The Pack A.D. @ Infinity Club

© Rebecca Blissett (rebeccablissett.com)

      . : : March 2nd, 2013 : : .

What would the early output of The White Stripes sound like if Jack White was female?

OK, some of you probably answered “not a whole lot different.” Ha ha. Very funny. But if this is a question that ever crossed your mind or piques your curiosity after it being proposed to you here, you may be interested in checking out The Pack A.D.

Their latest album, Do Not Engage, has got them national attention of rock radio, and as this blog post goes to print, the band has enjoyed the #1 position at the National Canadian Campus Radio for its tenth straight week.

And with good reason. The band revives the amalgamation of garage rock and grunge-influences blues that propelled Jack and Meg White to international stardom (before they had more fun tinkering with a marimba than making fun rock music, anyway).

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Whitehorse @ Massey Hall

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      . : : March 2nd, 2013 : : .

I’ve held back on posting this recording for a while now for a couple of reasons.

First, it occurred only a week and a half before the birth of my son — so I was otherwise preoccupied much of the time. Secondly, the online hype you’ve read about the sound quality at Massey Hall is grossly overstated: its legendary status is more for the names and performances that have graced the stage rather than the quality of sound being pumped from the speakers. Third, the members of Whitehorse were making such a big deal of the performance, going so far as to name the entire tour and a EP of cover songs “The Road To Massey Hall” that I wasn’t convinced an official recording of the set wouldn’t be eventually released. And I wasn’t completely wrong, either; the band did sell a recording of Emerald Isle from this show to benefit the victims of the infamous Boston Marathon bombing victims.

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Danny Michel @ Winter Garden Theatre

© Dalila (belvederebiaise.wordpress.com)

      . : : December 8th, 2012 : : .

How much you enjoy seeing shows at the Winter Garden Theatre seems to depend primarily on where you sit.

It seems it has only recently turned into a music venue, showcasing primarily Canadian talent too big for bars but too small for halls, or just desiring an atypically intimate performance. I’ve seen the likes of Steven Page, Amelia Curran, Jenn Grant, Whitehorse, and the topic of today’s post, Danny Michel, all perform there in recent months. I’ve missed a handful more, still.

But its sight lines are decent, chairs reasonably comfortable, and sound…well, that’s a mixed bag.

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