Kittie – The Cats claw the Opera House on March 03

Kittie Live At The Opera House By: Mike Greene
March 08, 2010
The cats came back, with a vengeance! After about three years since their last stop in Toronto, Kittie descended upon the Opera House to the delight of the city’s head bangers. Touring in support of their fifth studio album In the Black, Kittie brought New Jersey’s God Forbid along for the ride.
 
God Forbid commanded a strong stage presence, most notable with lead guitarist Doc Coyle’s riffs and vocalist Byron Davis’ crowd interaction.  Davis even took a moment to congratulate us on our gold medal in hockey stating, “It’s about time someone kicked our asses at something!” Forbid played a lengthy set with a mix of new and old material. Towards the end, Davis dedicated “To the Fallen Hero” to late Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abott. A single which was a limited release for the band.

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CMW Preview: Brett Caswell and the Marquee Rose

Brett Caswell and the Marquee Rose
Brett Caswell and the Marquee Rose By: Sheena Lyonnais
March 08, 2010

Like many of us, singer/songwriter Brett Caswell grew up in the cascades of suburban paradise.  He turned the experience into an acoustic alt-country adventure through despair and departure, a musical memoir of self-discovery-meets-highway-400.  Caswell tells us why we should hit Sneaks this week for more than just badass nachos.

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CMW Preview: the Darcys

Toronto Band The Darcys
Toronto Band The Darcys By: Sheena Lyonnais

March 08, 2010

The Darcys are known almost equally for their guitar-driven songs as they are the satirical poetry that laces them.  They’re a band that isn’t afraid to combine intricate melodies with feral energies.  The Toronto Star so epically described them as “Thom-Yorke-Does-Crazy-Horse,” which seems not so farfetched when compared to drummer Wes Marskell’s answers to the CMW Questionnaire.  See for yourself here.

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CMW Preview: Styrofoam Ones

Toronto Band Styrofoam Ones
Toronto Band Styrofoam Ones By: Sheena Lyonnais

March 08, 2010

Toronto’s Styrofoam Ones combine furious drums with catchy synth-ridden hooks destined for those scenes in the Hills when their parties look way more expensive yet way more lame than your own yet for some reason they have a killer wicked soundtrack.  Vocalist/bassist Josh McGuirk and keyboardist/vocalist Alexander The weigh in on their deliciously big beats and what we can expect from their CMW performance. 

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CMW Preview: Stereos

Toronto Band Stereos
Toronto Band Stereos By: TJ Liebgott
March 08, 2010

If you’ve ever thought to yourself, "I wonder what it would sound like if T-Payne started a pop-punk boy band?" Look no further.  Stereos plays a set at CMW before heading off on a cross canada tour with Hedley and Boys Like Girls.  Guitarist Robby Chalifoux tells us more.

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CMW Preview: Frankie Whyte and the Dead Idols

Frankie Whyte and The Dead Idols
BFrankie Whyte and The Dead Idols y: Sheena Lyonnais

March 08, 2010

CMW 2008 is where Frankie Whyte and I fell in love.  There was a chemistry amongst their rock’n’roll attitudes, their unapologetic love of Motley Crue covers and the aggressively raw-yet-sweet shredding and singing that is Whyte herself that hooked me from the get go.  This is a band that is unforgiving onstage, so much so they spent last summer opening for KISS.  Whyte tells us why their magnetism hit KISS radar and why it will capture us.   

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CMW Preview: Digits

Toronto Musician Digits
Toronto Musician Digits By: Sheena Lyonnais
March 08, 2010

Digits debut Hold It Close was released in October of 2009, but it unfortunately didn’t make it on to my radar until earlier this year.  It has since served as a soundtrack to some gorgeously hazy evenings and it’s no secret his infectious electro indie pop may soon bleed into yours.

The man known as Alt Altman also plays trumpet and guitar for the Ghost is Dancing and sings and plays bass and synths for Europe In Colour, so it’s no surprise his solo project is a danceable, moveable concoction with a not-so-subtle influence of the Cure.  Altman tells us why we should start this Thursday off by catching his set at the Drake.   

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