The Horseshoe

CMW 2017: UTA / Julian Taylor Band with One Bad Son, Birds of Bellwoods and Friends

Saturday night of Canadian Music Week is huge. And while there are a couple of shows on Sunday, it’s really the last night of big, late shows. And… it’s Saturday night with a 4:00 AM last call!

We found ourselves at The Horseshoe Tavern for the United Talent Agency’s Showcase featuring The Julian Taylor Band. With an outstanding roster, UTA was able to put together a dynamic show. The supporting lineup included The Dead Projectionists, The Treble, One Bad Son, Midnight Shine, Julian Taylor Band, Birds of Bellwoods, Towers, and Radio Caroline.

One quick note, Midnight Shine was a late addition after Adam Baldwin was unable to play the showcase.

We arrived very early and were first in line, the only way to guarantee a good spot near the stage and our favourite bench seat. Now we don’t recommend trying to stand on that bench, not unless you want to get chucked out by security, but they do turn a blind eye to people sitting on the top of said bench. A nifty little trick for those of us who are of the shorter persuasion. Shout out to Lorna and Ian who we met in line and who were our table companions for most of the evening. They’re huge Julian Taylor fans and try to get to all of his live shows.

Our first band, The Dead Projectionists are a five-piece band who call Toronto home. They’ve got an ethereal rock thing going on and they were the perfect choice to get things started. I’ll be keeping my eye on their local live schedule. They’ve got a self-recorded and self-released album, called Detractor and we think you should give it a listen.
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Second on the bill of eight, were The Treble. An alt-rock band from Winnipeg who delivered amazing harmonies, beautiful melodies and great hooks.  They released their debut album in February and Modernaires should be on your playlist. Their live performance was mesmerizing. I have to admit, there was a moment where I wondered about lead singer, Mark Brusegard, “How cool do you have to be to wear a leather jacket when it’s so hot?”.

As the guys played the room continued to fill up and by the time they finished the room was full.
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At 10:00 One Bad Son arrived. And they arrived with a bang. Energetic and at full volume, Shane and the rest of the band dominated the room. It was loud and it was fun and everybody was all in. There was jumping, spinning, flying hair and fingers. There was epic rock wailing and screaming. The Saskatoon boys were on fire!

They played old songs and their new single Raging Bull and they talked about working hard, here in Toronto to finish the new album. We’re definitely looking forward to that release party.
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Now if we’re being honest here, I wouldn’t have wanted to be the band to play after One Bad Son. How do you follow that? Next up was our last minute replacement band Midnight Shine. And yet when the guys got on stage and started playing, it was very different, and it was perfect. Still rock but with a lighter approach, blending roots, classic rock and modern rock. The four-piece from James Bay were engaging and Zach Tomatuk shredded on his gorgeous Ibanez JEM guitar. With it’s the tree of life inlay and gold bindings and trim, it was hard to look away.

Adrian Sutherland on lead vocals is a warm and charming presence on stage and along with George Gillies on drums and Stan Louttit on bass, they come together as one. Their voices blend together beautifully and the lyrics take us to open fields and northern Ontario. They were nominated for Best Rock CD at the 2015 Indigenous Music Awards and they’ve got a brand new single out too! Check out Sister Love below.
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At the midnight hour The Julian Taylor Band took the stage. The stage was bursting with musicians, instruments, equipment and it was spectacular. Horns, two keyboards, drums, bass and guitars creating a full rich backdrop for Julian’s vocals.

We got to hear Fever, Set Me Free, Bobbi Champagne and so many more. Before singing the uplifting Just a Little Bit, Julian asked us if we’ve ever felt like giving up and admitted that yep, even he has. It didn’t feel like banter, it felt like a sincere conversation. This song’s a reminder that we should never give up and it was one of my favourite moments of the set.

For those of you who’ve never seen Julian live, you’re in for the most awesome surprise. Nothing can prepare you for the force that is The Julian Taylor Band. A non-stop, balls-out, sing from your heart connection. Rock, soul, R&B, jazz who needs labels? Let’s go with energetic, fun, infectious, make you wanna get up and dance music.

When the band left the stage, the crowd chanted hopefully for an encore until the tech put them out of their misery and turned up the bumper music.
Julian Taylor Band - Julian Taylor Showcase - CMW2017 Julian Taylor Band - Julian Taylor Showcase - CMW2017At this point, there was a shift in the crowd. People who had come specifically to see Julian started to make their way towards the exit but at the same time, new people seemed to surge forward. By the time Birds of Bellwoods picked up their instruments the room was teeming with fans.

