One October, a few years ago, I was bored in my home town of Vancouver, Canada. So I decided to see a random show with a friend, it was a fundraiser for Women Against Violence Against Women (photos of the show here). Three bands that I had no idea what they were like – Thee Ahs, Artinair, and the Oh Wells. Though all three bands were pretty good (Thee Ahs were killer the next time I saw them), I was particularly impressed by the Oh Wells and notably their front-woman, Sarah Jickling. She ran up to the stage from the back of the Biltmore Cabaret and gave one of the more charming energetic shows of my 2011. Ms Jickling was selling cupcakes for $3 at the show. Continue reading “9 Questions with The Oh Wells”→
I’ve never been to a concert held at a venue in a strip mall before. Never having spent any discernible time in the suburbs, it was a weird experience to pull up in front of a Lacrosse Unlimited for a concert. Regardless, the show Ane Brun and Linnea Olsson put on at Jammin Java was a great one. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I entered the venue, but it was packed with people. Even an hour before Linnea Olsson was set to come on, both the tables and the standing room by the bar in the back were completely full. At the very front of the venue, it was evident that Norwegians showed up to support their countrywoman. Continue reading “Ane Brun and Linnea Olsson at Jammin Java”→
On an incredibly cold Sunday night, I headed over to the 9:30 Club for a concert featuring the Kopecky Family Band and Lissie. Lissie, one of the more prominent singers in the recent folk revival, brought her blues flavoured folk rock to the venerable DC venue. Kopecky Family Band started things off and it was obvious by the second song that they were a great choice to open for Lissie. They got the normally stagnant crowd moving with their fun music and numerous crowd interactions. Their sound was what I’d imagine if ska music went on a date with folk music. Their sound was drum heavy, a fun and refreshing aspect of their live shows that allowed us to see the drums onstage right for a change rather than hiding behind the other instruments.
I’ve never been to Black Cat’s Backstage, having always seen the shows upstairs on the Mainstage, so when I got there to see Tennis and Night Sweats, I was a little surprised to find them playing in the tiny Backstage. After all, Tennis is a pretty buzz band, having done a tour to support their second album, Origins, through Europe, North America and elsewhere around the world. They could’ve easily sold the Mainstage by itself, especially with the other bands on the billing such as ON AN ON, Savoir Adore and Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats.