MUSIC REVIEW | Local indie pop band Hippo Campus hits up Triple Rock

Hey guys, it has been a while, so please excuse me if my writing’s a bit rusty. If you’ve forgotten my existence entirely, or are reading my writing for the first time, my name is Lindsay LaBarre and in my 19 years of living I have gone to copious amounts of concerts. The most recent concert I went to, and the topic of today’s review is the sold-out Hippo Campus show at Triple Rock on December 27th.For starters—though I’m not really one to talk given my age and stature—this was the shortest crowd I’ve ever seen at Triple Rock, which could be attributed to the fact that most of the people up by the front of the stage were young women. A local band called BB Gun started off the early show with what I can describe only as your run-of-the-mill indie rock band, though they did learn slightly more towards the rock side than the indie side. I found all of the songs to be slight variations on the same musical theme, and nothing about their performance struck me as exciting or unexpected. Continue Reading

MUSIC REVIEW | Pretty Lights, Blood Diamonds and Paul Basic bring a glowing crowd to Myth

I’ve never been to the Myth night club before, and just driving out to it was a bit of an experience. Driving the 45 minutes it takes to get there from where I live felt like I was going to East Jesus Nowhere. The fact that Myth is also situated between several strip malls, a rug store, a hibachi place, and a shopping mall didn’t really alleviate the sentiment. Also, the Myth has a parking lot and you don’t have to pay for parking. Imagine that. Continue Reading

MUSIC PREVIEW | Airick Woodhead of Doldrums gears up for the 7th Street Entry

On Wednesday, April 3, Doldrums wlll play at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis. I had the chance to catch up with Airick Woodhead, the man behind the Montreal-based solo project, via e-mail.Errhead, Heir Head, Airick, Erric, Erick, Erik, Heirck, or Eric, which do you prefer?Back with Mum and Dad it’s Airick. On Reality Lite I also go by Milo, Jank, errhead, wren, ervishe… Where do you get most of your sampling material? You don’t really seem to use many externally sourced vocal samples in Lesser Evil but there are a bunch in Re-heckled Slogans…I get the majority of my music from friends of mine. And the Internet. Does Disney fulfil all of your cat-centric dreams? Continue Reading

MUSIC PHOTOS | Muse rock Target Center

Whether or not you know me, before you read this review you should know just one thing: I used to be a die-hard Muse fan. I knew everything. If you wanted to talk to me about something simple, I would probably throw Muse in there somewhere somehow. It was my young adolescent way of coping with the world around me. Over the past, oh, year and a half or so, my love for Muse has been increasingly fading. I won’t list off reasons why the “honeymoon period” ended, just know that by now we have gone our separate ways. Continue Reading

MUSIC REVIEW | Kishi Bashi with Plume Giant sell out the Triple Rock Social Club

Damn I’m tired. It’s hard being Hannah Montana; I go to high school all day, go to concerts all night, and then have quiz bowl at seven the next day. Okay maybe Hannah Montana never went to quiz bowl, but you get the idea. Friday’s concert choice was the sold-out Triple Rock show featuring K Ishibashi (or his artist name Kishi Bashi) with New Yorkers, Plume Giant. A quick trip over to Plume Giant’s website, and you might assume they’re a little but pretentiously hip, describing their perfume scents in their bio and THEY EVEN HAVE TRIANGLES IN IT, but they turned out to be far from it. Continue Reading

MUSIC REVIEW | The Growlers warm up the 7th Street Entry

I was up at 4:45 on the morning of this show. Long story short I partake in a nerd fest called Knowledge Bowl which had me up at an ungodly hour and riding to Little Falls in a bus whose interior was not more than 30 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s just my transition. Plus I thought you should pity me.Anyhow, my mother and I departed from our quiet suburban home and arrived at the 7th Street Entry just in time for Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas’ set to start. Jessica is the lead singer of a six-piece (at least in their live shows) outfit that consists of, roll call: Benjamin Sturley on bass, Gordon Smith on guitar, Taylor Pierson on keys (I think), Steve Stetson on drums (I’m pretty sure), and Jake Shadik on trombone. Continue Reading

MUSIC REVIEW | Chelsea Wolfe and King Dude play to a goth crowd at the Triple Rock Social Club

Judging solely by their name, you’d probably guess that King Dude are some kind of garage surf band from the heart of California. And if you guessed that, you’d be completely wrong. King Dude are in fact a gritty gothic folk band whose home town is Seattle. At least you guessed the right coast.TJ Cowgill, the King Dude himself, handled the main vocals and lead guitar while Nicholas Friesen backed him up on drums and later melodic guitar. Before King Dude even got on stage, I knew that I was in for something dark and moody. Continue Reading

MUSIC REVIEW | Grimes, Elite Gymnastics, and Myths inspire pants-wetting excitement at a sold-out Varsity Theater

Okay. So. As I said in my recent Cadence Weapon review I’m a huge sucker for a lot of acts that have been coming out of Canada of late. I’m constantly enraptured with the likes of Born Gold, Slim Twig, Sean Nicholas Savage, and numerous others. That being said, it was no surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the sold out Grimes show on October 22 at the Varsity Theater. I departed from my abode with a Taylor Swift t-shirt and a handful of fake silk flower in hand (and, uh, backpack).

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MUSIC REVIEW | Cadence Weapon with Xavier Marquis bring the beat to the 7th Street Entry

Let me preface this by saying that I am not generally a hip-hop/rap fan. I like the genres, but only usually in its most disjointed and non-traditional form. I’d say that Arca is one of my favourite hip-hop groups and Slim Twig is my favourite rapper, if that gives you a better sense of my tastes. That being said, I enjoyed both acts that played this show.

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