Concert Reviews

REGINA SPEKTOR @ Cabaret

By Stephanie D - Twee Time - 04/08/2006

She is a vision of beauty: a young woman surrounded by Matryoshka dolls, a hot chick who drinks wine straight from the bottle. A sly smile is always planted upon her angelic face, radiating from her mouth and eyes. Regina, Regina ah ah ah. The Russian goddess with a Bronx edge.


NEKO CASE + The High Dials @ Club Soda

By Idle Matt - Idle Minds - 04/04/2006

If I had to describe last week’s Neko Case show at Club Soda in two words, it would be Goose-bump Inducing. I’ve had this opening sentence set in my mind for a while, so let’s just ignore the fact that goose-bump is technically two words. Please? (Editor's Note: Fine.)


FROSTBITE TOUR 2006 @ Spectrum

By Josh Mocle - The Kids Are So-So - 03/30/2006

Arriving at the Spectrum, one of Montreal’s premier rock venues, on the evening of March 30th, I suppose the first thing that occurred to me was the irony of attending a show with the word “frostbite” in its name on one of the warmest days in recent memory. My horrible sense of humor aside, I had been pretty excited for this show for some time and after a particularly hellish week at school, I was ready to kick back and hear some good ska and hardcore with a little straight-up punk rock mixed in for good measure. I can safely say that The Frostbite Tour delivered on most counts.


STELLASTARR* + THE EDITORS @ Cabaret

By Mike Bresciani - The Lonesome Strangers - 03/22/2006


STEREOLAB @ Cabaret La Tulipe

By Alex Huynh - Losing My Edge - 03/15/2006


THE SUBWAYS + The Shys @ La Sala Rossa

By Rami Nuseir - Morning Milk and Your Snooze Button - 03/09/2006


METRIC + Islands @ Metropolis

By Fraser D. McCallum - F-Train 120 - 03/01/2006

Montreal indie rock crowds can be pretty apathetic sometimes. In my experience, even when they are witnessing the most entertaining of big-name live performances, hipster concertgoers will rarely truly get into the show. This was not the case on March 1st at a sold-out Metropolis where Metric rocked the house. Although not the best sounding or most chatty that I’ve seen the band, Metric were energetic, dedicated and extremely tight, and the audience responded with feverish applause and danced from start to finish.


TINA DICO @ Petit Campus

By Christie Van der Burg - Black Tongue Radio - 03/06/2006


NADA SURF + Rogue Wave @ Cabaret

By Mike Bresciani - The Lonesome Strangers - 03/10/2006

There’s something so rewarding about seeing a show on a Friday night in Montreal. The week’s gone by and the countless amount work you put into those last five days just reinforces that sense of accomplishment. That is, unless you’re majoring in Communications studies, in which case you’ve probably learned nothing during the last 120 hours. Even so, one would like to think that this show has been in heavy anticipation, especially after spending a week analyzing useless films, discussing abstract art and learning about the deeper meaning behind De Certeau’s idea of “Railway Incarceration”… fun stuff.


BUCKFEST 5: Starbuck & Les Impuissants @ Le Playhouse

By Johnny Suck - Turn Down the Suck - 02/11/2006

Most of the time, the reason why I go to a show is for the music; other times I go to be cool, and every once in a while I go to see a 500-pound man swing a jug of water from his cock ring. The latter was why I made my way over to Le Playhouse on Saturday for Buckfest 5.


CONTROLLER.CONTROLLER + OK GO @ Cabaret

By Katie Seline - Wrong Side of the Bed - 02/02/2006


EVAN DANDO + John Kastner + Elizabeth Powell @ Main Hall

By Alex Huynh - Losing My Edge - 02/08/2006

Nostalgia being the obvious theme of the soirée, there was another common thread among the three artists on the bill: they were to be accompanied only by their own guitar. Often, this works great because of the added emotional resonance, the effect of a song laid bare and naked. Other times, it can simply be boring. With three sets with the same spartan layout, the risk of the latter ran dangerously high. Thankfully, nostalgia can be a powerful weapon.


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