The Horseshoe now held a fairly young group and they were all singing along. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a live performance and there have been changes. Everything seemed just a little bit more. A little bit more theatrical, a little louder, a little more intense.

I got to hear some of my favourites from The Fifth including a powerful sing along version of Roll Your Stone and  a much more intense version of Grey Ghosts. There were lots of new songs including their brand new single, A Year Ago. Lead singer Stevie let us know that the new album is on it’s way and I for one, am looking forward to it.

If you haven’t seen Birds of Bellwoods live, you should.
Birds of Bellwoods - Julian Taylor Showcase - CMW2017 Birds of Bellwoods - Julian Taylor Showcase - CMW2017The crowd had thinned out a bit by the time Towers started to play. The bar was now more comfortably full and the band kept the energy level high.

I hadn’t seen Towers since December 2015 and clearly the guys are just getting better and better.
Towers - Julian Taylor Showcase - CMW2017At about 2:15 I headed home. I’m still sorry that I missed the end of their set and that I didn’t get a chance to check out Radio Caroline but I needed some well deserved sleep. I’ve filed this band away as a band I need to see soon. It was an amazing week and honestly, I can’t wait to do it all over again next year.

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Not Enough Whiskey: Kiefer Sutherland at The Horseshoe Tavern

It was a dark, hot, sweaty Monday night as the Toronto Jazz Festival came to The Horseshoe Tavern… and we loved it.

Opening the show was Toronto’s very own Jessica Mitchell. One of our personal favourites, Jessica has been doing some great things including lots of touring. Look for her at upcoming summer dates including Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Algonquin Theatre, Manitoulin Country Fest, multiple performances at Boots & Hearts, and the CNE where she’ll be playing with Dean Brody.Jessica Mitchell at The Horseshoe Toronto Jazz Festival 2016Before she came on stage there were murmurs in the crowd and it seemed not everyone knew who she was. Let me state very clearly, I don’t think that’s going to be happening for very long. Between her touring schedule and her new song Workin’ On Whiskey getting lots of radio play, she’s set to become a household name.

While her set wasn’t long, it was full of impact. With her amazing tone and relatable lyrics, Jessica proved she’s got the pipes to play with the big boys. And man can that girl hold a note! She finished up her set by bringing out Kiefer’s band to play Workin’ On Whiskey for us all, and we ate it up.Jessica Mitchell at The Horseshoe Toronto Jazz Festival 2016After a very short break, Kiefer took to the stage with a smile on his face and some stories to tell. He was fully committed and at home on the stage. Backed by a very talented group of musicians his raspy voice delivered just what the sold out crowd was looking for.

There was a lot of banter with the audience… he talked about The Horseshoe and sneaking in at 15, and then being asked politely to leave in his 20’s. But nobody was asking him to leave on Monday night.
Kiefer Sutherland Band at The Horseshoe Toronto Jazz Festival 2016Most of the set was originals from his album Down in a Hole with a handful of covers thrown in. Did it feel like he was acting like a singer/songwriter? No, it definitely didn’t.

Kiefer Sutherland Set List: June 27, 2016 The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto

Can’t Stay Away
I’ll Do Anything
Calling Out Your Name
Truth in Your Eyes
Not Enough Whiskey
Going Home
My Best Friend
Ways To Be Wicked
Goodbye
Honey Bee (Tom Petty Cover)
Shirley Jean
All She Wrote
Down in a Hole
The Bottle Let Me Down (Merle Haggard Cover)
Gonna Die
Sundown (Gordon Lightfoot Cover)
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan Cover)

Leaving The Horseshoe Tavern I had two questions. 1) What kind of whiskey was Kiefer Sutherland drinking?  2) Were the patches on his jeans decorative or did he earn them?
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CMW 2016 Spotlight: The Dead Love at the Aussie BBQ!

Before Canadian Music Week 2016 wrapped we hit the Aussie BBQ at The Horseshoe and hung out with the boys from The Dead Love.

With the sun out we sat on the patio out front on Queen Street West to talk about the band, new music, drinks, CMW, Toronto and more – and then we went inside, had some bbq sausage and watched The Dead Love hit the stage to play for friends and fans and industry on day 6 of a busy, busy week of music.

