Real Live Action

Levitation Part 2

Day two kicked off with Burger Records four-piece Cherry Glazerr. The small crowd was rapt as they ripped through a set that was equally ‘90s…

Real Live Action

Levitation Day 1

I was apprehensive to say the least. After attending Levitation last year I had high hopes of the whimsical outdoors, the silk tents, and the…

Real Live Action

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

The coolest girl I knew in high school had a Brian Jonestown Massacre logo sewn onto the back of her denim jacket. Walking into the…

Real Live Action

Black Mountain

The first time I saw Black Mountain was in their infancy. In a crowded bar in Calgary, with Blood Meridian and Pink Mountaintops opening, with…

Real Live Action


It is usually a good omen when a show’s opening and headlining acts complement one another. In the case of U.S. Girls opening for Peaches…

Real Live Action

Deltron 3030

Walking up the graceful red velvet staircase of the Commodore Ballroom ignited my giddy mood. The high ceilings and swanky cocktail bars that adorn the…

Real Live Action


As all good reviews start out with anecdotes, here’s one: I recently got into an argument about the merits of bands reforming without new material…

Real Live Action

The Zolas

I’d been waiting for this night for months: one of my favourite local bands, the Zolas, at one of my favourite venues, the Commodore Ballroom….


Good for Grapes

There isn’t a formula for what makes a band great. Every so often, a group comes along with the right sounds, energy, and optimism to…