Concerts

May Concert Recap – Childish Gambino, Sleigh Bells, CSS and Death Cab For Cutie

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Sorry for the lack of posts this week, I’ve just been swarmed with shows! But luckily for the readers here, I’ve recorded them all on video. I must say my favourite performance was probably Sleigh Bells, they definitely performed the best. I’m hoping to do more concert coverage this summer for all the Room-Noise readers. So far I’m taking the month of June off from shows to hopefully blog more and do some more research. Currently I’m in the process of getting a press pass for Osheaga, it would be amazing for me to be able to take my DSLR to record some of the performances for those who won’t be able to go this year! If you have the money and the chance to go to Osheaga, I highly suggest doing it. The line-up this year is quite insane. Death From Above 1979 is my number one reason at the moment. More info will come when the date comes closer, I might do a daily blog or a vlog of my journey to Montreal with my close friends. So for now, enjoy my review, comments and thoughts of the past three days.

CHILDISH GAMBINO:

My week began with Donald Glover/Childish Gambino at The Opera House, he started the night with a 25-30 minute set with his stand up comedy and a digital short featuring a member from LCD Soundsystem (don’t remember who because I was too short to see the screen). Afterwards he had his live band come up and Donald opened up his set with Freaks and Geeks. Let’s just say that I was really surprised at how well his live band performed, they had put so much energy into playing their part which sadly over powered Glover’s vocals. Otherwise, everyone at the show was clearly a die hard fan since I paid only $20 for my ticket, but there were people in the room who definitely paid more than $200. Overall, the show was a bit overhyped, he did a great show but it was, in lack of a better slang/word “aight”.

SLEIGH BELLS:

The next day, I missioned to The Sound Academy in the absolute crappy weather to see Princeton, Sleigh Bells and CSS. A great lineup (except for Princeton – sort of random) to be honest, I was actually really surprised that there was barely anyone when I arrived at the venue but by the time Sleigh Bells opened up with Iron Man by Ozzy, the crowd went insane. The band then appeared and the song slowly transitioned to Crown on the Ground. Their entire set was around 40-45 minutes long and I could tell the duo put in a lot of effort into their performance. My favourite part about the show was probably the lighting and the set behind them. Despite most of their music was probably air played over the speakers and not actually playing the music 100% live, it was the fans that really made it good.

CSS:

I probably waited for over 30 minutes for CSS to get on stage and it was definitely worth the wait. I’ve been a huge fan of this band, but I was actually really disappointed on their setlist and also Lovefoxxx’s vocals. I could barely hear her the entire time, nevertheless, she made it up with her crazy energy and her endless stripping! I also loved the fact that she wore a RATATAT t-shirt the entire time, really makes it work. This was probably my second favourite performance since I had the chance to see the band upfront and I could tell everyone in the band was having a great time, they were smiling non-stop and trying to get the crowd to dance. CSS will be returning to Toronto in October.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE:

I had the chance to see Death Cab For Cutie with The Edge Intern Army. I spent four hours talking to the crowd who were lining up for the show, and let’s just say they were ALL die hard fans. DCFC hasn’t been in Toronto since 2008 I believe and tickets to this show were $50 at The Phoenix. There were fans who weren’t able to get tickets and they waited outside in the rain until the venue was nice enough to let them in. When I saw the band perform, my first thought was, what was Chris Walla playing? But also.. why was the drum set in the back corner of the stage? Those small set ups usually isn’t a concern to fans but it was just distracting for me. As for the set, the band played over 19 tracks and then an encore of 4 songs, ending with Transatlanticism. I will be seeing DCFC again in July in Osheaga, I can’t wait to compare the two shows in two completely different settings. I’m not a HUGE fan of the band, but I could tell that they were so grateful of their fans.

- Constance

Mix-Tape Wednesdays: COACHELLA

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It’s official, as of 1:00 AM today, Coachella officially released the 2011 lineup. And I must say, I couldn’t sleep last night from all the excitement. The Sunday lineup just makes it so worth to travel all the way from Toronto, Canada to Indio, California for this three day event. So to celebrate this year’s Coachella, I made a mix-tape of my personal favourites. All of these artists will be performing this year, see you all in April!

Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above – CSS

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Dead Womb – Death From Above 1979

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Starry Eyed (Penguin Prison Remix feat. Theophilus London) – Ellie Goulding

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Harmageddon (Felix Cartel Remix) – Green Velvet

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Sweetness – Jimmy Eat World

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Love Get Out of My Way (DESIGNER DRUGS Remix) – Monarchy

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Dancing On My Own (Fred Falke Remix) – Robyn

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Rock ‘N’ Roll (Will Take You To The Mountain) – Skrillex

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KNAS – Steve Angello

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You Only Live Once – The Strokes

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- Constance

Cat Rats – Skrillex

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Two weeks ago I had the chance to see Skrillex live at Wrongbar, and to summarize the entire event, it was one hell of a night. Wrongbar was fully packed from people across the GTA and Sonny Moore gave the crowd exactly what they wanted; bass. If you’re disappointed that you missed out one of the biggest Bassmentality events of the year, then make sure you purchase your tickets now to the Nero and Skrillex event on February 19th at The Phoenix.

I am not surprised that Skrillex blew up in the blogsophere within the past six months, expect more from him in the near future. As for now, check out his unreleased track – Cat Rats.

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Cat Rats – Skrillex

- Constance Chan

Concert Review: Florence and the Machine at The Sound Academy

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Originating from London, England, Florence and the Machine was formed in 2007. Dabbling in a variety of genres, including soul and indie pop, the band is fronted by 24 year-old Florence Welch. After releasing their debut album Lungs in 2009, the band rose to the top of the UK album charts, and began garnering worldwide success, appearing on American television series and performing at the 2010 MTV Music Video Awards. They are currently on their Lungs concert tour.

The pressure for “next big thing” bands is constantly running on high. With the music industry constantly churning out musical products, it’s refreshing to hear a novel sound arrive on the forefront. So soon after their debut album, Florence and the Machine’s place in the international spotlight has quickly garnered a large fan following. From the melodic beat to the organic inspiration, Florence’s tour provides the crowd with flair worthy of its’ attention.

At Sound Academy in Toronto, after two highly lack-luster performances by opening bands, the Florence’s arrival onstage at quarter to eleven sparked the crowd into a frenzy. After stellar appearances during last years’ Brit Awards and more recently, Dancing with the Stars, her fans have come to anticipate her flawless vocals. But what we’ve gotten used to seeing- more demure performances- no one can really anticipate how alive she becomes onstage.

From her first song to the last, Florence performing can only be described as pure spectacle. While the audience lost themselves in the capricious beat, none could compare to the singer’s infectious style. Dancing and quite literally prancing across the stage, I can vouch that every note sung carried a drive and passion almost too large for someone so small. One of the most incredible feats was Florence’s experimentation with her own vocal abilities, fluctuating the pitch of her voice to conclude most of her songs. The audience was reminded that Florence is no one-trick pony; the lady’s got lungs, and she’s not afraid to use them.

Florence’s set also manages to bring magic to a stage that easily could have fallen flat. While waiting the half hour before Florence graced the stage, I spent the time squinting in the dim light, trying to make out the design or pattern. When Florence finally arrived onstage at quarter to eleven, whatever conclusion I had made was swiftly thrown out the window. At each song, the lighting, synchronized to perfection with Florence’s flamboyant performance, was cast upon the screen each time to a unique effect. During the opener, Howl, I saw a tapestry of vines, during Cosmic Love, a farm field, and Dog Days Are Over, a forest; all imagery well-suited to Florence’s whimsical, naturalist vintage persona, and, if I may say, quite the trip.

While Florence and the Machine’s mostly alternative fans are mildly known for their easygoing behaviour at concerts, I can happily report that the audience’s response was anything but placid; for every song, the venue reverberated with the voices of the crowd, belting out tunes along with the ardent singer. It was easy to get swept up in the fiery delivery of the lyrics, and to say that it was an incredible experience is putting it mildly, especially when it was clear how tickled Florence was with her reception.

