Ruckus Warning in Effect: Slo’ Tom & Fiftymen @ The Black Sheep Inn, Nov. 30
“How do you like your winter so far?” asked Fiftymen frontman Jeff Hardill to the dancing crowd before him. A sea of blouses & dresses screamed approval and continued to sway. Yes, the entirety of the stage crowders were women. It was full winter in Wakefield last night, light flurries & a solidified Gatineau River below the front steps of the Black Sheep Inn. It was some cold but with the steamed up windows and the arching backs it was also really hot.
Fiftymen performed for a boisterous crowd at the Black Sheep Inn on Nov. 30, 2013.
Record Store Day in Ottawa – Participants + Special Releases
We here at Ottawa Showbox cannot think of a better way to take part in Support Local Month than walking into your friendly neighbourhood independent record store and buying some fresh new wax at a discounted price. I don’t care how much of a music freak you are – record store owners are bigger music freaks and they make a living out of it. So why not support them in the process?
Sometimes good ideas are really good – I Can’t Believe It’s Not :: The Strokes – Is This It @ The Manx
Creative people are really interesting for a number reasons. Yes, most of them are a little crazy, but that’s beside the point. They often spearhead new ideas and challenge us to use our imagination in different ways. Ottawa certainly has no shortage of these people (both crazy and/or imaginative), and they continuously bring about new ways of experiencing art. Whether it is visual, auditory, experiential, or something else completely, the ways in which we consume art on a local level is changing, with events that are seeming to growing in breadth and frequency throughout the year.
TRUTH at Mavericks Nov. 24
On a frigid Sunday night it looked like an episode of The Walking Dead inside Mavericks, but these zombies weren’t looking for flesh, they were craving beats.
Andre Fernandez, half of TRUTH, a DJ duo from New Zealand, had the crowd in quite the trance. He stirred up such a frenzy even a pregnant woman was dancing up a storm to the dubstep.
The End of the Fun Boy Club House
Yes, you read correctly. Saturday November 23, 2013 marked the end of an era, the end of an institution, the end of the Fun Boy Club House.
Soupcans, Ultrathin and The Yips @ Mugshots Nov. 22
Poster design by Meaghan Isaacs, 2013
Friday night was the Kichesippi and Bruised Tongue Tap(e) Takeover Over at Mugshots with Soupcans, Ultrathin and The Yips.
Code red — the inmates are loose and they are delivering a rock n roll onslaught. Toronto’s Soupcans were noisy, rambunctious, loud and exactly what you want as a headliner at 2am at the end of a Friday. They have hints of The Cramps in their vocals and I loved their heavy and destructive bass lines. And nothing like some good ol’ late night moshing to top off a wonderful evening.
Pith and the Parenchymas, Dusted, and The Elwins @ Ritual Nightclub – Nov. 21
Once in a while, a bill pops up on the calendar and makes you do a double take. “$10 for all of this? That can’t be right!” It’s like finding one of your favourite records that you’ve been looking for for ages, and then finding one in perfect condition at Value Village. So it went, leading up to the night of Nov. 21. A few artists I had come to really love, Dusted and The Elwins, managed to somehow meet and decide that they want to play music together in the same night at Ritual in Ottawa. Needless to say, no twisting of my arm was required.
Penske File, New Elders and Cory Levesque at The Daily Grind
Penske File rocking at The Daily Grind.
Penske File, New Elders and Cory Levesque showed us that Thursdays night is as good of a night as ever for some punk rock.
The trio from Burlington, the Penske File, rocked us with their Flatliners-esque punk rock in the very intimate setting of The Daily Grind. With very little room to move around, the bass player used every inch of it, running and jumping around. They have a very refreshing sound, all three members sings, the drummer can really wail and they even have harmonica on some tracks, such as the really awesome “Suburban Bustle.” I particularly liked the track “I’ve Been Thinking,” where the drummer is the lead vocals, which always blows me away. I picked up their album A Restless Symphony and gave it a listen this morning. The album is great, but if you want an example that really takes it up a notch when playing live, look no further than Penske File who pick up the pace and intensity in person. Check these guys out when you have a chance. As if you needed more of an incentive, they are truly nice dudes who gave a shoutout to Cory Levesque and dedicated a song to him.
New Elders playing a great set at The Daily Grind.
Ottawa’s bluesy garage rock band with a punk snarl, the New Elders played a great set as well. The boys have a sort of old-school feel to them with just the right modern edge. My favourite tracks were “Tiger Style,” which was really rocking and “All Too Human” that really showed off the band’s range. It was fun to finally see this band live, having seen Richard Barrie solo several times before.
Cory Levesque playing his last show of 2013. You should feel bad you missed it.
One of my favourite bleeding-heart acoustic storytellers, Cory Levesque, opened up the night. Always the joker, he opened by saying “I just recently learned to play guitar and started writing songs two weeks ago.” Funny guy. Cory has played over 45 shows this past year, this one marked his last for 2013. I am very glad I was there for it. His personality is infectious, he always has singing along, even the new faces. He played a bunch of the tracks I love to hear, namely “Let’s See the World” and “Where I’d Rather Be.