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NXNE 2016: MSTRKRFT at The Horseshoe Tavern

The Horseshoe isn’t necessarily known for its dance parties – it’s more of a beer-drinking-loud-guitar kind of place.  Not last night.

The telltale signs of a dance party were all there, including security asking patrons not to stand on the furniture. Thankfully that wasn’t enforced. I did some of my best dancing while standing on a stool.

The second dance party hallmark came during the set’s first buildup and drop; hands in the air and excited shouts from the crowd. That’s when the bass suddenly went into full effect and I almost forgot it was a Tuesday night.

Anyone who’s seen MSTRKRFT live knows that their stage show is more or less similar to what you’re seeing in “Party Line” above, but don’t let that fool you into thinking there isn’t anything interesting to be seen during their set. The audience’s synchronized hand clapping to any and all cowbell sample could have almost been rehearsed.

So how was the Tuesday night dance party at The ‘Shoe? A success.

-Michelle Farres

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Fitz and The Tantrums – “Out of My League”

This weekend Toronto hosts the first Toronto Urban Roots Fest (TURF); a four-day festival taking place at Toronto’s Garrison Common at the historic Fort York.  It’s a jammed-packed line-up featuring Kurt Vile, The Hold Steady, Belle and Sebastian, Yo La Tengo, Cat Empire, last night’s headliners She & Him, and more. Tonight will see the Arkells closing the show, and just before them the always dapper Fitz and The Tantrums.

If you can’t make it to the festival itself, TURF has also organized a late night concert series at The Horseshoe and Lee’s Palace.  Fingers crossed the weather cooperates!

-Michelle Farres

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NXNE 2013: DIANA at The Horseshoe Tavern

It’s that time of year again, Toronto: North by Northeast 2013 (June 10-16)!  For the next week, the Telescope will be your prime source for NXNE previews and reviews, so stay tuned!

“It’s going to be a rough f*cking Friday.” said a gentleman in front of me. Yup, it was that kind of Thursday night.

When The Horseshoe is jammed packed, it’s full to the brim, which was how you could describe it last night for NOW Magazine’s NXNE showcase.  The crowd watched anxiously as DIANA completed their sound check, and after a brief mini-cable crisis (it’s never a good sign when a band asks members of the audience if anyone happens to be carrying one with them), the set started with only a ten minute delay.

The rough start quickly transitioned into a smooth set, complete with crowd pleasing saxophone solos. Honestly, the only thing better than synth-pop is synth-pop with some saxophone, wouldn’t you agree? There were obvious nerves as lead singer Carmen Elle accidentally introduced new material as a “bland new song” and then asked the audience for some much needed encouragement.  There was no need to worry; the adventurous mellow sounding track that ended with a surprise big finish went over well with everyone in attendance.

Naturally, sexy dancing is the perfect accompaniment to sexy saxophone solos, which was definitely witnessed during “Born Again” (above). Dig that sexy sax.

-Michelle Farres

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NXNE 2013: Iceage – “Ecstasy”

It’s that time of year again, Toronto: North by Northeast 2013 (June 10-16)!  For the next week, the Telescope will be your prime source for NXNE previews and reviews, so stay tuned!

Ok, so maybe the concept of ecstasy and the word “pressure” don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand – especially when yelled repeatedly by the young singer of a Danish punk band.  But, aggressive as it may sound, the kids in this video seem to be having a good time, aren’t they?

The fleeting ecstatic moments that keep with the title of Iceage’s “Ecstasy” are continually interrupted with images of snarling dogs and kids passing out at the bar; they may not be the indicators of fun, but they’re arguably the opposite of ecstasy. An excellent time and a feeling of euphoria are often plagued by dreariness and depression when reality finally sets in, snarling dogs and all.

Iceage play The Horseshoe on June 15. It should be a good time, provided you’re not the one passing out at the bar.

-Michelle Farres

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