May 5, 2016

CMW 2016: Partner at The Silver Dollar Room - Concert Pictures

Partner at The Silver Dollar Room for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 4 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Partner at The Silver Dollar Room for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 4 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography picturesPartner at The Silver Dollar Room for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 4 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Partner at The Silver Dollar Room for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 4 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Partner at The Silver Dollar Room for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 4 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography picturesPartner at The Silver Dollar Room for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 4 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Partner at The Silver Dollar Room for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 4 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
I first caught Sackville, New Brunswick band Partner live back in February as part of Wavelength Festival. Those pics are here. When I saw they were performing a three-night stand at The Silver Dollar Room for this year's Canadian Music Week, I knew I wanted to see them again. I caught their performance on May 4 as part of the Ride The Tempo-curated bill. If you possibly can, check out one of their shows on May 5 or 6.

This band is a tight, powerful live act and only seems to be getting better over time. One thing that stands out for me is Josee Caron's excellent guitar soloing. Guitar solos have become something of a lost art. Partner are a band that features three guitarists and great crunchy rhythm guitar parts. However, Josee Caron can rip up an incendiary guitar solo, too. Very nice to hear! There are even some harmony guitar parts.

The band's tunes are tight power pop gems worthy of repeated listenings and I don't think I'm alone in looking forward to more recorded tunes to enjoy and more high-energy live performances.
Partner at The Silver Dollar Room for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 4 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Partner at The Silver Dollar Room for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 4 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography picturesPartner at The Silver Dollar Room for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 4 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Partner at The Silver Dollar Room for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 4 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Partner at The Silver Dollar Room for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 4 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
And here's some of Partner's music:

"The Ellen Page"

"Hot Knives"

CMW 2016: Bob Mould at The Horseshoe Tavern - Concert Pictures

Bob Mould at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 3 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Bob Mould at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 3 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Bob Mould at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 3 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Bob Mould at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 3 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
It won't come as a surprise to regular readers of this site that I was excited to see Bob Mould at The Horseshoe Tavern on May 3. He's probably my absolute favourite song writer and is a huge influence on my own guitar playing and song writing. His work with Hüsker Dü, Sugar and his solo work all hold special places in my musical heart.

He, along with bassist Jason Narducy and drummer Jon Wurster, a rhythm section that delivers power pop perfection, played a setlist packed with tunes ranging from Bob's latest solo album Patch The Sky through Bob's solo career thus far, to Sugar's Copper Blue and classic Hüsker Dü tunes like my personal favourites "Could You Be The One?", "I Apologize", "Celebrated Summer" and "Makes No Sense At All". This show was so much fun and very close to perfect. 
Bob Mould at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 3 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Bob Mould at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 3 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Here are my favourite tunes from his amazing setlist.

"A Good Idea" from Sugar's Copper Blue

"Changes" from Sugar's Copper Blue

"The End of Things" from Bob's latest, Patch The Sky. Hey, that's the shirt Bob wore at this gig!

"The Descent" from Silver Age

"I Don't Know You Anymore" from Beauty & Ruin

"Voices In My Head" from Patch The Sky

"Hold On" from Patch The Sky

"If I Can't Change Your Mind" from Sugar's Copper Blue

"Hey Mr. Grey" from Beauty & Ruin

"Hoover Dam" from Sugar's Copper Blue

"See A Little Light" from Bob's first solo record Workbook

"Could You Be The One?" from Hüsker Dü's Warehouse: Songs And Stories, the song that made me absolutely love Hüsker Dü and Bob's songwriting

"I Apologize" from Hüsker Dü's New Day Rising

"Tomorrow Morning" from Beauty & Ruin

and they closed the main set with "Celebrated Summer" from Hüsker Dü's New Day Rising

The encore consisted of

"The War" from Beauty & Ruin

A laid-back version of "Love Is All Around"

and "Makes No Sense at All" from Hüsker Dü's Flip Your Wig

CMW 2016: Fake Palms at The Horseshoe Tavern - Concert Pictures

Fake Palms at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 3 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Fake Palms at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 3 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Fake Palms at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 3 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Fake Palms at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 3 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Fake Palms were in the enviable position of opening for both of Bob Mould's shows at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 3-4. I attended the May 3 show. The Toronto band play ambitious, engrossing tunes with intricate guitar parts and a shoegaze vibe. ​There's pretty much no moment of silence in their live show. I enjoyed the work of their powerful drummer and the wicked stereo guitar mix from my spot in front of the stage.

Check out some Fake Palms:


May 4, 2016

CMW 2016: The Glazzies at Supermarket - Concert Pictures

The Glazzies at Supermarket in Toronto for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 2 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
The Glazzies at Supermarket in Toronto for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 2 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
The Glazzies at Supermarket in Toronto for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 2 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography picturesThe Glazzies at Supermarket in Toronto for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 2 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
The Glazzies at Supermarket in Toronto for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 2 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Long Island, NY band The Glazzies were the last act to take the stage at Supermarket on the first night of Canadian Music Week 2016. This guitar-drums duo deliver their own take on 90s alternative and grunge.

They announced the happy news that their new album will come out on September 9. Their set featured a bunch of tunes from this new album along with other tunes from their previous releases.

I love the raw power chords, the relentless grunge-influenced drumming with constantly ringing cymbals and the powerful vocals. This is the kind of music that I love and that we just don't hear enough of. They played a brand new song that doesn't even have a name yet. I dug the cool, effected guitar riff that sounded to me like Kurt Cobain and Andy Summers collaborated.

Check them out for their last CMW 2016 show on Friday, May 6 at Cherry Cola's at 3:00AM (I think that actually makes it early Saturday morning). C'mon out and rock, you night owls!
The Glazzies at Supermarket in Toronto for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 2 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
The Glazzies at Supermarket in Toronto for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 2 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
The Glazzies at Supermarket in Toronto for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 2 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Take a listen to some music from The Glazzies:

"Take It Easy"

"So Strange"

"No More Lines"

"Spill"

CMW 2016: Blanche et Noir at Supermarket - Concert Pictures

Blanche et Noir at Supermarket in Toronto for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 2 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Blanche et Noir at Supermarket in Toronto for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 2 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Blanche et Noir at Supermarket in Toronto for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 2 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Blanche et Noir are a alternative-grunge duo from Montreal consisting of Amanda Morley on drums and Jean Leclerc on guitar and vocals. I caught their powerful set at Supermarket on the first night of Canadian Music Week 2016. This set marked their first performance outside of Quebec.

​Blanche et Noir's music features big, distorted power chords along with powerful and propulsive drum beats. I heard lots of 90s grunge in their sound. I liked the great combination of heavy guitar riffing with pounding drums and strong emotive vocals. Their music also takes the time to groove.

This guitar-drums duo format is a popular one. It's great to see a duo that's bringing 90s influences to this format in such an energetic and appealing way. I loved the duo's set and look forward to hearing more from them in future.
Blanche et Noir at Supermarket in Toronto for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 2 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography picturesBlanche et Noir at Supermarket in Toronto for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 2 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Blanche et Noir at Supermarket in Toronto for Canadian Music Week CMW 2016, May 2 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures
Check out some tunes from Blanche et Noir: