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A review of Montreal's 2013 Otakuthon

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Sat, 03/29/2014
Presented by Evenko
Fri, 03/28/2014
Presented by Greenland Productions and Evenko
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Presented by Greenland Productions and Evenko

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Clamour Records (August 2013)
Self-released, February 2014
Invictus Productions (February 2014)

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Clamour Records (August 2013)
by: fmiuni

Matt Leddy and Rick Reid, who call Montreal home, are the musical duo that make up Eternal Husbands. The two musicians have been creating music together for years under various monikers and, once their former and most recent band City Streets called it quits in the spring of 2013, they came together once again and subsequently released the Eternal Husbands EP in August of the same year.

The EP begins with "16", a track that slowly builds and is comprised mainly of a few sustained synth generated notes. The song creates a beautiful dreamy soundscape. It's a serene painting for the ears clearly influenced by the likes of Sigur Ros. The vocals, which come in late, hint at a kind of haunting...

Presented by Greenland Productions and Evenko
by: Orin_Loft

Dance Laury Dance is energetic heavy metal and rock 'n' roll that is sorely missed these days, and the punch I received to the neck in their mosh pit goes to show their fan-base is always down to party. Dance Laury Dance took the stage at Petit Campus March 22nd with fellow Quebec band Aly (or so their album states, though their Facebook page will tell you it's "Aly The Band") and Montrealers Barrel Proof.

Having seen them a year ago open for Toronto's Cancer Bats, I figured I knew what I was in for; cheesy...

So I'm late to the game here, because by now everyone has already weighed in on the Japanese blip that is BABYMETAL. In case you don't know, Babymetal can be summed up like this: a group of teenage Japanese girls who have metal songs written for them and they act like they are preforming them. 

My initial reaction to Babymetal was, "No." Just a simple straight-forward rejection of what I was seeing and hearing. When asked to elaborate, I really couldn't find a definitive reason, and I've been trying to get one since. A few days ago, along comes this video from my friend Roger, the creator of the Japanese rock/video game site...

Presented by Greenland Productions and Evenko
Wed, 03/26/2014
by: Natbyah

I never really listened to rap growing up; I had a hard time relating to the lyrics. In the last two years, however, I have developed an appreciation for the genre, and I owe most of that to Childish Gambino. Although I shared almost none of the experiences described in the lyrics from his 2011 album Camp, I related to the tone, the nerdy Nintendo and cartoon references, and the jazzy R&B music. Most of all, it was Gambino's quick wit that hooked me.

His latest release, Because the Internet, is a statement to say the least. This 19-track album stands beside a short film entitled Clapping for the Wrong...

Presented by Evenko
Sat, 03/29/2014

On a Saturday evening in late March, Basia Bulat played to a sold out crowd at the Corona Theatre in Little Burgundy. Her performance was incredibly pleasurable both audibly and visually. The packed audience was quite a mixed demographic of both older and younger folks. She performed on stage with a bass player and drummer, while she played keyboards. For a three piece they presented an astonishingly powerful, unanticipated sound. They played really well together, kicking out tight grooves, playful rhythms alongside Basia Bulat's almost lofty cloud-like vocals. One could compare her voice with other notable performers like Joni Mitchell, however I think her sound is unique enough to hold its own.

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Presented by Greenland Productions and Evenko
Fri, 03/28/2014
by: CJLO

Show review by CJLO Magazine contributor Michael Abbott

Armon Jay is a self-described hillbilly originating from Chatanooga, Tennessee. His southern accent is mild and undistinguished in a city like Montreal, but he likes to use it as a conversation pitch. Mixing stereotypes of hillbilly and urban hippy, he gulps down half a "mystique" cider, laughs at the irony of a redneck drinking a cider, then switches voices and advocates for a gluten free diet.

The sound and lyrics feel like a fusion between two genres, country and indie folk, which he seems to replicate in his transitions between songs. Incredibly lyrical and amusing to listen to, he breaks his heavy songs with...

Presented by Greenland Productions
by: CJLO

Show review by CJLO Magazine contributor Sarah Stupar

I have lived in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and travelled solo through the Middle East, but for some reason, since moving to Montreal four years ago, I have been terrified to set foot in les Foufounes Électriques. I didn't even know it was called Foufounes until the night of the show. I always just thought of it as "that place on St. Catherine's that seems like it's seen a lot of knife fights." That's probably not fair. If you have never been to Foufounes it's actually pretty impressive on the inside, meaning huge. It has that sickly sweet bar smell and gives off an air of stickiness.

The opening act was slated to start at 8 p.m., and they started...

Self-released, February 2014

What happens when former members of DBC (Dead Brian Cells), Countdown Zero/The Absurds, Jackboot & the Oppressors, Mister Monster, and Top Johnny come together in band form? Why none other than Montreal group Kill of Rights, which released their first album, Sign of the Crimes last month.

Full disclosure before I go further: Bassist Kiran has a show on CJLO (Beyond That Graveyard! III Fridays from 9PM-Midnight) and I know him personally. He is a good dude. In addition, Kill of Rights is...

Presented by Evenko

 

Upon entering the Théâtre Corona, I had no idea that my ticket of admission also doubled as a one-way train ticket to an elevated state of mind. Before the show, I was stressed about the school year coming to an end, and all of the exams and final papers piling up made me question whether or not going to a concert in the midst of the mayhem would serve me any good.

Nonetheless, Cut Copy and Jessy Lanza obliterated my self-doubt. They conducted a fast-paced joy ride, which allowed me to travel from a dark and troubled mind to a land of care free-joy.

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by: angelica

Angelica hosts BVST every Wednesday at 7-9PM on CJLO. Tune in for the best (& worst) rock'n'roll, country, punk & metal!

Inspired by CJLO's brand new ultra-kvlt mega-krieg metal logo shirts, which you can buy at this coming Wednesday's awesome CJLO metal showcase at Katacombes, a whole bunch of CJLO shows have decided to give up their old ways and turn to the dark side instead. The shows you used to know and love have embraced their previously well-hidden love of metal, and are rebranding and relaunching as part of CJLO's heavy metal roster!

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by: CJLO

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.

I made my way down to La Sala Rossa, a cosy venue on St. Laurent, with high expectations. The show started about an hour late, but the opening band called Funky...

Invictus Productions (February 2014)

Dust off those leather chaps, it's the '80s again. Last month saw the vinyl re-issue of Chapel's first and only full album Satan's Rock 'n' Roll (originally released in summer, 2012), which seems like an appropriate opportunity to look at the album itself, as some of us might have missed it the first time around *cough*.

Hailing from the distant paradise of Vancouver, these committed thrashinators disgorge a by-the-books brew of what I like to call the "new oldschool", the sort of thing that would drive blind taste-testers mad. We sure love our labels in this scene, and bands like Chapel and Toxic Holocaust love to sh*t all over that. Hey! This is some groovy rocky black metal, still moist with the touch of NWOBHM! Oh...