Concert Reviews

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.

CURSED + Cancer Bats + Commando + Compton @ La Sala Rossa

By Angelica - BVST - 01/06/2006

After three long months of hibernation, I decided that seeing Cursed with Cancer Bats at La Sala Rossa would be the perfect antidote to the winter blues. Maybe I should have stayed home. Cursed were brilliant, of course, but I had no doubts about that. It's just too bad that they’re a hardcore band. If they weren't, perhaps going to their shows would be less about defending the scene, and more about rocking the fuck out. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

FEIST + Paso Mino @ Metropolis

By Christie Van der Burg - Black Tongue Radio - 01/17/2006


By Antonella Fratino - The Siamese Libertines - 12/02/2005

NADA SURF @ La Sala Rossa

By Cara Ventura - Classified - 10/11/2005

There is something to be said for having the uncanny ability to tell a story with a song...

...and here comes the Weezer comparison (“in the second sentence?”, you may ask. Yes). Pinkerton was a painstakingly written album. The ups and downs of love and life -- dare I say high/lows -- were documented with an ingenuity and heart-on-sleeve mentality that was at once explorative and concise. The balance is devastating. As a side note, the album is so personal -- and the poor initial reception was taken so personally -- that Rivers Cuomo and company never perform tracks off of said album live.

JAMES BLUNT + Sarah Blasko @ Café Campus

By Trevor Kiernander - Ones and Zeroes - 10/31/2005

Please take this review with a grain of salt, as I am fully aware of the star power that this artist has recently garnered...


By Antonella Fratino - The Siamese Libertines - 06/03/05

Just when you think that Jimmy (a.k.a. Urine) and his posse from NYC have weathered themselves out, the band comes to town once again to rock, jeer, perturb and ostensibly screw with a host of salaciously irate adolescents, giving Montreal one more hit of the schizophrenic joyride that is specifically Mindless Self Indulgence.


By Louis Rozza - Hooked On Sonics - 11/14/2005

NASHVILLE PUSSY + Bionic @ Café Campus

By Dallas Richter - Dont Mess With Dallas - 10/05/2005

SPOON @ Club Soda

By Alex Huynh - Losing My Edge - 11/02/2005