Thursday, September 03, 2015

Over the moon

Twenty-four hours after I had dropped by Pressed I was their downing lime soda again, this time for a show by former Wolf Parader Spencer Krug (who travels under the Moonface brand) and Isaac Vallentin, whose electronic sounds online (check out his Youtube video for Stewardess to see what I mean) turned more singer-songwriter in person as he accompanied himself on guitar. He'll be back at Pressed Sept. 21 so you check it out for yourself.

Isaac Vallentin at Pressed

Isaac sings - the light was not great up front.

Isaac Vallentin at Pressed

Isaac claims to not be a big fan of harmonicas.

Isaac Vallentin at Pressed

On to Spencer. The light was even dimmer for his set, so this is about as good as it gets.

Moonface at Pressed

I really enjoyed his Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I Hoped; he played some new material (he's apparently revisiting the piano) and also did a cool run through City Wrecker. A fine set for an enthusiastic full house.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Weed and waves

Last week was a busy one for me - it's been a while since I went to four shows in four nights, but dare I say the entertainment season is easing out of the August doldrums as cottage season ends and the students return. Wednesday I went to Pressed to check out Colleen Green, making a return appearance, new album in hand. It also marked the last hurrah of Weed Mom and (I think) the second show from Gaycation/Tropical Dripps/Wooka Tribe vets as Creep Wave. Pressed was packed. Here's a well-lit Britanny.

Creep Wave at Pressed

Derek Muldoon gets in the zone.

Creep Wave at Pressed

Kieran hits!

Creep Wave at Pressed

Bonus Brittany!

Creep Wave at Pressed

The whole lot, likely covering All This And More!

Creep Wave at Pressed

Singalong action!

Creep Wave at Pressed

So the youngsters of Weed Mom dressed all spiffy for their farewell show. There's no doubt the crowd was mostly hyped up this performance. Here's Tyrin and Allie modelling their sharp stuff!

Weed Mom at Pressed

Zoe works the keys!

Weed Mom at Pressed

Tyrin sings!

Weed Mom at Pressed

Suitable action with Sasha!

Weed Mom at Pressed

Guitar action with Kai and Allie!

Weed Mom at Pressed

Tyrin switches to drums.

Weed Mom at Pressed

Extra Allie!

Weed Mom at Pressed

Extra Sasha!

Weed Mom at Pressed

Extra Kai!

Weed Mom at Pressed

Zoe sings!

Weed Mom at Pressed

Things were getting pretty chaotic in the audience, which may explain why Allie is standing on her amp.

Weed Mom at Pressed

Sasha sings!

Weed Mom at Pressed

Head-rubbing action!

Weed Mom at Pressed

Fisheye action!

Weed Mom at Pressed

On to Colleen Green. Green has been talking about getting a live drummer on the interwebs since appearing at Pressed in April 2013. Apparently Casey Weissbuch of Slutever fit the bill. She also has a "new" album (I Want To Grow Up, released in February), containing somewhat more reflective material than her breezy debut.

Colleen Green at Pressed

More Green!

Colleen Green at Pressed

Casey hits!

Colleen Green at Pressed

The shouty bit!

Colleen Green at Pressed

Hair-tossing action!

Colleen Green at Pressed

Extra Casey!

Colleen Green at Pressed

Rocking action!

Colleen Green at Pressed

A fine capper, if a bit of an anti-climax.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Fantasy island

I skipped Friday night's Albert Island shenanigans, but was front and centre for Saturday; my sister's family was visiting from out west and they're big Austra fans so naturally we all went off together to check out that show, along with a side helping of other greatness, starting with Ottawa Pipahauntas (a.k.a. Sam from Organ Eyes, though I've seen a lot more of her solo stuff of late).

Pippahauntas at Albert Island

The warehouse is a very nice space.

Pippahauntas at Albert Island

The shouty bit!

Pippahauntas at Albert Island

Then it was time to check out the outdoor stage - also a very nice venue, with a bit of built-in reverb thanks to the stone buildings one either side. Tamara Lindeman, a.k.a. The Weather Station, started her set off with a solo tune before bringing on her band (Ben Whitely, Adrian Cook and Ian Kehoe).

Weather Station at Albert Island

Solo action!

Weather Station at Albert Island

Ian hits!

Weather Station at Albert Island

Adrian works the steel.

Weather Station at Albert Island

Tamara sings, Ben handles the low end.

Weather Station at Albert Island

Bonus Ben!

Weather Station at Albert Island

The view from the right.

Weather Station at Albert Island

The whole lot!

Weather Station at Albert Island

Weatherly action!

Weather Station at Albert Island

Rhythm section action!

Weather Station at Albert Island

Petra Glynt really blew me away when she played the Dom during Megaphono, and I've tried to see her every chance I get since (well, once at the Ottawa Explosion, anyway). She sounded absolutely killer during this set.

Petra Glynt at Albert island

Alexandra sings!

Petra Glynt at Albert island

Alexandra hits!

Petra Glynt at Albert island

She puts on a great show.

Petra Glynt at Albert island

Kazoo action!

Petra Glynt at Albert island

And so on!

Petra Glynt at Albert island

Fest creative director Rolf Klausener introduces Hayden.

Hayden at Albert Island

I find Hayden pleasant to listen to, but I can't say he really hooked me.

Hayden at Albert Island

Close-up action!

Hayden at Albert Island

Singalong action!

Hayden at Albert Island

Bonnie Doonster and all-around arts heavyweight Lesley Marshall (who's also the festival's arts curator) introduce U.S. Girls.

Lesley Marshall at Albert Island

She was certainly looking stylish. This is the first time I've seen her perform as U.S. Girls with Amanda Crist on backing vocals (they also perform together in Darlene Shrugg).

U.S. Girls at Albert Island

Meg gets a grip.

U.S. Girls at Albert Island

Singalong action!


U.S. Girls at Albert Island

Extra Amanda!

U.S. Girls at Albert Island

Bonus Meg!

U.S. Girls at Albert Island

Then, back inside for some hip hop from art collective Kings College. But first, a little House of Paint chit-chat (another late summer festival, coming Sept. 9-13) and introduction action.

KingsCollege at Albert Island

Henchman Frank, Gsaint, alongside producers archie and TBSW, form the nucleus of the group. I believe this is Henchman Frank let me know if I'm wrong.

KingsCollege at Albert Island

I'm pretty damn sure this is Gsaint.

KingsCollege at Albert Island

TSBW? archie? I know not.

KingsCollege at Albert Island

Collegiate action!

KingsCollege at Albert Island

Gripping action!

KingsCollege at Albert Island

However, on to Austra, the real reason I was there that night. I've seen her twice before (at Bluesfest and at Ritual) and was impressed both times. For this show the group was down to a quartet. Here's some introduction by Rolf and Lesley.

Rolf Klausener and Lesley Marshall at Albert Island

And here's Katie and Dorian.

Austra at Albert Island

Maya sings! (She also has a new solo EP out, Princess Century.)

Austra at Albert Island

Dorian gets in some bass time.

Austra at Albert Island

Ryan works the keys.

Austra at Albert Island

Extra Katie!

Austra at Albert Island

More Ryan!

Austra at Albert Island

Katie on keys.

Austra at Albert Island

Closeup action!

Austra at Albert Island

Maya sings some more!

Austra at Albert Island

A fine evening out with the folks.