Concert Reviews

Snarky Puppy + Funky Knuckles @ La Sala Rossa

I had an embarrassing moment a couple of weeks ago. My buddy sent me an excited message that Snarky Puppy was coming to Montreal, and I had never heard of them. Knowing that this friend usually shares my taste in music, it definitely merited investigation. A few YouTube videos later, I was completely hooked. Snarky Puppy turned out to be right up my alley: the perfect mix of funk, soul, hip-hop, and jazz. I knew this was not a concert to be missed.

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks @ Café Campus

Show review by Damaris Baker, CJLO Production Team

The first time I heard Stephen Malkmus was in Melbourne, Australia around nine years ago. "Post-Paint Boy" was the track, part of a compilation entitled La Revolution de Spunk. It snuggled up nicely with tracks by Sufjan Stephens, The Books, Akron Family, Anthony and the Johnsons, and Holly Throsby

The Black Angels + Roky Erickson @ Theatre Corona

On a blustery, snowy night in February, I pulled myself away from the school library, downed several drops of concentrated oregano oil, and set out to the Corona Theatre on an odyssey for the night. On this particular night in question, the Black Angels and Roky Erickson—Austin-based psych stalwarts from different generations—had come to town. Common wisdom dictates not going out to a show while sick. But if there's one personal truism that says anything about my sense of priorities, I will put a solid night of psychedelic goodness over my health pretty much every time.

Chiodos @ La Tulipe

Let's get this out of the way, I love Chiodos. I know their limitations, and I realize that a lot of their songs aren't "metal enough," but frankly, I don't care. Out of the crop of generic, long since forgotten bands that were their brethren, I think they were the closest to metal that you could get, and I think they were a gateway for a lot of people to get into "real metal," and that this fact alone is enough to establish them as a band with a great legacy.

Skinny Puppy + Army of the Universe @ Club Soda

May 25th of 2014 will mark the 10-year anniversary of Skinny Puppy's Greater Wrong of the Right, the first album the band released since The Process in 1996. Due to this, and the release of last year's stellar album Weapon, the band is currently touring with an, of course, absurdly named "Shapes For Arms" tour.

Panic! at the Disco @ Metropolis

LIVE Report: Lights, Nostalgia, Action!

Panic! At The Disco dazzles fans with lights, loud and love at Metropolis

By Saturn De Los Angeles

J Cole + Bas @ Metropolis

Despite the temperature reaching -33 degrees Celsius, Metropolis was packed with hip hop heads ready for J Cole.

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.