Concert Reviews

Death from Above 1979 @ Metropolis

Presented by Evenko and Blue Skies Turn Black

A decade later, Death from Above 1979 turn it out at Metropolis

I never thought I'd get to experience a bona fide reunion tour while I was still in my twenties, but if it was going to happen for anyone, it would be Death From Above 1979.

Skinny Puppy @ Metropolis

Presented by Evenko and Greenland Productions

Photo by Greg Cristman

Allah-Las + Tashaki Miyaki @ Café Campus

Presented by Greenland Productions

"The best soundtrack to the best road trip through the desert I have never taken."

Nils Frahm @ Metropolis

Photo by Alexander Schneider

Nils Frahm is one of those artists that most don't know about, and if you do, then you are probably a major devotee! I was reminded of this phenomenon this past Saturday during M for Montreal. Nils has played in Montreal a handful of times, including sold out shows at Mutek. I tried to catch his set the last time earlier this year, but, alas, it was sold out. I was thrilled to be able to see him, at Metropolis no less, where his minimalist ambient sound was fully enhanced with their incredible sound system.

Pop d'Époque: Ohara + Hua Li @ Société des arts technologiques


OHara and Hua Li at the SATosphere for Le Pop D'époque's Party Like It's 1699, and M for Montreal, November 19th, 2014

This night was a full sensory experience. If you have never been to the dome at the SAT, that is step one in the sensory immersion. It is as it sounds, a giant domed room at the top of the SAT building. It is outfitted by teams of projectors and a top notch surround sound system. This performance utilized every inch of the space, in an almost overwhelming, yet fully-engaging feast at every level.

Shaheed & DJ Supreme @ Lit Lounge, New York City

CMJ Music Marathon Communicating Vessels Showcase

Black Dahlia Murder + Suicide Silence + Chelsea Grin @ Club Soda

Presented by Extensive Enterprise

Well, well, well. Another autumn rolls around and you Montreal metal fans generally know what that means: The Black Dahlia Murder returns. This time around, the crazy fellows co-headlined a set with Suicide Silence, supported by openers Chelsea Grin and Alterbeast at Club Soda on October 7th. Unleash the Miasma and let your veins jolt back to life (pushing the fluids of the damned and all that song reference jazz).

SBTRKT @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre

Presented by Electro | Osheaga

SBTRKT (pronounced "subtract"), also known as Aaron Jerome, was in Montreal on Thursday, October 30th at the Corona Theatre doing a DJ set and playing the piano. He was supported by two drummers, and one played the tambourine. Going for his usual anonymous look, SBTRKT wore an elusive ceremonial tribal mask (designed by "Hidden Place") representing the spiritual panther-esque animal featured on his albums.

Royal Canoe + The Elwins + APigeon @ La Sala Rossa

Presented by Indie Montreal

Has anyone out there heard of Indie Montreal yet? It is a great local organization that promotes indie bands from all over Canada. On October 30th I went to their showcase at La Sala Rossa with headliners Royal Canoe supported by The Elwins and APigeon.

Eluveitie + Týr + Metsatöll @ Théâtre Corona Virgin Mobile

Man, soggy autumns make my bones itch to run through the misty woods by moonlight, naked as a jaybird and drunk as a skunk. Fortunately, we as a species have devised many canny outlets for such urges, and so on Saturday, October 18th I brought my primal hindbrain on down to the Corona Theatre for an evening of folk-metal fun times. The fact that I came back alive should not be taken as disparagement.

Ronnie Spector's Beyond the Beehive @ The Rialto Theatre

Presented by POP Montreal, Cult MTL, and the Montreal International Jazz Festival

As an avid fan of biographies and autobiographies about some of the world's most interesting people (Martin Luther King, Sidney Poitier, Winston Churchill, to name a few), one can only imagine my joy when I found out that I had secured some tickets to the Ronnie Spector show at The Rialto Theatre on September 19, 2014. Ronnie Spector was billed as part of the 2014 edition of POP Montreal, and that news was in all the papers, both mainstream and local.

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats: Riffs and Wailing

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats + Danava @ Bar le "Ritz" P.D.B presented by Greenland Productions and Evenko

Salif Keita en concert à l'Olympia de Montreal

En soutien à la Salif Keita Global Foundation

Salif Keita, surnommé le rossignol de la musique Mandingue, ou encore la voix d'or d'Afrique, est a la fois Prince, albinos et chanteur. Il a également les mêmes initiales que Soundiata Keita, l'un des héros de l'épopée Mandingue. Cette épopée est chantée par les griots qui sont de cette culture.