cribs.

ISIS @ Le National

By K-Man - "Beyond That Graveyard! III" - 04/26/2006

April 26th 2006 and I get to finally see a show at Le National. Opposite Beaudry metro, I'm deep, deep in the Village now. It's raining and me and my boys are hungry. We hit this cool little Vietnamese place just east of the venue; the authenticity of this place is mind-boggling, right down to the music. It turns out to be a classic sake night.

dEUS + Eastern Conference Champions @ Main Hall

By Jordan-na Belle-Isle - Canadian Invasion - 03/25/2006

After a five-year hiatus, dEUS is back with a new album (Pocket Revolution) and a new label (V2). Popular in Europe during the nineties, members of the Belgium band took time off to pursue side projects, which usually indicate the demise of a band. Yet their show in Montreal proved the contrary. Although dEUS had been gone, they were certainly not forgotten by their faithful following nor had forgotten how to put on a great show.

ARAB STRAP @ La Tulipe

By Erin Stewart - Rock the Plank - 04/05/2006


By Stephanie D - Twee Time - 04/08/2006

She is a vision of beauty: a young woman surrounded by Matryoshka dolls, a hot chick who drinks wine straight from the bottle. A sly smile is always planted upon her angelic face, radiating from her mouth and eyes. Regina, Regina ah ah ah. The Russian goddess with a Bronx edge.

NEKO CASE + The High Dials @ Club Soda

By Idle Matt - Idle Minds - 04/04/2006

If I had to describe last week’s Neko Case show at Club Soda in two words, it would be Goose-bump Inducing. I’ve had this opening sentence set in my mind for a while, so let’s just ignore the fact that goose-bump is technically two words. Please? (Editor's Note: Fine.)

FROSTBITE TOUR 2006 @ Spectrum

By Josh Mocle - The Kids Are So-So - 03/30/2006

Arriving at the Spectrum, one of Montreal’s premier rock venues, on the evening of March 30th, I suppose the first thing that occurred to me was the irony of attending a show with the word “frostbite” in its name on one of the warmest days in recent memory. My horrible sense of humor aside, I had been pretty excited for this show for some time and after a particularly hellish week at school, I was ready to kick back and hear some good ska and hardcore with a little straight-up punk rock mixed in for good measure. I can safely say that The Frostbite Tour delivered on most counts.


By Mike Bresciani - The Lonesome Strangers - 03/22/2006