Tag: live music review

The Ups and Downs of a Young Music Festival – Three Days in Santa Teresa

Words and photos by Darryl Block Day 1: Feist On Friday, May 19, the Montreal suburb of Santa-Therese, Quebec, became the backdrop for the sophomore edition of the Santa Teresa Festival. The short downtown strip was gated off and invaded…

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Live Music Monday – Utopia At Massey Hall

Todd Rundgren’s Utopia performed their first Toronto concert in over 30 years at Massey Hall. Formed in 1974, Mr. Rundgren (a bona fidepop star by that point) wanted to explore the sonic realms of prog-rock. In doing so, he gathered…

Sammus at The Baby G

Cornell PhD student and rapper, Enongo Lumumba-Kasongonamed, named herself Sammus in honour of the famous Nintendo-based Metroid heroine, crafting music she refers to as “black girl nerd rap.” Hailing from Ithaca, New York, the talented artist headlined a set at Toronto’s…

Live Music Monday – The Darkness at the Phoenix

The charming excesses of The Darkness are very much alive and well. Teetering on 20 years since their explosive, and self-deprecating, debut Permission to Land strutted into the public consciousness, the musical landscape has all but left rock music behind….

Flashback Friday Live Music Edition – Ty Segall at the Danforth

Preaching the gospel of garage rock, prolific artist Ty Segall performed his latest, and most ambitious album, Freedom’s Goblin, to a sweaty contingent of keen Toronto crowd surfers. The atmosphere was suitably charged at the Danforth Music Hall as on-stage…

Titus Andronicus acoustic, Live at The Great Hall

Seeing a band like Titus Andronicus, at a venue like Toronto’s The Great Hall, makes you appreciate everything little thing that happens on stage. For their first-ever acoustic tour, leader Patrick Stickles stripped the band down to its elemental core….