Concert Reviews

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.


THIEVERY CORPORATION @ Spectrum

By Trevor Kiernander - Ones and Zeroes - 05/19/05


KASABIAN @ Cabaret La Tulipe

By Lisa Weatherby - 05/18/05

While sold-out theatres around town were screening illuminated battles of the light sabre kind, another well-lit spectacle was taking place at the equally sold-out Kasabian concert last Wednesday night. Beams of purple, green and blue flooded the dark space, creating an ambiance that puts the UFO landing from Close Encounters Of The Third Kind to shame. As the shadowy figures took to the stage amid a cloudy purple haze, the crowd roared and cheered in anticipation of something grand, something of a higher power.


CEPHALIC CARNAGE + Dead to Fall + more @ El Salon

By DCU - No Sleep Til Bedtime - 04/27/2005

I am always incredibly excited to see one of my favorite and challenging grind bands Cephalic Carnage, and even though I had just seen them days before, it was my pleasure to trek out to El Salon to see them again. El Salon is certainly not the best locale for a metal show, not only is it way up on St-Laurent, where us metal kids do not like to travel, but the whole atmosphere of the venue just isn’t conducive to that kind of show. But like always you make the best of a bad situation on an ugly rainy night, and you get ready thrash out to frenzied blistering music.


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