Concert Reviews

Samson and Dalilah by Camille Saint-Saëns

Presented by l'Opéra de Montréal

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Samson and Delilah, a brief summary of the story as presented in the opera will precede the review of the show:

Act 1 – A Square in Gaza
The Hebrews are being held in slavery by the Philistines. Samson, bestowed with incredible strength by God, encourages them to have faith in their God and hope for the future. Abimélech, governor of the city, arrives with guards to mock, discourage and oppress them. Samson beats Abimélech in a fight and encourages his people to revolt. They win and the High Priest of Dagon (one of the gods worshipped by the Philistines) is angered.

GWAR @ Corona Theatre

GWAR You Experienced?: A GWARticle

Sawborg Destructo taunts the crowd with his saw. Photo by Idle Matt of Radio Fun.

Devin Townsend Project @ Club Soda

So the Devin Townsend Project was in town on December 1, and I'm sorry to say that if you missed it we are no longer friends. It was way past my bedtime and so I didn't even stay for Animals as Leaders, but you have no excuse. Monday is the new Thursday, after all. In any case, I got what I came for, but now I face a mild dilemma. As the guy who got in trouble a couple months back for overplaying DTP's latest issue Z², it'll be hard for me to write this without it coming off as a love letter, so fuck it. Committing to the form.

Dear Devin Townsend, 

Hevvy Devvy!

Death from Above 1979 @ Metropolis

Presented by Evenko and Blue Skies Turn Black

A decade later, Death from Above 1979 turn it out at Metropolis

I never thought I'd get to experience a bona fide reunion tour while I was still in my twenties, but if it was going to happen for anyone, it would be Death From Above 1979.

Skinny Puppy @ Metropolis

Presented by Evenko and Greenland Productions

Photo by Greg Cristman

Allah-Las + Tashaki Miyaki @ Café Campus

Presented by Greenland Productions

"The best soundtrack to the best road trip through the desert I have never taken."

Nils Frahm @ Metropolis

Photo by Alexander Schneider

Nils Frahm is one of those artists that most don't know about, and if you do, then you are probably a major devotee! I was reminded of this phenomenon this past Saturday during M for Montreal. Nils has played in Montreal a handful of times, including sold out shows at Mutek. I tried to catch his set the last time earlier this year, but, alas, it was sold out. I was thrilled to be able to see him, at Metropolis no less, where his minimalist ambient sound was fully enhanced with their incredible sound system.

Pop d'Époque: Ohara + Hua Li @ Société des arts technologiques


OHara and Hua Li at the SATosphere for Le Pop D'époque's Party Like It's 1699, and M for Montreal, November 19th, 2014

This night was a full sensory experience. If you have never been to the dome at the SAT, that is step one in the sensory immersion. It is as it sounds, a giant domed room at the top of the SAT building. It is outfitted by teams of projectors and a top notch surround sound system. This performance utilized every inch of the space, in an almost overwhelming, yet fully-engaging feast at every level.

Shaheed & DJ Supreme @ Lit Lounge, New York City

CMJ Music Marathon Communicating Vessels Showcase

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.