Its been a long summer...and Fall and now winter is approaching so when a promoter friend invited me to join him and some friends at his last big show of the year, the timing was perfect.
Having been a fan of the Wye Oak cd "Civilian" for some time, and having missed the band the last two times they appeared in Toronto, I knew I had to get to this show early enough to see how they would do. The venue, our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs arena, the Air Canada Center, would not be your first choice to witness this two piece but it turns out that with the strength of Jenn Wasner's voice and the power of this indie/folk/noise pop band, you need not be concerned. The songs i loved so much from the new cd sound even better live, even here! As their set progressed....I could see Wye Oak's "Civilian" moving higher in my top tens. My only regret is that I had not seen them the last two times they were here...but will be planning to see them again soon!
Neko Case is nice enough to visit us in Toronto often. She bounces onto the stage with her full band, including Calexico's John Covertino on drums, as comfortable and alluring as she has ever been. Her powerful voice, brilliant band, and wit displayed in conversations between her and her muse, Kelly...filled the arena setting with a perfect set. Hre set consisted of plenty of classics to keep everyone happy but also reminded everyone that she had not produced a solo album since 2009. Those concerns drifted away with the addition on two new songs that sounded incredible as well as a gorgeous cover of The Awkward Stage's "We Dreamt of Houses" all of which I hope make the new cut for the new cd as all the new "songs are splendid!.