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Placebo Announce One-Off London Gig

Posted by shannona On August - 9 - 2010

Re-posted with permission from GigJunkie.net;

After thirteen years, six studio albums, 11 million album sales, breakdowns, clean ups and the dizzy swell of global success Placebo are back in the UK for a special one off show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on 27 September to celebrate the release of the Battle For The Sun: Redux Edition which is released on the same day.

Join Placebo as you relive your teenage years or discover one of the UK’s greatest bands.

You can buy your tickets at the link below.

27 September    London O2 Academy Brixton

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Live Review: the Dildoniks @ Bovine Sex Club

Posted by jseberras On July - 29 - 2010

Written by: Jesse Seberras

Day 492. Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Planet Earth, Sol System, Milky Way Galaxy.

So I was at the Bovine Sex Club. Never heard of it? Well it’s a bar in downtown Toronto that doesn’t want you to know who or what it is. The front of the building is covered in bike shrapnel and other bits of scrap metal in all it’s rusted glory. And one night there, while I was enjoying my fourth bottle of Stock, I noticed there was a stage and on this stage there were three guys and they were holding instruments.

Dildonics are electronic sex toys that can be controlled by a computer. The Dildoniks, however, are a surfer punk trio from Toronto. Both will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Only difference is that you can enjoy the band in public.

Formed in 2009 by front man Joseph Ling, they’ve grown from their humble beginnings of playing out of the back of a U-Haul on a street corner to performing at big venues all around Toronto including the Silver Dollar Room, Rancho Relaxo and The El Macambo. They have created a delicate blend of fast paced punk and instrumental 60′s surfer rock with a dash of lyrics thrown in every now and then.

With song’s lasting anywhere from 30-90 seconds a piece you would think you’re going to be short changed but as the show keeps going you start to wonder how they’re not catching on fire or passing out from heat exhaustion.

You can catch The Dildoniks on a street corner near you as they go on one of their U-Haul tours this August. Or check them out as they play with Peelander-Z on Sept 1st at The Velvet Underground. Check out their MySpace for all the details.

Author Bio: Jesse Seberras is an alien who landed on Earth over a year ago in his rocket ship, Starship Experience. Him and his crew mate, Shawn, formed a quintet rock group in the hopes of becoming intergalactic rock stars. Their band, Starship Experience, sing about the more important things in life: women, drinking and the internet.

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Live Review + Photos: LLTQ Festival @ Gus’ Pub

Posted by tnaugler On May - 26 - 2010

Featuring Cursed Arrows, Union of the Snake, Bike Rodeo, Myles Deck _ the Fuzz, Iron Giant
May 21st, 2010 @ Gus’ Pub, Halfiax, NS

Written by: Daniel Nightingale
Photos by: Tiffany Naugler (of Noisography.com)

Tiffany teamed up Daniel Nightingale for the Long Live the Queen Festival in Halifax featuring Cursed Arrows, Union of the Snake, Bike Rodeo, Myles Deck _ the Fuzz and Iron Giant. Here are just a sample of some of her photos with Daniel’s review to follow. Make sure to visit Noisography.com for more photos and video footage as well!

Cursed Arrows started off a diverse show of punk, rock, and metal by showcasing a bit of it all – beyond their tight two piece original compositions, I caught covers by Fugazi and Black Sabbath. A lot of two piece bands have a less than full sound, but Cursed Arrows filled up the space nicely with with rapid fire effect stomping and good vocals. Tight and knowing how to please a crowd, and hopefully they’re be returning to Halifax often from their hometown of Kitchener.

Union of the Snake were up next – a new band featuring members of Kestrels _ VKNGS to name a few more recent projects, these guys had a huge sound. Distorted bass chords and heavy, simple drums gave a satisfying counterpoint to the usual wild chords, whammy bends, and great riffage from prolific guitarist Chad Peck. This may have been the first show for these guys, and while they lacked the polish that a lot of the other bands on the billed showed, they made up for it with tough as shit riffs and pure attitude.

Bike Rodeo hit the stage next with their signature garage rock sound and some great new songs. Fresh off writing and recording an album, they all ready had new material to pack into a quick, blistering set ripe with 3-part harmonies and frantic dueling guitar riffs.

The dead-steady rhythm section keeps the crowd dancing pretty much non-stop while guitarists Mike Deon and Nigel Tinker rip off chord after chord of ear candy scale squiggles and crazy bends. It’s worth mentioning that the ‘no pedals’ approach these guys have to playing really gives a lot of room in the mix to hear both guitars, the bass, drums, and 3 vocals – with nasty, artificially distorted guitars, a lot of that usually gets lost. It helped that a proper sound guy and PA were in place last night at the pub!

