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Concert Review: LCD Soundsystem, Dec 3, ACC

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A post shared by Ricky Lam (@panicmanual) on Dec 6, 2017 at 12:33pm PST LCD Soundsystem is awesome live. This was my assessment of them before their show on Sunday and nothing has changed about that since. Returning to Toronto for the first time since their “retirement”, expectations were high. The ACC was an interesting choice for a band which finds themselves at the point in their careers where they are too big for small indie venues but not big …

Concert Review: Pale Waves, November 16, Baby G

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A post shared by Ricky Lam (@panicmanual) on Nov 16, 2017 at 7:49pm PST It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a new buzz band on the cusp of stardom. Now a grizzled veteran, I tend to stick to more known music factors, much to my own distaste. But you know, as you get older you really want to be efficient with your time and sometimes taking a chance on a new band is a risk you don’t want to take. …

Concert Review: Luna, Nov 8, Great Hall

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Meeting up with Luna at the Great Hall on a chilly Wednesday night is like meeting an old friend that you haven’t seen in a long time. You are all a bit older, so the meeting takes place in a well lit and moderately classy environment (Great Hall) instead of an old dirty bar. You meet a little earlier (start time at 9:30 pm) than you would in your roaring twenties, when you would pre-drink and meet before the stroke …

Song of the Day: Pale Waves – New Years Eve

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Manchester 4-piece Pale Waves are back with another single, and you know what, I’m shocked they didn’t make the soundtrack of Stranger Things. Both of them evoke this nostalgic innocent feeling in your heart that just warms you up. Heather Baron-Gracie and one of the characters on Stranger Things also both seem to favor psuedo-goth makeup. It’s a new-wave match made in heaven. Having released three solid catchy as hell singles this summer, it seems like Pale Waves are on …