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by Thomas Hauner

9 Apr 2010


Caetano Veloso sings with his hands.  When not strumming diminished seventh chords, his arms and hands are continually gesticulating, like a Bill T. Jones interpretive dance accompanying each song.  Thursday night at Terminal 5, Veloso’s arms were most often extended with palms out, an open embrace of the warehouse-like venue and its not-quite capacity crowd.  But he’d also embrace himself, toss his arms in the air, twirl his hands like twisting helixes, or walk like an Egyptian.  It seemed like he really just wanted to lift off in the hang-glider that served as a backdrop behind him and his three-piece band.

by Thomas Hauner

8 Apr 2010


Though jazz trio the Bad Plus have made a name for themselves playing innovative covers of popular music (i.e. Radiohead’s “Karma Police” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”) such tunes are merely a drop in their sea of sounds.  Wednesday’s early set at New York’s hallowed Blue Note found the group—that is, Ethan Iverson, piano; Reid Anderson, bass; and Dave King, drums—in their element and exploring all aspects of their original compositions.

by Dave MacIntyre

8 Apr 2010


On tour to promote his new album, True Devotion, it was Votolato’s first visit to Toronto since 2007.  The Texas-born singer explained that since his last visit he had been on “a spiritual journey” to find himself and get back to what mattered most: the music.  True Devotion is the product of that journey.

by David Reyneke

8 Apr 2010


As Bonobo, Simon Green’s primarily electronic compositions have won critical praise. However, on this latest tour, they’ve been seamlessly translated to the live stage as Green is backed by a band of talented multi-instrumentalists. Opening up with new songs, like “Kiara” and “Kong”, it became evident that everyone on hand was already well versed in the new material, which had only been circulating for a few weeks now. But of course we can’t forget the throwback classics, specifically “Noctuary” and “Days to Come”, which have now been perfected by Bonobo and his band.

by Dave MacIntyre

8 Apr 2010


It’s Saturday night at The Phoenix Concert Theatre and I’m ready to see Miike Snow. Having covered countless shows at this venue without an incident, I arrived at 8 PM for doors (per the venue’s website) unconcerned. Imagine my surprise when there was no one in line outside. Steeping through the doors, panic set in as I heard the instantly recognizable music of Miike Snow coming from inside the club.  I was informed by staff that doors were in fact at 6 PM ,because of the long-weekend, and that Miike Snow had taken the stage at 7:30 PM. Subject to the usual three-song photo limit, I had obviously missed it and I would not be allowed to take pictures. In fact if I wanted to enter, I would have had to check my camera. Deflated, I left to the continuing sounds of Miike Snow.

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