Concert Reviews

Montreal International Reggae Festival 2013

 

Pete Douglas from the Live Wire Show (Saturdays, 9-10 am on CJLO) reviews the 10th anniversary of the Montreal International Reggae Festival.

 

Canada has some of the world's most renowned sound engineers, but there are some that are clearly lost when it comes to certain genres of music, for example: world beat. 


METZ + Crabe + Fist City @ Salle Little Burgundy

Photo: Stacy Lee

Punk Rock Meets Church Basement

There is nothing more fitting than ending a five-day music festival in a stale and sweaty church basement with ear-crunching punk-rock. Proving that sleep is truly for the weak, the Montreal punk and hardcore crowds stood shoulder to shoulder, jean jacket to jean jacket in anticipation for POP Montreal's final oo-rah at Salle Little Burgundy


Suuns + Radwan Ghazi Moumneh @ Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

Music has two levels of enjoyment. The first is on the personal level, in which one listens to a song alone. The second level involves the gratification of sound in a group, either with a few close friends, or amongst hundreds of strangers. The performance by Suuns with Radwan Ghazi Moumneh took the second level to heights that I have not yet reached.


Mudhoney @ Il Motore

As far as I can make out, "edgy" occurs when middlebrow, middle-aged profiteers are looking to suck the energy—not to mention the spending money—out of the "youth culture". So they come up with this fake concept of seeming to be dangerous, when every move they make is the result of market research and a corporate master plan. –Daria Morgendorffer


KISS @ The Bell Centre

KISS... One of the most well known bands to grace the face of the earth. To find someone that doesn't know KISS is like finding a lost tribe in the jungles of the Amazon, and probably just as rare. Most every person in every country has heard of and has a basic working knowledge of KISS, but thanks to high ticket prices, less and less people get to see the band. I however, cannot be counted among these people, as I went to the Bell Centre to see them on a Monday night in July, 2013.


Festival International Nuits d'Afrique

Pete Douglas, the host of CJLO's The Live Wire Show (Saturdays, 9-10 am), reviews some of his favourite acts from the 27th edition of the Festival International Nuits d'Afrique back in July, and discusses the trials and tribulations of outdoor versus indoor shows, and parking in downtown Montreal during the city's summer Festimania.


Shannon and the Clams @ Il Motore

When I walked into Il Motore, the venue smelled like sea food. I wondered if had I mistakenly entered a restaurant, or could it have been the rainy weather coming in from outside? Or was it Oakland, California trio Shannon and the Clams, who were on stage setting up for the show? It really did smell like seafood! I'm not making this up! I quite enjoyed the coincidence, to be honest, as it contributed to the room's atmosphere. Mmmmm... good music and yummy sea food.


Derelict + First Fragment + Epiphany from the Abyss @ Katacombes

And so we begin the bleak descent into madness that is winter. This season is filled with pagan rituals, cold, unrelenting weather, and of course, the whipped cream on top of the pie: a mutual anger for having to put up with people in general. If this all doesn't relate to metal, then I don't know what does.


Sloan "Twice Removed Tour" 2012 @ Le National

Once upon a time, there was a girl that loved Sloan so much, that she named her first and only cat after them (he turned 15 this summer!).

Once upon a time, there was a girl that loved Sloan so much, that every time she got drunk, she would belt out "Deeper Than Beauty" and "Snow Suit Sound". 

Once upon a time, there was a girl that loved Sloan so much, that she broke up with her fiancée when he didn't "get" them. (For reals.)


Plants and Animals @ Théâtre Corona

No gimmicks were necessary for Montreal indie-rock band Plants and Animals, who wooed their sold out hometown crowd at Corona Theatre on November 16th. Standing in the top corner balcony, the show opened with the spotlight on Nicolas Basque, guitar and bassist of the band, cheekily strumming along some melodic tune. He soon joined the band on the main stage and they kicked off the show. 


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