May 31, 2011

Opopo with Honhee Honhee at Rancho Relaxo

The Toronto electro rock band, Opopo delivered a powerful stage performance on May 28th, at Rancho Relaxo with the Spoofs and Honhee Honhee.

First up was the Montreal pop rock group, Honhee Honhee, who lost their 'Toronto virginity' on that night. " Please excuse our enthusiasm!"- exclaimed the lead singer, Stefan Fudakowski-Gowsinger, excitedly. The quintet seemed joyful to perform their very first Toronto show with the welcoming audience, whose eyes were widely opened with curiosity. Their up-tempo tunes with orchestral chorus reminded me of Arcade Fire (in a good way, of course). A chain of impressive guitar riffs and their energies on the stage stole my heart. The fun performance reached its climax with the final song, " We Only Go", while the band members screamed from the top of their lungs,  counting " 1. 2. 3. 4!" I seriously regretted that I didn't go up and talk to the band so I could grab their CD. But they will be back in town for NXNE, June 18th at El Mocambo. Please save one CD for me!!!

After that, all the lights on the stage were turned off , and the Opopo then showed up in the dark with the the light radiating right from their own T-shirts. To be honest, I was very confused when the duo showed up on the stage, as I believed they were a 4-piece band. Instead, there was a duo on the stage with a single guitar, synthesizer, and drum set. Their music was considerably grungier than what I've heard from their record, which involves more electro-styled music. However, these changes did little to dampen the fun of the night, as the driving beats didn't stop the crowd from dancing.  In addition, it was very sweet of them to sing a random 'Happy Birthday' song as a present to one of their friends. 

May 29, 2011

Stuck Tune Syndrome, HonheeHonhee. "We Only Go"

Last night with Opopo and Honheehonee at Rancho Relaxo was fun. While I am working on the show review, I would like to share a song with you folks. This song, We Only GO", seriously got stuck in my head and I am seriously sad that I didn't grab their CD. In this video, you may spot some members from Hollerado. Stay tuned with my upcoming show review! Enjoy!

May 26, 2011

The National Performed "Exile Vilify" with Owen Pallet

Exile Vilify (From the Game Portal 2)It is not a long time ago since The National performed their song, " Start a War" with Win Butler, the front man of Arcade Fire at UCI Pavilion in Chicago on April 25th. This time, the band collaborated with Owen Pallet for a song called " Exile Vilify" at the Bryce Dessner-led MusicNOW concert last week. Pallet showcased his amazing violin skill with the beautiful song along with the trumpet and trombone. Enjoy!!!

May 25, 2011

Arctic Monkeys @ Kool Haus on May 21st

Arctic Monkeys - touring their upcoming album "Suck it and See" - delivered a thunderous performance on May 21st, 2011 at Toronto's Kool Haus. "Suck it and See" is set for release this coming June 2nd.

The opening act, the Vaccines, brought low-key folk rock tunes with them from their highly buzzed debut album, " What did you expect from the Vaccines?" ( Released on March 14th.) I had previously read an article on from Spin Magazine, and I was excited to see them live. The UK outlet performed alluring tunes, which impressed the audience with their songwriting skills - but my hopes and expectations were shattered that night. I sensed fatigue from the band. Maybe it was because of their seemingly everlasting tour. Despite their charming pop songs; the performance was somewhat dragging. I just felt like they are just another wannabe Strokes type band. The lead singer/guitarist, Justin Young,  reminded me of James Murphy so much in the way he sang; but his presence on stage was missing Murphy's charisma. That's not to say that I would want him to emulate Murphy exactly - but I just felt that he had no real charm. 

After the Vaccines rushed off the stage to get some rest, there was a 45 minute wait for Arctic Monkeys. "Arctic Monkeys! Arctic Monkeys"- the voices of anxious fans echoed throughout the venue. At last, the band showed up on the stage, and the venue erupted! 

The performance by the Brit quintet was quite surreal. There was a great mix of their previous masterpieces,; it seemed like they played almost everything I know. In addition, they didn't forget to showcase some of their new songs from the new album, "Don't sit down cause I've moved your chair", "Brick by Brick", and " She's Thunderstorms". The band was so tight - no matter how fast their thundering guitar riffs were everything came together seamlessly with the lead singer Alex Turner's compelling voice. I felt as if they were stinging my heart. It wasn't just up-tempo songs that kept the audience wanting more. "I hope you don't mind if we take it down a little for this next song"; exclaimed Turner, as they started into their most romantic tune, "Cornerstones". Every which way I looked, couples were slow dancing together.

