Saturday, September 24, 2016

Skreedle town

The middle of the month saw both this year's edition of CityFolk (still featuring the occasional folk band) and the second edition of Skreedlemania, with non-stop skreedling starting with Slo' Tom, whose band has a new CD out Oct. 22. Here's Tom!

Slo' Tom at House of Targ

Rey sings!

Slo' Tom at House of Targ

Rob jumps about!

Slo' Tom at House of Targ

Jon hits!

Slo' Tom at House of Targ

Singalong actioN!

Slo' Tom at House of Targ

More Rey!

Slo' Tom at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Slo' Tom at House of Targ

Microphone-sharing action!

Slo' Tom at House of Targ

Patrick Shanks has appeared on this blog many a time (with bands such as The Solid Senders and The Glads, as well as solo as Merle Knurling), and played the House of Targ just a few weeks ago opening for Les Deuxluxes. Here he is again with Chris and Jon, performing under the name Shanker and The Frontenacs. Here's Chris!

Shanker and The Frontenacs at House of Targ

Grimacing action!

Shanker and The Frontenacs at House of Targ

Chris sings!

Shanker and The Frontenacs at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Shanker and The Frontenacs at House of Targ

More guitar with Patrick!

Shanker and The Frontenacs at House of Targ

And so on!

Shanker and The Frontenacs at House of Targ

More Chris!

Shanker and The Frontenacs at House of Targ

Jon sings!

Shanker and The Frontenacs at House of Targ

The Glorious Moonrockets were up next, with Shawn filling out the band's ever-revolving drum seat.

Glorious Moonrockets at House of Targ

Chris sings!

Glorious Moonrockets at House of Targ

Ross jumps about!

Glorious Moonrockets at House of Targ

Glorious action!

Glorious Moonrockets at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Glorious Moonrockets at House of Targ

Extra Shawn!

Glorious Moonrockets at House of Targ

Head-to-head action!

Glorious Moonrockets at House of Targ

Close-up action!

Glorious Moonrockets at House of Targ

Hair-shaking action!

Glorious Moonrockets at House of Targ

Telecomo rounded the night off with some very Velvet Underground/Les Railizzes Denudes-sounding tunes. Here's Adam!

Telecomo at House of Targ

Jumping about with Gary!

Telecomo at House of Targ

Pat hits!

Telecomo at House of Targ

More Adam!

Telecomo at House of Targ

Extra Gary!

Telecomo at House of Targ

Even more Adam and Pat!

Telecomo at House of Targ

A nice variety of rock, country and skreedle.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Black buildings

San Francisco heavy metal trio Castle have a new album out, To The Graveyard, and are touring to promote it across Canada - they were in Kelowna yesterday, after a hike across the prairies, and are heading back eastward after some more dates in British Columbia. For their Ottawa stop Black Tower and BlackBread were recruited to fill out the heavy bill.  Here's Dave from Black Tower!

Black Tower at House of Targ

Erin sings!

Black Tower at House of Targ

Extra Dave!

Black Tower at House of Targ

Rhythm section action with Skotty!

Black Tower at House of Targ

Guitar action with Erin!

Black Tower at House of Targ

Ceiling-examining action with Skotty!

Black Tower at House of Targ

Shouty Skotty action!

Black Tower at House of Targ

The whole lot!

Black Tower at House of Targ

BlackBread also played an excellent set, one of their tightest yet to my ears, with Megan being in particularly fine form. Here's Megan and Yogi!

BlackBread at House of Targ

Rhythm section action with Adam and Ian!

BlackBread at House of Targ

More Megan!

BlackBread at House of Targ

Yogi frets!

BlackBread at House of Targ

Adam hits!

BlackBread at House of Targ

Gripping action!

BlackBread at House of Targ

Extra Ian and Adam!

BlackBread at House of Targ

The whole lot!

BlackBread at House of Targ

Castle put on a dynamite show - this is an outfit that always brings their A-game. Despite a few technical difficulties at the end, things really moved, and Liz has a ton of stage presence.

Castle at House of Targ

Guitar action with Mat!

Castle at House of Targ

Hair-tossing action!

Castle at House of Targ

Extra Liz!

Castle at House of Targ

Liz sings!

Castle at House of Targ

Growly vocal action with Mat!

Castle at House of Targ

Fist-pumping action!

Castle at House of Targ

Percussive action!

Castle at House of Targ

Extra Mat and Liz!

Castle at House of Targ

The shouty bit!

Castle at House of Targ

More cymbal!

Castle at House of Targ

More Mat!

Castle at House of Targ

And so on!

Castle at House of Targ

The whole lot!

Castle at House of Targ

Closeup action!

Castle at House of Targ

Mat sings some more!

Castle at House of Targ

Headbanging action!

Castle at House of Targ

Faceoff actioN!

Castle at House of Targ

After that Liz busted a string so she borrowed Ian's bass for the last couple of songs.

Castle at House of Targ

A definite high point of the year.