Allie Hughes is asking you to prom this Saturday

There are two types of proms.

1. FREAK OUT OMG IS HE GOING TO ASK ME HOW IS HE GOING TO ASK ME I CARE SO MUCH ABOUT EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW EVERY SINGLE THING HAS TO BE PERFECT I AM SO FAT CAN WE GET A LIMO WILL THEY PLAY THE RIGHT SONGS WILL WE KISS WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER….

(let’s be honest, almost all of us have had this type of prom)

2. I LOOK REAL GOOD IN MY THRIFT STORE DRESS ALL MY FRIENDS DO WE’RE REALLY THE COOL ONES HERE I MEAN FOR REAL BUT CMON WE STILL CARE ABOUT PROM WE STILL CARE WHO WINS KING AND QUEEN WE JUST HOPE ITS ONE OF US BECAUSE WE DESERVE THIS ‘HONOUR’ MORE, EVEN THOUGH SHE WON’T ADMIT IT THIS IS WHAT SHE’S ALWAYS DREAMED OF BUT WAIT….

I’m going to re-live prom this Saturday with Queen shoe-in Allie Hughes (her new theme after conquering weddings). Come dance with me?

ALLIE HUGHES’ PROM QUEEN DREAM
w/ special guests Gentleman Reg and Dwayne Gretzky
Saturday, May 14 at the El Mocambo
$7 at the door (or less with Prom attire)

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CONTEST: Win 2 tickets + prize pack to see The Darcys, Freedom or Death and Wildlife

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Well, well, well! The kind folks at Steam Whistle have done a major contest on blogs blast, and RoundLetters is happy to participate.

What you can win:

2 tickets to the Steam Whistle Unsigned show with The Darcys, Freedom or Death and Wildlife at the Steam Whistle Brewery in Toronto on April 29, 2011.

PLUS a ‘swag bag’ of refreshment tickets, 2 passes for a brewery tour, a bottle opener, a t-shirt and an iPhone cover. SWAGGG.

How to enter:

Email roundletters@gmail.com by April 25, 2011 with the subject line “I want to be Steam Whistle’d”

I will do a random draw that morning and contact the winner via email.

You must be able to pick up your winnings at the Brewery before the 29th.

List of coverage from Juno Fest

The Juno Awards took place this weekend and surprisingly they did really well! Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.

I didn’t get to attend the actual awards, but I did do some coverage of Juno Fest, a two day festival leading up to the awards, full of nominees and friends.

Here’s my coverage for Spinner. On Friday I checked out Said the Whale, who went on to win New Group of the Year the next day, and Horsey Craze, the Neil Young cover band formed of members from the Constantines and Lullaby Arkestra. On Saturday, I saw Hannah Georgas and Basia Bulat, both who were nominated for Best New Artist.

Friday:

Said the Whale Blast Through Hits at Juno Fest

Horsey Craze Rock Out With ‘Like a Hurricane’ and More at Juno Fest

Saturday:

Hannah Georgas Dedicates Song to Mother at Juno Fest

Basia Bulat Wins Over Crowd With Auto Harp at Juno Fest

Concert Review: Braids and Baths at El Mocambo, Toronto, February 19

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The following was originally published on Exclaim.ca.

It can’t feel good to have feedback problems during the first song of a sold-out show. But while some bands let their anger through, Braids were able to carry the band into smoother territory.

Their fuzzy electronic mixtures that often come with references to Animal Collective felt closer to the Dirty Projectors and tUnE-yArDs, with back-and-forth harmonies and bombastic percussion. They focused on tracks from their debut, this year’s Native Speaker, and ended on a new one, proving they could make what’s soft on record into something loud and crunchy live. The end effect was dreamy, raunchy, personal and with just enough rock in between the electronic manoeuvring.

But while Braids flourished, Baths was only so-so. The one-man band of Will Wiesenfeld was energetic, focused and cheeky, but his songs felt disjointed, as they were dominated by noises similar to machine gears. The beat-loving Wiesenfeld seemed to have a big DJ influence, and that’s what the crowd appeared to want: a dance party. However, it’s hard to dance to songs that stop and start every five seconds with strange vocals on top. Nevertheless, it didn’t deter most people from trying.

Baths and Wiesenfeld’s other endeavours, Geotic and Post-Foetus, are fun to react to in your own capacity, but live it felt rough. That said, Wiesenfeld did make an effort to interact with his fans, telling them to “get gay” and introducing a track with “this song is about going to hell” while giving two thumbs-up.

Full Canadian Music Week lineup announced, but here is who you should really check out

Canadian Music Fest Week Who to See Play

The full lineup of CMW 2011 was just announced it’s a doozy. And the main acts are a total awkward doozy of Papa Roach, Good Charlotte and Melissa Etheridge. What the what? Seriously…

So, instead of sitting around here complaining about this, I’ve made a list of artists playing who I know already and feel that you should really check out. I’ll dive more into detail as well as check out some new artists once it gets closer to the fest (Mar 9-13).

