I haven't seen Toronto pop band DIANA since last year's NXNE, where they thoroughly impressed me with their songs, musicianship, and the strength and presence of singer/guitarist Carmen Elle. Take a peek at that post and those pics, if you like.
This time DIANA was performing at Lee's Palace on June 17 for NXNE. They brought along a full 9-piece band complete with extra percussion and back-up vocalists. To say they had a full stage and a sound to match would be an understatement.
They brought along a bunch of new songs from their forthcoming new album. The new tunes sound great and I'm going to be looking forward to the release of the new album. We also got a cover in the form of Joni Mitchell's "Nothing Can Be Done". DIANA play some of the smoothest and most beautiful pop tunes you're ever going to hear. I'd sum up their sound as a wonderful, modern take on soft rock styles like yacht rock.
Take a listen to some of DIANA's fantastically enjoyable music:
Nashville-based indie folk band Escondido performed at Lee's Palace on Friday, June 17 as part of NXNE. They play easy going, country-tinged folk-rock music. Their second album Walking With A Stranger is out now.
One of my favourite bands, and one that I got to see, hear and photograph three times last year, Wolf Alice, have announced that they're celebrating the one year anniversary of the release of their debut album My Love Is Cool with a vinyl box set edition of the album including their EPs and a bunch of bonus material. They've also released a video for powerhouse album track "Lisbon".
The My Love Is Cool box set comes out August 19 and features:
Super deluxe album includes the below and is presented in a 12” lift off lid box.
Gatefold double 12” album pressed on black heavyweight vinyl with album download code included
Creature Songs EP 10”
Blush EP 10"
10 track CD of demos, B-sides & rarities
Hardback Wolf Alice photo book with 40 pages of rare and previously unseen photos
Photo Booth strip of Wolf Alice photos used in My Love Is Cool album artwork
Toronto pop singer songwriter Lowell has just announced the August 26 release of her next EP, Part 1: PARIS YK. We get to hear the moody, quirky and ultimately addictive "High Enough" and see its video now. We can look forward to the other two tracks on the EP " West Coast Forever" and "Blow The Bass".
I enjoyed both her debut EP I Killed Sara V. and her debut album We Loved Her Dearly, and I enjoyed seeing her live on two occasions. The new tune sounds great and I look forward to my next opportunity to catch a Lowell live experience.
SATE is one of my favourite musical artists. She and her band just seem to keep getting better and better every time I catch them perform. This most recent show was at The Bovine Sex Club on June 16 for a headlining NXNE showcase.
This marked my seventh SATE experience in less than a year and is the first show I've seen since the release of their Red Black & Blue album. Click here for all my other posts and all the photos that accompany them.
SATE's band consists of SATE herself on lead vocals, guitarist Kirt Godwin, bassist Alex St. Kitts, keyboardist Wade O. Brown and drummer Tony Rabalao. They bring it all together with insane energy, incredible musicianship and most of all, groove. The band played a solid and high-energy set, as always. The crowd was highly enthusiastic and formed a cycle of energy from band to crowd and back again. We got a special treat in the form of guest guitarist Ricky Tillo who played guitar on a number of Red Black & Blue tracks.
The set included "Feel", "What Did I Do?", "Know My Name", "Try", "Live On Your Love", "Warrior", "Silence" and probably more that I was too busy photographing and enjoying to jot down.
Check out some music and get out to see SATE the next time you have the chance:
Toronto-formed indie rockers BamBoo were the second act on The Bovine Sex Club stage at NXNE on June 16. They rock and they're a bit funky and they've got some vocal aggression mixed up with some more tender-hearted tunes. They put on an energetic show and brought out an enthusiastic crowd to catch their act.