Expectations were high for Florence and the Machine, despite her considerable newcomer status. But from the stage to the set to the music and to the performance, hopefully Florence’s career will reflect her show; vibrant, colourful, and altogether spectacular.

You’ve Got the Love (The XX Remix) – Florence and the Machine

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- Steph Lauren

Show Preview: Say Anything and Motion City Soundtrack with Saves The Day and AGBOL @ Sound Academy 11/04

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This is one of the premiere Alternative/Pop Punk tours of the fall. Motion City Soundtrack and Say Anything have been wanting to tour with each other for years now, but factors such as album and touring circles just never lined up. While they did technically share the main stage for the Warped in 2008, this is the first co-headlining tour both bands are doing together. Each both bands share a similar fanbase but each have their own specific take on Alt/Pop Rock.

Both SA and MCS have received nothing short of rave reviews so far this tour. They swap the headlining spot every night and get between 60-75 minutes each. The last band gets a extra 1-2 songs with an encore.

Who: Say Anything and Motion City Soundtrack with Saves The Day, A Great Big Pile of Leaves as support

Why Should I Go?: This is one of the premiere Alternative/Pop Punk tours of the fall. Motion City Soundtrack and Say Anything have been wanting to tour with each other for years now, but factors such as album and touring circles just never lined up. While they did technically share the main stage for the Warped in 2008, this is the first co-headlining tour both bands are doing together. Each both bands share a similar fanbase but each have their own specific take on Alt/Pop Rock.

Both SA and MCS have received nothing short of rave reviews so far this tour. They swap the headlining spot every night and get between 60-75 minutes each. The last band gets a extra 1-2 songs with an encore.

Motion City Soundtrack brings a live performance that is unrivaled in the genre
Motion City Soundtrack has gained a reputation for being one of the best live shows you will see in the scene today from 8+years of relentless touring. As someone who has seen them 15 Times (16 on Thursday) You can expect the band to play 3-4 songs from each album. The Minneapolis quintet has been delighting fans by busting out rarities on this tour such as “Mary Without Sound”, “Throwdown”, and “Don’t Call It A Comeback”. Add this together with their hits and other surprises and you have about 15-17 songs each night depending if they are closing.

You can check out Motion City Soundtrack’s new video for “A Lifeless Ordinary” below. the band keeps making awesome music videos by coming up with great ideas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_sJbfUm4H8


Say Anything is a band that every single time you see them you can expect something interesting and different to occur. Rejuvenated Vocalist Max Bemis’ has been putting his passion and guts into the band’s live performance on this tour. Bemis is on a mission, but doesn’t forget to thank the fans for support. Through their own headliner for their self titled record last fall and a opening spot for Angels and Airwaves earlier in 2010, on this tour that Say Anything is kicking ass and taking names. Due to the departure of Alex Kent, Kenny Vasoli (The Starting Line/Person L) is filling in. You can expect a surprise at some point in the Say Anything set involving a side project one of the members of Saves The Day and SA are apart of.

To top things off, the two supporting acts are stellar.

Saves The Day (Who are done recording their new record Daybreak finally!) are in the second slot. After many lineup changes over the past bit. Chris Conley and company have their lineup together (who’s new drummer was Motion City Soundtrack’s old Drum Tech, Claudio Riveria) and are ready to take off and take the pop punk world by storm once again. They band has been squeezing a many songs as they can in the slot they have, being album to fit as many as 13 songs in.

A Great Big Pile of Leaves are the unknown band on this tour to most. While they have self-released a couple of Eps and one full lengths for free download since 2006 (Go and checkout their myspace! Http://myspace.com/agreatbigpileofleaves) this is a bad that is much different then the three other bands on tour. They bring a Indie Rock sound ala As Tall As Lions or Minus The Bear, tinging a bit of Jazz along the way. This tour will no doubt increase their fanbase at least three to four times the size it was before.You want to get to the venue early to make sure you catch these guys.

When: Thursday, November 4th(Tomorrow) Where: @Sound Academy in Toronto

Cost: $30

http://myspace.com/sayanything

http://myspace.com/motioncitysoundtrack

http://myspace.com/savestheday

http://myspace.com/agreatbigpileofleaves

-Patrick Walford

Concert Review: Vans Warped Tour 2010 – Montreal

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Hey what’s up everyone. This past summer I had the chance of a lifetime! I was chosen by MuchMusic to be their correspondent at the Montreal Warped tour stop. I interviewed some bands and reviewed the bands I saw.