The band left the stage briefly and returned for their encore. They brought out the big guns- fan favorites including "The View from the afternoon" ( Amazing guitar riff!!!), " When the Sun goes down", and " Fluorescent Adolescent". This was a very first show that I was blown away from the very first verse till the end. 

Set list: Toronto on May 21st, 2011
1. Library Pictures
2. Brianstorm
3.The House is a Circus
4. Still Take you Home
5. Don't sit down cause I've moved your chair
6. Pretty Visitors
7. Teddy Pickers
8.Crying Lightening
9. She's Thunderstorms
10. I Bet you look good on the dance floor
11. Potion Approaching
12. Brick by Brick
13. If you were there, be aware
14. Do me a Favour
15. Cornerstone
16. The Hellcat spangled Shalalala

The encore
17. The view from the afternoon
18. When the sun goes down
19. Fluorescent Adolescent

Silverchair No More

Remember Silverchair? Ever think to yourself, "I like Silverchair - I should see them!"

Well, you're too late. As reported on the trio has called it quits.

A quote from the band states:

"We formed Silverchair nearly 20 years ago when we were just 12 years old. Today we stand by the same rules now as we did back then ... if the band stops being fun and if it's no longer fulfilling creatively, then we need to stop."

I remember when their debut "Frogstomp" came out. I was about 9 years old and I thought the world of these amazing 14 year old kids that were doing what (in my unaware mind at the time) Nirvana was doing.

The band has gone through many stylistic and sonic changes over their 20 year time together; if you listen to Tomorrow from "Frogstomp", and then listen to Straight Lines from "Young Modern". What is really quite neat though is that the lineup never changed. It was always the same three members - Singer/Guitarist Daniel Johns; Bassist Chris Joannou; and Drummer Ben Gillies. It's been that way since they were only 12 years old.

Most bands don't last two years; these guys lasted two decades. Cheers to the boys and their future endeavors. I'm sad to see you stop; but I can understand that you may get creatively tired after playing Tomorrow for 20 years.

For anyone that would like to listen to Silverchair twenty years ago vs Silverchair now (well, kind of now) - below are videos for both Tomorrow and Straight Lines.

May 24, 2011

Explosions in the Sky announced a North American Tour

Take Care, Take Care, Take CareThe Texas-based instrumental rock band, Explosions in the Sky, is definitely one of my favorite bands of all time and they have been on my must-see band list. The Post-rock outlet recently released the 6th album, " Take Care, Take Care, Take Care". Followed with the new album release, they will be heading to a North American Tour, including the Toronto Show on October 7th, at the Sound Academy. The Pre-sales tickets can be purchased via the fan club starting on May 25th, Wednesday and the General public sales will follow from May 27th, Friday. Don't forget to score your tickets on time!

Here is a track from the new album, " Be Comfortable, Creature"

May 23, 2011

Arctic Monkeys @ Kool Haus on May 21st

I hope Canadian folks are enjoying the last day of the Victoria day long weekend. My highlight of the weekend was definitely the Arctic Monkeys's show on May 21st, 2011 at Kool Haus. I recorded three songs from the show for you. Enjoy! You can also check these videos from Music Psychos' Youtube chancel. Kanae is working on a show review right now, so stay tuned...

This is a video of their latest single, " Don't sit down cause I've moved your chair" from their upcoming album, " Suck it and See"

Another song from the new album, " she's Thunderstorms"

At last, this is a song from their second album, called " Do me a favour"

May 20, 2011

The Darcys opened for Dinosaur Bones on May 14th, 2011

When the initial opener, The Seas left the stage, I spotted a few local musicians in the crowd -  including Hollerado's front man,  Nixon Boyd. Then Toronto noise rock quartet the Darcys hit the stage. In the dark blue light, they quietly started their performance. They weaved their instruments together to form a quilt of sound - each stitch in the quilt more important than the last. The words meant so much, and the hooks popped up, as if out of nowhere - it left the audience feeling transcended from the traditional sense of an audience - it was more like we were witnessing something. Their music is not just a song with a few alluring choruses and random verses - for the Darcys, each song is a mean to express their deep thoughts... much like a painter using brush strokes to complete his composition; or how a poet uses romantic words to plaint another picture in the minds eye. Watching the Darcys; I didn't feel like I was at a rock show... I felt as if I was witnessing a completion of a work of art. It was truly beautiful.