The Dead Love CMW 2016 HorseshoeThe first thing we asked Clint, Stevie and Miles, was how the Toronto crowds had been during the week, and the boys made it clear that they were not disappointed. They also pointed out that the crowds in Quebec had been awesome in shows leading up to CMW… but it was a bit of a culture shock coming to Canada and going directly to the french language.

The CMW crowd at the BBQ also gave it up for the boys with a big pop and a quick gathering at the front of the stage to get a closer look and a louder listen to the grungy rock coming at them.

Aside from the crowds, we asked what their favourite things about Toronto had been on the trip, and their short answer was Everything! Their longer answer rambled a little bit, but included the people and food and drinks and girls… and they’re hoping to be back for more.

In fact, their new album is scheduled to come out this fall, and after a tour at home in Australia, The Dead Love are hoping to come to Canada to tour and get some ears on their new music. Keep an eye out for those dates, because after seeing them in a 4:15 afternoon slot, we can only imagine what they’d be like on a nighttime stage.

The Dead Love CMW 2016 HorseshoeWastelands, the new single from The Dead Love has already been getting some great love from rock and roll fans. It’s a throwback to 90s grunge, the rock and roll that was loved by an entire generation of fans… and when they hopped up on stage we saw that first hand. The sound was instantly reminiscent of Seattle and all of the classics that came from the era.

When we were sitting with Stevie, Clint, and Miles they told us that they didn’t come all the way to Canada to suck… mission accomplished.

The last thing we asked the boys, before they headed inside to get ready to play, was what drinks they’d been loving throughout the week, because we’d heard a rumor that they enjoyed a nice cold beverage. We didn’t get a consensus answer, but the top 3 were Whiskey, Beer, and Caesars – which we told them to brag about when they got home… you know, because Canada!

The Dead Love are Stevie Knight, Clint Ossington, and Miles Cochrane. They call Sydney Australia home and they were a heap of fun, they played loud and hard with a polished edge, and they made the most of their time in Canada before they headed home to get that new album ready. We can’t wait to hear it, and we hope we’ll see you all there with us – rocking out!

Find The Dead Love online at the following locations!

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CMW 2016: Tommy Stinson Showcase with Frankie Lee at The Horseshoe

With Canadian Music Week in full swing on Thursday night, we headed to The Horseshoe for the Tommy Stinson Showcase.

On stage when we arrived was Frankie Lee. Accompanied by drums and a bass player Frankie’s sound drew me to the back of the Horseshoe. He brings a kind of Neil Young alternative country vibe – which we love.

Frankie Lee The Horseshoe CMW 2016One of the things we love about CMW is finding amazing artists we’ve never heard of, Frankie falls in this category. Unassuming on stage, he sings with a smooth, quiet intensity. Originally from Mississippi, his family later moved to Minnesota. Losing his father at the age of 12, Frankie threw himself into music and was given the protection and nurturing of fellow artists.

Dropping out of college at 20 he headed to Nashville where he met the legendary Merle Haggard. Moving on to Austin, TX and then LA he’s picked up a few things along the road. Moving back home to Minnesota to be close to family Lee has put down some roots.

Frankie Lee The Horseshoe CMW 2016In 2013, he put out a studio EP, Middle West and caught the attention of influential local radio station KCMP/The Current. Lee has been working on a new full-length album, American Dreamer and it’s set to be released on July 8th. You can download the first single Where Do We Belong and the album is now available for pre-order.

For us, it felt like Frankie Lee had come home, The Horseshoe was the perfect spot for this set and it sounded to us like he could have played this set, here, anytime in the past 40 years.

Tommy Stinson The Horseshoe CMW 2016Next up was our Showcase Headliner, Tommy Stinson. With the 11PM time slot, and the energy coming from a big Raptors win, the crowd was up for this! The audience wasn’t shy, and Tommy didn’t need to encourage people to get up close and personal.

Decked out in an awesome black and grey striped suit, the guitar playing Stinson was a force to be reckoned with. Years of experience haven’t gone to waste, he started playing bass at the age of 11 and has played with Soul Asylum, Guns N’ Roses, Perfect, Bash & Pop, and The Replacements. It’s safe to say he’s picked up a few things along the way.

