Wednesday, July 31, 2019

SBSW: Night One, Part One

Ottawa's newest min-festival, the Side By Side Weekend, has just come and gone, so I'm going to post some pictures before it's too far in the past (this means I'm skipping a couple of shows at Bar Robo and Pressed, and M'dou Moctar's super set at Queen's St. Fare; I'll get back to them). Things got kicking at House of Targ on the Thursday, starting with Stoby. Here's Maryse!

Stoby at House of Targ

Percussive action with Jesse!

Stoby at House of Targ

Kevin and more Maryse!

Stoby at House of Targ

Rick sings!

Stoby at House of Targ

Jesse sings!

Stoby at House of Targ

Singalong action!

Stoby at House of Targ

Guitar action with Kevin!

Stoby at House of Targ

And so on!

Stoby at House of Targ

Hammy action!

Stoby at House of Targ

Afteer a few minutes watching Bug Bites soundcheck upstairs at Black Squirrel Books, I checked out a quick set from The Offers. Here's Seiji!

The Offers at House of Targ

Tongue action with Davey!

The Offers at House of Targ

Tim hits!

The Offers at House of Targ

More Seiji !

The Offers at House of Targ

Davey sings!

The Offers at House of Targ

Singalong action!

The Offers at House of Targ

Back upstairs for Bug Bites' actual set, starting with Pat counting in!

Bug Bites at Black Squirrel Books

Shayla sings!

Bug Bites at Black Squirrel Books

Guitar action with Anna!

Bug Bites at Black Squirrel Books

More Pat!

Bug Bites at Black Squirrel Books

Bass action with Felix!

Bug Bites at Black Squirrel Books

More Shayla!

Bug Bites at Black Squirrel Books

Back at Targ, Nashville's Sad Baxter played an absolutely super set. Here's Deezy!

Sad Baxter at House of Targ

Alex hits!

Sad Baxter at House of Targ

Bass action with Taylor!

Sad Baxter at House of Targ

Alex sings!

Sad Baxter at House of Targ

Baxterish action!

Sad Baxter at House of Targ

Taylor jumps about!

Sad Baxter at House of Targ

More Alex!

Sad Baxter at House of Targ

Singalong action!

Sad Baxter at House of Targ

And a bit more Taylor.

Sad Baxter at House of Targ

Then it was back upstairs for Part Two of the night's festivities.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Ottawa Psych Fest: Night 2

The second night of Psych Fest at House of Targ was a roaring success, but things started off with an unfortunate blunder on my part: As Wasted Cathedral was starting things up, I realized I'd forgotten to remove my camera battery from the charger at home. Oops. After watching the first bit of Chris from Shooting Gun's set, I zipped off home to fetch my battery and returned in time to catch the start of Technicolor Blood's super set. Here's Marty on vocals and guitar!

Technicolor Blood at House of Targ

Bass action with Boredom!

Technicolor Blood at House of Targ

More Marty!

Technicolor Blood at House of Targ

More guitar with Spacy Steph!

Technicolor Blood at House of Targ

Hot Carl hits!

Technicolor Blood at House of Targ

The other side of Hot Carl!

Technicolor Blood at House of Targ

Keyboard action!

Technicolor Blood at House of Targ

Bonus Boredom!

Technicolor Blood at House of Targ

The Band Whose Name Was A Symbol performed next, in ensemble format with guest appearance from Shooting Guns/Wasted Cathedral man Chris. Here's some guitar action with Dave and Bill!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

Bass action with Nate!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

Guitar action with Chris!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

John hits!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

Keyboard action with Jason!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

More Dave!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

More Nate and Chris!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

Chicago's Plastic Crimewave Syndicate brought things to a close. Main man Steve Krakow is a well-known illustrator and publisher of the hand-written and drawn music mag Galactic Zoo Dossier. Here he is starting things off with some keyboard!

Plastic Crimewave Syndicate at House of Targ

Rhythm section action with Jose and Cosmik Jru!

Plastic Crimewave Syndicate at House of Targ

More Steve!

Plastic Crimewave Syndicate at House of Targ

Steve sings!

Plastic Crimewave Syndicate at House of Targ

Another great night!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Ottawa Psych Fest: Night 1

After the success of last year's Ottawa Psych Fest, there was nothing to do but hold it again, except more so. The first of two nates at House of Targ featured Comet Control, Annukai and Monobrow, and started off with local experimental duo Horseman, Pass By. Here's Mark on cello!

Horseman, Pass By at House of Targ

Duo action with Bennett and Mark!

Horseman, Pass By at House of Targ

Mechanical action!

Horseman, Pass By at House of Targ

More Mark!

Horseman, Pass By at House of Targ

The mighty Monobrow were up next with their usual awesome doom rock instrumentals. Here's Brian and Sam!

Monobrow at House of Targ

The whole lot!

Monobrow at House of Targ

More Brian!

Monobrow at House of Targ

Paul frets!

Monobrow at House of Targ

The whole lot again!

Monobrow at House of Targ

Annukai played a fantastic set - maybe my favourite of the fest. They're associated with psych band Moths & Locusts. Here's Dave rocking the Vender Bass VI!

Anunnaki at House of Targ

The whole lot with Arlen on drums!

Anunnaki at House of Targ

Dave steps on it!

Anunnaki at House of Targ

Arlen hits!

Anunnaki at House of Targ

Extra Dave!

Anunnaki at House of Targ

Extra Arlen!

Anunnaki at House of Targ

Comet Control wrapped things up nicely.

Comet Control at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Comet Control at House of Targ

Controlled action with Christopher and Chad!

Comet Control at House of Targ

Chad sings!

Comet Control at House of Targ

More Christopher!

Comet Control at House of Targ

Great stuff all around!