Click here to find out more about the band.  I've also posted a live show video of a song called " Glasnost/Don't bleed me via Southern Souls. Enjoy!


May 18, 2011

A Primitive Evolution with Crooked Valentine and Never Less Than More at the Hideout on May 12th, 2011

I knew the night was going to be awesome from the moment I got to The Hideout - one of Toronto's coolest venues. The vibe was dark, sexy, dangerous - everything you could want in a rock show. Since seeing A Primitive Evolution at the Hard Rock Cafe in the Winter, I'd fallen in love with them and eagerly awaited another chance to see them again. When I heard the other bands that would join them that night, I knew this would be a night to remember.

The first band, Crooked Valentine, blew my mind from their very first verse.The first thing I could manage to say was "Holy shit!"; swearing at my co-writer Bryen, who had recommended  the band to me previously.  My eyes and ears were pleasantly surprised and widely opened to witness their raging performance. It was hard to take my eyes off  the front woman, Lindsey Valentine. Her killer look and energetic performance was irresistible. She screamed from the bottom of her lungs, spit her drinks all over the place, makeup ran everywhere - she was so hot to watch; she sure knows how to rock a crowd. Step by step the audience was drawn in closer and closer to the stage. 

They had a nice surprise for all of us that got to the Hideout early enough too - Brett Carruthers from A Primitive Evolution joined in on the screaming for a song! They were done far too soon - I wanted more! Be sure to keep an eye on these kids - see them if you haven't!

Within moments the second band, Quebec City's Never More Than Less were already on stage. The crowd didn't even have a chance to calm down - which was awesome! They had the audience head banging from their first bone crushing note. Never More Than Less are HEAVY and what I liked about this band is that they still knew how to cook in a different kitchen. Unlike Crooked Valentine and A Primitive Evolution - who are both from Toronto and were playing to a hometown crowd - NMTL had to work to gain the crowd's respect and attention. And work they did, the band powered through their set - daring Toronto to get closer. Some brave souls - us included - did as we were told. 

When one of Toronto's most buzzed bands, A Primitive Evolution, hit the stage, the crowd was well primed and ready to rock. The fans were eager with anticipation (let's not forget to mention that Billy Talent's Ian D'Sa was in the crowd that night) - and A.P.E. knew they would have to deliver. So when they hit the stage, the band got right into their first song. Te reaction from the crowd was akin to pouring gasoline on fire - the quartet blew up the venue with their beloved tracks, including "War B",  "Show me" and " Beyond True". 

What makes A Primitive Evolution distinct from other bands that I've seen  is their ability to create a new form of entertainment - the excitement isn't always right on stage. They are all about creating a different experience and atmosphere in the entire venue: they've got amazing songs, strong engagement with the audience, having sexy "Love Death girls' dancing on the poll and very unique and skillful performance by each member. Reveling in the atmosphere, I found it very addictive that seeing them once is not even enough.  

Thrilled fans got another treat that night - they were lucky to witness A.P.E.'s very first encore ever! The band came back on the stage with a bottle of Jagermeister and delivered a wild encore to end the night. A few hours of sleep lost and my ears being busted for the next few days were the only prices that I paid and it was well worth it!

May 17, 2011

Timber Timbre, "Black Water"

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The Toronto folk rock band, Timber Timbre released a first video, " Black Water" from their latest album, Creep On Creepin's On today via AUX magazine. It was directed by the Toronto based Team, Exploding Motor Car, featuring ambiguous objects in a dark water.Enjoy!

May 16, 2011

Foo Fighters announced a Toronto show date

Wasting LightAfter receiving a number of positive reviews on their new record, Wasting Light, Foo Fighters just announced the North American tour today, including the Toronto show at the Air Canada Centre on August 9th, Tuesday. The pre-sale of the tickets will start from Wednesday, May 18th (click here) and the general sales is from, May 20th, Friday (click here)

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to check out the rock legendary quartet!

Here is a a live video of Foo Fighters performing the new record.

Sloan in-store performance on May 14th, at Sonic Boom

The Double CrossThe heart warming in-store show performance by Sloan at the one of the biggest record stores in Toronto, Sonic Boom, on May 14th, 2011,  mirrored the impact of their music on our lives from generation to generation.

