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CMW 2015-

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2015 by TheManicBlogger

cmw2Just wanted to thank the organizers of Canada Music Week for making it so incredibly simple to pick up media wristbands. In and out in 3 minutes. The atmosphere is wonderfully electric. Queen St. W, definitely my favorite street in Toronto. What an incredible time. And I have just completed day 3! Now, if only I had time to get some sleep…

 

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CANADA MUSIC WEEK 2015-What To Hear

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cmw2Canada Music Week is finally here, and we at I Can’t Believe My Earz have put together our list of must hear CMW bands. For directions to venues & set times, please check here: http://cmw.net/music/schedule/.

For Saturday May 2, catch The Nursery at The Velvet Underground, and The Red Rails at The Dakota Tavern. You might also want to catch a late, late set of GingerAle And The MonoWhales at The Horseshoe.

On Tuesday, May 5, head over to The Bovine Sex Club for Glass Ampp, and catch The Dirty Frigs at The Garrison.

The Sole Pursuit play The Bovine, and Ivory Hours are at The Gladstone Hotel. Slow Down Molasses take the stage at Parts & Labour on Wednesday.

Thursday offers Japanese Tongue Sisters  at The Velvet Underground, and Twin Lakes at The Dakota.

South Of Bloor plays The Cameron House, Elephant Stone is at the Hard Luck Bar, and Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger and Xprime take to the stage at The Horseshoe on Friday, May 8.

On Saturday, May 9, Punchline 13 plays The Hideout, and Auckland is at The Mod Club.

Our best bet: Sit tight at The Horseshoe Tavern on Friday May 8th. Performances by Twin Peaks, Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, and Xprime, make this the place to be.

Enjoy it all. Have a great week!

 

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WOLVES AS FRIENDS-Small Goodbyes

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wolvesasfriends1I had arranged to meet Rodolfo Caceres, front man for Wolves As Friends at Stout’s Irish Pub, on Carlton St. Sitting there, waiting for him to arrive, I was unsure of what to expect. Hell, I wasn’t even certain if this Peruvian musician spoke English. He arrived looking very much the North American, and his English, dusted with an accent, was excellent. We talked. This wasn’t an interview, we just talked. We talked about the music scene in Lima, Peru, the fate of indie bands in his home country, and his new found love for Toronto. We discussed the music industry, his recent trip to Austin to attend SXSW, and his collaboration with Tim Palmer.

The 5 tracks on the Small Goodbyes ep have an acoustic sound, with incredible strings, albeit electronic. They are beautifully arranged, with wonderful instrumentation. The melodies are intoxicating, drawing you in by the heart and soul. Each song engages the listener, enveloping you with the passion of the composer. The songs are simple, using acoustic guitar and very little else. And then, there will be a flurry of wolvesasfriends3strings, piano, and cymbals that seem to come out of nowhere, and once heard, you realize it needed to be there. The vocals are exceptionally melancholic, dark and brooding, and at times, incredibly powerful. This guy, most importantly, can write songs.  Songs that are brilliantly melodic, with wonderful changes and bridges.

I had listened to the ep prior to our meeting, and then listened to it again when i got back to my office. I remembered Rodolfo telling me that he had thought of “quitting” the business, and just heading to the mountains with his guitar. He stated that he just needs to write and play. It is evident on Small Goodbyes. The 5 tracks are real, personal, and introspective. They speak of life, pain, and hope. There are elements of folk, pop, and rock.  Every song is exceptional. Pay particular attention to “Slip Away“, and “20 Years“.  Hell, the entire album is wonderfully moving. Not so bad having Wolves As Friends.

Wolves As Friends will be performing during Canada Music Week in Toronto on May 9/14 at The Marriott Hotel (downtown), and on May 10/14 at Free Times Cafe. The ep can be streamed and purchased on the band’s website. You can even get a free download!!

 

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