Sharing the same bass player but somehow seeming to crank him up to ’11,’ even after a sweaty set with Bike Rodeo, was Myles Deck _ the Fuzz. Lead singer Deck struts around the stage with all the swagger of early Rolling Stones, MC5, and Iggy Pop put together, while the band lays down punk rock like it should be – tight, razor sharp, frantic, and edgy. Guitarist Dale Boudreau loses his sound a few times during the scramble of stage divers, head bangers, and Queen (of England, that is) styled mannequin bashers (“Off with her head!” cries Deck as the band riffs continuously on the first note of ‘God Save the Queen’ by the Sex Pistols), but you’d never know it with the steady stream of 8th notes somehow emerging from bassist Al Hoskins’ fingers. Dummy destoyed, the band bangs out the cover we were all waiting to hear and the crowd goes wild.

Not ones to be up-staged, Moncton’s Iron Giant take the stage for the final set. While devoid of props, beyond singer Chris Lewis’ chain link mic stand, Iron Giant waste no time in amping the crowd back up with loud, heavy, badass old school metal. The drummer, looking all of 99 pounds soaking wet (which he would be by the end of the set), sounds like a man of twice the legs with non stop double kick and monster fills. The show is tame by Iron Giant standards, with very little nudity, fire, or stage diving (all of the stage divers seem to have been given the boot during the Myles Deck set). The bar is still packed as the band plays over the 2AM close, but no one seems to care.

Five bands is a lot to schedule but the LLTQ crew pulled it off and the crowd loved every minute of it, from the first band. The additional PA was nice to hear at a Gus’ show, though it mostly benefited the strong Bike Rodeo vocals. All in all a superb job, and we hope to see the return of the festival next year.

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Written by: Isaac Thompson
Photos by: Tiffany Naugler
May 12th, 2010 @ the Paragon Theatre ~ Halifax, NS

This week Tiff and I went to the Paragon Theatre for their Halifax Music Club. The HMC happens every Wednesday and features the house band The Light Brights sharing the stage with local artists ranging from comedians to singer/songwriters and rock bands. This time around the musical guests were The Stogies and Mike Trask. The entire concert was streamed live on Haligonia.ca. (Read more after the photos!)

The Stogies got things started right by delivering a wickedly entertaining set of old school rock _ roll with a little reggae and blues. They put on the most energetic show of the night and I loved them for it. Their songs were direct and well written with dirty 70’s style guitar riffs. They’re one of those bands that sound great live. The music has a raw edge and lead singer Blake Johnston’s voice suits the material to a T. He belts the songs with passionate, blues rock immediacy. Although the crowd was pretty small, the Stogies set the room on fire as if they were playing to a packed house.

After their set, The Stogies were interviewed by songwriter Mike Trask and then The Light Brights came onboard to show us all why they’re house band.

The Light Brights played off each other with a relaxed confidence. The songs were catchy with nice breezy melodies that would grow more urgent and intense as they reached their peaks. Each band member brought something to the table. The rhythm section, guitar playing and vocals were all rock solid. The Light Brights combined elements of confessional coffee-house music with loud/soft, 90s rock style dynamics.

Mike Trask played a few songs from his newest album with the Lights Brights as his backing band. This set was a lot of fun and displayed how well the Light Brights worked together as a band. They seamlessly followed Trasks lead. Light Brights vocalist Bethany Victoria even added some excellent (and I assume made up on the spot) backing vocals

Trask’s sound is classic booze-soaked blues. He had a gravely singing style reminiscent of Joe Cocker crossed with Tom Waits, and his songs sounded like the kind that would be fun to howl as your celebrating with your friends or staring into your tear-filled beer.

The Paragon Theatre’s Wednesday night Halifax Music Club is a fun, intimate show hosted by a great local band. It’s well worth your time and your seven dollars. All you photogenic music fans out there might be interested to know that The Light Brights are set to film part of their newest music video at the Paragon Theatre on Wednesday, May 26. So show up and go wild for the camera!

See more photos and video footage over at Noisography.com!

