If there’s one thing to be said about Marie-Mai’s concert at the Centre Bell, her ninth in the metropolis, is that she certainly knows how to pack a punch. With impressive staging and lighting that rivals some of the bigger names the Centre Bell has seen, she kicked off her concert in flames, literally. The huge Miroir logo, the name of her most recent album as well as the name of the tour, was light up in flames as she performed C.O.B.R.A., the first single off her latest offering. She was also accompanied by a slew of tribal drummers and fire breathers. The crowd, filled mostly with pre-teen girls and their parents, was won over before the show even began. Montreal clearly loves Marie-Mai and her performance highlights all the reasons why. (more…)
French metal giants Gojira felt right at home at the CEPSUM on Saturday, interacting with the crowd in their mother tongue. The Montreal venue was almost at capacity and some say that Gojira could of headlined. The fans were really receptive and by the time the band was done with them, the level of insanity was volatile. That is until Slayer took to the stage. The white curtain dropped and frenzy ensued. A mosh-pit formed instantly and tons of people started crowd surfing. And although there was loads of action in the stands, the band remained fairly static onstage. But that did not seem to matter one bit to the fans who more than made up with their own energy. They fed off each guitar lick and drum beat Slayer threw at them and channeled it into pure chaos. (more…)
Paramore did their very best Monday night to fill the Centre Bell with their sound and energy, but there was only so much they could do with little over 4,000 tickets sold in a 21,000 seat venue. We definitely won’t hold this against them though; it is a well known shortcoming of the Montreal concert scene that it lacks a 5,000 seat venue. But all that aside, Hayley Williams was fearless on stage as her now trademark electric orange hair whipped the air with every kick and jump. With their 4th studio album being released last spring, Paramore now have a decent sized repertoire of songs they can use live to create and sustain their energetic vibe. Favorites like Crushcrushcrush and Misery Business made the cut with massive crowd approval. Paramore closed strong with Still Into You for an audience who couldn’t have been more thrilled. (more…)
Montreal’s very own Grand Lark packed the O Patro Vys with their faithful fans for their EP launch party last night. The five musicians played all the songs off their EP Afterglow, a cover of Hot Chip’s Boy From School and new tracks Hysteria’s Fool, Privacy’s Bliss, Height of Steel and Unintentional Baby Heart. They performed for just over an hour and the crowd was with them the whole time. It was a nice intimate setting with dim lights and a relaxed atmosphere, a perfect match for the quintet’s alternative folk. (more…)
It was last Tuesday that the Simple Plan Foundation hosted the 6th edition of its benefit concert at the Théâtre Corona Virgin Mobile. Entitled Simple Plan and Friends, the show started off with Les Trois Accords and even though their musical style is miles away from the Quebec quintuplet’s, the crowd seemed to eat it up. The artist Coeur de Pirate also came up on stage to warm up the masses. Then amidst screams and cheers, Simple Plan kicked off their set with Loser Of The Year, from the album Get Your Heart On, followed by two of their biggest hits, Welcome To My Life and Jet Lag, the latter with the help of Coeur de Pirate. (more…)
She kicked off Osheaga 2012 on the main stage only days after opening for Coldplay at the Centre Bell, opened for Marina and the Diamonds back in May of this year and is now back in Montreal for a rescheduled solo show at La Sala Rossa. Oh yeah, she also wrote a little ditty you might have heard of: Icona Pop’s global smasher I Love It. Yes I’m talking about 21 year old Charlotte Emma Aitchison, more commonly referred to as Charli XCX. We’ll get into how her solo show compares to her previous opening slots in a minute, but first let’s talk about opening band Kitten. (more…)
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Page Avenue, the guys of Story of the Year embarked on their Scream it Like You Mean it World Tour. Friday night, the band played in Montreal in front of eagerly awaiting fans at Club Soda. For Story of the Year, the objective of this tour was to play its 2003 iconic album in its entirety, front to back, with a few surprises. (more…)
After charming the hell out of Osheaga-goers back in August, Jessie Ware made a welcome return to Montreal on Tuesday at the Théâtre Corona Virgin Mobile for a notably more intimate set. Coming on stage wearing her huge trademark gold hoops and signature slicked back hair, the UK chanteuse wasted no time getting into the thick of things with the smooth jazz-infused number No To Love, and then immediately chatting up the crowd and grabbing some lucky fans’ hands. (more…)
Snoop Lion had dreads, but not Snoopzilla. No, Snoopzilla rocks an afro. That afro is one of several old-school aspects of the video for Faden Away. The track, the first from Snoop’s 7 Days of Funk collaborative project with producer Dâm-Funk, has a keytar beat that would make the 90s proud. And that goes well with the rest of the video, which has a very 80s-90s feel — from the camcorder quality video to the red leather jacket. Directed by Henry DeMaio, watch 7 Days of Funk party it up in Faden Away here. The self-titled album drops just in time for Christmas on December 10th.
