Show Review: Local Natives at The Danforth Music Hall

By Hazel Sands, Feature Photo via The Fader For the first time in three and a half years, Local Natives graced Toronto with their presence. During this leg of the tour, the opening act is the Montreal-based Little Scream, whose energy and charisma were more than enough to make up for the tech issues and lack … Continue reading

Show Review: Tim Darcy At The Drake Hotel

Story & Photos by Tyson Moll, 
Just as Wiarton’s prophecy was coming to pass, I moseyed down below the Drake Hotel, one of the most beautiful venue spaces I’ve had the chance to experience in the city. After the packed-as-sardines Homeshake concert a couple months back in the now retired Silver Dollar, it was great … Continue reading

Show Review: Cass McCombs At The Horseshoe Tavern

By Harry Myles, Feature Photo via Exclaim! A cheer came from the crowd as the bassist, drummer, keyboardist, and bongo player walked on stage. An unassuming man clad in a black button down shirt, ill-fitting mid-2000s jeans, and black sneakers followed soon after, armed with an electric guitar. Cass McCombs would take the audience of … Continue reading

Show Review: G.L.O.S.S. At The Velvet Underground

By Grace Guimond, Feature Photo via Chart Attack G.L.O.S.S.—an acronym for “Girls Living Outside Society’s Shit”—are a four-piece from Olympia, Washington. They are also one of the most talked about bands in the DIY hardcore punk scene over the past year and a half. In twenty months, they’ve released their demo—which exploded onto the DIY scene … Continue reading

Show Review: Gallant At The Mod Club

By Isaac Fox, Feature Photo via Twitter I wasn’t expecting to see Gallant live. Prior to Monday night, I had only heard two of his songs: the 2015 R&B slow-jam “Weight In Gold” and the new duet “Skipping Stones,” with Jhene Aiko. After my younger brother (who’s sung Gallant’s praises to me all summer) accidentally bought … Continue reading

Show Review: Jenny Hval At The Drake Hotel

By Kalina Nedelcheva, Photos by Elise Bertin *Generally, music critics go into a show with all kinds of preconceived notions—they have a pretty educated guess as to what to expect. I tried extending myself beyond this bias by arriving at the Drake Hotel without any knowledge of who Jenny Hval is or what style of music she … Continue reading

Show Review: Angel Olsen At Lee’s Palace

By Alekzia Hosein, Feature Photo via PitchPerfect//taken by Amanda Marsalis Angel Olsen played two sold out shows in Toronto over this past weekend. Sunday night’s show at Lee’s Palace drew a crowd of around five hundred turtlenecked fans, many of whom have followed her from her emotive folky beginnings to the upbeat poppy sound of … Continue reading

Show Review: Coldplay At The First Niagara Center

Story and Photos By Felipe Vallejo As I was waiting in line at the border, all I could think about was the concert I was about to experience. It had been four years since I last saw Coldplay, when they came to Toronto for their Head Full Of Dreams tour. It had been one of … Continue reading

Show Review: Leftover Crack At The Opera House

By Grace Guimond, Feature Photo via FTLoP//taken by Dawn Wilson The last time NYC crust-punks Leftover Crack tried to come to Canada, in 2007, they didn’t make it across the border due to priors, with lead vocalist Scott “Stza” Sturgeon proclaiming, “I’ll be back up to Canada, they wish they could keep me from sneaking into their … Continue reading

Show Review: PUP At The Phoenix Concert Theatre

By Grace Guimond, Feature Photo via MusicNerd PUP may be the most relevant band in Toronto right now. Formed in 2013 by childhood friends Stefan Babcock, Nestor Chumak, Zack Mykula, and Steve Sladkowski, the band played anywhere and everywhere –  from spaces as public as the Toronto Public Library’s Yorkville branch to the city’s underbelly, in … Continue reading