Bluesfest Day Six: Fevers, The Shins, and LCD Soundsystem

On a cold Wednesday evening, Bluesfest continued for a sixth night with an electric lineup. At the beginning of the evening, a group of keen local music supporters welcomed Fevers to the Claridge Homes Stage. Led by the melodic vocals of Sarah Bradley, the electro-indie-rock band from Ottawa is coming hot off the recent release of their new album, Apologia. For their third concert at Bluesfest, Fevers performed a fair mix of dark, pleasant-sounding, and upbeat songs, and created a pleasing and ambient tone throughout the crowd. Immediately after on the City Stage was a somewhat stylistically similar performance by Phantogram. The duo from Saragota Springs, N.Y. performed numerous loud and upbeat songs, fully delivering their heavy and intense sound. The filtered […]

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Festival blog: Amos the Transparent, RL Grime and Gary Clark JR.

This year’s RBC Bluesfest is a special one for Ottawa’s flagship festival, with director Mark Monahan and his crew celebrating 20 years of operation. Country music performers Blake Shelton and Dean Brody were the real draws of the first day, but seeing as I’m subjected to enough of such things in my rural township as it is, I decided to check out the other stages instead. At the Blacksheep Stage I caught local favourites Amos the Transparent. One of Ottawa’s most successful indie groups, the six-piece filled their set with fare both familiar and brand new. The band recently completed a crowdfunding campaign for their third full-length album This Cold Escape, due for release this fall. Calling it more of […]

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