Featuring members of U.S. Girls, Slim Twig, Ice Cream, Tropics, The Highest Order and more, Darlene Shrugg is a Toronto Supergroup in the truest sense of the word. Their music is dense and intelligent, completely packed with riffs and hooks, then layered with a ‘70s rock sheen and a T. Rex glam edge. They have been one of Toronto’s most talked about bands in recent years and, with a long-awaited debut record in tow that’s been dominating the speakers over at Camp Kazoo!, we couldn’t be happier to be have them take over the eBar.
The aptly-named Toronto heavies bring rawk n roll to an epic level, never shying away from the shredding wails and pounding rhythms that still make rock shows exciting. Biblical are like the bastard, leather-clad offspring of Motorhead and Kyuss, and will be making their return in Guelph with the freshly released dense monster that is “The City That Always Sleeps”. This unabashed celebration of crushing guitar riffage, heavy bass, and snarling vocals will rumble the foundations of the Lady Immaculate itself.
Kazoo! #266: Thursday, November 23rd
@ The eBar (41 Quebec Street)
All Ages / Licensed – Doors at 10pm – $10 at the door
Unfortunately, eBar is not an accessible venue.
Poster by JG JG.
JESSICA MOSS (Montreal)
Montreal violinist Jessica Moss has performed and recorded with a wide spectrum of ensembles over the last two decades. Best known as a permanent member of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, she was also a founding member of avant-klezmer group Black Ox Orkestar, recorded and toured with the Vic Chesnutt band for the two albums released on Constellation, and worked extensively with Carla Bozulich’s Evangelista. May 2017 heralds Jessica Moss’ first official full-length solo release. Comprised of two side-length multi-movement compositions, Pools Of Light is a stunning work that unfolds at a stately, inexorable pace, combining sound-art and signal-processed timbres, extended melodic and contrapuntal lines, and the periodic deployment of stark, minimalist vocals.
BEN SHEMIE (Montreal)
Always exploratory and meticulous, Shemie’s solo pursuits involve performance based experimental sound practices that integrate freeform excursions and more structured compositional music — veering into classical, radio art, new technologies and all manner of other avant-garde investigation. Best known as singer and guitarist for art-rock-tronica act Suuns, Shemie also boasts a background in modern classical composition and experimental performance. A fascination for electronic music, specifically the seminal releases of Warp Records spurred him to experiment, expand his sound and fuse it with the conventions of many genres. Shemie’s latest concern Enduring Love, has him taming feedback and sound swells, teasing the elements into figures and forms as he rides out their fury or their fragility. A powerful improv-heavy piece of angular, ambient drone, prepare to be enveloped.
Thursday November 30th – Kazoo! #267
@ Silence (46 Essex Street) – Physically Accessible Venue
All Ages / Licensed – Doors at 8pm
$10 Advance (Details TBA) / $15 Door
Poster by Nathan Campagnaro
Out of the mighty Sackville, NB scene, Josée Caron and Lucy Niles formed Partner. With a now-legendary live show and following the release their heavily anticipated debut, In Search of Lost Time, on You’ve Changed Records, Partner’s waves are only going to get bigger. With a unique breed of music that deals with everything from queer politics to hot knives, and references to 1990s alternative, Partner might just be Canada’s best new thing.
BBQT is infectious. Packing garage pop hooks that go for miles, you won’t be able get these jams out of your head. They have punch, they have sway, they have it. BBQT have been on our radar for quite some time and we are so excited to finally be bringing them to Guelph. Buds to to front.
Guelph noise rock’s cutest trio, Dan Loughrin, Jake Cadieux and Troy LaFontaine race through beats and chords with the frantic paranoia of speed metal musicians, punctuated by brief, breezy pauses of chilled out riffs. With a great album under their belts, Aruban Sandwich, we are eagerly waiting for this punk, jazz-infused, mathy trio’s next release — due in less than 9 months.
Kazoo! #265: Friday October 27th
@ eBar (41 Quebec Street)
All Ages / Licensed – Doors at 10pm – $10 at the door
Poster by Gregory Pepper
Rae Spoon is an award-winning Canadian musician, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and author. They have released eight solo albums spanning folk, indie rock and electronic genres over the past twelve years and have toured across Canada and internationally. Their live shows swing between audience singalongs and large danceable arrangements, which keep them playing everywhere from folk festivals and house concerts to rock concerts and theatres.
For the past 15 years or so, Jewish-Canadian accordion player/singer-songwriter/novelist Geoff Berner has travelled the world. He’s played in bars, cafes, festivals, and the occasional stadium. He’s performed in 17 countries, on national radio in 7 of them.
Kazoo! #264: Wednesday October 18th
@ ANAF (32 Gordon Street) – Physically Accessible Venue
19+ / $12 at door / Doors 9pm
Poster by Emma Green
JERUSALEM IN MY HEART
Jerusalem In My Heart is a live audio-visual performance project, with Montréal-based producer and musician Radwan Ghazi Moumneh and Montréal-based filmmaker Charles-André Coderre at its core. Jerusalem In My Heart release their music on Montreal label Constellation Records and pack a live show that is not to be missed.
Scattered Clouds’ sound is dark, experiential and post apocalyptic. It layers artificial enstasy with bouts of unsteady euphoria and romanticism. Brooding rhythms and precise noise from this experimental 3-piece underline film noir imagery and auto-fictional narratives.
Kazoo! #262: Saturday, September 30th
@ Silence (46 Essex Street)
All Ages / Licensed – Doors at 8pm – $10 at the door
Silence is a fully accessible venue