Concert Review: Mac DeMarco and Tonstartssbadht at Le Métropolis de Montréal 5/10/17 +Video clip 

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By: Sun N.

Mac DeMarco’s fifth LP, This Old Dog, was undoubtedly of the most anticipated albums in indie rock this year.  Not only did the multi instrumentalist decide to tour the album immediately, but also decided to go on an extensive tour around both Europe and North America, which kicked off in May up and will go on until the fall. Several bands including The Garden and Tonstartssbandht will join DeMarco on tour until his joint tour with the Flaming Lips across America this fall before going back to Europe once again. It seems like quite the busy schedule for someone who’s a “Slacker” although DeMarco is known for touring extensively even without releasing anything within that time period.

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Mac DeMarco performing “This Old Dog”

On Wednesday May 11th, DeMarco finally returned to Montreal to play two sold out, back-to-back shows at the Metropolis. It was the first time in nearly three times that he played a show here, hence why there was another date added. I got to meet DeMarco before soundcheck and ask him a few questions regarding the process of working on the album. He states that he began working on this body of work later last year and finished it around Christmas time, which seems rather quick for quite a raw album. It appears that the album deals with a lot more of his personal problems, allowing for many of his auditors to relate. He also opted out from pitching his voice which was a pleasant change, given that his soft voice and the use of synthesizers in more of the songs compliment each other well. In fact, “Moonlight on the River” which is my favourite track culminates with a long psychedelic outro that sounds so heavenly live. Songs from Rock and Roll Nightclub were also removed from his set lists for that same reason.

Concert Review: Catfish and the Bottlemen Live at Théàtre Corona 5.5.17 + Video Clip

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By: Sun N.

Catfish and the Bottlemen finally returned to Montreal to play the second show of their North American Spring tour on Wednesday Night. It has been nearly two years since the band’s debut here at Osheaga. Given that I often find myself travelling for their gigs, it felt quite refreshing to have them play a show in my hometown, since I’ve been waiting for ages for this to happen.

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The band performing “Tyrants.”

The first time I saw Catfish was in a tiny bar with a capacity that only held 100 people somewhere in Toronto alongside a few of my friends. Overtime I witnessed them play some of the biggest festivals including Glastonbury back in 2015 and Austin City Limits  within the same year. Seeing them evolve over the years has truly been blissful, as the band has been relentlessly touring since the beginning of their careers. It’s nice to finally see a hard-working band get the recognition they deserve, especially among such a wide audience.