Scene Bell, Montreal QC, June 30
The band entered without saying a word to the crowd, then launched into "Mr Monday" from the recent record. Unlike the record, which is marked by a heavy hand on the production, this was a full-bodied, tight band with great arrangements and excellent playing. The drummer was phenomenal, precise but intricate, and the horn section was also very accomplished, with sweet calypso unison giving way to avant-jazz soloing. Nevertheless, the crowd wasn't quite buying it: they needed a way into the music due to the language. So when Gonsalves called for a good old fashioned Trini jump up, people did so by the hundreds. This pogo-on-demand tactic got blood pumping and helped goose the energy level. Although the crowd never fully embraced the band, a positive impression was definitely made. I'm convinced that what Kobo Town needs to do is stick with it for a few years and let their complex sound sink in with Canadians and audiences' warmth will be forthcoming.
ReviewsMay 23, 2015
JungleSasquatch Stage, George WA, May 22
Dressed with a camouflage theme, Jungle jammed out their funky sound, and their '70s New York disco-meets-Detroit soul was the perfect after...
ReviewsMay 11, 2015
bizZarhDrake Underground, Toronto ON, May 10
The Punch Records: Best of British Showcase was scheduled to begin at 6:30 on Sunday (May 10), rounding out the end of Canadian Music Week, ...
ReviewsMay 09, 2015
JMSNTattoo, Toronto ON, May 8
Frontman of a power-pop band; major label producer and songwriter; background vocalist on Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city. Detroit n...
ReviewsMay 02, 2015
Leon BridgesThe Drake Hotel, Toronto ON, May 1
New-old soul sensation Leon Bridges doesn't look completely comfortable onstage, but man, can he sing. Give him time. With Internet buzz...
ReviewsMay 02, 2015
TuxedoTattoo, Toronto ON, May 1
When some movie executives decide to inevitably reboot The Wedding Singer, they should get the members of Tuxedo to portray Adam Sandler's c...
ReviewsMar 22, 2015
THEESatisfactionBungalow, Austin TX, March 21
THEESatisfaction came onstage at the Bungalow tent so unassumingly that much of the venue didn't seem to realize they'd begun their set. Wit...
ReviewsMar 21, 2015
IbeyiCentral Presbyterian Church, Austin TX, March 20
Ibeyi began their spectacular set inauspiciously, taking front and centre on the church's low stage and harmonizing on opener "Eleggua." The...
ReviewsJan 17, 2015
Gui Boratto / Lazy Day RecordingsQuai Jacques-Cartier, Montreal QC, January 16
Consider it a soft launch for Igloofest's ninth edition last night (January 16): at the Quai Jacques-Cartier, Gui Boratto played a balance...