Friday, October 18, 2019

Heavy weather

Wednesday I sloshed over to the House of Targ for some stoner rock action (full disclosure, I was invited by the nice folks at Asher Media, but I would have gone anyway). Albertans Chron Goblin and Black Mastiff both have new albums out, and have been crossing the nation bringing riffs to the people. Up first, Calgary crew Chron Goblin. Here's singer (and album cover artist) Josh!

Chron Goblin at House of Targ

Bass action with Richard!

Chron Goblin at House of Targ

Guitar action with Devin!

Chron Goblin at House of Targ

Gripping action!

Chron Goblin at House of Targ

Brett hits!

Chron Goblin at House of Targ

Extra Devin!

Chron Goblin at House of Targ

Bonus Brett!

Chron Goblin at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Chron Goblin at House of Targ

Chronic action!

Chron Goblin at House of Targ

On to Black Mastiff, killer as always. Here's Bobby!

Black Mastiff at House of Targ

Clay sings!

Black Mastiff at House of Targ

Allan hits!

Black Mastiff at House of Targ

Bobby sings!

Black Mastiff at House of Targ

More Clay!

Black Mastiff at House of Targ

Allan sings!

Black Mastiff at House of Targ

Singalong action!

Black Mastiff at House of Targ

A heavy night out.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Heads and hounds

In the middle of September I hobbled over to the House of Targ for some Peterborough rock action. Punk trio Cross Dog have a new album out (on Ottawa's Uncle D records, of course), and were touring with fellow Peterboroughlians Mokomokai. First up, though, was local doom combo Black Galaxy (who will also be at Targ this Saturday, opening for The Well). Here's Jimmy on vocals!

Black Galaxy at House of Targ

Josh takes a break from dishing out perogies!

Black Galaxy at House of Targ

Bass action with Mark!

Black Galaxy at House of Targ

Guitar action with Dave!

Black Galaxy at House of Targ

Happy Josh action!

Black Galaxy at House of Targ

Headbanging Dave action!

Black Galaxy at House of Targ

More Mark!

Black Galaxy at House of Targ

Extra Jimmy!

Black Galaxy at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Black Galaxy at House of Targ

Next up, some classic metal sounds from Mokomokai. Here's J.J.!

Mokomokai at House of Targ

Spikey and leathery action with John!

Mokomokai at House of Targ

Flying V action with Bobby!

Mokomokai at House of Targ

John sings!

Mokomokai at House of Targ

Jeremy sings!

Mokomokai at House of Targ

And so on!

Mokomokai at House of Targ

Bonus Bobby!

Mokomokai at House of Targ

More John!

Mokomokai at House of Targ

More J.J.!

Mokomokai at House of Targ

Metal action!

Mokomokai at House of Targ

Cross Dog's latest is Hollow, and as usual the band played a ripping set. Here's Tracy!

Crosss Dog at House of Targ

Closeup action!

Crosss Dog at House of Targ

Mikey hits!

Crosss Dog at House of Targ

Mark sings!

Crosss Dog at House of Targ

Dogged action!

Crosss Dog at House of Targ

Hairy action!

Cross Dog at House of Targ

The whole lot!

Cross Dog at House of Targ

Roof-raising action!

Cross Dog at House of Targ

Very cool stuff.

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Time after time

Way back on Sept. 5 I toddled over to the House of Targ for some classic Canadian supergroup action. Ian Blurton (of Change of Heart, C'mon and Public Animal, among others) has a new combo, pseudonymously titled Ian Blurton's Future Now, and it might just be his best one yet. First up, Glenn Milchem (of Holy Fuck and Blue Rodeo) played some solo stuff.

Glenn Milchem at House of Targ

Guitar action!

Glenn Milchem at House of Targ

Glenn sings some more!

Glenn Milchem at House of Targ

Next up, Espanola. This is the project fronted by Aaron Goldstein, who's best known for being a go-to steel guitarist in Toronto; he's popped up on the blog before as part of Huron (who also backed Ian for his Happy Endings show at Targ) and accompanying Daniel Romano.

Espanola at House of Targ

Glenn hits!

Espanola at House of Targ

Anna Ruddick on bass - she's also in City and Colour and is definitely an ace on her instrument.

Espanola at House of Targ

And of course Ian helps out on guitar.

Espanola at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Espanola at House of Targ

Extra Anna and Aaron!

Espanola at House of Targ

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol hit the stage next. Here's Scott on trumpet!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

Keyboard action with Jason!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

Guitar action with Bill!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

Bass action with Nate!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

More Scott and Bill!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

More guitar with Dave!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

John hits!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

Fisheye action!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

And so on!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

And finally a bit more Dave.

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

Ian Blurton's Future Now absolutely killed it. I dare say this quartet is the four most technically proficient musicians he's assembled (and yes, it is himself, Aaron, Anna and Glenn again). First off, some hand percussion with Glenn!

Ian Blurton's Future Now at House of Targ

Ian sings!

Ian Blurton's Future Now at House of Targ

Bass action with Anna!

Ian Blurton's Future Now at House of Targ

Glenn sings!

Ian Blurton's Future Now at House of Targ

Flying V action!

Ian Blurton's Future Now at House of Targ

More Ian!

Ian Blurton's Future Now at House of Targ

Anna sings!

Ian Blurton's Future Now at House of Targ

More Glenn!

Ian Blurton's Future Now at House of Targ

An absolutely killer set!