August 3, 2015

Lowest of the Low at Toronto's Festival of Beer - Concert Pictures

The Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
The Toronto Festival of Beer took over the Bandshell Park area of The Exhibition Grounds in Toronto for the weekend of July 24-26. The Bandshell Park area would be the end of the Exhibition Grounds that was not already taken over by the Pan Am Games.

I went down on Sunday to check out the fest and to listen to a performance by one of my all time favourite bands, The Lowest of the Low. I thought I would never see The Lowest of the Low perform live again after Steve Stanley's 2013 announcement that he was leaving the band, but apparently, rumours of the band's death were greatly exaggerated.
The Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography picturesThe Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
The Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Singer and principal songwriter Ron Hawkins has been focusing on his solo material and The Do-Good Assassins since the last Low album, Sordid Fiction, in 2004, but it was great to see a show focusing on the old favourites.

For this particular gig, the band consisted of Ron, along with original drummer David Alexander, long-time vocalist and harmonica player Lawrence Nichols, long-time bassist Dylan Parker and a new guitarist who's name I didn't catch. A beer fest was a close enough approximation of the beer soaked bars that the band used to fill back in the day; the biggest differences being the wide-open spaces, the beer tents, and the bright and setting sun.
The Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography picturesThe Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
The Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
The band sounded great, playing old favourite after old favourite while fans gathered in front of the stage to sing along. Ron wrote so many fantastic songs that have lasted so well for the fans. He continues to write great new tunes, but I'm glad that he still takes the time to recognize the songs we heard when many of us first discovered his talent.

The beer fest itself was fun with a huge variety of beer vendors on hand to delight any beer lover. I'd definitely check it out again, especially if they can continue to bring in such great musical talent to accompany the sampling of suds.
The Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
The Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography picturesThe Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
The Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Here are some of my favourite tunes from their set.

"Kinda the Lonely One"


"Just About the Only Blues"


They snuck in a tune by Ron's post-LotL band The Rusty Nails, "Bite Down Hard"


"Salesmen, Cheats and Liars"


"For the Hand of Magdalena"


"City Full of Cowards"


"Eternal Fatalist"


"Bleed a Little While Tonight"


They closed out the main set with "Gossip Talking Blues".

When the band came out for the encore, I joked by shouting "Black Monday!" because I love the song and I never thought they'd play it for an encore. Then they started playing it. And yes, I was too far back for them to have heard my shout. It's the second song Ron plays in this clip.


They closed with their biggest hit and fan favourite, "Rosy and Grey". It was another fantastic Low experience.

The Lowest of the Low at Bandshell Park for Toronto's Festival of Beer July 26, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures

August 2, 2015

Black Mountain at The Horseshoe - Concert Pictures

Black Mountain at The Horseshoe Tavern July 18, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Black Mountain at The Horseshoe Tavern July 18, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Vancouver acid/psych/classic rockers Black Mountain cruised through Toronto, stopping in at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on July 18. A relentlessly enthusiastic crowd packed into the front-of-stage area to be close to this talented band. Their set featured extended, dynamic jams that highlighted the vocal and instrumental talent on stage. The Les Paul sounded amazing, their drummer beat his kit with massive force and it all came together in rock solid, glorious noise.
Black Mountain at The Horseshoe Tavern July 18, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Black Mountain at The Horseshoe Tavern July 18, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography picturesBlack Mountain at The Horseshoe Tavern July 18, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Check out some of my favourite Black Mountain tunes:

"The Hair Song"

"Old Fangs"

"Wilderness Heart"
Black Mountain at The Horseshoe Tavern July 18, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Black Mountain at The Horseshoe Tavern July 18, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography picturesBlack Mountain at The Horseshoe Tavern July 18, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Black Mountain at The Horseshoe Tavern July 18, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures

August 1, 2015

Charles Bradley at Nathan Phillips Square for Panamania - Concert Pictures

Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires at Nathan Phillips Square July 21, 2015 Panamania Pan Am Games Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires at Nathan Phillips Square July 21, 2015 Panamania Pan Am Games Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires at Nathan Phillips Square July 21, 2015 Panamania Pan Am Games Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires played Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square for Panamania, the Arts & Culture Program of The 2015 Pan Am Games, on July 21. Charles delivers his own brand of soulful R&B with a great backing band. I was told that I should not miss this performance and I pushed through a giant wall of tired to take it in. I was not disappointed.Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires at Nathan Phillips Square July 21, 2015 Panamania Pan Am Games Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires at Nathan Phillips Square July 21, 2015 Panamania Pan Am Games Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography picturesCharles Bradley and his Extraordinaires at Nathan Phillips Square July 21, 2015 Panamania Pan Am Games Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires at Nathan Phillips Square July 21, 2015 Panamania Pan Am Games Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires at Nathan Phillips Square July 21, 2015 Panamania Pan Am Games Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires at Nathan Phillips Square July 21, 2015 Panamania Pan Am Games Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Check out some tunes:

"Heartaches and Pain"

"The World (Is Going Up In Flames)"

"Strictly Reserved for You"

"Where Do We Go From Here?"
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires at Nathan Phillips Square July 21, 2015 Panamania Pan Am Games Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography picturesCharles Bradley and his Extraordinaires at Nathan Phillips Square July 21, 2015 Panamania Pan Am Games Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires at Nathan Phillips Square July 21, 2015 Panamania Pan Am Games Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography picturesCharles Bradley and his Extraordinaires at Nathan Phillips Square July 21, 2015 Panamania Pan Am Games Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures

July 31, 2015

The Fandemics release new tune Pick Up Your Weapons

Toronto hard rockers The Fandemics have made their latest tune available for free for the long weekend. Take a listen to the powerful "Pick Up Your Weapons" on their Soundcloud or below and add it to your music collection.

If you're not familiar with these guys, their bio reads, "Ex-members of Take Drugs, Darlings of Chelsea, Tacoma Redd, and Citizen Kill get together to make a new band of their own. This time with harmonies, hooks, and heart. Loud, sonically lush, and loveable; this band is a monster in a china shop." and I've shot them twice; at The Rivoli and at Cherry Cola's. They're a great bunch of guys and the music's cool. Check out some more at their Bandcamp.


July 30, 2015

New song from Northcote Hope Is Made Of Steel from forthcoming album Hope Is Made Of Steel

Northcote at Lee's Palace July 24, 2015 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
I just saw Northcote and his band last month. He played a bunch of new music so it was no secret that a new album was on the way.

Here's the title track from the new album Hope Is Made Of Steel. It's a straight-up rocker of a tune that put a big smile on my face. I heard it for the first time at the Lee's Palace show. It sounded great then and it sounds great now.

Catch Northcote whenever you can, but especially during the Toronto Urban Roots Festival this September. The new album comes out on September 25.