Tommy Stinson The Horseshoe CMW 2016Pulling songs from both Perfect and Bash & Pop, Tommy worked up the crowd, and a few songs in had to stop and take off his jacket, saying “We’re gonna slow down the pace, before I have a fucking heart attack”. We thought Tommy’s idea of slowed down was still a pretty quick pace and he’d keep up with any of the other bands we’d seen that night. At 49 years of age, Tommy shows no signs of slowly down, and we’re pretty happy about that.

We were also treated to a sweet acoustic mini set, sans amps and it was amazing how fast the crowd went quiet so they could hear. Tommy, an acoustic guitar, and a little red lighting set the mood very nicely. Great set to end out our Thursday night.

Tommy Stinson CMW 2016 Set List

Not This Time
Makes Me Happy (Perfect Cover)
It’s a Drag
Never Wanted to Know
Bad News
Anything Could Happen
Making Of An Asshole (Perfect Cover)
Jesus Loves You
Don’t Deserve You
Moment Too Soon
Breathing Room
Anybody Else
Zero to Stupid
Come What May
On The Rocks
Unfuck You

Nothin’
Light Of Day
Come To Hide
Alternative Monkey (Perfect Cover)
Motivation
Never Aim To Please (Bash & Pop song)
Friday Night Is Killing Me (Bash & Pop song)

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CMW 2016 Preview – Trish’s Top 5 Must-Sees

Canadian Music Week is just around the corner, and I’m in love.

I was a CMW attendee long before I started writing about and shooting shows. I love this festival so much, I’d book vacation time so I could take in as many bands as possible. I love the way it makes our city feel, filling the streets and clubs with musicians, and I love covering this festival. My only regret is that there’s no possible way to see all of the bands that I’d really like to see. It’s just not possible!

CMW 2016 will feature over 800 bands, appearing in 58 venues, over 7 days, with the lion’s share happening Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Trust me, you’ve gotta plan and pace yourself kids!

If you’re a regular reader you won’t find anyone absolutely new on my list, all of my picks are bands I’ve written about before. I’ve either seen them before or I’ve interviewed them, and I can’t wait to see them live. In chronological order, here are my top 5 picks.

Meghan Patrick at Phoenix Concert Theatre on May 3rd – 10:00 PM
The Hot Shots CMW Showcase
Presented by: KX Country and Boots & Hearts

Meghan Patrick CMW 2016I have a special spot for Meghan Patrick in my heart. She was the lead singer in the first band I ever shot. Let me just say, she set the bar very, very high and she continues to raise that bar every single time I see her. She’s warm, sweet, charming and real when you talk to her, and then there’s her talent. When she sings soft and low it gives me goosebumps and when she lets it rip, her voice is rich and strong. In three short years she’s come a long way, and I like to say I knew from the second she opened her mouth that she was destined for big things. Meghan is an absolute must-see!

Poor Young Things at Lee’s Palace on May 4th – 10:00 PM
The Julian Taylor Band Showcase
Presented by: 94.9 The Rock

Poor Young Things CMW 2016Originally from Thunder Bay, Poor Young Things now call Toronto home. The five-piece rock band is made up of lead singer and guitarist Matt Fratpietro, Michael Kondakow on guitar and vocals, Dave Grant on guitar and vocals, Scott Burke on bass and Konrad Commisso on drums. You can expect great musicianship, intense energy, amazing harmonies, laughs, and feeling the need to jump up and down, seriously!

I’m sneaking this one in here, I’ll definitely be sticking around to check out The Julian Taylor Band!

Ivory Hours at The Horseshoe on May 5th – 1:30 AM
Tommy Stinson w/ Special Guests Showcase

Ivory Hours

The London-based band features Luke Roes on vocals and guitar, Chris Levesque on bass, and Thomas Perquin on drums. I’ve fallen hard and fast for this band. Their version of pop-rock is catchy, sassy, with lyrics that make you think. I love the tone of Luke’s voice, and I can’t wait to see them live. Ivory Hours have lots of great videos on their YouTube channel, you should check it out and maybe I’ll see you at The Shoe.

Petric at Boots and Bourbon on May 6th – 8:00 PM
Cold Creek County w/ Special Guests Showcase
Presented by: KX Country

PetricJason and Tom Petric hail from Transcona, just outside of Winnipeg, and this handsome country duo are steaming up Canadian country radio. Their current single All She Wrote is full of sweet guitar and banjo, seamless harmonies, and a great story. I had the pleasure of interviewing Jason and Tom and they’re smart, funny, talented and super likable. I’ll be riding east to Boots and Bourbon to see Petric, and I’m sure they’ll be worth the trip.

