February 8, 2016

New Frank Turner: Mittens from Mittens EP

So I guess Frank Turner wasn't satisfied with putting out the great Positive Songs for Negative People last year, which featured prominently on my favourite songs and favourite albums lists, so he's planning to unleash a new, 5-song EP called Mittens on us March 4. The video below features Frank as a skinny, bearded Elvis impersonator, singing the title track.

And head on over to his purpose-built website at ignoredlovesongs.frank-turner.com to send a personalized postcard to someone special.

I'm looking forward to Frank's sold out March 11 show at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall very much, due to the fact that Frank's an awesome performer, and the fact that I had to miss his Horseshoe show last March due to illness.


Pic from Facebook.

New song from Nada Surf: Cold To See Clear from You Know Who You Are

Nada Surf have a new album called You Know Who You Are coming out on March 4. I previously posted the tune "Believe You're Mine". Now they've got an official video for "Cold To See Clear". It's an upbeat tune that will apparently get your body moving in that stale office you inhabit.

Nada Surf are doing the tour thing and they're back in Toronto (after they hit up The Horseshoe late last year) at Lee's Palace on June 3.

New Wintersleep song Santa Fe from The Great Detachment

As I mentioned when I posted Wintersleep's new tune "Amerika", they have a new album called The Great Detachment coming out March 4. Based on the two tracks we've heard so far, this album sounds amazing - "Amerika" has heavy chords, ahead nodding beat and an anthemic chorus while "Santa Fe" is a propulsive rocker guaranteed to sound great on your music delivery device of choice and when played live.
Their tour starts March 1 and features a stop at Toronto's Lee's Palace on March 4. Can't wait!

February 7, 2016

Kelsey Lu at The Garrison - Concert Pictures

Kelsey Lu at The Garrison in Toronto, February 3 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Kelsey Lu at The Garrison in Toronto, February 3 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Kelsey Lu had a memorable first visit to Canada. She has been opening for Wet on their tour and made stops in Montreal, and then the show that I saw at The Garrison in Toronto. She apparently got arrested at the border and was held in a cell for a few hours. That can't be fun. I wonder what prompted that.

She also expected piles of snow, which the record-setting temperatures on the day of her show made sure we didn't have. Hopefully, we can deliver a nicer border experience and more snow the next time she visits.

Kelsey took to The Garrison stage solo with her cello, and later her guitar, to play some beautiful songs that highlighted her magnificent voice. Like many solo artists, she made good use of loops for instrumental and vocal layers. She was only able to get the chatty Toronto crowd to quiet down for one song, "Visions of Old".
Kelsey Lu at The Garrison in Toronto, February 3 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Take a listen to some of Kelsey Lu's music:

"Waiting"

"Morning After Coffee"

Wet at The Garrison - Concert Pictures

Wet at The Garrison in Toronto, February 3 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Wet at The Garrison in Toronto, February 3 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Wet at The Garrison in Toronto, February 3 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
On Wednesday, February 3, Wet rolled into Toronto to play a sold-out show at The Garrison. Touring in February in the northern parts of the world has got to be a risky proposition. Look at Interpol getting trapped in their bus for days last year. Wet was greeted by record high temperatures in Toronto that saw me able to head out in only a long sleeve shirt. I guess this climate change thing is all good until we hit 50 degrees in the summertime.

Wet's début album Don't You just came out on the previous Friday and they made their late-night début a week prior. Big things are happening for this band and they're quickly on the rise. 

They put on a solid show bathing the crowd in their soothing sounds and sing-along melodies. The crowd did just that and made up for any negative impact that singer Kelly Zutrau's illness might have had on her vocals. The live drummer added some extra dynamics to their easy-going sound. 
Wet at The Garrison in Toronto, February 3 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Wet at The Garrison in Toronto, February 3 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Wet at The Garrison in Toronto, February 3 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Wet at The Garrison in Toronto, February 3 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
"Deadwater"

"Don't Wanna Be Your Girl"

"You're the Best"

"All the Ways"

"No Lie"

"Weak"
Wet at The Garrison in Toronto, February 3 2016 Photos by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures