Concert Review: Wreckless Eric, April 11, The Baby G

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Near the beginning of his set at The Baby G, Eric Goulden, better known as Wreckless Eric, announced that while he had every intention of planning things out a bit better, he would be working without a setlist. “I’m just finding my way,” he admitted, later wondering aloud about which songs to play – old songs to please the old guys, new songs to confuse everyone, or stuff from the middle of his “illustrious career.” Unsurprisingly, he settled on a mix of songs from throughout his career, making sure to include enough of the new stuff since he is touring behind his new album Construction Time & Demolition.

And while new songs like “They Don’t Mean No Harm” and classics like “A Pop Song” and his best known song “The Whole Wide World” sounded great and went over well, his stage banter ended up being just as important a part of the show. Working without a setlist or a band, Goulden was free to go off in whatever direction he wanted, which often included digressions into talking about whatever topic he felt like, be it touring life, crossing the border, or American politics (he combined the latter two topics when assuming that Canadian border guards must just expect that anyone crossing over from the US are looking to take a break from Trumpland). Goulden often seemed to be amusing himself with his own banter, which was admittedly kind of funny, the oddest and funniest being a bit on whether one could have a career as a professional sleeper – commenting how he would want new pyjamas for every job like how a mechanic changes his rubber gloves for each new job. “My pyjamas would be cotton though, not rubber … that might send the wrong message. I’m not sure why I’m telling you all this. I’m just trying to figure out my life.”

Wreckless Eric may have claimed to be just finding his way early on in the night, but while he may have been working without a map, so to speak, he definitely found his way – and the audience was happy enough to follow along on the trip.

Concert Review: Sigrid, April 11, Velvet

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Sigrid was very good.

Song Of The Day: No Joy/Sonic Boom – Triangle Probably

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After a few years of doing her thing in the standard rock band setup, No Joy’s Jasamine White-Gluz is branching out into other forms of music-making for her latest release, a collaboration with Sonic Boom aka Pete Kember. The resulting EP, unsurprisingly entitled No Joy/Sonic Boom, takes things in a more electronic, spacey direction, as anyone who’s heard Kember’s previous output as Sonic Boom would expect.

The video for “Triangle Probably” seems to be made up of just a bunch of weird, random computer animation stuff, including a cursor that appears occasionally on screen. Check it out below:

Concert Review: Albert Hammond Jr, April 3, The Horseshoe

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Albert Hammond Jr, March 17 2018

I’ll admit that it was a little surprising to me that Albert Hammond Jr’s latest release Francis Trouble is already his fourth solo album. Sure, I get that he’s been doing the solo thing for awhile, but four albums? That really snuck up on me. Then again, The Strokes’ first album – released all the way back in 2001 – still feels like a relatively recent album to me if I don’t think about it too hard. Damn, I am old. Regardless, it is his fourth album, it’s quite a good album, and his tour behind said album took him and his band to the Horseshoe Tavern on Tuesday night.

Opening his set off with a snippet of The Doors’ “The Soft Parade” playing over the PA (“You cannot petition the Lord with prayer!”), Hammond and his band took to the stage and put on an entertaining, high energy show for a packed house at the Horseshoe, full of lots of catchy melodies (“Tea For Two,” “Muted Beatings” and “Set To Attack” being the standouts of the night) and a fair bit of dual guitar harmonies.

Over the course of the night, Hammond proved himself to be a highly charismatic frontman who really knows how to work a room – I guess all those years of playing big festival headliner shows with The Strokes have really paid off.