Thursday, September 28, 2017

East meets Westboro

I made a brief trip last night to a new venue General Assembly; It's right by House of Common and run by the same folks (the House will focus more on exhibits while GA handles the musical side of things, I understand). Scattered Clouds and Jerusalem In My Heart were performing. I arrived to late to catch the Clouds, but JIMH put on a dynamite set in compensation for stragglers like myself. Radwan Ghazan Mounmeh is the heart of the operation; for this set he was joined by filmmaker Charles-Andre Coderre, who provided the visuals. Here's Radwan before the lights went down.

Jerusalem In My Heart at General Assembly

And here's Charles-Andre before the lights went down.

Jerusalem In My Heart at General Assembly

Radwan sings!

Jerusalem In My Heart at General Assembly

Burzuq action!

Jerusalem In My Heart at General Assembly

Keyboard action!

Jerusalem In My Heart at General Assembly

A really fine performance, and a nice-sounding space as well.

To the heart

I had a pretty quite weekend, despite the multiplicity of shows going on in and around town, but I made the decision to douse myself in cold meds and head off to see Change of Heart. I was keen to see Ian Blurton's other band again, and perhaps even more enthusiastic to finally see Yellow Jacket Avenger. Geoffrey Pye's longstanding, chameleonic musical endeavor was on first. Here's the man himself!

Yellow Jacket Avenger at House of Targ

Rhythm section action with Christos on drums and Alan on bass!

Yellow Jacket Avenger at House of Targ

Sammy works the keys!

Yellow Jacket Avenger at House of Targ

Christos hits!

Yellow Jacket Avenger at House of Targ

Geoffrey sings!

Yellow Jacket Avenger at House of Targ

Singalong action with Alan!

Yellow Jacket Avenger at House of Targ

Extra Christos!

Yellow Jacket Avenger at House of Targ

Avenging action!

Yellow Jacket Avenger at House of Targ

The Heavy Medicine Band held down the middle slot with some rocking sounds. I think they might be getting more psychedelic ... (They also have a show coming up Oct. 26 at Club 27.)  Here's Keturah!

Heavy Medicine Band at House of Targ

Bass action with Sean!

Heavy Medicine Band at House of Targ

Guitar action with Robert!

Heavy Medicine Band at House of Targ

Keturah sings!

Heavy Medicine Band at House of Targ

Chris hits!

Heavy Medicine Band at House of Targ

More Keturah and Sean!

Heavy Medicine Band at House of Targ

Extra Sean!

Heavy Medicine Band at House of Targ

On to Change of Heart, who are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Smile. They played a killer set with lots of audience singing along. Now here's Ian waiting for his smoke!

Change Of Heart at House of Targ

Bernard adjusts!

Change Of Heart at House of Targ

Bass action with Rob!

Change Of Heart at House of Targ

Blue Rodeo's Glenn in the smoke!


Change Of Heart at House of Targ

Ian sings!

Change Of Heart at House of Targ

Stick-twirling action!

Change Of Heart at House of Targ

Slightly smokey Rob and Bernard!

Change Of Heart at House of Targ

More smokey action with Ian!

Change Of Heart at House of Targ

Bonus Bernard!

Change Of Heart at House of Targ

A great night out!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

All over the place

A week ago I popped over to Pressed to check out Galapagos, Outer Rooms and No Mistakes In Space; I'd only heard of No Mistakes In Space (and had planned to check out their record release show at Targ, but couldn't make it). First up were Galapahos with some pretty straight-ahead indie rock sounds. Here's a blurry Matt and Adam!

Galapagos at Pressed

Bass action with Gerardo!

Galapagos at Pressed

Jamie hits!

Galapagos at Pressed

More Matt!

Galapagos at Pressed

Extra Adam!

Galapagos at Pressed

More Matt and Jamie!

Galapagos at Pressed

Rhythm section action!

Galapagos at Pressed

Head to head action!

Galapogos at Pressed

I was tipped to this show by Sean from Outer Rooms - they've got a raucous sound. Here's Sean!


Outer Rooms at Pressed

Andrew sings!

Outer Rooms at Pressed

Rich hits!

Outer Rooms at Pressed

More Andrew!

Outer Rooms at Pressed

More Rich!

Outer Rooms at Pressed

Even more Andrew!

Outer Rooms at Pressed

More Sean!

Outer Rooms at Pressed

The whole lot!

Outer Rooms at Pressed

No Mistakes In Space just released an EP, which to my ears combines post-rock with 1990s Britpop a la Verve. Here's drummer Andrew!

No Mistakes in Space

Guitar action with Matt!

No Mistakes in Space

Kyla works the keys!

No Mistakes in Space

Bass action with Cody!

No Mistakes in Space

Rhythm section action!

No Mistakes in Space

Kyla sings!

No Mistakes in Space

More Andrew!

No Mistakes in Space

Extra Matt!

No Mistakes in Space

Silhouetted action!

No Mistakes in Space

A fun night out.