Sunday, February 19, 2017

Just the voice

I had quite a few options last Friday, but I decided to head over to Bar Robo for something a bit different from my usual guitar-rock, a show without any guitars, or any musical instrument beyond the human voice. Heather Sita Black was headlining, with local throat-singing duo Silla in support. Here's Charlotte and Cynthia starting things off.

Silla at Bar Robo

And so on! Their collaboration with Rise Ashen has been nominated for a JUno.

Silla at Bar Robo

They included a competition song, and there was quite a bit of giggling.

Silla at Bar Robo

Heather Sita Black did a fantastic job singing with The Visit at their Pressed show about a year ago. Her solo improv vocal work was also quite impressive.

Heather Sita Black at Bar 
Robo

Gesticulating action!

Heather Sita Black at Bar Robo

And so on!

Heather Sita Black at Bar Robo

She does know how to work a stage.

Heather Sita Black at Bar Robo

She brought Silla back on for a couple of shorter works.

Heather Sita Black with Silla at Bar 
Robo

A lovely evening of music.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Horsing around

Thursday I trudged through the bitter cold to House of Targ to warm my ears with some indie-rocking. The bill featured local Velvets fans Telecomo, West Enders The Stringers and Toronto's Pony. Things started off with Telecomo, who I thought were sounding even more like Japan's Les Rallizes Denudes. Here's Adam Saikaley!

Telecomo at House of Targ

And here's the other side of a blurry Adam, with Pat and Gary!

Telecomo at House of Targ

And so on!

Telecomo at House of Targ

Pat hits!

Telecomo at House of Targ

More Gary!

Telecomo at House of Targ

Faceoff action!

Telecomo at House of Targ

Gary works the crowd!

Telecomo at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Telecomo at House of Targ

Jumping about!

Telecomo at House of Targ

More rhythm!

Telecomo at House of Targ

On to The Stringers! Here's guitarist Kyle!

The Stringers at House of Targ

Vocal action with Marco!

The Stringers at House of Targ

Percussive action with Nick!

The Stringers at House of Targ

Clapping action!
The Stringers at House of Targ

Rhythm section action with bassist Jordan!

The Stringers at House of Targ

More guitar!

The Stringers at House of Targ

Extra Jordan!

The Stringers at House of Targ

Bonus Kyle!

The Stringers at House of Targ

Stringy action!

The Stringers at House of Targ

Singalong action!

The Stringers at House of Targ

Kyle sings!

The Stringers at House of Targ

And so on!

The Stringers at House of Targ

Extra Nick!

The Stringers at House of Targ

Pony finished things off with some bouncy guitar pop. Here's guitarist Stephen!

Pony at House of Targ

Sam sings! There was a lot of pre-show braising going on, apparently.

Pony at House of Targ

Matt hits!

Pony at House of Targ

Singalong action with Eva!

Pony at House of Targ

Extra Matt!

Pony at House of Targ

More Stephen!

Pony at House of Targ

More Sam!

Pony at House of Targ

Sam sings some more!

Pony at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Pony at House of Targ

Equine action!

Pony at House of Targ

The whole lot!

Pony at House of Targ

The shouty bit!

Pony at House of Targ

And finally a bit more Eva and Matt!

Pony at House of Targ

A good way to spend a chilly night.

Running hot and cold

A week ago I headed over to the Dominion for a big dose of 1980s nostalgia, with a trio of acts that had me thinking of British groups like The Jesus & Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and New Order. First on stage was Billy Moon, a band from Hamilton. They've professed their admiration for bands like Jeff The Brotherhood, and I definitely heard that in their set. Here's frontman Graham!

Billy Moon at Dominion Tavern

Percussive action!

Billy Moon at Dominion Tavern

Lunar action!

Billy Moon at Dominion Tavern

More lunar action!

Billy Moon at Dominion Tavern

And so on!

Billy Moon at Dominion Tavern

Amplifier-standing action!

Billy Moon at Dominion Tavern

Extra Graham!

Billy Moon at Dominion Tavern

Graham goes down!

Billy Moon at Dominion Tavern

Onfiilm brought a crowd to the stage - two dancers in addition to the quartet of musicians - and played some deadpan fuzz rock while swathed in a video projection. Here's guitar action with Colin!

Onfiilm at Dominion Tavern

Frontman Jordan sings!

Onfiilm at Dominion Tavern

A shadowy dancer, Monkeyjunk's Matt and more guitar!

Onfiilm at Dominion Tavern

More dancing!

Onfiilm at Dominion Tavern

Extra Colin!

Onfiilm at Dominion Tavern

I busted out the flash for a couple of shots; that's bassist Ryan at right. The dancers are Zoe and Tess.

Onfiilm at Dominion Tavern

Filmy action!

Onfiilm at Dominion Tavern

Extra Tess and Ryan!

Onfiilm at Dominion Tavern

Even more Jordan!

Onfiilm at Dominion Tavern

The view from the side of the stage!

Onfiilm at Dominion Tavern

And so on!

Onfiilm at Dominion Tavern

Extra Matt!

Onfiilm at Dominion Tavern

Heat has been getting boffo reviews for their live show, and with a new album, Overnight, out late January I dare say we're going to be hearing about them a lot more in the months to come. I hear a lot of New Order in their sound. Here's singer Susil and drummer Alex!

Heat at Dominion Tavern

Bass action with Raphael!

Heat at Dominion Tavern

Guitar action with Matthew!

Heat at Dominion Tavern

Alex hits!

Heat at Dominion Tavern

Guitar action with Susil!

Heat at Dominion Tavern

More Matthew!

Heat at Dominion Tavern

More smoke!

Heat at Dominion Tavern

Singalong action!

Heat at Dominion Tavern

Heated action!

Heat at Dominion Tavern

The whole lot!

Heat at Dominion Tavern

Feedback action!

Heat at Dominion Tavern

Pretty impressive!