For nearly 30 years, the Toronto-based band Sloan has shown how a band can be consistently great while being completely democratic. Each member — Jay Ferguson (guitar/vocals/bass), Chris Murphy (bass/vocals/drums), Patrick Pentland (guitar/vocals/bass), and Andrew Scott (drums/vocals/guitar) — takes on songwriting duties and each song is perfectly crafted and laden with hooks that keep fans coming back from the band’s debut Smeared to the recently released 12th album (appropriately titled) 12. Fans came back again for their latest show at Rock and Roll Hotel on Friday.
Eli “Paperboy” Reed, joined forces with legendary High and Mighty Brass Band of Brooklyn to deliver a high-energy, soulful performance at Rock & Roll Hotel on Saturday.
Eli “Paperboy” Reed teams up with the High & Might Brass Band for an album, Eli “Paperboy” Reed Meets High & Mighty Brass Band, due June 8 via Yep Roc Records. The man and the brass band meet for a tour beforehand, and they perform at Rock and Roll Hotel on Saturday, May 12.
Editors Note: This show was originally scheduled for May 19.
James Alex of Beach Slang releases an album under the banner of Quiet Slang on May 18. Quiet Slang then launches a tour in June, presenting some of the new songs from Everything Matters But No One Is Listening, to be published by Polyvinyl Record Co., with a stop at Rock and Roll Hotel on Thursday, July 12.
Loi Loi headlined a birthday show in honor of frontwoman Kristie Di Lascio at Rock and Roll Hotel Saturday. An enthusiastic crowd turned up for Loi Loi, Mundy, Nihiloceros, and Time Is Fire! We arrived in time to surf some new wave melodies with Loi Loi and Mundy, both buoyed by high spirits and awash in cool tunes.
IAMX (real name: Chris Corner) performed at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Thursday, following the release of a new album, Alive in New Light, via Orphic and Caroline International in February. Paivi was there to shoot some pictures!
Black. The audience was dressed in black. Which seems entirely appropriate for Russian Circles’ music for it feels absolute. It doesn’t compromise, and it is powerful enough to withstand any light. But strangely enough, despite its seemingly impenetrable “wall of sound” feel, their music has soul, an accessibility that kept the audience on Wednesday at the Rock and Roll Hotel engaged and rapt, hanging on every note, eager for more.