Thanks to the ever-present delays of Toronto's TTC - I managed to get to the store just 10 minutes prior to the event. As usual, the show was in the basement which is full of cassette tapes and records and today it was jam-packed with people. I have never seen such a diverse audience before; from seniors, to teenagers, to families, to couples. Each group was so different, but they all had one thing in common: Sloan.

When the quartet showed up on the little stage up front, the basement - surprisingly - became momentarily silent. They started with a song from theirs 10th album, "XX" called "Follow the leader", immediately breaking the silence as anxious fans started jumped up and down in time. Chris Murphy claimed that it was very first time that they were performing songs from the new record, and they continued with their beautiful acoustic "Green Garden, Cold Montreal"; to a boogie-woogie type tune "It"s Plain to see". 

I was only able to see the tip of their heads from the very back of the basement. Even still, I was having a blast watching how the audience's reaction. Lots of them were very attentive, carefully studying every details of the new songs. Some people in a group were dancing around with their friends. What I loved the most was families. There was a father and a son on his shoulder standing in front of me. With big smiles on their faces, they were humming and bouncing along with the songs. I was worried if the kid was going to hit his head on the low-ceiling. It was very sweet. 

For the encore, they played their three good old songs, " Your Daddy Will Do", "The lines you Amend" and "The Good in Everyone",  which enticed the audience to sing along. Their performance was like sunshine brightening up my rainy day. If you missed the performance, don't worry. Sloan is touring in North America with the new record, "XX" and they will be performing on June 22nd at the Mod Club. 

May 11, 2011

What's your favorite Sloan song?

The Double CrossLast year, Me and Bryen went to a free show at Toronto's famous Yonge and Dundas Square. What makes the free show even better is that it was Sloan for part of NXNE. 

I have to shamefully confess that I didn't know much of what the big deal was to see them right in front. But Bryen grew up in Canada, and he seemed overwhelmed that I cant even think of a word to describe how excited he looked - and the crowd had the same look! I was studying carefully what this Canadian band have done to their audience, being able to provoke such excitement from them without a single note being played yet.

I had no idea that they were Can-Rock iconoclasts. Sloan is celebrating their 20th anniversary with their new record, "xx". 20 years and 10 albums; they have affected their fan's lives so much in many different ways with a plethora of songs . Their songs must have been the part of their lives, remembering the past and good old days, yet these songs also have encouraged them to move forward. They have made Canadian music history.

This official Sloan video shows how much each song means to Canadian musicians and have a significant impact on them in the video, including Jason Schwartzman, Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), Joel Paskett, Sebastian Grainger, and more.  

So let me ask you a question? What is YOUR favorite Sloan song?

So let me ask you a question? What is YOUR favorite Sloan song? 

May 10, 2011

The Pack. A.D announced a new tour

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Nobody can rock my heart out like the B.C garage rock duo, The Pack. A.D does. Immediately after witnessing the energetic performance in the last fall, I've waited them to come back to Toronto to show what a real rock band is to the rest of Torontonians. As truthfully disappointed in myself after missing their shows during the Canadian music week, I am stoked to announced that the duo will be back in town during the North by North East. The Toronto show is scheduled on June 17th, at the Horseshoe Tavern. Don't miss their performance if you haven't seen them.

Here is a song, Deer, by the Pack a.d

Tour date:
May 14th - The Red Room, Vancouver, BC
May 21st - The Elite, Penticton, BC
June 1st - The Seahorse Tavern, Halifax, NS
June 2nd - Manhattan Club, Moncton, NB
June 3rd - Baba’s, Charlottetown, PEI
June 4th - Gallery Connexion, Fredericton, NB
June 7th - Mansion House, St Catharines, ON
June 8th - London Music Club, London, ON
June 10th - Le Divan Orange, Montreal, QC
June 11th - Westfest (Mainstage), Ottawa, ON
June 12th - Le Cercle, Quebec
June 17th - The Horseshoe Tavern (NXNE), Toronto, ON
June 18th - Poplar Arts & Music Fest, Saskatoon, SK
June 24th - Sunstroke Festival, Whitehorse, YK
June 25th - Sunstroke Festival, Whitehorse, YK
July 8th - Sounds of Old Strath Fest, Edmonton, AB
July 9th - Sounds of Old Strath Fest, Edmonton, AB
July 16th - Nakusp Music Fest, Nakusp, BC
July 22nd - Gateway Fest (Garden Stage), Bengough, SK

May 9, 2011

Ruby Coast released an new video, Stability

Projectable CollectionsThe indie pop rock band from Aurora, Ontario, Ruby Coast has released a new video of the second single, "Stability" from their debut album, "Whatever it is" . Followed after the very catchy first single, "Creep me out" ( tons of whistling and humming from the intro makes the song so alluring), this track prove their potential to be one of the best pop rock bands in Toronto, including Tokyo Police Club.

