I picked up my Canadian Music Week media pass today . . . woot! This week should be pretty fun, though I'll have to keep my head and try not to overdo things. Rain is in the forecast, so hopefully that won't be a problem.
I've done previews for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday already. Sunday's (much shorter) post will be up soon. What are you going to go see?
Alright, so this is clearly the show to be at. There are no slackers on this list (at least up until the last band, whom I don't know), and some of my favourite bands, including the brilliant Two Hours Traffic, our own (by way of Ottawa) Balconies, the Wooden Sky, and Yukon Blonde, who are getting hotter by the day, at least if you read the music blogs. But since I've seen some of these bands before and don't know if I could deal with the crazy crowds at the 'shoe, I'll probably skip out. But you should go. The Balconies are also playing Friday at Criminal Records at 6pm, for free.
This showcase has a definite jazz feel. It's not the kind of lineup that's I want to stick around all night for, but if a change of pace is called for, this is a good bet. Maylee Todd and Elise LeGrow are the stand-outs here. Maylee's soulful pop tunes and infectious energy and charisma are sure to impress. Elise LeGrow fronts indie pop band Whale Tooth, but here she'll be singing jazz. The woman has a great voice, and is too sexy for words.
Saturday is Rancho's rock night, but though I don't like rock, I can maybe see myself getting into locals Cut Throat Britva, the Speaking Tongues (always great), Vancouver's Minto, or the two quieter acts on the bill, Sweden's Hellsongs and Ottawa's That the Spirit. That being said, though, I'm unlikely to be seen at Rancho unless I find myself nearby with nothing else to do.
I love Meligrove Band so much. But I'm not so sure about the company they keep . . . you know how I feel about rock usually. However, if you're down with the rock, this seems like a great show! And in a pretty small venue. You may also like what's happening over at the Velvet Underground.