Montreal’s STARS dropped by Sugar Beach studios to talk about their lengthy career making music for the times you don’t feel good. Their words not mine, and they have a point. Introspective, moody lyrics, simultaneously comforting and isolating, set to dreamy art-pop. The journey continues on There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light, their latest release on one and only label Arts & Crafts. STarts have a few intimate shows coming up this fall (Rough Trade Records in Brooklyn, Great Hall in Toronto) so if there are tickets available, you’d better act fast. FASTER!
Hey Hey It’s The Beaches! Performing live o on Toronto’s Sugar Beach at Edge studios. Charming banter, kick ass tunes and, also, awkward banter…The Beaches gave the crowd a big show in an intimate setting! Their first LP Late Show is coming out October 13th, pre-order it now and check the girls out on tour this fall with DFA!
One of my resolutions for 2017 is to increase my wordiness. I don’t enjoy writing, especially about live music. There is no way I can properly convey the sheer energy, enjoyment or spectacle with my verbage. First of all, I have no business critiquing any live performance. However I do want to share my enthusiasm in some way.That’s why I take photos. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, that’s what this whole FOH deal is about!
I didn’t do a count of all the shows I covered this year, but there was alot. My travels took me to the deep south in Tennessee to our beautifully bland nation’s capital, brought to life by the likes of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and remaining two Monkees! Between the clubs, arenas, theatres, main stages, tents and radio stations, I’ve been everywhere, man.
As i stated above, I do not like the written description of live music. I will probably cut and paste this whole preamble across the 4-post recap. The photos chosen represent some of my favourite acts, experiences, visual performances and just the general vibe that i took away from 2016. This isn’t a ranked list, and all acts get equal billing. That’s not to say there aren’t a few personal highlights.
Sometimes I have to pinch myself in the middle of a set because the experience is so surreal. Not only bearing witness to, but being privileged to capture some of my musical heroes and world icons, well it’s beyond words. Robert Plant, The Who, Noel Gallagher, Pearl Jam, Flea, Stevie Nicks…musicians I have admired and enjoyed for decades in various forms, I can add them to my ever-growing collection of digital memories.
The standout of the year has to be, no shocker, The Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem Tour. Much as been said about Gord Downie’s work over the year and I do not intend to dilute those words with my own. The experience and privilege was to say the least, humbling.
I’ve already said too much! Just look at the photos. If you like what you see, please feel free to share, tag, reblog or fax them around. Another year goes by and another year I am thankful for all of the readers, followers, friends, supporters and outlets that have allowed me to keep on rollin’. Special thanks to A Music Blog, Yea?, Q107/Edge 102.1, Spill Magazine, Canadian Musician, and Polaris Music Prize for the opportunities and trust.
Catfish and the Bottlemen released their second LP Ride earlier this year and the Welsh rockers are currently on tour across North America, headlining some dates and supporting Mumford & Sons on a few others.
Van and Bondy stopped into 102.1 The Edge studios in Toronto to perform a few acoustic numbers for the crowd.
Arkells are doing it right! With last week’s release of “Morning Report” (Universal) and the announcement of two (2!) sold-out shows at the legendary Massey Hall, the boys are riding high on good vibes, as well they should! They stopped into 102.1 The Edge to play a mini set for huge crowd and it was a glorious time! If you managed to score a ticket to their November shows (with Frank Turner on the bill) consider yourself lucky!
Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince came by The Edge studios in Toronto to perform a few acoustic tracks ahead of their show at The Danforth Music Hall. They are currently on tour promoting their upcoming album Ash & Ice (Domino Records).