— Wrote about The xx’s show at Massey Hall on Tuesday night for the National Post. Read it here.
Wrote some words for the Post on the How To Dress Well show at the Great Hall last week. I only recently got into this Tom Krell’s music (see below), but this guy has some serious pipes. He also sang a snippet of Kanye’s Cruel Summer contribution (with R. Kelly), “To The World”, which was pretty awesome. The photo that ran with this article is courtesy of Kristian Pedersen.
— I saw Bloc Party for the second time this year on Monday night at Toronto’s beautiful Danforth Music Hall and wrote some words about it for the National Post. I also tried to defend the band’s latest album, Four, which received some less-than-favourable reviews. My friend Ryan also took some great photos of Kele Okereke & Co. which you can check out here.
Most normal people slept after NXNE. I turned around and reviewed a pretty great Mogwai show for National Post. Then I slept for about twelve hours straight.
Here’s my five cents on Santigold’s show at the Kool Haus Tuesday night for the Post (which included an appearance from the horse pictured above). If you haven’t already listened to her excellent new album, Master Of My Make-Believe, then you should get on that.
Here’s something I wrote for the National Post about the Toronto and Canadian acts playing Coachella this year. While Feist and The Weeknd declined my interview requests, I ended up talking to The Airplane Boys, The Sheepdogs and Zeds Dead. Thiswas my first Post article to appear in print and I’m pretty proud of it.
Image Credit: Steve Murray
Story of my life. Such shitty coffee and yet I can’t stop drinking it.
I defended Austra’s Feel It Break, Dirty Beaches’ Badlands, Smith Westerns’ Dye It Blonde and Yuck’s self-titled debut album in National Post’s album of the year readers’ poll. I think the top ten albums will be announced early next week, but in the meantime, feel free to read my comments and the picks from the rest of the Arts & Life staff. I’d also like to let it be known that I do not support the inclusion of Adele and Lady Gaga in this long list.
Forgot about posting this one as well.
My National Post review of the sweaty dance party that everyone’s favourite Montreal electro-funk duo Chromeo started with their show at Sound Academy last week. Dave 1 and P-Thugg tweeted me after I posted the link to the review so that was pretty cool.
I’m not sure how many people actually read these reviews, but here’s another regardless. Not mentioned in this review: how incredibly, incredibly hungover I was from the night before. This show also made me recall listening to my roommate’s vinyl copy of The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place on lazy Sunday afternoons in second year. Good times.
Here’s another review I wrote for the National Post about Weezy’s Toronto show. It was pretty entertaining.