Thursday, 30 July 2015

Bastard Noise - La Vitrola - July 30th 2015












Band : Bastard Noise
Venue : La Vitrola (Rrroooaaarrr)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : July 30th 2015
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
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Comments : I had never seen Bastard Noise before tonight and I was quite looking forward to see them. Their set was more ambient than what I would have thought and really enjoyable. It was also really nice to see a show at la Vitrola which does not finish too late for once.

Pharmakon - La Vitrola - July 30th 2015












Band : Pharmakon
Venue : La Vitrola (Rrroooaaarrr)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : July 30th 2015
Grade : 2/5

Setlist :
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Comments : It was my third time seeing Pharmakon in a year. Sadly, tonight’s performance did not quite meet my expectations. As the intensity was starting to build up, Margaret seemed to have some technical problems with a wire and decided to cut her set short. Dommage.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Xylouris White - Sala Rossa - July 7th 2015












Band : Xylouris White
Venue : Sala Rossa
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : July 7th 2015
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
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Comments : I really enjoyed their set opening for Swans a few months back and Goats was one of my favourite albums of last year, so I was really happy to be able to see them again. Once again I was not disappointed. Jim was magnificent as usual and the drums and luth blended together amazingly. At the end of the 90 minutes set, Thierry Amar joined them for a couple of songs. However, the hipster audience was annoying as hell. The band had specifically requested that the venue did not put chairs for people to sit during the show, so everyone sat on the bare floor and would not let you enjoy the show standing up because it was blocking their view. Go figure.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Elizabeth Anka Vajagic - La Vitrola - July 3rd 2015












Band : Elizabeth Anka Vajagic
Venue : La Vitrola
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : July 3rd 2015
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
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Comments : Another amazing performance by Elizabeth. I am really happy to see that she is performing more often and I really enjoy her new material.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Nels Cline & Julian Lage - Gesù - July 1st 2015












Band : Nels Cline & Julian Lage
Venue : Gesù (Festival International De Jazz De Montreal)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : July 1st 2015
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
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Comments : I have never been a Wilco fan (the only reason I went to see them back then was because Low was opening for them), but I always wanted to check out Nels Cline’s solo material live. It was also my very first time at Gesù, so I had no excuse to miss this one when we managed to score front row seats. It was a very nice experience, both guitar players being virtuoso. I was a bit less enthousiastic by some songs which sounded a bit too free jazz to my usual tastes, but I really enjoyed the performance a lot.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Thor Harris - Sala Rossa - June 28th 2015












Band : Thor Harris
Venue : Sala Rossa
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : June 28th 2015
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
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Comments : I had absolutely no clue that Thor had released some music on his own when I first heared about tonight's show. As a matter of fact, tonight was Thor's very first solo performance ! The evening started by a reading from his new book followed by an exhaustive discussion with the audience on depression, then (after two opening acts) the show itself. It was a great performance, and towards the end of his improvised set, Thor invited Insect Ark and Echo Beach to join him on stage for a grand final. A very nice evening !

Insect Ark - Sala Rossa - June 28th 2015












Band : Insect Ark
Venue : Sala Rossa
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : June 28th 2015
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
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Comments : I had been extremely disappointed by my first experience with Insect Ark, but I am quite happy there has been a second time. The duo formula seems to work nicely and the set was more dynamic and quite seamless this time. Quite enjoyable.