Aidan Knight – Victoria – kind soul of lovely Canadiana.
Amos The Transparent – Ottawa – melodic alternative rock.
Autumn Owls – Dublin – Irish indie rock.
Boxer the Horse – Charlottetown – Indie rabble rousers.
Bravestation – Toronto – On the up and up here with their electro indie rock.
Cadence Weapon – Edmonton – Everyone’s favourite rapper/new rocker/poet laureate.
Catl – Toronto – Blues/country/rock that will likely cause a stir at Dakota or the Shoe.
Charlotte Cornfield – Montreal – Alternative folk casual heroine.
Dinosaur Bones – Toronto – Maybe this time their indie rock will catch a bigger wave.
Dora Alexander – Toronto – Pretty atmospheric indie rock.
DVAS – Toronto/Montreal – Party poppers bound to make the place s-s-sweaty.
Esben & the Witch – Brighton – Ghostly shoegaze bound for great things this year.
Freedom or Death – Toronto – Slow, dream-like dances.
Funeral Suits – Dublin – They’ll bring the right amount of UK indie I’ve (and you’ve) been missing.
Hands & Teeth – Toronto – Strong boy/girl pop rock.
Hollerado – Montreal – Because we’re all gonna wanna get in on the parties now.
Hooded Fang – Toronto – Twee parties and melancholy lyrics.
Humans – Vancouver – West coast French Canadian electro partytime.
Imaginary Cities – Winnipeg – Boy/girl soul/pop.
Isis – Toronto – This former Thunderheist lady will get people to the Land of Talk show for her own, strong reasons.
Karkwa – Montreal – Our chance to get to know the Polaris winners even more.
Kurt Vile – Philadelphia – Psychedelic folk at its most modern dark and light periods.
Land of Talk – Montreal – Soulful indie rock with a killer lady voice.
Memoryhouse – Guelph – Canadian chillwave buzzers closer East than West.
Miracle Fortress – Montreal – Soothing electro pop with an album coming soon.
Old Crowns – Toronto – Warm country rock.
Olenka and the Autumn Lovers – London – Beautiful Canadiana folk-rock.
Paper Lions – Charlottetown – East Coast pop rock.
Parlovr – Montreal – They’ll blow you away with their gusto.
Rich Aucoin – Halifax – Known for his crazy colourful confetti parties.
Royal Canoe – Winnipeg – Quirky rock from the Prairies.
Sandman Viper Command – Toronto – Fun guitar-driven pop rock.
Shad – London/VancouverThe friendly neighborhood rapper who everyone loves.
The Darcys – Toronto – Woozy, dreamy alternative rock.
The Golden Dogs – Toronto – The fun house party band.
The High Dials – Montreal – Pretty indie rock.
The Liptonians – Winnipeg – Also part of Royal Canoe, more quirky rock.
The Schomberg Fair – Toronto – Really rollin’ country.
The Wilderness of Manitoba – Toronto – The warm feeling of love on a stage.
Treelines – Vancouver – Legit bar rock that will bust open those swingin’ doors for sure.
Volcanoless in Canada – Saskatoon – Artsy indie dance party.
We Are the City – Kelowna – Young, ambitious rock with a heart of gold.
Yukon Blonde – Vancouver – Beer swillin’, rocks a rollin’ West Coast indie rock with pretty man vocals.
Zeus –
Toronto – Canada’s favourite Beatles-like rockers.

Looking at the list now, I am super excited to see these bands. Who are you excited to see?

Concert Review: Caribou Swim into Toronto again

The following was originally published on AUX.tv.

caribou toronto concert review

Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre was packed to the brim for Caribou on Friday night. The man who is waiting to see if he can win the Polaris Prize a second time on Monday delivered a charged and colorful set.

Dan Snaith had his band with him, plus a four-piece horn section. They were all dressed in white shirts and pants, and there was a white sheet background as well, so when projections were played over them, it looked like a very long, trippy music video. They were set up with drums and synths in the front, so the crowd could see all of the details and motions at a better angle.

CONTINUE READING AND SEE MORE PICTURES ON AUX.TV.

Concert Review: Land of Talk at Lee’s Palace in Toronto

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Lee’s Palace was buzzing and incredibly sweaty for Land of Talk last night. Rightfully so, as the band deserves this reaction by now. I never appreciate feeling overheated at a concert, but hey, I was standing in the pit, what did I expect?

Anyways, I got there early to see openers Suuns as per a recommendation from Bryan of Herohill. I’m so glad we had that chat, because I was really impressed with this Montreal band. I had no clue what the singer was singing at any point (minus a song where he continually said “212 212 212”), but I didn’t mind as just watching them create this spectacle of noise was intriguing. The four guys fit together so well, but they all have their own significant personas. Max Henry (also in Young Galaxy) mans the synths, sometimes bass and tambourine and he is like the mad scientist (he also should get the props for doing the most), and the drummer was so bouncy and full of life. The guitarist and bassist had this mysterious art-school kid thing going on, and they were just so into it, barely looking at anyone. Usually I don’t like the way that sounds, but for them it worked really well. I hope to check out a copy of their album soon. You should just check them out in general.

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Suuns ended up being Liz Powell‘s backing band, and man they must have been exhausted after that show! Everyone was working so hard. (Not like that’s a big surprise for a concert.) So Suuns plus Powell and her two other musicians came out with a bang, pushing out a lot of tracks from the latest album Cloak and Cipher. It’s a fantastic album, and I think I like it better that way rather than a show. I really liked this show, but it wasn’t very memorable to me and Powell seemed pretty distant. The crowd ate it up though, which gave the set more energy. There were times where everyone broke out of the mold and just went for it, but other times I found my eyes wandering. Still, I swayed through the entire set, as you can’t deny the dreamy rock she’s made. The audience loved her so much that they got her back for two encores, and even she seemed totally shocked. I’m still kind of on the fence, but nonetheless there was rocking out and that’s simply all that matters sometimes.