September 22, 2018

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Phoenix Concert Theatre - Concert Photos

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls played Toronto's Phoenix Concert Theatre for three nights last week. I got to attend the middle night on Thursday, September 20. Frank and the band are on tour with Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs and Bad Cop/Bad Cop. Click through to check out my photos of those bands along with some of their incredible music.

Frank’s new album implores us to Be More Kind to each other. I've got to agree. The world needs more kindness. Frank's always got a way with communicating what we all need to hear about building a better life for ourselves and those around us. It can be as simple as, "Don't be an asshole/dick!" Even better if you can make someone else's life even a little better with some compassion.

We heard more Frightened Rabbit between Sam Coffey's and Frank's sets. Part of Scott's legacy should be around the key "be more kind" message because his sadness and challenges helped give the world such beauty that came across in FR's music, but delivered Scott's tragic end. It's a huge emotional shift from listening to the introspective "Keep Yourself Warm" and the more invigorating "Living in Colour" as the band took to the stage.

As part of the Be More Kind ethos, Frank told us that they're bringing in charitable and outreach groups to each shows on this tour. Really good stuff and I wouldn't expect anything less.

The set was a fantastic musical journey for me and the rest of the packed-in crowd. It was varied and far-reaching as most of the band's sets are, with plenty of rarely played tunes and requests. "Once We Were Anarchists" was requested by keyboard player Matt Nasir as the first Frank Turner song he heard, and Frank confessed that he had to Google the lyrics to "Cleopatra in Brooklyn" so that he could play it for this show. That's an artist who listens to his fans, or "friends" as he refers to us. Frank got Connor, the drummer from The Iron Lungs, out on stage to play harmonica on "Dan's Song" for his birthday. We got a circle pit for "Out of Breath" and set-ending classic/personal philosophy "Photosynthesis". The encore, motivated by fear and confusion, started with "Don't Worry" from Be More Kind, followed by "Recovery", then another song that resonates as personal philosophy, "Get Better" and ended Max Kerman of The Arkells joining the band on stage for "Four Simple Words" to sing and crowd surf with Frank for the end of the evening's entertainment.

I've been lucky enough to be able to photograph Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls four times, now. First was way back in 2013 at TURF and it marks some of my earliest concert photography. Next time was in early 2016 when they played The Danforth Music Hall. After that, it was late 2016 when the band was on tour with the Arkells and they played Massey Hall. Click through to see those photos and read my thoughts, if you feel so inclined.

Here are some of my favourite songs from another immaculate setlist by Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls.

"I Still Believe"

"The Next Storm"

"1933" An absolutely frightening view of what's happening in the world today, especially in the USA. Nothing I haven't thought about before, but it's always terrifying to hear someone like Frank articulating it.

"Polaroid Picture"

"Be More Kind"

"Once we were Anarchists"

"Plain Sailing Weather"

"If I Ever Stray"

"Try this at Home"

"Long Live the Queen"

"Peggy Sang the Blues"

"Photosynthesis"

"Recovery"

"Get Better"

"Four Simple Words"

Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre - Concert Photos

Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I was really looking forward to seeing Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs play again. I'd caught their set at Riverfest Elora and regretted the previous period of my life where I didn't know the band or their tunes. I caught the middle night of three at The Phoenix Concert Theatre where their set was in the middle between Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls and Bad Cop/Bad Cop.

Between Bad Cop/Bad Cop and Sam's sets we heard some tunes from Frightened Rabbit. It still makes me sad whenever I hear Scott’s voice. The joy took over again as Sam and the band took to the stage.

Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs are a massive-sounding rock / power pop band. They've got great rock grooves and riffs with powerful vocals, gang choruses, unique signature stage moves and glimmer of glam. I like how they revisit classic riffs while delivering a show like no other.

Check out some of the band's superb tunes:

"Rough"

"Talk 2 Her"

"PhD"

"Judy"

Bad Cop / Bad Cop at The Phoenix Concert Theatre - Concert Photos

Bad Cop Bad Cop at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Bad Cop Bad Cop at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Bad Cop Bad Cop at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Bad Cop Bad Cop at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Bad Cop Bad Cop at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Bad Cop Bad Cop at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Bad Cop Bad Cop at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Bad Cop Bad Cop at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 20, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
California alternative/punk rock band Bad Cop/Bad Cop were first up on The Phoenix Concert Theatre stage for three dates this week with Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls and Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs. I caught their set on Thursday night, the middle night of three.

I really enjoyed their set. Their tunes are hard rocking, with tons of energy and laden with hooks. The vocals on top are hard edged with perfect harmonies. The overall set was tight and I loved the band's attitude. I'd definitely check them out again and would recommend you give them some time with your ears.

Some tunes:

"Womananarchist"

"Cheers"

"Sugarcane"

"Victoria"

"Nightmare"

September 19, 2018

Le Butcherettes at Velvet Underground - Concert Photos

Mexican hard-edged alt-rock/garage-punk band Le Butcherettes played Toronto's Velvet Underground. Photographer Brad Goldstein was there to capture the show.

We also covered Le Butcherettes at the same venue back in 2016. Those shots are here.
Le Butcherettes at Velvet Underground on August 18, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Le Butcherettes at Velvet Underground on August 18, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Le Butcherettes at Velvet Underground on August 18, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Le Butcherettes at Velvet Underground on August 18, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Le Butcherettes at Velvet Underground on August 18, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Le Butcherettes at Velvet Underground on August 18, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Le Butcherettes at Velvet Underground on August 18, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Le Butcherettes at Velvet Underground on August 18, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Le Butcherettes at Velvet Underground on August 18, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Le Butcherettes at Velvet Underground on August 18, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Le Butcherettes at Velvet Underground on August 18, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Le Butcherettes at Velvet Underground on August 18, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Le Butcherettes at Velvet Underground on August 18, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Le Butcherettes at Velvet Underground on August 18, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Le Butcherettes at Velvet Underground on August 18, 2018 Photo by Brad Goldstein One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
"Spider Waves"

"struggle/STRUGGLE"

"My Mallely"

September 16, 2018

Hillside 2018: A compendium of posts - Concert Photos

Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Moon and Jupiter at Hillside 2018 on July 14, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hillside has been around for thirty-five years. Unfortunately for me, this was only my second visit to the festival and my first full weekend. My Hillside 2016 coverage can be found right here if you want to take a peek. For 2018, I saw forty-two acts over the three days of the festival, and that wasn't everyone who performed.

The way I roll with this site, that has meant 42 individual posts on the 42 acts, each with photos, music and thoughts on the performance. Apologies since some of those are "capsule reviews" or even more brief, while some are more in-depth. However, I hope this coverage gives a flavour of what Hillside is, that it turns you on to some great artists, and that you'll join me at what is now a must-attend summer festival for me.

I also have to call out that 35 years is quite a milestone that should be recognized for the great achievement that it is. The music industry, and specifically the music festival industry, is a difficult one, where so many festivals can’t seem to make it work. Cheers to a wonderful festival, with an unbeatable chill and welcoming community vibe, and cheers to the next 35 years! Happy Hillside!

Please click through to the coverage of each artist that I was lucky enough to experience:

Day 1

Day 2