May 26, 2016

The Darcys at The Mod Club - Concert Pictures

The Darcys at The Mod Club in Toronto, May 25 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
The Darcys at The Mod Club in Toronto, May 25 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
The Darcys at The Mod Club in Toronto, May 25 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
The Darcys at The Mod Club in Toronto, May 25 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
The Darcys at The Mod Club in Toronto, May 25 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
The Darcys at The Mod Club in Toronto, May 25 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Last night, May 25, The Darcys returned to the stage after two years away. This appearance at The Mod Club in Toronto was a Red Bull Sound Select show. I've seen The Darcys twice before, first at Field Trip back in the summer of 2014 and then at the Indie 88 birthday bash in late 2014.

​The 80s were in full effect at The Mod Club with fringes, white denim, acid wash denim, Miami Vice purple neon, ferns, Magnum P.I. moustaches and Hawaiian shirts. They even gave away Darcys fanny packs to the first lucky attendees. All this was mixed with The Darcys' revamped musical direction of super addictive disco beats and catchy melodies.

The hot new tune "Miracle" was played in the first half of the set, giving fans what they were waiting for without the usual "wait for the encore" tease. The new songs certainly do highlight the stated influences of Prince, The Killers, MGMT and Chromeo. If the goal was to make people excited for the band's new direction and new album then I'd say it worked.

They acknowledged that it's challenging to play a set of new material in a live setting, so they treated fans hungry for older material to "The River" from their 2013 album Warring.

Overall it was a triumphant return to the stage and the start of hopefully great things for this band.
The Darcys at The Mod Club in Toronto, May 25 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
The Darcys at The Mod Club in Toronto, May 25 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography picturesThe Darcys at The Mod Club in Toronto, May 25 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
The Darcys at The Mod Club in Toronto, May 25 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
The Darcys at The Mod Club in Toronto, May 25 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
The Darcys at The Mod Club in Toronto, May 25 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
And now, some Darcys music:

"Miracle"

"The River"
The Darcys at The Mod Club in Toronto, May 25 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography picturesThe Darcys at The Mod Club in Toronto, May 25 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
The Darcys at The Mod Club in Toronto, May 25 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures

CMW 2016: Public Access TV at The Great Hall

Public Access TV at The Great Hall for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 5 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Public Access TV at The Great Hall for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 5 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography picturesPublic Access TV at The Great Hall for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 5 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Public Access TV at The Great Hall for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 5 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Public Access TV at The Great Hall for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 5 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
New York City's Public Access TV put on a solid show at Toronto's The Great Hall for Canadian Music Week back on May 5. ​

They play cool garage/guitar rock with just enough groove. The songs have energetic beats, plenty of interesting guitar work and strong choruses. I'd definitely check them out again next time they're through town.
Public Access TV at The Great Hall for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 5 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Public Access TV at The Great Hall for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 5 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography picturesPublic Access TV at The Great Hall for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 5 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Check out some Public Access TV songs:

"In Love and Alone"

"On Location"

CMW 2016: Declan McKenna at The Great Hall

Declan McKenna at The Great Hall for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 5 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Declan McKenna at The Great Hall for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 5 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Declan McKenna was in Toronto to play The Great Hall for CMW back on May 5. He's best known for winning thee Glastonbury Festival's Emerging Talent Competition in 2015. He performs his well-crafted pop tunes himself playing guitar, singing and working the keyboards/samples/sequencers.

Check out some of his music:

"Brazil"

"Paracetamol"

CMW 2016: The Undivided at The Great Hall

The Undivided at The Great Hall for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 5 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
The Undivided at The Great Hall for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 5 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
The Undivided at The Great Hall for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 5 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
The Undivided at The Great Hall for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 5 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
The Undivided at The Great Hall for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 5 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
I caught The Undivided, an alternative rock band from Cardiff, Wales, at The Great Hall here in Toronto for their Canadian Music Week performance on May 5.

They play anthemic alternative rock / arena rock with big choruses and plenty of huge power chords. Their new EP Satellites is out now and we got to hear the title track.as well as tunes including "Invincible" and "This New Day".
The Undivided at The Great Hall for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 5 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography picturesThe Undivided at The Great Hall for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 5 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
The Undivided at The Great Hall for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 5 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography picturesThe Undivided at The Great Hall for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 5 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Check out some arena-ready rock from The Undivided.

"Invincible"

"Headlights"

"Breathe"

"Worlds Apart"

"This New Day"

"7 Hours"

TURF, Toronto Urban Roots Festival announces 2016 line-up: James Bay, Death Cab for Cutie, Barenaked Ladies, Lush, Okkervil River, Skinny Lister and many more

TURF, The Toronto Urban Roots Festival, my official favourite festival of the season, has just announced the 2016 line-up, and it's good! Not to mention the 19 additional artists to be announced, this line-up is stacked with Canadian and International acts sure to please crowds, including a few return appearances from TURFs past.

The line-up includes James Bay, Death Cab for Cutie, Barenaked Ladies, Dropkick Murphys, Explosions in the Sky, Jake Bugg, Matthew Good, Lush, The Sheepdogs, The Hives, Lake Street Dive, Guided by Voices, Rheostatics, Matt Mays, Drive-By Truckers, The Felice Brothers, Okkervil River, The Mekons, Skinny Lister, and many, many more including 19 to-be-announced acts. Click on the linked artist names to see my previous concert photos of those acts.

Personally, I'm going to be looking forward to DCfC, Barenaked Ladies, Explosions in the Sky, Lush, Lake Street Dive, Matt Mays, Okkervil River and Skinny Lister. They all have fantastic songs and put on fantastic shows. I'm especially looking at you Lush, for some great nostalgia, and Skinny Lister for the high-energy dance party. And every year I end up discovering a ton of great new artists, which is probably my favourite things about this superbly curated fest.

TURF will once again be held at Fort York Garrison Common. It takes place from September 16-18 and features an additional stage - totalling four - this year. Passes go on sale tomorrow, Friday May, 27, at noon. More ticket info at TURF's official site, but you've missed the early bird pricing at this point. Grab yourself some tickets. This is always the highlight of the festival season for me and I'm sure this year will be no exception. I also can't wait to see what they do with the Club Bonus Series and after-festival club shows this year.

Take a listen to many of the artists on this awesome line-up:

James Bay

Death Cab for Cutie

Barenaked Ladies

Dropkick Murphys

Explosions in the Sky

Lush

The Sheepdogs

The Hives

Lake Street Dive

Matt Andersen and The Bona Fide

Guided by Voices

Rheostatics

Matt Mays

Drive-By Truckers

The Felice Brothers

Okkervil River


The Mekons

Marlon Williams

Julien Baker

John Moreland

Skinny Lister

Midnight Shine