Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tall tales

Back in early July I hopped over to Pressed to check out a triple bill headlined by travelling Connecticut crew Ports of Spain. Teenage Fiction and Yarns were also on hand to help offer up a varied listening experience. Yarns were up first.

Yarns at Pressed

Keyboard action!

Yarns at Pressed

Ukulele action!

Yarns at Pressed

Ports of Spain were on next, showing off some fine melodic songcraft. Here's guitarist Ilya!

Ports of Spain at Pressed

Percussive action with Sam!

Ports of Spain at Pressed

More Ilya!

Ports of Spain at Pressed

Sam sings!

Ports of Spain at Pressed

The whole lot!

Ports of Spain at Pressed

Teenage Fiction tied a bow on it with some more duo action, albeit in a fuzzier vein than Ports Of Spain. Here's some guitar action!

Teenage Fiction at Pressed

Percussive action!

Teenage Fiction at Pressed

Vocal action!

Teenage Fiction at Pressed

And so on!

Teenage Fiction at Pressed

More guitar!

Teenage Fiction at Pressed

The whole lot!

Teenage Fiction at Pressed

A fine night out.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Take two

A month ago, I toddled over to Bar Robo to check out a couple of great acts: Kingston's Deux Trois and Ottawa's own Mark ii Deux Trois were on first. Here's Nadia!

Deux Trois at Bar Robo

Bass action with Kiel!

Deux Trois at Bar Robo

More Nadia (and also Laura)!

Deux Trois at Bar Robo

Guitar action with Ben!

Deux Trois at Bar Robo

Numerical action!

Deux Trois at Bar Robo

Laura hits!

Deux Trois at Bar Robo

Gripping action!

Deux Trois at Bar Robo

Ben sings!

Deux Trois at Bar Robo

Laura sings!

Deux Trois at Bar Robo

On to Mark ii, who played a super set. They impress me more every time I see them! Here's Dana, Mike and Mark!

Mark II at Bar Robo

Gripping action!

Mark II at Bar Robo

Mike hits!

Mark II at Bar Robo

Dana ponders!

Mark II at Bar Robo

Electronic action!

Mark II at Bar Robo

Marked action!

Mark II at Bar Robo

Dana adjusts!

Mark II at Bar Robo

A super night out!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

SBSW: Night Four

The first Side By Side weekend wrapped up with a low-key show at Black Squirrel Books. Instrumental duo Duck Toys were up and running when I walked in the door. Here's Kyle (who performed earlier in the week with Flaws) and Sheehan, also of the Tenenbaums.

Duck Toys at Black Squirrel Books

Sheehan adjusts!

Duck Toys at Black Squirrel Books

Guitar action with Kyle!

Duck Toys at Black Squirrel Books

And so on!

Duck Toys at Black Squirrel Books

Next up Pippa performed. Here's Sam (also of Organ Eyes)!

Pippa at Black Squirrel Books

And so on!

Pippa at Black Squirrel Books

Even more Pippa!

Pippa at Black Squirrel Books

Novusolis then finished the night off. Here's Zachary and Amanda!

Novusolis at Black Squirrel Books

Amanda sings!

Novusolis at Black Squirrel Books

Guitar action!

Novusolis at Black Squirrel Books

Greenish action!

Novusolis at Black Squirrel Books

Extra Amanda!

Novusolis at Black Squirrel Books

More Zachary!

Novusolis at Black Squirrel Books

And so on!

Novusolis at Black Squirrel Books

A fine capper to the weekend's activities.

Friday, August 09, 2019

Because the night

Back in mid-June (yes, I am horribly behind schedule!) I headed over to Babylon to catch some New Swears. The band has just released a new album on Dine Alone, Night Mirror, and were celebrating its release with some help from The Thrill and Cole Sauve, who kicked things off with some hip hop action!

Cole Sauve at Babylon

Drinking action!

Cole Sauve at Babylon

Guest vocal action with Yashavelli!

Cole Sauve at Babylon

More Cole!

Cole Sauve at Babylon

And so on!

Cole Sauve at Babylon

The Thrill followed with a rocking set. Here's Mikey!

The Thrill at Babylon

Kieran hits!

The Thrill at Babylon

Mikey sings!

The Thrill at Babylon

Thrilling action with Derek and Mikey!

The Thrill at Babylon

Nigel, of the pre-New Swears unit The Girlfriends was also on hand to play some guitar.

The Thrill at Babylon

Headbanging action!

The Thrill at Babylon

More Derek!

The Thrill at Babylon

Extra Kieran!

The Thrill at Babylon

New Swears finished the night, and as is usual the case, things went bonkers. To start things off, here's B.J. with special guests Spiderman and Batman!

New Swears at Babylon

Singalong action with Sammy!

New Swears at Babylon

Swearing action!

New Swears at Babylon

Keyboard action!

New Swears at Babylon

New action!

New Swears at Babylon

Silly string action!

New Swears at Babylon

And er, that's it!