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My Warped Tour journey started in Toronto catching some of the bands that would play montreal on Saturday. I would leave my house at 10pm on Friday Night to gain some ground until I got tired. I stopped in Cornwall around 4am and grabbed a pillow from the trunk and put my seat back to sleep for a few hours. Once I had stopped I had a hard time falling asleep. It was like it was my first warped tour all over again.

I had covered and interviewed bands at warped tour, but nothing on a scale of this importance! Having already interviewed Set Your Goals [they won the 2009 album of the year on my radioshow Rock The Walls and we had a hour special on them!], Bring Me The Horizon, and Every Time I Die I was feeling pretty comfortable. I was also so stoked to interview the guys in Parkway Drive. In my mind, they just released what will be one of the Metalcore albums of 2010. Go pick it up, it’s called Deep Blue! The entire day lived up to and exceeded expectations for this guy.

After waking up in Cornwall and eating some breakfast, it was off to Montre-al! We got into Montreal and i must say, you freakin’ frenchman have confusing signs. Just sayin’. Guess I should have taken more french classes in high school. Oh well.

Getting a extra ticket/pass into Warped Tour, it was another unique experience for me. Making the trip with me was my Dad. While it is generally considered “pretty lame!” to bring your parents alot with you, I thought this was something that would be rad for a father-son experience I would never forget. As my number one support in everything I do and it’s no different when it comes to my radioshow and interviewing bands. It wasn’t like he was going into it TOO blindly…he decided to check out one of the stops on Gig Life 2009 Tour that featured Four Year Strong and Set Your Goals last year. Needless to say, he had a idea of what to expect musically from each of the bands. I could have invited anyone of my friends but instead brought him. Don’t know if there are any dads out there that would be up to do that with their 20 year son. You are the best Dad!

Arriving in MTL at around 10 am, and having never been to Parc Jean Drapeau before, I had no idea it was in the middle of where the Formula 1 track was. Pretty cool to see!

One thing that I always dread/am excited for at Warped Tour is getting Inside and seeing the schedule. With so many great bands playing this year, I was expecting at least 3-4 conflicts between bands I wanted to catch. Thankfully, only two really came up. Every Time I Die started 20minutes before their buddies in Four Year Strong [check those guys out if you have not. They are on the cusp of exploding. New record is called Enemy Of The World! and Post-Hardcore band Enter Shikari with Motion City Soundtrack.

Upon figuring out my schedule, I decided to walk around with my dad to figure out where all the stages were. Cristopher Drew a.k.a NevershoutNever! Was playing on the Alternative Press Stage. As you would expect, all the 13-15year old girls were there in full force and losing their minds! Having heard a few songs off his record released in January, the expectations for his live performance were pretty low. Someone once said “He’s the poor man’s Justin Bieber”. Can’t say I disagree. I decided to watch for a song or two and I will be honest. The music came across alot better live in my opinion.

11:40 AM - The Snips

Straight from the Rose City of Welland, Ontario locals to my college town were on for the Toronto and Montreal Warped Tour dates. They played mostly songs off their Blackouts E.P including my personal favourite and the title track; Blackouts. If these dudes are in your neck of the woods, go catch them! Lead Singer Ricky Pridmore has a rad ‘stache too. Ricky, don’t shave that off dude.

11:55 PMThe Dillinger Escape Plan

Having been into D.E.P since the 10th grade of high school, I was excited to catch some of their set. On the back of the Warped Tour Stage Monitors it says “$100 dollar fine for any bands that jump off or climb on Monitors”. If they actually applied this to the dudes in Dillinger, those guys probably don’t have any money left for beer at this point in the tour. Vocalist Greg Puciato was the craziest of the bunch, climbing 25-30feet above ground on to the top of the amps at the left side of the stage near the end of their set. As it ended, they completely trashed their set up rockstar style. Badass!

