September 30, 2014

Northcote at Sound Academy

I think I first heard of Northcote during 2013's inaugural TURF. I picked up his 2009 release Borrowed Chords, Tired Eyes and I got to see Northcote at Sound Academy opening up for Against Me and Gaslight Anthem on September 19.

Northcote is Matt Goud, originally from Saskatchewan and now based in Victoria. He writes and performs songs full of passion, conviction and soul. If you get the chance to see Northcote live, you owe it to yourself to do so.
Northcote proved to be an amazing solo opener for such a hard and heavy show. The first thing you notice about Matt, besides his imposing appearance, are the passion in his voice and the great songs. He is a rare talent that can draw an audience in right from the first listen.
It takes tons of guts to get up on stage, period. Getting up solo with only a guitar is even harder. And to do so as the first act in a cavernous venue with fans ready for a heavy show filing in, grabbing a drink and chatting is just beyond. But Northcote owned it.

Here are some tunes for your listening pleasure:

"How Can You Turn Around"

"Wild Card"

"Worry" I love the lyric I don't know where we're going but I like where we are


"When You Cry"

"Only One Who Knows My Name"

Northcote is opening for Twin Forks at Lee's on November 7. I saw Twin Forks at TURF and this show by Northcote so I know that night at Lee's is going to be amazing!

September 29, 2014

Riot Fest 2014 Day 1 Band 9: Broncho

Oklahoma band Broncho tap the roots of punk and garage rock to deliver music that at once sounds retro-familiar and energetically fresh. I witnessed their performance on the Rebel stage on Day 1 of Riot Fest Toronto.
Broncho released Can't Get Past The Lips in 2011 and very recently released their new album Just Enough Hip To Be A Woman.
Check out some tunes:

"Class Historian"

"It's On"

"Record Store"

September 28, 2014

Paolo Nutini at Sound Academy

On Monday, September 15 a sold out crowd gathered at Sound Academy in Toronto to bear witness to blue-eyed soul singer Paolo Nutini. The crowd was a diverse mix; a testament to how broad Nutini's popularity is.
Everyone soaked up the soulful vibe. There were couples slow dancing in the audience and maybe the widest age range I've seen at a show. Nutini's tunes connect deeply with his audience and his delivery is impeccable. His band is as tight and on point as you'd expect.
Nutini definitely has a lot of enthusiastic and impassioned fans. Check out some of his music and you'll see why.

"Scream (Funk My Life Up)"

"Let Me Down Easy"

"Iron Sky"

"Candy"

"Last Request"

September 27, 2014

Daniela Andrade at Sound Academy

Daniela Andrade was up first at Sound Academy on September 15 to open the show for Paolo Nutini. She has a beautiful voice and a soft, engaging style.
Daniela's from Edmonton and has created quite a sensation on YouTube by recording covers of everyone from Radiohead and Nirvana to Beyonce and Daft Punk. She released an EP called Things We've Said back in 2012. 
She may have gained popularity through her covers, but I think that her original songs are going to bring her even wider success. Watch for a full-length album in early 2015.

"Crazy" originally by Gnarls Barkley

"Things We've Said"

"Dark Coffee"

"Don't Care"

"Portrait Of Someone"

September 26, 2014

Riot Fest 2014 Day 1 Band 8: AWOLNATION

I decided to check out AWOLNATION at Riot Fest based on a friend's recommendation. They are a fun, heavy pop act with some eminently catchy tunes. They're still touring their 2011 album Megalithic Symphony and all the hits it contains.
They certainly have a way of getting the crowd going and their tunes get people bouncing. Here's a smattering of tunes from their setlist.
"Not Your Fault"

"Kill Your Heroes"

"Sail"

"Burn It Down"