Sebastien Grainger Toronto ON June 7 to 9

Halfway through this set at the Horseshoe, a cover of DFA79’s “Dead Womb” was about the only thing that could have saved the performance from mediocrity. Grainger’s songs are interesting enough, and his guitar work is much better than any solos his ex-bassist Jesse Keeler ever took, not to mention the fact that hired Illuminati bassist Les Godfrey does just as good a job as Keeler ever did and doesn’t even have to try. The set just wasn’t invigorating enough to warrant the massive draw until Grainger stepped behind the kit, Final Fantasy mix-wiz Leon Taheny stepped up to the keys, and the band ravaged the remainder of their time with a blistering show stopper.