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Live Photos ~ No Flyers Please & Darby Hall

Posted by tnaugler On April - 29 - 2010

Photos by: Tiffany Naugler (of Noisography.com)
April 16, 2010 @ Gus’ Pub, Halifax, NS

Our friend Tiffany from Noisography.com posted some new photos this week from a recent show on the East Coast. Although she missed the Bad Bad Bad and the Sidewalks, check out some of the great shots of No Flyers Please and Darby Hall below. Also, make sure to visit her site to see more photos and video footage of the show.

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Truck Prepare for Epic Show This Saturday

Posted by cristóvão On April - 7 - 2010

Calgary metal stalwarts Truck have been quietly building themselves up in their hometown with gigs around town and it’s paying off. The name is getting out there and becoming more recognized but this weekend could prove to be a launch-pad for the trio.

It hasn’t been without it’s troubles though. The three (featuring bassist Casey Rogers, drummer Bryan Thomas Sandau and guitarist Scott Taylor) started off as an instrumental base waiting for a singer (or singers) to complete the package. Although they managed to find some worthy vocalists, dealing with multiples has led to countless delays and frustration. They’ve forged ahead though and have recorded enough instrumental material for a full length release.

This Saturday at the Distillery could change things though. Not only will they be playing alongside other Calgary metal acts Meggiddo, Chaos Logic, Datura and Gales of Avalon, but the three will be joined by their former Inner Surge band-mate, Steve Moore for guest vocals on a few songs. Moore has been busy with his new projects Post Death Soundtrack and the Unravelling, the latter set to release their debut.

The group promises this will be one of many shows this summer and although release details are still pending, stay tuned as Truck promises to keep us up to date.

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Live Photos: the Establishment w/Force Fields & Cousins

Posted by tnaugler On January - 22 - 2010

Words and Photos by: Tiffany Naugler (Post-Rock Love Affair)
January 17, 2010 @ Gus’ Pub, Halifax, NS

A hardy handful of people braved cold, snow, and Sunday evening blues to make the trek to Gus’ Pub for The Establishment, Forces Fields, and Cousins. They were not disappointed.

The Establishment kicked things off pretty much on time for 10PM. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the band, who’s members are also busy playing with a variety of other Halifax bands, including Bike Rodeo, Quiet Parade, and others. They started the show loud and never let up, showcasing a good mix of old favorite and new and upcoming tracks from their soon to be released album.

From Fredericton, N.B., Force Fields (formerly known as the Fussy Part) also unveiled a host of new songs at their first Halifax show in over a year. The new material did not disappoint, delivering satisfying epic instrumental rock, courtesy of 3 guitars, synths, a drummer, bassist, and a MacBook, at least. For the finale they were joined on mini-kit by Establishment drummer Pinky, at which point they proceeded to blast through a final heavy rock and roll tune much to the delight of the audience. Make no mistake, Force Fields are probably one of the best bands on the East Coast, and probably in Canada right now. Always see them if you get the chance.

Capping off the night were Halifax local favorites, Cousins. Despite a stripped down presentation (just guitar, drums, and vocals), strong songwriting seems to have won the hearts and minds of Halifax (who do have a tendency to be easily wooed by well-crafted indie pop). See lots of pictures and videos below, as always!


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Live Photos: Monotonix w/A History Of & Black Moor

Posted by tnaugler On January - 22 - 2010

Photos by: Tiffany Naugler (of Post-Rock Love Affair)
January 16, 2010 @ the Paragon Theatre, Halifax, NS

Here they are! Photos and video from the Monotonix show at the Paragon!

For more photos (including a link to even MORE photos) and video footage, visit Post-Rock Love Affair!

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You can never get enough of Them Crooked Vultures, can you?

The latest live video to come from the group features their live performance at Canal Plus last year. This video is the lead song in the show (which also happens to be the lead track to their self-titled debut album) but the fun doesn’t stop there! They posted 11 tracks from that performance and you can find links to the rest after the video.


“Dead End Friends”

“Scumbag Blues”


“New Fang”


“Mind Eraser, No Chaser”

“Interlude With Ludes”

“Spinning In Daffodils”


“Warsaw” Part 1

“Warsaw” Part 2

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Live Photos: Halifax Pop Explosion ~ October 21st, 2009

Posted by cristóvão On November - 3 - 2009

Photos by: Tiffany Naugler (Post-Rock Love Affair)
October 21st, 2009 ~ the Toothy Moose

The second installment of Tiffany Naugler‘s photographs from this year’s Halifax Pop Explosion festival last month featuring Said the Whale, Kestrels and the Lodge from their October 21st show at the Toothy Moose;

Visit Post-Rock Love Affair for more photos and video footage from this show.

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