Monday, May 4, 2020

Concert Listings Roundup #352

You can read more about why I'm doing listings here. Long story short: This curated and decidedly non-comprehensive list contains nothin' but shows that I am going to/would go to if I had more time.

Special note:

For the past six-and-a-half years, I've faithfully been cranking out these listings every Monday. Because of the unprecedented situation we now find ourselves in, this week's listings remain blank. Stay safe and sheltered.

Livestream nation:

  • The Music Gallery at Home series continues tonight at 7 p.m. with history (featuring Anne Bourne in conversation with Kritty Uranowki and Jesse Locke), and on Friday with music (Slowpitchsound interpreting Xuan Ye's "Even a Blind Squirrel Finds a Nut Once in a While" and other pieces).
  • Beloved local record store Sonic Boom have been putting on a series of virtual in-stores, which continues on Thursday with a performance by Witch Prophet.

Bandcamp corner:

  • last week saw an excellent release from Eternalrealworld, the solo drone project from visual/sonic artist Ilyse Krivel. Living Water mixes field recordings (the Atlantic Ocean in Nova Scotia, a creek in northern Ontario, a sewer in Toronto) with electronic sounds that freeze and flow with meditative beauty.
  • Thought lost on the seas of time and entropy, Bruce Peninsula's No Earthly Sound has finally arrived, nearly a decade (!) after 2011's Open Flames. Although the band has never quite gone away, they were mostly in an extended slumber, emerging on a soundtrack and occasional live dates. Anyone who caught them over the past few years will have heard some of these songs and will have a better sense of how the group has been evolving. Most significantly, this album repositions Misha Bower as a co-frontperson rather than a choir leader, and the recorded versions pivot away somewhat from the band's primordial call-and-response, singer-plus-chorus foundations. I'm sure the many friends that make up the choir will be on stage whenever the band is allowed to properly celebrate this album's release, but in the meantime the album's themes of togtherness-versus-aloneness and life-seeking-versus-death-seeking register with a new force in these times we are in.
  • Although he hasn't spent much time in the spotlight in the time since Steamboat's dissolution, Matt McLaren has often been seen off to the side in many of the projects that spun out of that band's former ubiquity as backing band and rhythm section to a wide range of artists. This "solo" effort calls on many friends from those past efforts (including a laundry-list of MFS faves like Sandro Perri, Jay Anderson, Mike Smith, Blake Howard, Micheal Davidson, Christine Bougie, Ali Berkok, and Andrew Scott) for an instrumental affair that moves from shag-carpet-and-waterbed soul/funk to sophisticated yacht rock in the Tortoise/Sea and Cake vein.

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