Public Assembly, Brooklyn, NY, October 19
DeMarco and his crew of Montrealers outfitted themselves in dirty, oversized shirts, frayed crew necks and ill-fitting jeans — in other words, they resembled Scope-guzzling hobos. It's the delicious irony at the centre of his music: His perfect pop songs are exactly the type of music that shithead scab-pickers shouldn't be playing.
Yet it's all part of DeMarco's charm. For every cheesy live rock trope they used — sloppily timed high-kicks or naming each band member prior to individual solos — they rarely ever convinced the crowd that they're genuine rock stars. They spit beer into each other's mouths. DeMarco fills gaps between songs with deep-voiced, mock-radio host narration. And, quite surprisingly, DeMarco's amateur approach earned him ever-growing crowds at CMJ. It was part juvenile, part delinquent and every part worthwhile.
ReviewsNov 10, 2014
Blue Rodeo / Adam Baldwin / Carleton StoneRath Eastlink Community Centre, Truro NS, November 9
No, you're not misreading things: Nova Scotia Music Week's headline act this year was Toronto's Blue Rodeo. Bringing in an outside act ...
ReviewsNov 09, 2014
SoHo GhettoChampions Bar & Grill, Truro NS, November 8
It took a few songs for the volume at Champions to seemingly adjust to SoHo Ghetto — or perhaps that was just my ears. The loudness re...
ReviewsNov 08, 2014
MonomythHoliday Inn, Truro NS, November 7
Halifax jangle junkies Monomyth check off so many indie rock fetish boxes that they almost seem like a result of a focus group: earnestly ir...
ReviewsOct 27, 2014
Foo FightersDowntown Stage, Las Vegas NV, October 26
Have we reached peak Grohl? With a new album, TV show and an appearance on 60 Minutes, the Foo Fighters leader seems everywhere at the momen...