12:50 PMEvery Time I Die

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Concert Review: Marina and the Diamonds

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Marina and the Diamonds is an indie pop band fronted by Welsh singer Marina Diamandis. Formed in 2007, Marina’s debut album, The Family Jewels, has received various praises from publications such as BBC Music and NME. Marina describes her image as “vintage, cheerleader, and cartoon”, and draws inspiration from a range of artists, including PJ Harvey and Dolly Parton.

“I fucking love you, Marina!”

They’re the first coherent words shouted from the crowd as Marina graces the stage at around half past nine in Toronto’s Opera House. While the crowd cheers away, the overly enthusiastic fan is only a few feet from my right, writhing in what appears to be orgiastic bliss. His girlfriend stands behind him, slightly embarrassed. The object of his obsession, decked in bright Ray-Bans, and black pajamas scattered with florescent pink hearts, smiles demurely and giggles from the stage.

This description pretty much sets the mood for the entirety of the concert. Marina, from the very start, is the centre of the crowd’s attention. While some of it may have to do with the solemnity that’s often apparent as she belts out her tunes (not unlike Lady Gaga’s deep and utter respect for the undying art that is pop), it is her sweet and playful persona that easily makes her an audience darling. Using props (including two glowing florescent hearts during her performance of I Am Not A Robot) and her own infectious enthusiasm, Marina very clearly tries to make up for an economic but basic stage set-up.

However lacking the aesthetic aspect of the show, the music is in top form. As an avid listener to the debut album, it’s kind of eerie how very studio the music sounds. Kicking off with The Outsider, the rest of the show revels in the same pop-alternative genre reminiscent of other British exports such as Mika and Lily Allen, with a foundation in a definitive eighties synth. Marina’s own warbling vocals sounds like it’s straight off the CD, delighting us fans with a piano rendition of Obsessions in her familiar style. In an escape for the normally hectic beat of her songs, Marina slowed down the last song of 3OH!3’s Starstrukk, making the chorus sound even more ridiculous as it does in its’ regular tempo. Though Marina and her band mates leave the stage, not two minutes later they return, for their, in my opinion, most sought after single, Mowgli’s Road. The crowd goes wild.

Though scarcity on stage values is a reality for all fledgling bands, there’s enough energy from the lead singer to forget the need for theatrics. Though always great on the IPod, Marina’s tunes are made to be played in a hall with eager fans and endless fervor.

The guy to my right would agree.

- Steph Lauren

Download:
Oh No! – Marina and the Diamonds (GRUM Remix) [MP3]:

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Shampain – Marina and the Diamonds [MP3]:

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MARCH 2010: CMW

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CANADIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL:

Starting today all across the Greater Toronto Area begins one of the city’s best music festival. Therefore, it is only suitable that I promote some of the following events that I will be attending and some that I wish I attended. All of these are local DJ’s and some of them will be appearing in my documentary. I hope everyone has a great week in the city of Toronto. And for those who aren’t in the city, you should come one day to check things out. Things are going to get crazy here.

EVENTS: Click on the event for more information

Wednesday, March 10th:
Nadastrom at Cobra w/ GG, Nasty Nav, & Jedi – CMW party 4 am last call

Thursday, March 11th:
Keys N Krates, Donnis, Grandtheft & Piper Davis – CMW @ Wrongbar

Saturday, March 12th:
DMT, John Roman, Harvard Bass & Wolfgang Gartner – The Faktory & CMW @ The Social

Redbull Thre3style Finals @ Sound Academy w/ A-Trak, Klever, Skratch Bastid, Rynecolgist, Golden Gloves, Meech, Bordello

I’m also throwing in some great tracks done by Golden Gloves. I did an interview with them two weeks ago, nicest guys out there. Definitely check out their MySpace.

Schlachthofbronx – Ayoba (Golden Gloves & Bordello Remix)

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Popof – Shades (Golden Gloves Dubstep Bootleg)

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Lil Mama – L.I.F.E. (Golden Gloves Remix)

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John Roman and Ben from Golden Gloves remix of Latin Fever in the Beatport Remix contest right now.

VOTE HERE FOR LATIN FEVER REMIX.

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