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Plants and Animals at Mill's Hardware, Hamilton, ON (04/12/16)



This past Sunday night, in the town of Hamilton, Ontario - Montreal band Plants And Animals took a quick break from their work as support for Half Moon Run to make some magic at the one and only Mill's Hardware.

Mill's Hardware is an incredible event space / concert venue with awesome sound and acoustics and enough space for everyone to enjoy the show comfortably.

We had the pleasure of learning about Plants And Animals many years go, opening for Secret City Records label mate Patrick Watson at the Mod Club in Toronto. We were hooked from the jump - but they have genuinely gone from an awesome band that we dug right away to an absolute force. In ten or so years they have released four full length records and have toured relentlessly.

All of this was clear as day the moment they set foot on stage on Sunday and treated the appreciative crowd to an intimate show comprised of most of the new record Waltzed In From The Rumbling, as well as a glorious selection of classics and favorites and a beautiful Leonard Cohen cover during the encore.

Plants And Animals create raw electricity on stage. It's cliche as hell, but it's true. You will zone out entirely. You will rack your brain to find other bands as captivating. You will love every second of it.

Make sure that you check out and really absorb the new Plants And Animals record. It is absolutely so great. Every song. Make sure you see the band on tour as well. You will be so happy you did.




Osheaga 2015


Where do you even begin to talk about a monumental event like Osheaga?

Let's start with Montreal.  The beautiful and welcoming city has everything to do with what makes this festival so special. From the second you arrive, you know you are in an amazing place.  You can feel it.

Osheaga takes place at Parc Jean Drapeau, it's gigantic, and the musical lineup was so perfect, we couldn't be in enough places at once. There are seven stages, a half pipe, a forest, and everything else you could imagine.  The food was delicious, and the beer was on delivery.  Amazing, right?  Here were the best parts (in no particular order):

1. Caribou: What this live show has become is absolutely legendary.  The 20 minute performance of 'Sun' to close the night out was one of the most memorable things we've ever seen.

2. Future Islands: We got nice and close for this fine foursome and they did not disappoint.  Between the precision of the band and Sam Herring bearing his soul, nothing can top Future Islands.

3. Interpol: The rain only served to make this show more epic.  As always, every set they do is like a greatest hits, and they were so air tight and perfect it was just incredible.

4. Run The Jewels: It's safe to say El P and Killer Mike along with DJ Trackstar are definitely making history at this point.  Absolutely no one puts on a rap show like them.  Truly amazing.

5. Brodinski: One of our favorite DJs, after Movement in Detroit in May it was a dream come true to see him rock the spot again.  His blend of techno, house and hip hop is something no one else can do.

6. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros: The charisma of this band is undeniable.  They have a whole bunch of great songs, and they even treated one excited fan to joining them on stage for what was surely the highlight of his weekend.

7. Father John Misty: As amazing musically as he is completely hilarious.  Both his songs and his commentary in between left the giant crowd speechless.  We would love to see the video he filmed on one lucky fan's phone.

8. FKA Twigs: We were blown away.  Her stage presence and her voice are unmatched. A definite highlight and likely one of the best shows we will ever see.  We hope she makes 50 more albums.

9. Hot Chip: We've seen them so many times, but nothing could beat this.  The energy on stage was insane, and their last track being a cover medley of Bruce Springsteen and LCD Soundsystem left us absolutely floored.

10. Cashmere Cat: A long time coming for us, we were extra pumped for Cashmere Cat.  He absolutely bounced through new classics and played everything we could possibly hope for from him.  The crowd was going nuts.

11. Art Department: Our first chance to see them as only one man, if Jonny White had any doubters, they can all be quiet now.  He whipped his stage in to an instant trance and kept hold of them with his unique techno greatness.  We loved it.

We saw a whole bunch more AMAZING acts as well, including SZA, Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas, Bishop Nehru, Glass Animals, Banks, Hermitude, The Black Keys, Florence And The Machine, Patrick Watson and The War On Drugs.

This festival blew our minds.  We will absolutely go back next year.  Merci Osheaga, merci Montreal.