January 20th, 2011
Summer’s so full of BBQs, patio parties, and music festivals, we sometimes wonder if winter gets jealous.
Summer celebrations are feeling the heat from Igloofest, an international outdoor music festival on until January 29. We’ll be dancing the cold away at the Old Port to international DJs like Kid Sister on Thursday, Round Table Knights on Friday, and Hatchmatik on Saturday.
iPhone users can pick up the free Igloofest app, offering the festival map and schedule.
So you’ll never miss a beat.
Tickets online at www.igloofest.ca ($13.54 + $3.25 per order) or at Igloofest ($12).
November 3rd, 2010
There are probably a lot of librarians out there who dream of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. But who would have thought Keith Richards dreamed of being a librarian?
Life ($33.99) is the just-released autobiography of Keith Richards (with contributor James Fox), ironically named for a man who spent a decade on the “Most Likely to Die” list. The hard-living hardcover promises to be a juicy read, getting into everything from Richards’ difficult relationship with the “unbearable” Mick Jagger, to his addictions to drugs, to his love of the Dewey Decimal System. Who knew?
It’s only rock ‘n roll. But we like it.
At bookstores including Chapters, Indigo, and online at amazon.ca
October 13th, 2010
We liked, tweeted, and shared that great music video with the rock band dancing alongside tiny trained dogs, and then we wondered…who are those guys?
The band, OK Go, may be most widely known for their viral videos, like Grammy-award winning treadmill dancing in “Here it goes Again” and the fabulously furry back-up dancers in their latest, "White Knuckles," but it’s the music that really makes us want to get up and dance.
No treadmill or toy dog required.
October 16, 8:30 p.m., tickets ($18), Le National, 1220 St. Catherine St. E., Montreal, 514-845-2014 and www.admission.com
September 29th, 2010
“It's 1980, you're wearing Armani and you're driving down the Pacific Coast Highway in your Mercedes-Benz 450SL”
That’s how Douglas Chow describes his Montreal electro-funk outfit AXXE, whose '70s/'80s disco pop unabashedly borrows from the Bay City Rollers and 10cc. We love their video for the ¡BORRACHO! remix of Hard Candy made up of deliciously bad '80s fashion and clips from Boogie Nights.
Perfectly suited to fashion runways and Friday night cocktails, its upcoming EP Mainstream includes a kick-ass S.A.T.U.R.D.A.Y. Night Neon Workout remix that can be heard on the Hugo Boss website.
Who said disco was dead?
AXXE EP launch party, from 7 p.m., October 4th, tickets $5, $35 with dinner Restaurant Atma, 3962 St-Laurent Blvd., Montreal, 514-798-8484.
September 10th, 2010
When a kids group plays Coachella and is the inspiration behind Brad Pitt's Halloween costume, you know it's captured the zeitgeist.
DJ Lance Rock and the Gabba Gang are taking their hip show on the road to select Canadian cities. High-energy and interactive, the magical boom box will be pumping, and the Dancey Dance section will include a top secret guest at every show (past participants include Sarah Silverman and Snoop Dog).
Just try not to push the kids out of the way when you rush the stage.
Tour dates and tickets at www.yogabbagabbalive.com/tickets
August 11th, 2010
Fresh from DJing shows at last week’s Festival Mode and Design, The Tanuki Project has launched its trippin’ debut album.
During live shows, the Montreal-based electro-rock band creates an intense audio-visual experience with a video director projecting visual images set to the hypnotic live music. Now we can recreate the experience at home with Playground for Everyone that includes 52 minutes of downloadable visual material.
The rhythmic drumming and trip-hop beats had us strutting around the house like it was our very own catwalk.
$7.99 on iTunes.
June 23rd, 2010
Rufus might be staging operas and playing Carnegie Hall, but our favorite Wainwright sibling has always been Martha.
We adore her even more with the release of Sans Fusils, ni souliers, à Paris, a live interpretation of Edith Piaf’s lesser-known songs. The tunes are both romantic and tortured (just like Piaf) with Martha’s folksy voice wobbling in all the right places.
Is it unfair to play favourites in families? Je ne regrette rien.
$9.99 on iTunes
June 4th, 2010
Remember when you could convince them that Coldplay was "kids music?"
Now that you're stuck with Bingo and Itsy Bitsy Spider, might as well jazz it up.
Toronto-based Songs Just for Me inserts your children's names into traditional kids songs to surprising effect.
You may need earplugs after the tenth playing, but we can guarantee your 4-year-old will be an instant groupie.
Order your custom CD ($19.99) at www.justforme.com
May 12th, 2010
It takes a certain kind of chutzpah to sing country music on Saint Laurent Boulevard.
Plateau hipsters can’t get enough of singer-songwriter Li’l Andy and now the cowboy crooner has added a new layer to his sound by blending country-noir with traditional gospel. His third album All Who Thirst Come to the Waters is a selection of rich and reflective tunes recorded among the pews of 19th century St. Jean Baptiste Cathedral.
Yeeha and amen to that.
Li'l Andy’s All Who Thirst Come to the Waters CD launch 9 p.m., tickets $8, tonight at Sala Rossa, 4848 St-Laurent Blvd., Montreal, 514-284-0122, www.casadelpopolo.com
April 28th, 2010
Fancy some jazz?
From 1920s bebop to the invention of '60s freestyle, Miles Davis was no one-note wonder. The legendary trumpeter is celebrated at the new exhibit We Want Miles, a multi-media show that features listening booths and free jazz concerts highlighting the man’s musical genius.
Besides making iconic records, he inspired creations by Jean-Michel Basquiat (three of his paintings are on display here) and photographers like Irving Penn and Anton Corbijn.
Trust us cats, you’ll blow your top.
Tickets $15, April 30-August 29, Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion, 1380 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, 514-285-2000, www.mmfa.qc.ca