Saturday, 4 April 2015

Bill Nace - La Passe - April 4th 2015












Band : Bill Nace
Venue : La Passe
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : April 4th 2015
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a


Comments : While no local promoter bothers to bring us Body/Head, it was absolutely great to finally get to see Bill Nace in Montreal. As expected, it was a short (20 minutes) and abstract solo guitar set, sometimes noise, sometimes ambient, definitely enjoyable.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

1/4 Inch - O Patro Vys - April 1st 2015












Band : 1/4 Inch
Venue : O Patro Vys
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : April 1st 2015
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
n/a


Comments : It's been way too long since I saw these guys. Today, Eric & Nick performed as a duo without Mark. Their short and minimal 20 minutes set was part of the vernissage of Jeremy Gordaneer's exhibition called "Reverse Panorama". A very enjoyable, early and free event, and also my very first time at O Patro Vys.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Philip Glass - Maison Symphonique De Montreal - March 7th 2015












Band : Philip Glass
Venue : Maison Symphonique De Montreal
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : March 7th 2015
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
Concerto Fantasy (Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal)
Vers Où L’oiseau Migrera ? (Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal)
Jaan E Maryam (Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal)
La Péri (Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal)
Mad Rush (Philip Glass)


Comments : I was extremely lucky to score a couple of tickets for tonight's very sold out concert. I don't usually attend classical concerts so tonight was my first (and probably only ?) time at Maison Symphonique. Nevertheless, the venue is absolutely beautiful and the sound is really great. It is also extremely enjoyable to sit through a whole show without anyone talking. I was a bit disappointed that Philip Glass did not join the OSM when they performed Concerto Fantasy, but watching him play Mad Rush was definitely worth it.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Thisquietarmy - La Passe - February 28th 2015












Band : Thisquietarmy
Venue : La Passe
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : February 28th 2015
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a


Comments : Eric is going to play a couple of shows in Asia where he can not bring a whole suitcase of pedals with him, so tonight was a kind of warmup set with a minimalist set up (a couple of pedals and a laptop). I found the result more ambiant than usual, but still very enjoyable despite the late hour. Towards the end of the set a girl started to do some impromptu interpretative dance on the music and it was quite embarassing to watch.

Drub - La Passe - February 28th 2015












Band : Drub
Venue : La Passe
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : February 28th 2015
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a


Comments : Tonight was definitely my least favourite Drub show. The venue is definitely so much nicer than Brasserie Beaubien, but there was no real complementarity between Dave's electronics and Max's bass. Not a bad show at all but something seemed to be missing.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Swans - Le National - February 19th 2015












Band : Swans
Venue : Le National
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : February 19th 2015
Grade : 5/5

Setlist :
Frankie M
A Little God In My Hands
The Cloud Of Unknowing
Just A Little Boy (For Chester Burnett)
I Forget
Bring the Sun / Black Hole Man


Comments : It was absolutely great to have the Swans back in Montreal 8 months after their last show here and the venue was more packed than the last time. The set was actually quite different and seemed even more intense. Swans remain one of my favourite bands to see live and tonight's concert was an amazing experience as usual.

Xylouris White - Le National - February 19th 2015












Band : Xylouris White
Venue : Le National
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : February 19th 2015
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
n/a


Comments : Goats was one of my top 5 albums of 2014 and I wanted to see Xylouris White for quite a while, so having them opening for Swans on this tour was like the cherry on the cake. A really great show as expected. I stood right in front of Jim White and spent most of their 40 minutes set staring at his magic arms moving like tentacles. I hope to see them again soon !