Yoko Ono is apparently “a bad dancer, with no regrets” and a lot of popular friends. The singer and head of the Plastic Ono Band has released a new music video for track Bad Dancer, a track from her most recent album which features Mike D and Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys. The video is a who’s who of New York artists. On top of the two Beastie, Questlove, tUnE-yArDs, Reggie Watts, Nels Cline, Heems of Das Racist and several others make an appearance in the clip, and show off their own, often terrible moves. Simple, and good for a laugh, watch some of that bad dancing here.
After a set by electronic noise band Marijuana Deathsquads, that was intriguing to say the least, Poliça softly made their way to the Cabaret du Mile-End stage to little fanfare. By kicking off the night with Spilling Lines, a song off their recent sophomore album Shulamith, I was hoping we’d experience a show that highlighted the subtle but marked evolution of Poliça’s sound as a band. While unfortunately that was not the case, they did put on a solid performance that changed very little from the last time I saw them live in 2012. From diminutive singer Channy Leaneagh’s semi-awkward stage presence and dance moves, to the still impressive drummer duo of Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu, the staging of Poliça’s show was almost exactly the same; which isn’t bad by any means, but could definitely be enhanced by better visuals and lighting. (more…)
Metal lovers rejoiced as they were treated to a hefty double bill featuring Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage. These two metal heavyweights have shared the road more than once before and yesterday they added another night of carnage to their long list as tour mates. But just before the two headliners took control of the stage, Testament warmed up the crowd with a short set that packed a ton of punch. Then Killswitch Engage brought the level of insanity in the Metropolis up a few more notches. And the night would not have been complete without the infamous Wall of Death during Lamb of God’s Black Label, a moment that was long awaited by the hardcore fans. Not much could have been done to top that, and so the show ended. (more…)
If you like Franz Ferdinand, chances are your dad does too. That’s the conclusion, judging from the packed, multigenerational house at Metropolis last night. Fans of all ages waited eagerly for the lads from Glasgow to take the stage, which they did, right on time. And they came to play. With energy abounding from the opening number Bullet, the band radiated an atmosphere of fun. (more…)
Lets be honest, the Metropolis has seen larger crowds than the one last night. But given the fact that Papa Roach’s chart topping days are likely long gone, the turnout was decent and there was a slew of fresh faces crammed up near the stage chanting their name. The California alt rockers light up the venue with loads of energy going through their long list of hits spanning over a decade. Papa Roach closed strong with two singles Dead Cell and Last Resort off their massively popular record from 2000, Infest. (more…)
Show reviewers aren’t supposed to inject themselves into their reviews but I have to admit that other than knowing their name, I knew nothing else about Hollerado before their set at the Cabaret du Mile-End on Friday night. By the end of the show though, I was not only privy to some very touching and personal information, I was hooked – on their energy, their likeability and their sound. (more…)
Billy Talent brought their BT1 Turns 10 Tour to Metropolis for two nights of pure punk rock debauchery. In the 10 years since Billy Talent was released, the hard rocking boys from Mississauga received 21 awards and amassed a following large enough to fill the Centre Bell. They proved this back in April when they were last in Montreal, but this time around they chose a more intimate setting to perform in its entirety the record that started it all. This tour is definitely for the hardcore fans that have stuck around for the past decade, and I’m sure not a single one of them left those shows disappointed. After all, if there’s one thing Billy Talent have exceeded at over the years it’s live performances. (more…)