April 22, 2018

Waxahatchee at The Opera House - Concert Photos

Waxahatchee at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Waxahatchee at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Waxahatchee at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Waxahatchee at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Waxahatchee at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Waxahatchee at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Waxahatchee at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Waxahatchee at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Waxahatchee at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Waxahatchee at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Waxahatchee at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Waxahatchee at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Waxahatchee at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Waxahatchee at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Waxahatchee at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Waxahatchee at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Waxahatchee at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Birmingham, Alabama's Katie Crutchfield is Waxahatchee. Along with her sister Allison and the rest of the band, she played at Toronto's The Opera House last Thursday night. Bedouine and Hurray for the Riff Raff had opening duties. Click through for my pics of them.

Waxahatchee has become one of my favourite artists over the past several years. I was looking forward to this show more than I thought possible. After seeing the band last year, I immediately wanted to experience Katie's powerful tunes in the live environment again. I knew I wanted to be there for this show so much, camera in tow.

Waxahatchee's Lee's Palace show was one of my favourites of 2017, and her latest album Out in the Storm was one of my favourites of 2017. If you're interested, check out the three songs that I put on my Favourite Songs of 2017 list, and where Out in the Storm placed on my Favourite Albums of 2017 list, along with my shots from Lee's here. Ivy Tripp also cracked the top 10 of my Favourite albums of 2015.

So yes, I'm a bit of a fan.

This show was one of those amazingly moving and uplifting shows that my soul needs in order to feel right. Waxahatchee delivered just what I needed and I know I wasn't alone; there were so many enthusiastic fans filling the entire venue, hanging on Katie's every word and the band's every power chord.

While the set was fantastic, and I think I captured most of the songs below, Katie's acoustic solo songs were a definite highlight. First she performed "La Loose" solo acoustic and then for the encore she performed a cover of Great Thunder's "Chapel of Pines" and "Fade" from Out in the Storm to close out the night.

Brilliant.

Amazing.

I can't wait until next time.

Here is a whole bunch of amazing Waxahatchee music:

"Recite Remorse"

"Silver"

"Poison"

"Misery over Dispute"

"8 Ball"

"The Dirt"

"Sparks Fly"

"Never Been Wrong"

"Coast to Coast"

"Peace and Quiet"

"La Loose"

"Under A Rock"

"Chapel of Pines" Great Thunder cover

"Fade"

Hurray for the Riff Raff at The Opera House - Concert Photos

Hurray for the Riff Raff at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hurray for the Riff Raff at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hurray for the Riff Raff at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hurray for the Riff Raff at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hurray for the Riff Raff at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hurray for the Riff Raff at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hurray for the Riff Raff at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hurray for the Riff Raff at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Hurray for the Riff Raff at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Wikipedia tells me that Hurray for the Riff Raff is an American folk-blues and Americana band from New Orleans, Louisiana. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Alynda Segarra told us that they were Americans who come in peace.

Hurray for the Riff Raff was sandwiched between opening act Bedouine and headliners Waxahatchee last Thursday night at Toronto's The Opera House. Their music, which is charged with emotion, politics and themes of social justice, was met with enthusiasm by the crowd.

Check out some of their music:

"The Body Electric"

"Hungry Ghost"

"Pa'lante"

"I Know It's Wrong (But That’s Alright)"

Bedouine at The Opera House - Concert Photos

Bedouine at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Bedouine at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Bedouine at The Opera House on April 19, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Azniv Korkejian is Bedouine. She was first up on stage at The Opera House last Thursday night opening for Hurray for the Riff Raff and Waxahatchee. She got things going with her intimate and evocative songs. She filled the venue with her full voice and intricate fingerpicking.

Check out some of her music:

"One of these Days"

"Solitary Daughter"

"Dusty Eyes"

Rainbow Kitten Surprise at The Danforth Music Hall - Concert Photos

Rainbow Kitten Surprise at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Rainbow Kitten Surprise at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Rainbow Kitten Surprise at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Rainbow Kitten Surprise at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Rainbow Kitten Surprise at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Rainbow Kitten Surprise at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Rainbow Kitten Surprise at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Rainbow Kitten Surprise at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Rainbow Kitten Surprise at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Rainbow Kitten Surprise at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Rainbow Kitten Surprise at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Rainbow Kitten Surprise at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Rainbow Kitten Surprise at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Their name was the first thing that caught my eye and imagination. It was while going over this year's Osheaga poster. Rainbow Kitten Surprise. Rainbow conjures images of freedom, openminded expression and diversity; Kitten is symbolic of youth, playfulness, discovery and a bit of danger; and a Surprise, sure, why not add a surprise for good measure. The name is very evocative. How's the music?

I caught their show at The Danforth Music Hall last week. The music defies genre. Sure, there's a ton that can be generically categorized as "indie", which is a largely meaningless term, like alternative, that just tries to separate the music of the 90s through today from the music from the 70s and 80s, but these guys bring something unique to the indie-alternative-hipster-jam genre.

The audience seemed to know every word and, for a newcomer, the band seemed to exude some kind of crazy likability. There was lots of fun interaction between band members as they doled out their tunes. Their tunes have lots of interesting shifts and moves, with false endings to keep us all interested. And the whirling dances keep things visually interesting. Fun band.

Check out some tunes from their set:

"Cocaine Jesus"

"Fever Pitch"

"Bare Bones"

"Devil Like Me"

Modern Space at The Danforth Music Hall - Concert Photos

Modern Space at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Modern Space at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Modern Space at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Modern Space at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Modern Space at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Modern Space at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Modern Space at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Modern Space at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Modern Space at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Modern Space at The Danforth Music Hall on April 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I caught Modern Space twice during TURF 2016. First at their club show at The Horseshoe Tavern and then at the festival proper. Click through for my pics of those gigs.

I caught Modern Space again last week at The Danforth Music Hall opening for Rainbow Kitten Surprise. The RKS pics are here. The delivered their brand of tight modern indie alternative rock and lots of new tunes. The closed out their set with their big single "Pen to Paper".

Give them a listen. Something old and something new for you.

"Pen to Paper"

"Just Quit"