Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wicked, dangerous and holy

Saturday I sauntered up Somerset to Bar Robo for some strange hot dogs and hard rock. First up were Bitchin' Wickedz, a no-frills power trio. Here's bassist Dylan!

Bitchin' Wickedz at Bar Robo

Guitar action with Brett!

Bitchin' Wickedz at Bar Robo

Bryce hits!

Bitchin' Wickedz at Bar Robo

More Brett!

Bitchin' Wickedz at Bar Robo

Extra Dylan!

Bitchin' Wickedz at Bar Robo

Brett sings!

Bitchin' Wickedz at Bar Robo

Dylan sings!

Bitchin' Wickedz at Bar Robo

Bitchin' action!

Bitchin' Wickedz at Bar Robo

On to The Dangereens, a really excellent band from Montreal with a deep love for 1970s era Rolling Stones. They've got something of a rough Hellacopters sound with a bit of Tom Petty thrown in, to my ears. Here's frontman Hugo and guitarist Felix!

Dangereens at Bar Robo

Bass action with Dusty!

Dangereens at Bar Robo

Unbuttoned action!

Dangereens at Bar Robo

Extra Hugo (and a bit of drummer Yan)!

Dangereens at Bar Robo

Spotted action!

Dangereens at Bar Robo

Felix hits!

Dangereens at Bar Robo

Guitar action!

Dangereens at Bar Robo

More Yan!

Dangereens at Bar Robo

More guitar!

Dangereens at Bar Robo

Even more Yan!

Dangereens at Bar Robo

Singalong action!

Dangereens at Bar Robo

I saw Holy Christopher at Targ helping out with the Christie Lake Kids fundraising show just a couple of weeks ago, and here they are again, starting with frontman Andy!

Holy Christopher at Bar Robo

Ben hits!

Holy Christopher at Bar Robo

With Dave off in South America, Hamid is filling in on bass.

Holy Christopher at Bar Robo

More Ben!

Holy Christopher at Bar Robo

Extra Hamid!

Holy Christopher at Bar Robo

Guitar action with Summer!

Holy Christopher at Bar Robo

It was a tough night to be a rubber chicken.

Holy Christopher at Bar Robo

Rhythm section action!

Holy Christopher at Bar Robo

Guitar action!

Holy Christopher at Bar Robo

More chicken!

Holy Christopher at Bar Robo

A fun night.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The bows knows

Thursday night I headed over to Pressed for an evening of stringed music. Cellist Raphael Weinroth-Brown of The Visit and Musk Ox teamed up with kamanche player Shahriyar Jamshidi to make an album of East-meets-West improvised sounds, and brought their terrific chemistry to the Gladstone Ave. cafe to show off in a live setting. Here's Raphael!

Kamancello at Pressed

And here's Shahriyar!

Kamancello at Pressed

Improvised action!

Kamancello at Pressed

And so on!

Kamancello at Pressed

The view from the back.

Kamancello at Pressed

Fine stuff.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Let's twist

Toronto fuzz brigade Twist paid a visit to Ottawa on Wednesday, teaming up with Winnipeg's Yes We Mystic and Ottawa's Trees for a fine set of art rock and fizzing pop. Trees were on first. They started off as an instrumental trio. With the addition of vocalist Jon they've moved into Jeff Buckley and Radiohead territory. Here's Jon!

Trees at House of Targ

Bass action with Andrew!

Trees at House of Targ

Percussive action with Alex!

Trees at House of Targ

Deciduous action!

Trees at House of Targ

More guitar with Andrew's brother Alex!

Trees at House of Targ

Alex gets in some bass time.

Trees at House of Targ

Yes We Mystic came on after an extensive soundcheck for some sophisticated and melodramatic music.

Yes We Mystic at House of Targ

Cello action with Jodi!

Yes We Mystic at House of Targ

Violin action with Eric!

Yes We Mystic at House of Targ

Synthesizer action with Jodi!

Yes We Mystic at House of Targ

Keegan sings!

Yes We Mystic at House of Targ

Jordon hits!

Yes We Mystic at House of Targ

Extra Adam!

Yes We Mystic at House of Targ

Mandolin action!

Yes We Mystic at House of Targ

Extra Eric and Jordon!

Yes We Mystic at House of Targ

Twist played a super set; I get the impression main brain Laura has a few Jesus and Mary Chain records in her collection. Soundwise I think the band also sounds a bit like a less-baked Mac DeMarco. Here's Laura!

Twist at House of Targ

Keyboard action with Patrick!

Twist at House of Targ

Matthew in motion!

Twist at House of Targ

Percussive action!

Twist at House of Targ

Laura sings!

Twist at House of Targ

Extra Patrick!

Twist at House of Targ

Twisted action!

Twist at House of Targ

More guitar!

Twist at House of Targ

More drums!

Twist at House of Targ

A super-fun evening.