Saturday, May 20, 2017

Shadows and fog

A while back Portland's Jeff Beam dropped me a line to let me know he was coming through town; I liked what I heard on his website - and that of local outfit Shadowhand and Montreal's Future States - so in early May I popped around to Pressed for some spectral sounds (a la Calexico, some might say), glittery pop and shoegaze-styled noise. First up, Shadowhand, which features How Far To Mexico's Jamieson and Brandon, along with Matt from Acres and Sean from Lost To The River and Miss Polygamy. Here's Brandon!

Shadowhand at Pressed

Jamieson sings, Matt strums!

Shadowhand at Pressed

More Matt!

Shadowhand at Pressed

More Jamieson and Brandon - and you can just make out Sean off to the left there ...

Shadowhand at Pressed

The whole lot!

Shadowhand at Pressed

Extra Jamieson!

Shadowhand at Pressed

I tried to take some pictures of Sean via the entryway window. It did not work well.

Shadowhand at Pressed

It was pretty smokey, as shows go.

Shadowhand at Pressed

Here's Jeff, practitioner of shoegazey psychedelica and the like - if you like Grizzly Bear I suspect you'll dig his stuff.

Jeff Beam at Pressed

Keyboard action with Kate!

Jeff Beam at Pressed

Guitar lifting action!

Jeff Beam at Pressed

More Kate!

Jeff Beam at Pressed

Smokey Ric action!

Jeff Beam at Pressed

Jeff sings!

Jeff Beam at Pressed

Percussive action with Kate!

Jeff Beam at Pressed

The end!

Jeff Beam at Pressed

Future States finished the evening off with some beeping and burbling pop. They'll be playing again at Bar Robo on June 9. Here's some guitar action with Chuck!

Future States at Pressed

Adjusting action with Nicolas!

Future States at Pressed

Percussive action with Daniel!

Future States at Pressed

Extra Nicolas!

Future States at Pressed

Singalong action with Chuck and David!

Future States at Pressed

Extra David!

Future States at Pressed

Lovely stuff all around.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Still screaming

It's always a good show when The Screaming Females come to town (as they seem to do with admirable frequency). Punkish duo No Fuss and countrified singer-songwriter Ommie Jane (and her musical partner Buddy Smiles) opened things up. Here's Ommie Jane!

Ommie Jane at House of Targ

Buddy hits!

Ommie Jane at House of Targ

Ommie sings!

Ommie Jane at House of Targ

More Buddy!

Ommie Jane at House of Targ

Keyboard action!

Ommie Jane at House of Targ

Closeup action!

Ommie Jane at House of Targ

Even more Buddy!

Ommie Jane at House of Targ

On to No Fuss, and some gripping action with Chris!

No Fuss at House of Targ

Mark hits!

No Fuss at House of Targ

More Chris!

No Fuss at House of Targ

Close-up action!

No Fuss at House of Targ

Extra Mark!

No Fuss at House of Targ

The whole lot!

No Fuss at House of Targ

I first saw Screaming Females opening for Ted Leo at Zaphod's (RIP) seven years ago. They ripped things up then, and they haven't turned it down since then. Here's Marissa preparing to rock out!

Screaming Females at House of Targ

Bass action with Mike!

Screaming Females at House of Targ

Jarrett hits!

Screaming Females at House of Targ

More Marissa!

Screaming Females at House of Targ

Screaming action!

Screaming Females at House of Targ

Even more Marissa!

Screaming Females at House of Targ

Extra Jarrett!

Screaming Females at House of Targ

The shouty bit!

Screaming Females at House of Targ

And so on!

Screaming Females at House of Targ

Always a great show.

Friday, May 12, 2017

April showers

On the last night of April I went to Pressed for some spectral sounds. Toronto's Tasseomancy headed the bill, alongside Brooklyn's entirely intriguing Mega Bog, with RAAS starting things off with some electronica. They were up and running when I walked in the door. Here's Michael!

RAAS at Pressed

The whole lot! (It was pretty dark and somewhat smokey, but you can just make out Kerry there on the right.

RAAS at Pressed

Flashy action!

RAAS at Pressed

Mega Bog - a.k.a. Erin Birgy - performed a solo set, so things sounded quite a bit less eclectic than what you'd expect from her recordings. Still good though.

Mega Bog at Pressed

Erin sings!

Mega Bog at Pressed

Even more Erin!

Mega Bog at Pressed

The last (and also first) time I saw Tasseomancy was at Ritual, opening for and accompanying Austra. It was a lovely show and I quite enjoyed the Lightman sisters Kate Bush-influenced sounds. For this set they had a drummer on hand. I believe it's Sari on bass and Romy singing, but I could be wrong ...

Tasseomancy at Pressed

Sari multi-tasks!

Tasseomancy at Pressed

Romy sings!

Tasseomancy at Pressed

Button-pressing action!

Tasseomancy at Pressed

Sisterly action!

Tasseomancy at Pressed

A lovely evening.