Ruby  Coast is performing  in Toronto this Friday, on May 13th at the Garrison. Don't miss such a great opportunity to check out this band.

May 5, 2011

Yay or Nay: City and Colour covers Adele's " Hometown Glory"

Last week, I wrote a post about Adele's cover of  the Strokes' "Last Nite" (Click here to read the post.) Did you like the cover?

Let's pass a baton to the next artist. The Canadian singer song-writer, (also known as the guitarist of the post-hardcore band Alexisonfire), City and Colour covered the Brit singer's song during his recent performance in Toronto.  He performed " Hometown Glory"  at the Royal Albert Hall, Toronto, on April 25th, 2011. I love how the audience just went completely silent, enjoying his compelling voice.

Here is the original version of  "Hometown Glory" by Adele.

Yay or Nay!? feel free to share us your thought!!!

May 4, 2011

Malajube with Library Voices and Whale Tooth on April 30th, at the Horseshoe Tavern

The francophone rock band, Malajube, returned to the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto on April 30th, with their new record " La Caverne". The Saturday night show with three various bands invited me to do some deep pondering after all; what does a band need to have to deliver a great performance?

The first opening band, Whale Tooth, gained new fans instantly after performing a few songs from their old album. There was an awkward space between the stage and the front as the venue was fairly empty at this point. Some people around the area were shyly looking around to see if anybody else would step in. Jokingly engaged by the band, the audience was told "There is an awful smell coming out from this side (the left corner), so you guys should move over here (the front)"...(which was unfortunately true, by the way. It stunk really badly during the entire show...). People then began to dance alogside their alluring tunes. They also performed new songs from their soon-to-be-publicly- released-album. This was the 4th time I've been to see them in the past 6 months, but I haven't got tired of them yet. Their performance was very fresh and it just get better and better each time I see them. 

The Toronto quintet passed a baton to the second opener of the night, Library Voices. All of a sudden, the stage was jam packed with 7 musicians and tons of instruments. The energy that the Regina rock group delivered was nothing but extraordinary. Everyone on the stage was just jumping and hopping around with their band members joyfully. I was wondering how they managed to avoid crashing into each other on such a crowded stage.

 Although their songs didn't necessarily impress me with a first listen, (they create songs that really need to 'grow' on you), I never felt unengaged either, as it was so much fun just to witness the enthusiastic performance on the stage. 

At last, the Montreal indie band showed up on the stage and when they did, the venue was packed with excited fans. Their performance was delayed due to the intense sound check. They were demanding the sound guy to change their sound a number of time in French. and of course, the sound guy corresponded in French, making the changes accordingly, which ended up causing some sound problems after all. They started their performance with their latest single, "Synesthesie". As I was so stoked to listen to the song, which has been repeated endlessly from the CBC 3 radio lately, my excitement reached to the peak. However, it didn't even take a second to ruin the illusion. I could barely hear the vocal. I checked the main speaker to see if I was too close to the stage. It turns out I wasn't. In fact,  I wasn't the only one who was having the problem. A girl next to me claimed to the singer between songs that she couldn't hear a thing. He blamed her for standing behind the speaker. Another girl asked me if I was able to hear his voice. I shook my head with frustration, which she seemed to share. 

The band completely messed up their sounds while blasting their own sounds with a big ego, checking their monitor. It was unfortunate as I was in love with their different tones in music; the band has two faces: A great mix of psychedelic rock and synthesized pop dancing tunes, which has never left me bored.

Strongly disappointed with the performance, I ended up stepping back to the area close to the sound guy, hoping for a better quality in sounds. Yet, it was wishful thinking. It was slightly better, but I was still having a hard time hearing the vocal, which left me frustrated. I decided to leave the show and enjoy their music at home. 

May 3, 2011

The Rural Alberta Advantage covered The Littlest hobo

Check out an amazing cover of " The Littlest Hobo" by Nils Edenloff, the Rural Alberta Advantage on April 29th,2011 at the Phoenix.

Click here to read kanae's show review! Enjoy!!!

