Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Do it yourself

Back at the tail end of September I walked over to Black Squirrel Books to check out some pop and rock. Berlin musician Laura Carbone was playing a few dates around North America, and was joined by Crystalena (who sings in local outfit Blakdenim) and Adam Ferris (also of Outfielder). Here's a couple of shots of Adam!

Adam Ferris at Black Squirrel Books

Bookish action!

Adam Ferris at Black Squirrel Books

Crystalena performed next

Crystalena at Black Squirrel Books

Closeup action!

Crystalena at Black Squirrel Books

And so on!

Crystalena at Black Squirrel Books

Laura Carbone played a fine rocking set with her pickup band.

Laura Carbone at Black Squirrel Books

The whole lot!

Laura Carbone at Black Squirrel Books

Bass action!

Laura Carbone at Black Squirrel Books

Guitar action!

Laura Carbone at Black Squirrel Books

Closeup action!

Laura Carbone at Black Squirrel Books

Singalong action!

Laura Carbone at Black Squirrel Books

A shouty bit!

Laura Carbone at Black Squirrel Books

Percussive action!

Laura Carbone at Black Squirrel Books

Good stuff all around.

Monday, November 04, 2019

Flower children

As September was winding down I headed over to Pressed for some pop action. Victoria's Bridal Party and New York's Poppies were in town, with the West Coasters hitting the stage first. Here's Jordan, Suzannah, Adrian (on drums), Joseph and Lee!

Bridal Party at Pressed

Vocal action with Joseph!

Bridal Party at Pressed

Bass action with Lee!

Bridal Party at Pressed

Jordan works the high notes!

Bridal Party at Pressed

Suzannah sings!

Bridal Party at Pressed

Adrian hits!

Bridal Party at Pressed

Singalong action!

Bridal Party at Pressed

On to the equally charming Poppies. Here's guitarist May!

Poppies at Pressed

More guitar with Ian!

Poppies at Pressed

Bass action with Keith!

Poppies at Pressed

More May!

Poppies at Pressed

Even more guitar!

Poppies at Pressed

Rhythm section action with Steven and Keith!

Poppies at Pressed

Singalong action!

Poppies at Pressed

A very pleasant night out.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Rough and ready

Back on Sept. 19 I moseyed over to the House of Targ for some roots-rocking action. Eamon McGrath has a new album out, and since I've been taking pictures of him for more than a decade (most recently as one of Julie Doiron's Wrong Guys), I figured there was no reason to stop now. Chris Landry and The Seasick Mommas (well, Momma, singular, in this case) started things off. Here's Chris and steel man Pascal doing a little pre-set soundcheck.

Chris Landry at House of Targ

Steel guitar action!

Chris Landry at House of Targ

More Chris!

Chris Landry at House of Targ

And so on!

Chris Landry at House of Targ

On to Eamon, who was sounding as rough (in a good way) as ever. His new album is called Guts. This set landed a few days after the death of noted songsmith Daniel Johnston, in whose band he's served, and he covered his True Love Will Find You In The End. Here's Eamon!

Eamon McGrath at House of Targ

Mandolin action with Derek!

Eamon McGrath at House of Targ

Extra Eamon!

Eamon McGrath at House of Targ

More steel guitar!

Eamon McGrath at House of Targ

Bass action with Tavo!

Eamon McGrath at House of Targ

Extra Eamon!

Eamon McGrath at House of Targ

Percussive action with Chris!

Eamon McGrath at House of Targ

Tavo sings!

Eamon McGrath at House of Targ

Gutsy action!

Eamon McGrath at House of Targ

Great-sounding stuff from everyone!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Around the world

In mid-September I walked over to the House of Targ for some Switched On Synths action, headlined by Berlin's Nina, aided and abetted by Toronto's Parallels, with an opening set from local synthwave newcomer Frame Perfects. Here's FP!

The Frame Perfects at House of Targ

And so on!

The Frame Perfects at House of Targ

Parallels (a.k.a. Holly Dodson) performed next, with her usual fine mid-1980s synth-pop style.

Parallels at House of Targ

More Holly!

Parallels at House of Targ

Keyboard action with Radiowolf!

Parallels at House of Targ

Holly looks on!

Parallels at House of Targ

Zing!

Parallels at House of Targ

Keyboard action!

Parallels at House of Targ

Gesticulating action!

Parallels at House of Targ

Nina performed next, she was accompanied by fellow electronic artist Laura Fares (drummer and Aztec Records head), for some Trans-Atlantic action (Nina's from Berlin, Laura's from Buenos Aires, they're based in London)!

Nina at House of Targ

Singalong action!

Nina at House of Targ

Nina reaches out!

Nina at House of Targ

Laura hits!

Nina at House of Targ

Gripping action!

Nina at House of Targ

More Laura!

Nina at House of Targ

Keyboard action!

Nina at House of Targ

More singalong action!

Nina at House of Targ

Fun stuff all around.