Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre, Victoria BC, July 14
Unfortunately, rock is not Bruno's strong suit, so catchy album songs like "Sail" and "Burn It Down" sounded less like Nine Inch Nails lite in a live setting and more like some third-tier grunge-pop band that no one can remember the name of way too long after "the year that punk broke."
A new song called "ThisKidsNotAlright" didn't hold up much better, failing apart at its desperate arena rock seams. Bruno has promise: with a stage presence that is awkwardly endearing, he could become a sort of anti-hero for kids too spoon-fed to endure the heavier, darker sounds of Trent Reznor or, heck, Muse. But as long as he keeps milking his tired back catalog (i.e. that one played-out album) and sticking with that one annoying high-register near-scream, Bruno's floating face down in a sea of much better festival fodder.
ReviewsDec 06, 2014
Peaking Lights / Bobo Eyes / Richy BooFox Theatre, Vancouver BC, December 5
Despite a growing discography and maturing sound, Peaking Lights seem to only be getting younger and younger. On tour to support their lates...
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James BlakeVirgin Mobile Mod Club, Toronto ON, November 30
Only one week removed from announcing plans for a new record, London musician and producer James Blake had the audience at the Virgin Mobile...
ReviewsNov 27, 2014
Gordon LightfootMassey Hall, Toronto ON, November 26
Outside of playing road hockey with Don Cherry, it's hard to imagine a more Canadian activity than seeing Gordon Lightfoot at Massey Hall. I...
ReviewsNov 26, 2014
Cold SpecksThe Imperial, Vancouver BC, November 25
As the driving force behind Cold Specks, Al Spx has been through a lot in the past couple of years. Her 2012 debut I Predict a Graceful Expu...