Toronto Pick Of The Week 2 – White Denim – The Horseshoe Tavern
Who:Â White Denim
Where:Â The Horseshoe Tavern (19+)
When: Monday, March 3rd – 8:30PM
Tickets:Â $15.50 + fees
As if one Pick Of The Week wasn’t enough we just had to go with a second! This week is a busy one for rock in Toronto as Austin, Texas rock group White Denim come to the bitterly cold city of TO to grace The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern. Out in support of their brilliant sixth record Corsicana Lemonade – love the title! – White Denim are finally gaining the traction they deserve.
They’ve been on Conan, soon will appear on Kimmel and will return to Toronto again in support of The Arctic Monkeys at The Molsen Amphitheatre this June. White Denim won’t be a secret for much longer – don’t say we didn’t warn you soÂ get down to The Shoe this Monday to witness what will surely be a rock n’ roll night to remember.
Check out ‘Pretty Green’ fromÂ Corsicana LemonadeÂ below.
Toronto Pick Of The Week – The Fratellis – Phoenix ConcertÂ Theatre
Who: The Fratellis
Where: Phoenix Concert Theatre (19+)
When: Saturday. March 1st — 8:00PM
Tickets: Â Limited Tickets May Be Available At Door.
We’re excited to have one of our favourite Scottish bands The Fratellis come visit us here in Toronto. Out on tour in support of their third record,Â We Need Medicine, the Glaswegian trio come to Phoenix Concert TheatreÂ to prove they still have enough hooks and melodies to be crowned one of the most infectious and riotous live acts to witness.
One writer Luke recently interviewed Jon Fratelli a few weeks back so be sure to read up before the show right here. Check it out and we’ll see you at The Phoenix!
Born Of Osiris at Ritual – Ottawa Live Review
Who: Born of Osiris
From:Â Chicago, IL
Where: Ritual Nightclub, OttawaÂ
When: February 16th, 2014
Style: In Born of Osiris’ earlier releases, such as The New Reign and A Higher Place, the band created a shining image of crushing deathcore brutality completed by a mind-bending progressive approach. In their more recent releases, like the highly acclaimed The Discovery and the latest album Tomorrow We Die Alive, Born of Osiris have managed to incorporate a tasteful amount of electronic elements to complement their heavy down-tuned sound. While some audiences may be more receptive to their evolving musical style, others have expressed their disapproval. The fact that much of the electronics are played live on a keyboard by frontman Joe Buras is commendable. This, along with Lee McKinney shredding away on his six and seven string guitars playing the roles of a rhythm and lead guitarist keeps their creations musically respectable. Â Â
Crowd: After years of many failed attempts trying to make it across the Canadian border, Born Of Osiris was finally allowed into the country. Ottawa’s metal community was yearning the arrival of Chicago’s deathcore heavy-hitters, making this night a highly anticipated and long awaited event. The excitement became infectious as the buzzing of eager fans filled the room. Many spectators were of course there to see some of the supporting acts such as I, the Breather and City in the Sea perform. However it was very evident that the headliners were at the top of everyone’s list. With the stage still empty, the introductory instrumentation of their opening song “Machine” began. The crowd burst out in a roar of excitement welcoming the band to our city. As the members finally walked on stage, they were greeted by the insanity of their not-so-patient fans. It was clear they were in for one hell of a show. When the first few words of the first song were sung a tidal wave of people erupted, sending bodies flying in all directions. The audience was very receptive to the newer songs that were played such as “Machine”, “Divergence” and “Mindful”. The band then played some older songs like “Abstract Art”, “Empires Erased” and “Bow Down”. The older tunes were met with the thunderous approval of screaming fans and the explosion of violence when Ronnie (Canizaro) yelled the words “Fucking Bow Down”. It was clear that most of the spectators present were long time fans of BOO’s earlier and more technical work.Â
Technicalities: Born of Osiris are infamous for their blend of precise arpeggiated guitar work with the lightning fast percussion and well-planned synthesizer leads, making for a complex sound like no other. Members proved themselves to be masters of their instrument and art. This still holds true for frontmen Canizaro and Buras. Canizaro, was able to move and groove effortlessly to any section of their music whether it was inspired with a Latin, Persian or classical influence. Not only that but was also able to show off his neck-breaking head bang for their heavier breakdowns or chug-induced mayhem. Buras was no acceptation bouncing back and forth from his keyboard to front and center stage. The way all members were able to navigate around each other on stage keeping the crowds eyes busy seemed strategic and well planned.
Image/Sex Appeal: The members all sporting their own exotic styles were as unique as their music. An honourable mention being David Da Rocha (bassist) with his “creepy crawly” spider-like stage presence. He would whip around his interesting assortment of dreadlocks all while keeping his bass lines on time. McKinney’s head banging was accented with the sides of his head shaved leaving nothing but a mane of hair on top that came crashing down with every beat of the music. Hair combined with stage lighting that was pointed upwards from the ground, created an almost frightening presence as if he was telling a horror story around a campfire. The collective image and presence of the band was nothing short of eerie and ominous which complemented their musical approach perfectly.
Memorable Moments: The role of the frontman is to keep things interesting while engaging the crowd. Canizaro made this a reality by launching himself into his audience with arms held high like Super-man. Allowing them to catch him so that he could float amongst the crowd for his vocal break during “Open Arms to Damnation”. At the end of their encore, Buras managed to climb the stage right PA speaker, a towering 10+ feet above ground level, to give the fans a better view of his closing performance.
