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Osheaga 2009: A One-Line Review

Posted by Jenny / August 4, 2009

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"Osheaga 2009 Coldplay" by saphire458.

Self-preservation is key at outdoor festivals. Rain ponchos, unstylish as they may be, become a must, while five-dollar pizza slices are the sole road to avoidance of an exhaustion-inflicted coma.

Thousands braved Mother Nature's mood swings to hit up day two of Osheaga 2009 last night, some protectively sporting rain boots with others literally rolling themselves in mud and splashing all those around them. It was gritty, damp, dirty - and impossibly fun.

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Don't Rain On My Parade: Warped Tour 2009 @ Parc Jean-Drapeau

Posted by Jenny / July 12, 2009

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"Warped Tour Montreal 2009 015" by flickr pooler redyellow.

There are people who count down the days to the Warped Tour, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't one of them. And while the overall quality of the whole enterprise leaves me increasingly disappointed year after year, the prospect of an entire day of sunburn, sandpits, and about seventy bands in an open field fills me with this naïve joy, like a little kid at Christmas.

So it is with much regret that I sum up yesterday's Warped Tour date at Parc Jean-Drapeau in the following word: deluge.

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Growing Up Without Growing Old: an Interview with Frank Turner

Posted by Jenny / July 11, 2009

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British folk-punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner was recently in town as he took a break from his opening slot on The Offspring's headlining tour, and played a little solo gig at Le Divan Orange, on his first-ever time in Montreal. Midnight Poutine brings you this (belated) interview as we sat down with Turner to chat about the themes in his songs, growing up without growing old, and neon-coloured underwear (we're not making that up).

Stepping out of the ashes of the now defunct UK hardcore act Million Dead, Turner, a self-described "disappointed romantic," picked up his acoustic guitar and turned to a softer, more mature sound, albeit without letting go of his punk-rock roots: his songs tell tales of refusal to grow up, dead-end jobs and relationships, and Turner's assortment of seemingly-nice-at-first-sight-turned-psycho girlfriends.

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CONTEST: Win A Pair of Vans Warped Tour 2009 tickets!

Posted by Jenny / July 7, 2009

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We at Midnight Poutine are stocked for this year's installment of the Vans Warped Tour, which will unchain its torrent of punk-rock festival frenzy upon Parc Jean-Drapeau this Saturday, July 11.

With old-school punk scene veterans like NOFX, Bad Religion and Anti-Flag sharing stages with scene newcomers like the much-raved-about British hardcore punks Gallows, electro-rockers InnerPartySystem, and Colorado rap-rock hooligans 3OH!3, this year's lineup promises to be better than ever. This is why we are once again giving away two pairs of tickets for the fest.

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Shake It Like You Know How To Dance: Hollywood Undead @ Le National, Apr. 22

Posted by Jenny / April 24, 2009

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The first time I saw Sonny Moore live was in early 2005, as the then-17-year-old frontman of the post-hardcore band From First To Last. Three band members were sporting completely un-ironic Slipknot t-shirts, and all had enough hairspray in their do's to burn a hole through the ozone layer. Performance-wise, FFTL were ferocious, destructive, and not to be taken as anything other than seriously. The band's debut album dating back to that time, Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has A Body Count, is still a fan favourite and probably their best record to date.

Fast-forward to 2009: having undergone surgery to fix his vocal cords and parted ways with FFTL, Sonny has just released a digital EP, Gypsyhook, and plans to have his solo full-length out sometime later this year. The new dance/eletronic-infused tracks sound nothing like the kind of music he made before. There is only one way to put it: Sonny's solo material is infectiously, irresistibly catchy.

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Hit It With Your Best Shot: The Sleeping + Closure in Moscow @ Underworld, Apr. 16

Posted by Jenny / April 19, 2009

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Photo via the band's MySpace page.

What do you do when you've decided to add an extra leg to your North American tour, booked a handful of last-minute shows... and only about fifteen people showed up?

If you are Long Island, New York's The Sleeping, you give it your best shot. Playing at The Underworld last Thursday night, the band bounced and sweated through each song as if they were playing for an arena crowd.

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