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August 2008


V-fest Set Times A-GO!

Well, they are finally here! (Not V-fest yet) But the anticipated band set times.

They can be found here:

Overall, the 2008 schedule looks pretty decent. However, on day 1, they decided to bill MGMT, the Fratellis and newly added Lights at almost the same slot on different stages around 5 O’clock-ish. Running around to three distant stages is not going to be too pleasant.

On day 2, everything is spread out quite well. Stereophonics, The Secret Broadcast and Moby (woo!) are nice and plannable to get to without any hassle. And of course, they give Oasis the lone 9 spot giving no one an excuse to not see them live.

The festival is going to rock! Be there!


Live Concert Portfolio: UPDATED

I have just updated my “Best of” portfolio with some of my personal favorites. Some of my top shots are all in there. Bands like Arcade fire, M.I.A, Interpol and Radiohead are included!

Check it out!

This shot is of Explosions in the Sky at Virgin Festival 2007 at the Future Shop stage.

They are a progressive indie rock band and don’t have any lyrics. At this show, they didn’t even set up a mic on the stage.

It was very rad indeed.

Events, Music

Virgin Bound

With the 2008 edition of Virgin Festival on the Toronto Islands just about ten days away, it seems that all the final acts have just been added. If you take a look at my previous post , where I tried to predict some of the key bands I thought would have gave V-fest more sparkle were the likes of The Verve, Regina Spektor, Tegan and Sara and Katy Perry. Well…none of them were added. Actually no one “mid-card” were added. So Virgin Festival 08 maybe just a tad short on star power, BUT what we got instead were a bunch of new and upcoming bands that I actually did some research on, and I found that most were pretty decent.

* So what bands am I speaking of? First off, added to Saturday (day 1) are The Waking Eyes, Bad Flirt, Lights, Flash Lightin, Saint Alvia Cartel and We are the Take.

So on the first day in the newly branded “Oh Henrys” stage, we have some pretty good new blood. I’ve been listening to Saint Alvia Cartel for a bit and I like them. Lights who made that Old Navy commercial song during the early summer, and the Waking Eyes are just rockin’.

* On day 2, we are getting: The Secret Broadcast, Shad, Rock Plaza Central, Arkells, OPOPO and Winter Gloves.

These second day additions are also very good. My man Shad, who I’ve seen twice at my university’s campus is just fantastic. OPOPO is a band I am really exicted to see because of their electro-rockness.

V-fest states that the the final line-up set times will be released soon. But while we wait, keep hoping that some more key bands will be added!

Events, Music, Photography

iN rAiNbOwS

Terrifyingly Beautiful.

I finally got to see Radiohead live last night at the Molson Amphitheater. I am still in awe, and my limbs are as sore as ever. But it was worth it…

*Check out more photos @ my -> Flickr <-

After the fresh opening act delivered by Grizzly Bear, the crowd turned around and looked up into the sky, and what did we see? Not just one, but two rainbows formed perfectly right over the Molson Amphitheater, we were really “in rainbows”. Was this the work of some divine intervention? No one knows, but what it signaled was the arrival of the divine craft of Radiohead.

Thom Yorke, Colin and Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, and Phil Selway lead the way with the opening song from their album “In Rainbows”, “15 Step”. From what Radiohead fans wanted to hear, there were no surprises. Every beat, guitar riff, electro-whatever you call it was dead on and better live than on record. Concert-goers were delighted with treats such as “Talk Show Host”, “Wolf at the Door”. Radiohead managed to play a wealth of tracks from most of their albums to create a very diverse set-list. All-time favorites like “There There”, “Planet Telex”, “No Surprises”, “Street Spirit” and “Airbag”.

The show however was for the die-hard fans, as a few of their great singles were not played like “Paranoid Android” or “Karma Police”. But to say this factor was a low-point of the show would be just completely wrong. Everyone from the front of the pit to the folks all the way at the back of the lawn (even soaked in rain) had a phenomenal time last night. And that lighting show with the “falling rain” LEDs, what a spectacle on its own eh?

Youtube vids (I did not record these vids):



There There

No Surprises

01. 15 Step
02. Reckoner
03. Optimistic
04. There There
05. Morning Bell
06. All I Need
07. Pyramid Song
08. Arpeggi
09. The Gloaming
10. A Wolf At The Door
11. Faust Arp
12. No Surprises
13. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
14. Idioteque
15. Climbing Up The Walls
16. Nude
17. Bodysnatchers

(Encore 1)
18. Like Spinning Plates
19. Videotape
20. Airbag
21. Talk Show Host
22. Street Spirit

(Encore 2)
23. House of Cards
24. Planet Telex
25. Everything In Its Right Place