Published Nov 18, 2009Sometimes there can be onslaughts of amazing concerts happening within sort spans of time, and it can be downright daunting to decide which shows to make it out to. Fortunately, Exclaim! is here to cover anything you may have missed, or to help let you compare your thoughts on the shows you did catch. Check out some of our recent concert reviews below.
Up for grabs, we first have the Jesus Lizard hitting Toronto recently with Guelph/Toronto residents Brides for a huge show at the Phoenix. It was the Jesus Lizard's first concert in the city in ten years, and we liked it so much, we slapped on our Mark of Excellence.
Another big show featuring a pairing of long-standing greats with some great Canadian acts was J Mascis's Dinosaur Jr. show with Vancouver-based Pink Mountaintops, the side-project of Black Mountain's Stephen McBean. And not to let McBean steal all the spotlight, another Black Mountain side project, Jeremy Schmidt's Sinoia Caves joined San Fransico's Jonas Reinhardt and Portland's Valet for a synth-filled night at the cozy Little Mountain Studios in Vancouver.
We also have California-based Cryptacize joining the stage with brother-sister duo the Fiery Furnaces at the El Mocambo in Toronto, while a bit further east, Detroit's minimalist virtuoso Deastro joined UK pop man Max Tundra at Club Lambi in Montreal.
And last but not least, our brave contributors braved Vancouver's coldest, rainiest and most downright miserable night of the year so far to catch the only Canadian date by Neon Indian, Alan Palomo's fast-rising lo-fi synth pop project and best of 2009 shoe-in.
To see more of our recent concert and album reviews head over to Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed music section.