Archive for the ‘Live Eye’ Category

Colin Stetson live review – The Grid (6.28.11)

July 31, 2011

A few thoughts on Colin Stetson’s appearance at the Music Gallery for the TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

Stetson plays a unique sort of avant-garde jazz that’s an overwhelming and intensely physical blend of free skronk, psychedelic drones and Mozart-esque melodies. All of which is played by Stetson alone, usually on an imposing, howitzer-looking bass saxophone, using a circular-breathing technique that let’s him play for upwards of 10 minutes at a time without stopping the flow of notes to take a breath.

It’s the sort of sound that’s both frightening and captivating—the first chord of show opener “Awake on Foreign Shores” is a primal one, like a territorial dinosaur announcing its presence, and raises the hairs on the back of my neck. This tune segues into “Judges,” where throbbing, bubbling bass notes evoke the most precise Daft Punk subsonic groove—and you have to remind yourself that this is just one dude and a metal horn.

Read the entire review here.

The Flaming Lips live – Eye Weekly (7.9.10)

July 10, 2010

The Flaming Lips’ ringleader Wayne Coyne is on stage making last-minute adjustments to the massive half-circle metal structure and other hand-crafted machinery surrounding the band’s instruments when he addresses the Molson Amphitheatre audience to prepare them for his trademark space-bubble crowd crawl that will open the show.

“You’re all going to want to smush together because I’m going to be right on top of you,” he explains. It’s a little like seeing the Wizard pulling the levers behind the curtain before embarking on that crazy journey to Oz — a move that for a lesser band, might threaten to blow the magic act of such a notably magical stage show.

But soon enough, that paint-peeling metal structure is glowing hyper-galactic blue and through a cosmic image of a pulsating vagina that covers its large screen, the other three members of the Flaming Lips emerge, airplane-escape-hatch-style, down a ramp onto the stage. Coyne’s space bubble inflates, and he walks out into the arms of his audience and it’s obvious that we’re not in Kansas (or Oklahoma) anymore.

That’s right, The Flaming Lips (and Spoon) were in Toronto this week. Read the rest of my review at EYE WEEKLY.

Titus Andronicus live – Eye Weekly (4.12.10)

May 14, 2010

New Jersey’s Titus Andronicus deliver an awe-inspiring set of literary fight songs as they bring the “Monitour” to Sneaky Dee’s.

Stone Temple Pilots live – Eye Weekly (11.18.09)

December 9, 2009

No one seems to like the fact that seeing the Stone Temple Pilots play the Kool Haus wasn’t the greatest moment of my entire life. And I thought I was giving them a positive review.

The Jesus Lizard live – Eye Weekly (11.13.09)

November 15, 2009

The Jesus Lizard reunion proves that sometimes noise rock gets better with age. Incidentally, my appreciation for this band has increased exponentially from the first time I saw them play live a mere 13 years ago.

Fiery Furnaces live – Eye Weekly (11.9.09)

November 15, 2009

The Fiery Furnaces being their sibling revelry to the El Mocambo.

Tool live – Eye Weekly (8.6.09)

August 7, 2009

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Third eyes get pried open at the Molson Amphitheater as TOOL returns to Toronto.

Patrick Watson live – Eye Weekly (5.2.09)

May 12, 2009

Patrick Watson treats the Trinity-St Paul’s crowd to a religious live experience.

GWAR live – Eye Weekly (12.18.08)

December 24, 2008

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An endless flow of fake blood and horror metal hijinks — it could be none other than the mighty GWAR.

Wayne Shorter live – Eye Weekly (12.8.08)

December 14, 2008

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Legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter and his exceptional quartet (drummer Brian Blade, bassist John Patitucci and pianist Danilo Perez) treat their Massey Hall audience to a mind blowing performance.