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Concert Review: Julie Byrne, July 18, The Great Hall

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This past March at SXSW, Julie Byrne stood out from the crowd as one of the highlights of the week by offering a bit of calm from the storm that is SouthBy. I wrote then that it almost seemed as if time had slowed down during her set as I became focused on the mesmerising, almost meditative sounds of the songs off her latest, Not Even Happiness. And so, when given the chance to see her again in a more …

Review: Hillside Festival, July 14-16, Guelph Lake Conservation Area

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During Montreal trio Big Brave’s Saturday evening set at the Island Stage, singer/guitarist Robin Wattie thanked the audience for listening and took a moment to comment on the general vibe at Guelph’s Hillside Festival. “People are so nice here. Like, genuinely so,” she said, adding that the band considered apologizing to the crowd before they even started playing since their heavy, expansive sound didn’t quite fit in with anything else that was happening that weekend and thus might not sound …

Download Festival Review: Linkin Park, Gojira, Lizzies, Touche Amore, House Of Pain, June 22, Caja Magica, Madrid

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Midway through their set at Madrid’s Download Festival, Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier told the crowd that we were all here to forget about the bullshit and be in the moment together. In saying this he essentially articulated what festivals can be at their best. Its about community, about coming together and enjoying yourselves in a weird little shared made up world that lasts for a weekend or so. And as weird little made up worlds go, the first day of …

Concert Review: Mary Timony, June 12, Horseshoe Tavern

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If there was a doubt left in anyone’s mind that Mary Timony is a bona fide badass rock n’ roll guitar hero, surely they were put to rest after seeing her performance at The Horseshoe on Monday night. After already impressing ¬†with a full set of classic numbers from her days in the band Helium, Timony then invited Rebecca Cole, her former bandmate from Wild Flag, to come out and join her on lead vocal in an encore performance of …