The Lazys at The Cameron House (back room) on May 6th – Midnight

The Lazys CMWThe Lazys will be performing an acoustic set at The Cameron House in the back room Friday, May 6th. They’ll be hitting the stage at midnight. When they were here last they blew up The Horseshoe with their balls out, no holds barred, ridiculously energetic rock and roll show. The Lazys have come all the way from New South Wales, Australia for this showcase and while I’m not quite sure what an acoustic set from this band will sound like, I can’t wait. The Lazys are Leon Harrison on vocals, Matty Morris on guitar, Glenn Williams on bass, Liam Shearer on guitar, and Andy Neilsen on drums.

It was a real challenge narrowing my must-see list down to  5 bands. I have to mention that my CMW schedule also includes spending my Saturday afternoon at the Aussie BBQ. There’s nothing like live music on a Saturday afternoon!

Get your CMW 2016 wristbands here, and start building your must-see list.

We’ll have coverage throughout the festival. Stay tuned!

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CMW 2016 Preview: Ivory Hours, Morning Light Review and Q&A

I’ve spent the last week listening almost non-stop to Ivory Hours, Morning Light and I have to admit I’m having a very hard time picking a favourite track. If you pressed me really hard, I’d have to say the lead track Dreamer is my fav.

The London, ON pop-rock trio has put together an amazingly cohesive album. It has great flow, a saucy feel and it makes me want to dance. It makes me feel, and isn’t that point? The bottom line, I love this album.

Morning Light was co-produced by Dan Brodbeck (The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan) and mastered by Joao Carvalho (Lights, Stars) and the sound is new and fresh.

I had the chance to do a Q&A with Luke from Ivory hours and ask him about the album, what the band is listening to and when we can expect new music. Check it out!

Ivory Hours Morning Light Track List

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photo credit – Devan Laye

1. Dreamer
2. I Won’t
3. Warpaint
4. The Priest
5. Habit
6. Animal
7. Like Them
8. Sleep Alone
9. The Young and Beautiful
10. Morning Light

Q. Could you tell us a little bit about the band itself? How it started, how you ended up with this lineup?

A. The band was located in Vancouver for its first year, we were playing more intricate folk rock. When I moved back to Ontario and linked up with Chris & Thom, I shifted the focus towards pop music. I met Chris at a blues night here in London and Thom through our mutual friend & drum teacher Renato.

Q. Morning Light is the first full-length album, can we talk a little bit about the writing and recording process?

A. It was incredibly fast…the sessions occurred over three weeks but only consisted of about 7 days in the studio. It was our first time working with a producer (Dan Brodbeck) and the music really benefited from an outside ear. We were in a rush to get the album out by summer so a number of the songs (including Warpaint) were written right before recording began.

Ivory Hours Morning Light Album Cover

cover art – Francis Martin

Q. I love the cover art, what can you tell me about it?

A. It was done by our friend Francis Martin; he’s an amazing local artist who runs a gallery & studio out of Watford, Ontario. I was trying to figure out what to do with the cover when he sent me a drawing he’d worked on after he participated in one of our video shoots. I thought it was fantastic so we had him do the rest of the album & lyric booklet as well!

Q. How did winning 98.1 Free FM’s “Under The Covers”, The Edge’s “Next Best Thing” and then Canada’s Walk of Fame Emerging Artist Mentorship Program contests change the band?

A. Each were different experiences but incredibly helpful to the band. The Free FM contest allowed us to put out our first studio EP (Mary) which was a huge stepping stone for us. The Edge & CWOF both offered incredible exposure and allowed us to finance a cross-country tour, in addition to setting us up for our first mainstream radio play.

Q. The next month looks pretty busy with a bunch of dates in Ontario including CMW. How’s it feel to be headlining a CMW show at The Horseshoe?

A. Awesome! The Shoe is one of our favourite Toronto venues. It’s a hotspot during the festival so we’re quite excited for our showcase.

Q. iTunes says people who bought your music also bought Walk Off The Earth, Bedouin Soundclash, Lights and Matthew Good Band, do any of those associations surprise you?

