Concert Reviews

Black Dahlia Murder + Suicide Silence + Chelsea Grin @ Club Soda

Presented by Extensive Enterprise

Well, well, well. Another autumn rolls around and you Montreal metal fans generally know what that means: The Black Dahlia Murder returns. This time around, the crazy fellows co-headlined a set with Suicide Silence, supported by openers Chelsea Grin and Alterbeast at Club Soda on October 7th. Unleash the Miasma and let your veins jolt back to life (pushing the fluids of the damned and all that song reference jazz).


SBTRKT @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre

Presented by Electro | Osheaga

SBTRKT (pronounced "subtract"), also known as Aaron Jerome, was in Montreal on Thursday, October 30th at the Corona Theatre doing a DJ set and playing the piano. He was supported by two drummers, and one played the tambourine. Going for his usual anonymous look, SBTRKT wore an elusive ceremonial tribal mask (designed by "Hidden Place") representing the spiritual panther-esque animal featured on his albums.


Royal Canoe + The Elwins + APigeon @ La Sala Rossa

Presented by Indie Montreal

Has anyone out there heard of Indie Montreal yet? It is a great local organization that promotes indie bands from all over Canada. On October 30th I went to their showcase at La Sala Rossa with headliners Royal Canoe supported by The Elwins and APigeon.


Eluveitie + Týr + Metsatöll @ Théâtre Corona Virgin Mobile

Man, soggy autumns make my bones itch to run through the misty woods by moonlight, naked as a jaybird and drunk as a skunk. Fortunately, we as a species have devised many canny outlets for such urges, and so on Saturday, October 18th I brought my primal hindbrain on down to the Corona Theatre for an evening of folk-metal fun times. The fact that I came back alive should not be taken as disparagement.


Ronnie Spector's Beyond the Beehive @ The Rialto Theatre

Presented by POP Montreal, Cult MTL, and the Montreal International Jazz Festival

As an avid fan of biographies and autobiographies about some of the world's most interesting people (Martin Luther King, Sidney Poitier, Winston Churchill, to name a few), one can only imagine my joy when I found out that I had secured some tickets to the Ronnie Spector show at The Rialto Theatre on September 19, 2014. Ronnie Spector was billed as part of the 2014 edition of POP Montreal, and that news was in all the papers, both mainstream and local.


Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats: Riffs and Wailing

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats + Danava @ Bar le "Ritz" P.D.B presented by Greenland Productions and Evenko


Salif Keita en concert à l'Olympia de Montreal

En soutien à la Salif Keita Global Foundation

Salif Keita, surnommé le rossignol de la musique Mandingue, ou encore la voix d'or d'Afrique, est a la fois Prince, albinos et chanteur. Il a également les mêmes initiales que Soundiata Keita, l'un des héros de l'épopée Mandingue. Cette épopée est chantée par les griots qui sont de cette culture.


The Unicorns @ Metropolis

Who Will Cut our Hair Now that The Unicorns are Gone?

Excitement and energy filled the Metropolis concert hall on the night that The Unicorns played Montreal after a ten-year hiatus. I walked into the room feeling nostalgic with memories of listening to The Unicorns as a teenager, but I had no real idea of what to expect from the live show. I heard amazing stories from my roommate who recalled seeing the guys in 2004 at a show in Toronto where they invited a random, rough-looking man on stage to drum for them, only to find out that he had excellent rhythm. I kept this story in the back of my mind.


The Wooden Sky @ La Sala Rossa

Presented by POP Montreal, Blue Skies Turn Black, and CMW


Ty Segall + La Luz + The Nymphets @ Club Soda

Presented by POP Montreal, Blue Skies Turn Black, and CJLO 1690AM


Panda Bear + Blues Control + Ramzi @ Rialto Theatre

Presented by POP Montreal, Blue Skies Turn Black, Monster Energy, and Urbania


Ty Segall + La Luz + The Nymphets @ Club Soda

Photo by the illustrious Susan Moss, courtesy of POP Montreal

The hot ticket at POP Montreal this year was undoubtedly Saturday night's triple bill at Club Soda. A sold-out crowd gathered on the corner of Saint-Laurent and Ste-Catherine street, amongst the hookers and hustlers, ready to show their love for the garage psych powerhouse, Ty Segall and his band.


Have Metal, Will Travel: Kvelertak in Ottawa & NYC

Kvelertak

A couple of Sundays ago, a friend and I made one of the best/worst decisions in recent memory. Norwegian mixed metal arts masters Kvelertak delivered a swift karate chop of heavy rock to the chest of Canada's capital city, and we, at the cost of sleep, sanity and safety, had ringside seats. That's the good stuff, but more about that later.


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