The Toronto Island Concert happened on Saturday, and while plenty of reviews were happy to see Pavement, it seems as if Broken Social Scene stole the show.
Playing to the hometown crowd has its advantages. While Saturday’s Olympic Island Festival 2010 concert marathon headlined by Pavement may have marked the return of the influential New York lo-fi cult legends to Canada, there was no mistaking that this was Broken Social Scene’s party. [Read the rest of the review...]
Earlier in the day, Band Of Horses proved why they might easily take the torch held by Kings Of Leon as the next great American rock band with songs like ‘The Funeral,’ ‘The Great Salt Lake’ and ‘Is There A Ghost.’ Meanwhile buzz band Beach House offered up some dreamy melodies for 35 minutes and local band Timber Timbre’s delectable dark country did not disappoint. [Read the rest of the review...]
And like all big outdoor concerts go, the typical was apparent. Bouncing beach balls made an appearance. Beer and food lines were bloody absurd (commenters, do your thing below). Police carved around the island with riot gear attached to the back of their bikes. Inane, I know. And a sea of young, sun-kissed patrons stood below a weatherman-be-damned blue sky and soaked up a day of indie glory. [Read the rest of the review...]
It could have been a perfect day that is if it weren’t for the f@&#ing beer lines.To say there was a complete and utter organizational disaster in all the beer tents would be an understatement. The system seemed simple enough: line up for tickets, then line up for a beer. So how did such a simple system degenerate into a half hour wait to get into a beer tent, an hour-and-a-half wait for tickets, and another two hour wait for a beer? Who the hell knows? [Read the rest of the review...]
The hero worship began on stage, where the current indie superstars each mentioned the huge role Pavement played in their lives, musical and otherwise, and radiated out through the audience. Walking through the crowd you could feel the excitement in the air, as die-hard fans of a long-defunct band could barely contain themselves at the promise of seeing Pavement, a group most thought would never share a stage again. [Read the rest of the review...]