The Rural Alverta Advantage

"This is the biggest show that we've played in Toronto!"; Exclaimed the multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole,  in front of hundreds of her die hard fans. Cole is of course a member of one of today's most buzzed indie bands - the Rural Alberta Advantage. The RAA were revisited their hometown on April 29th, 2011 at the Phoenix for the release of their second album; Departing.

"We used to play in a bar 2 blocks away from this venue; there was a band who told us that in two years they would play in the Phoenix - and we laughed."; front man, Nils Edenloff said - sharing their dream-come-true story. The grassroots trio had come a long way to perform at one of Toronto's most prestigious venues. A success much deserved.
It was an all-ages show and it brought a whole different atmosphere in its entirety, front to back. Impassioned  teenagers conjured  mosh pits and even crowd surfing, which I'd never imaged to witness with their folk rock tunes. "We play an all age show so that we can see mosh pits!", joked by Edenloff.  The drum wizard, Paul Banwatt, was also smiling, while witnessing crazy crowd surfing in the front.
Despite overexcited teenage fans, older crowds seemed to enjoy their performance by joining songs with their  instrumental called, "hand-clapping", with songs like "Edmonton", and " The ballad of the RAA."  Although the trio performed more songs from their first album, "Hometowns", they didn't forget to share their amazing tunes from the second album including "Under the Knife" and "Stamps".  I was overwhelmed by the fact that I was witnessing Banwatt's tremendous drumming right in front, which I vowed to do so last time that I saw their performance. It definitely worth the long wait and I can proudly claim that he is one of my favorite drummers today.The show got even sweeter when Eldenloff came back on the stage alone and performed a cover of "the Littlest Hobos"

It's been almost three years since I've witnessed their performance for the first time in a tent during the V-festival in 2009. The trio was nobody back then. Yet, they managed to keep  the same intimacy with the audience in the sold-out phoenix show.  The Rural Alberta Advantage is definitely one of the bands that I need to see every time that they perform in the town.

May 2, 2011

The Rural Alberta Advantage released a new video, "Under the Knife"

I am having a hard time to wake up from the dream that I saw on last Friday,  when I witnessed a jaw-dropping performance by the Toronto indie rock band, The Rural Alberta Advantage ( The review to follow shortly)

The trio has released a new video of "Under the Knife",  from their latest album, Departing. The front man, Nile Edenloff,  passionately performs the song alone with a piano.

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The Kills with Cold Cave & the Entrance Band LIVE at Sound Academy

The Kills brought their tightly contained explosion of a rock show to Toronto again Sunday May 1st in support of their latest release Blood Pressures. I can't say as much for their openers for the night; the Entrance band (terrible name) were boring and their drummer couldn't really keep time... during their entire set I was trying to figure out how any label would bank on them after seeing them live. The next "band" (the word band is in quotations for a reason...) Cold Cave were just as bad. The only talented live member of the "band" is their drummer and he only seemed capable of playing four on the floor beats or your typical disco stylized dance beat. I can't really call Cold Cave a Band because they don't play an instrument - aside from drums - live. All they do is trigger samples and loops and pretend that they are doing something. and the singer couldn't hold a note in key to save his life. Cold Cave SUCKS.

Anyway; on to bigger and brighter things.

For those unfamiliar with The Kills; allow me to introduce them to you. The Kills are Jamie Hince on Guitar/Vocals & Alison Mosshart on Vocals/Guitar. They play mesmerizing, dangerous, sweaty, sexy blues rock. Their chemistry together is real enough that you can almost touch it.

They have been getting a lot of press individually as of late: Alison for her amazing performances with Jack White's Dead Weather and Jamie for his love life. For those not in the know; he is shagging Kate Moss.

Any press is good press they say, and it's always nice when a band gets to be as big as The Kills are now - especially when they keep their fans in mind! They are still playing mid sized venues and they haven't skyrocketed their ticket prices and they consistently put money back into their touring budget (their amazing new light show for example!)

The Show was very heavy with tracks from Blood Pressures; the standout of course being their lead-off single "Satellite". But they wisely peppered their set with old favourites: their opener "No Wow" from the album of the same name, "U.R.A. Fever" from Midnight Boom (only about 5 songs into the set too!), and their classic closing song "Fried my Little Brain" from their amazing debut Keep on Your Mean Side.

For a band that is only two members strong, they are VERY strong. They have constant control of their crowd and they never fail to impress. If you haven't yet seen The Kills - you are truly missing out.