Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre, Victoria BC, July 14
Cook, a multitalented musician who mostly plays smoking blues guitar but also handles drums and anything else he can get his hands on, routinely makes stagehands run around him with confused looks on their faces as he manipulates his instruments, disassembles drum kits, bangs microphones and drumsticks against his guitar and somehow makes all of this sound perfect by the note. Joined by a drummer and bassist on this day, Cook motored through a half-dozen deep blues rock songs (with ample grunge thrown in) and played so hard that the now-sizeable festival crowd called him back for an encore. As a second-day festival opener. At 2:45 p.m. Cook's performance was so jaw-dropping that some fans were still shouting his name out three bands later.
ReviewsFeb 26, 2015
Single Mothers / The Dirty Nil / TriggersGood Will Social Club, Winnipeg MB, February 25
Single Mothers is one of those bands you just have to see to believe. The London, ON quartet has released some solid recordings, but their s...
ReviewsFeb 25, 2015
The Elwins / Marshall BurnsO'Hanlon's, Regina SK, February 24
"It didn't always seem that worthwhile, but now that it's over, I don't regret any fucking moment," sang hometown songwriter Marshall Burns ...
ReviewsFeb 23, 2015
Cro-Mags / WithdrawalPark Theatre, Winnipeg MB, February 22
Winnipeg was dealt a relatively short but undeniably heavy dose of hardcore on the coldest Sunday night (so far) of the year. Crossover lege...
ReviewsFeb 22, 2015
Kevin Morby / Jessica Pratt / Malcolm JackElectric Owl, Vancouver BC, February 21
This was a cool bill from start to finish. Vancouver's Malcolm Jack opened with selections from his dreamy Dada Plan project, all jangly sol...