A. Matthew Good Band would be the most surprising, but whoever’s buying seems to enjoy Canadian artists!

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Q. Next are a couple questions we like to ask bands, what’s the last song you listened to and what’s your favourite thing to do that isn’t music related?

A. Luke: Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis)
     Thom: Hedonistic Me (Born Ruffians)
     Chris: Lingus (Snarky Puppy)

Since we started doing music videos I’ve become really interested in film, I’ve probably spent more time in theatres in the last year than the rest of my life combined.

Q. When can we expect new music?

A. Let’s hope for fall! Working on tons of new material right now so we hope to be in the studio by summer.

I really like these guys and I’m looking forward to seeing them live. They’ve got lots of dates coming up in Ontario and you should put their CMW headlining date at The Horseshoe Tavern on May 5th on your must see list.

Big thanks to Luke for taking the time to answer our questions and for getting Thom and Chris to play along. Don’t miss Ivory Hours all ages show at The Mod Club on April 22nd!

Ivory Hours are Luke Roes – (Vocals, Guitar) Chris Levesque – (Bass) Thomas Perquin – (Drums) and you can find them at these fine internet locations:

Website: IvoryHours.com
Facebook: IvoryHours
Twitter: ivoryhours
Instagram: ivoryhours
Soundcloud: ivoryhours
iTunes: ivoryhours
YouTube: ivoryhours

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photo credit – Devan Laye

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Secret Broadcast and A Primitive Evolution with Die Mannequin

Supporting her latest album “Neon Zero“, Care Failure and the rest of  Die Mannequin played to a full house Saturday night in Toronto at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern. Getting things started, opening acts A Primitive Evolution followed by Secret Broadcast.

A Primitive Evolution were added to the bill for the Saturday night. I’d seen them a few years back at The Hideout but this was not the band I remembered. I’m not saying they were bad before they weren’t, but last night, they were fierce and unforgettable. From the first note to the very last they had my undivided attention.

A Primitive Evolution The Horseshoe Play Dead Cult

The music, loud and driving, with purpose. Great guitar riffs, amazing bass lines and energetic drumming. These guys were amazing! A Primitive Evolution is Brett Carruthers on vocals and guitar, Steph Seki on bass and vocals and Stu Dead on drums and percussion.

A Primitive Evolution at the Horseshoe

A surprise to me, I’d just met Stu last week when I bought a hoodie in his awesome shop Playdead Cult. They were super interesting to shoot and they won me over. I came home and bought their album. You should check them out.

On the interwebs:
Twitter: @APEvolution
Facebook: A Primitive Evolution 
YouTube: A Primitive Evolution
SoundCloud: A Primitive Evolution
iTunes: A Primitive Evolution

Next up, Secret Broadcast. I’ve been a fan since the release of “Filthy Souls” last year. I like the intensity and the feel of the music. Secret Broadcast is Matt Lightstone on guitar and vocals, Keith Heppler on drums, Will Bennet on guitar and Curtis Harding on bass.

Matt Lightstone Secret Broadcast The Horseshoe

They had the crowd singing along and their energy is infectious.

Secret Broadcast The Horseshoe

On the interwebs:
Twitter: @SecretBroadcast
Facebook: Secret Broadcast
YouTube: SecretBroadcastTV 
SoundCloud: Secret Broadcast
iTunes: Secret Broadcast

And now on to Die Mannequin… I’ve been a fan forever and I was thrilled for the opportunity to cover this show, in this venue. Amazing! The last time I saw Die Mannequin was at Sound Academy and while the energy was intense, I was upstairs and not down on the floor. This time… front and centre and when the moshing started, I was in the thick of it.

Care Failure Die Mannequin The Horseshoe

We got tunes from the new album “Neon Zero”, old favs and possibly the coolest cover, ever, “Fresh Prince”.

Care Failure Die Mannequin The Horseshoe

Set List

Set List Die Mannequin The Horseshoe Tavern

There are still plenty of dates, with the next stop being in Montreal.
Die Mannequin Secret Broadcast Tour Poster

On the interwebs:
Twitter: @DieMannequin
Facebook: Die Mannequin
YouTube: diemannequinmusic
SoundCloud: diemannequinmusic
iTunes: Die Mannequin

Want to see more photos? There are three posts on Adventures of an Urban GirlA Primitive Evolution, Secret Broadcast and Die Mannequin.

 

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