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TIGER BAR GROOVE w/ Saskatoon Guitar Destroyer/Triceratops/Datura/Playground Hookers/Bravestation at Tiger Bar, Oct. 22nd

October 23rd, 2009 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Saskatoon Guitar Destroyer began the night with a solid acoustic set. Jo Landau, who performs under the pseudonym, sounded really good, even without his usual backups. If you haven’t heard his stuff before, it’s like idiosyncratic indie-pop with some kind of strange, deceptively technical composition beneath the surface.
Triceratops was great. There’s a hard streak to this band, though I wouldn’t say it’s a chief characteristic of their sound, which shows a bit of an indie rock bent. The place at this point was getting pretty busy.
Datura was up next and they got the place pretty full. I got a lot of good feedback about this band, though they sounded a little heavier than I expected.
Playground Hookers got on at some point around like 12:50, so that was about an hour and twenty minutes later than they were supposed to. Pretty much what you can usually expect at shows with several bands, everything gets pushed back big time, which is unfortunate.
Last band was Bravestation. They went on at about 1:40, and even though most of the bands got paid before they even began playing, a lot of them and some people in the audience stuck around to see them play. And it was worth it, they were a great band and they were so nice and great to work with, it was a shame they couldn’t get on till so late.
But all’s well that ends well and the show ended very well. A lot of great bands, good times and a bit of good money. And that’s the story of the Tiger Bar Groove…

Jay Sparrow/The Natural Shocks/Saskatoon Guitar Destroyer at Rancho Relaxo, August 12th

August 13th, 2009 | Features, Uncategorized | 0 Comments

Jay Sparrow played an alright set. Though it wasn’t quite up to snuff with his myspace recordings, he clearly knew what he was doing. As you would expect from a man with an acoustic guitar from Edmonton, he sounded the part of the ‘Canadian folk artist’ in the indie era.

The Natural Shocks seemed suspiciously more talented than one would think of a band playing a Wednesday night at Rancho to a sparse crowd. It comes as little surprise that frontman Jim Deluca was a former member of local hot-topic band The Ghost Is Dancing. Actually, I thought The Natural Shocks were considerably better TGID though admittedly their sound was not as grandiose. They sounded strong as a three piece, with a good pop sense and a distinguished kind of noisy rumble to their sound. It was legit.

Saskatoon Guitar Destroyer played a very strong set, a surprising improvement over their last one at the Drake not long ago. Frontman Jo Landau‘s songs are highly idiosyncratic (think Jad Fair-ish) but they’re written with a sharp pop sense and often feature interesting chords and sophisticated progressions reflective of his higher level of musical education (I believe he’s currently majoring in music at York). His band played a strange variety of instruments including shakers, accordion, a couple drum parts and two synth/midi-controllers plugged into macs providing them with a variety of interesting sounds. It’s good to see Jo finally bringing some of his songs to life both with his band and with the shows he’s now playing. So, yeah, check out Saskatoon Guitar Destroyer, they’re getting better all the time.