Overall: With hundreds of local fans having waited years to finally see Born of Osiris play in Ottawa, they did not disappoint! Their musical precision and state-of-the-art gear created a near perfect emulation of what their studio albums have to offer. Whether you were a devoted fan or a metal-scene newcomer, you probably left the venue craving more of the crushing intensity, musical complexity and stylistic chemistry that is Born of Osiris.Â Â
Written by Wes LeeÂ
Photos by Matthew Clark
Toronto’s Flash Lightnin’ join ZZ Top on tour – Listen to new single “One Pill” HERE:
Flash Lightnin’ celebrate the release of their new album For The Sinners with a bang, opening for ZZ Top across Western Canada this March. For The Sinners is the Toronto trio’s second full-length effort and is available on April 29, 2014 via Pheromone Recordings.
For the new album, guitar-hero Darren Glover and bassist Darcy Yates enlisted Juno Award-winning producer Gavin Brown (The Tragically Hip, Billy Talent, Metric) to capture their electrifying live sound on record. Brown does double duty on the record, both twiddling the knobs and pummelling the drums.
The band wrote more than 30 songs, but only ten made the final cut. What remains are stadium-ready bangers (“Last Breath”), stripped-down acoustic ballads (“Hard Feelings”), and working-class anthems (“Born With Money”) that reveal the band’s far-reaching influences. On the first single, “One Pill”, the band sound as ruthless and unyielding as a junkie with a serious affliction. The track has been a steady fixture in the Top 30 on alternative and active rock radio stations for over four months.
Flash Lightnin’ on tour with ZZ Top
March 12 – BRANDON, MB – Keystone Centre
March 13 – WINNIPEG, MB – MTS Centre
March 14 – MOOSE JAW, SK – Mosaic Place
March 16 – COLD LAKE, AB – Cold Lake Energy Centre
March 17 – CALGARY, AB – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
March 18 – EDMONTON, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
March 20 – KELOWNA, BC – Prospera Place
March 21 – VICTORIA, BC – Save On Foods Memorial Centre
March 22 – VANCOUVER, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Aidan Knight tour dates announced
Aidan Knight announces North American and European tour dates – Watch new video for “MARGARET DOWN” HERE:
In advance of their upcoming North American and headlining European tour dates, Victoria, BC’s Aidan Knight release the video for “Margaret Downe”, from their latest album, Small Reveal.Â Directed by Fort Langley, BC duo William Wilkinson and Oliver Brooks, the new video is a delicate and intimate portrayal of the song’s story. “I think their work is exciting, thought provoking, and visually impressive,” says Knight. “It’s a memorable portrait of heartbreak and loss.”
Wilkinson and Brooks say, “from the outset of the project it was clear to us that the heart of “Margaret Downe” is in Aidan’s detailed, narrative lyrics. Visually accompanying the song presented a challenge though: we were wary of creating imagery that would too literally convey the story… while on the other hand we felt it was important that the video still be thematically related to the song. Ultimately we settled on a structure that would allow us to explore Margaret Downe through a series of quiet vignettes, shadowing but not directly illustrating the story arc, letting the lyrics speak for themselves while revealing her world with careful cinematography and slow, deliberate pacing.”
The second studio album from Aidan Knight, Small Reveal, was recorded over ten days in ten different locations with producer Jonathan Anderson, capturing the tone and feel of each location.Â The album presents themes of introspection, creativity, and escapism, resulting in a lushly arranged record that swirls around Knight’s voice.Â The band returns to the road this spring for a tour that sees the quintet tackle Canada and the US before headlining in Europe.
CANADIAN AND US TOUR DATES
MAR 16/17 – The Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
MAR 18 – The Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
MAR 20 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
MAR 21 – The Rio Theatre – Vancouver, BC
MAR 23 – McDougall United Church – Edmonton, AB
MAR 25 — The Garrick – Winnipeg, MB
MAR 26 – Cedar Cultural Centre – Minneapolis, MN
MAR 27 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
MAR 28 – Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI
MAR 30 – London Music Hall – London, ON
APR 1 – Starlight – Waterloo, ON
APR 2 – The Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, CA
APR 3 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC
APR 4 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
APR 5 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
APR 8 – Sixth & I Historic Synagogue – Washington, DC
APR 9 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
APR 11 – Music Hall of WilliamsburgÂ – Brooklyn, NY
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
APR 16 – Sebright Arms – London, UK
APR 17 – L’Espace B – Paris, FR
APR 23 – Merkker – Baden, CH
APR 24 – PMK – Innsbruck, AT
APR 25 – Spielboden – Dornbirn, AT
APR 26 – Sublime – Aflenz, AT
APR 27 – ORF Radiokulturhaus – Vienna, AT
APR 28 – Hauskonzerte – Munich, DE
APR 29 – SocietÃ¤tstheater – Dresden, DE
APR 30 – MUZclub – NÃ¼rnberg, DE
MAY 2 – Kulturzentrum franz.K – Reutlingen, DE
MAY 3 – Artheater – Cologne, DE
MAY 4 – Privatclub – Berlin, DE
MAY 5 – Pension Schmidt – MÃ¼nster, DE
MAY 6 – Brotfabrik – Frankfurt, DE
MAY 7 – Rotown – Rotterdam, NL
MAY 8 – Paradiso Upstairs – Amsterdam, NL
MAY 9 — GOK – Gent, BE