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*Concert Review* – riding Bombay Bicycles thru a Lonely Forest on the way to the Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club w/ Bombay Bicycle Club and Lonely Forest @ Royale, Boston, MA – Sept 8, 2011

” well that was the greatest (non-Magic Man) show i’ve ever seen in my life.  by far the greatest 3 band line up i’ve ever experienced. EVER” – Plum


First off, this concert for me is just Part 1. I have 10 tickets for the same show, same bands in my hometown Toronto next weekend — Part 2 — where I get to do this all over again. Glorious.

The Lonely Forest is a rock band from Anacortes, Washington. The band formed in 2005, then released the EP Regicide and won the Experience Music Project competition in 2006. Woohoo! The lead guitarist has come and gone with the band, but I think he’s likely to stay now — especially with the recent success and awesomeness of the band. Lonely Forest opened for Death Cab for Cutie this summer on their ‘small venue’ tour.. of which I was unable to attend. 😦

Bombay Bicycle Club are an indie rock band which formed in North London, United Kingdom in 2006. The band took their name from a chain of curry houses in the London Area, and have since admitted that they dislike their band name. I had never heard of them before this show and I can now say with certainty that..they are flipping amazing

Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club are an electropop/alternative band from Bangor. The band does not have a permanent drummer (yet?), but they have been touring with drummer Benjamin Thompson who is insanely fun to watch as he bounces out of the seat with every drum hit. According to Songfacts, the band’s name cameabout after one of the members mispronounced the name of the local cinema, Tudor Cinema, and it stuck. You will see Two Door Cinema Club occupying one of the top spots of my Favourite Songs of All Time.

The Performances

I go to a lot of concerts. A lot. This was one of the best from every aspect.

The venue was an amazing old theatre venue in downtown Boston, with perfectly dim lighting around the edges that illuminated the velvet-red leather seats around the periphery and the balcony above. The bars were also pretty awesome and old-school as well, easily accessible from where ever your rock-out perch was — and despite being sold out, you didn’t feel it at all.

My new housemate Jeanethe battled fatigue and rallied in a huge way to join me at this show. She declared it one of her favs of all time as well! Nothing makes me happier than linking people with new music they love! (hence this blog!)


Lonely Forest – these were the first guys on stage tonight, which kind of caught me by surprise – as I know they had opened for Death Cab for Cutie earlier this year – and I thought they were going to be doing the same for Two Door this evening. HOWEVER, Jeanethe and I walked in to catch the tail end of my favourite song of theirs ‘Turn Off the Song and Go Outside’

The rest of the set was very solid — as they raced through another few songs off their latest album “Arrows” with some solid intensity and a very catchy sound. I love the lead singers voice (reminds me of REM a bit?) and their music is simply fun and uplifting == LIKES.

Lonely Forest – Turn Off the Song and Go outside (I love how this song urges listeners to get out of their own heads and find love!)

Lonely Forest – Tunnels (indie rock madness — a beautiful melody in the middle.. and a SICK rock-out to polish it off)

Lonely Forest – Two Notes and a Beat – (“..all I really need are two notes and a beat
to sing to you my’s a great place to start..”)

Lonely Forest – We Sing In Time (catchy hooks!)


Bombay Bicycle Club – I have failed for not discovering these guys earlier. The first two songs simply melted Jeanethe and I — and we immediately knew we were in store for a special show. The singer kind of reminds me of Tokyo Police Club front man with his voice and appearance, but the bands sound is vastly different. Mixing elements of folk, indie-rock and even a bit of shoe-gaze — these guys had the crowd bopping incessantly — and even drove 3 fans into frenzies — as they ended up hopping on stage to for a short while to dance next to the band. Security brought them back to their bopping positions on the dance floor shortly after — except for that one guy who was kicked straight out. 🙂  Not I!

This was such refreshing music and the band clearly was having an awesome time too. It couldn’t have been better.

Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle  (one of the best songs i’ve heard in a long long time)

Bombay Bicycle Club – How Can you Swallow So Much Sleep (answer the question!! 🙂 such a chill song..)

Bombay Bicycle Club -Your Eyes (super sweet bass.. and an aWESOME finish!)

Bombay Bicycle Club – Lights Out, Words Gone (happiness)

This weekend I shared the cool music video for Shuffle, including footage of the bank while on tour. See it HERE.


Two Door Cinema Club  – There’s a reason I have seen this band 3 times in the last calendar year. They are simply creators of ridiculously amazing music. Every song is a manic dance party with the hardest hitting drums, the catchiest guitar riffs, topped off with the melodic voice of front man Sam Halliday. There are moments in two songs “Eat This Up..” and “Costume Party” that are explosions of music I can’t even put into words they are so unbelievable. Also, Cigarettes in the Theatre is one of the greatest opening songs on an album/in a concert EVER.

Two Door also unleashed some new songs on us — including Handshake.. which increased my jumping by 43% from the other songs. That’s big. (video of the song HERE) The ending is so amazing. haha

This is some of the best music I own. It is second only to legendary Magic Man on my itunes most played list.

Two Door Cinema Club – Cigarettes in the Theatre (waaaaaa-ooooooohhhhhhh!)

Two Door Cinema Club – Undercover Martyn (“. and she spoke words that would melt in yours hands..”)

Two Door Cinema Club – Costume Party (LOVE the end!)

They also just covered a Mumford&Sons song. Check it out HERE.


There’s a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow..

Two Door Cinema Club make everything better.

My concert review from last night will come shortly..


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Posted by on September 9, 2011 in Alteronica (Alternative Electronica)


T-t-t-techno Fans and Wombats

This song seriously rocks. I love it.

The Wombats – Techno Fan


Falling In Love Should be Like Polaroids.. (happy Sunday)

as should be falling in love with these songs..  🙂

Two Door Cinema Club – Cigarettes in the Theatre (a killer opening song to one of my favourite albums)

LCD Soundsystem – You Wanted a Hit (the legendary LCD lay it all out in this 9 minute track)


Kick Start your Sunday with these tasty licks

Happy Sunday everyone.

I find it imperative to have a good song to crank on the surround sound in my room to kick start my Sundays…while I tidy things up, open the blinds and begin my mobilization of the day. Sundays usually require a little extra ‘oompf’ to get me outta bed, so its usually a high-energy song.

                                                                                         Photography: Beca C.

This week I found a very awesome DJ     who does remixes and some original stuff too, named CIllo. (website here)

1. Tunng – Hustle (Cillo remix)

Here’s another awesome song from one of my fav bands – Two Door Cinema Club. The last time I saw them (which was also the first time I had seen them!) they had played a few songs I had never heard before (this one being amongst them) and to my delight they had actually released an EP a year prior! The more TTCC material, the better! Enjoy this one!


2. Two Door Cinema Club – Costume Party


In honour of seeing my favourite band tomorrow night in NYC, here’s another taste of Magic Man (live), so you can see just how fun it gets.

3. Magic Man – Nest


Imported from Spain – Delorean – “Moonson”


“.. Spain’s contribution to Plum’s Orchard is lead by the indie-dance, electro-pop quartet by the name of Delorean.. who maintain their rock elements of early, but have turned to computer blips and other clips to create a whole new type of musical mash to entertain your minds..” – Plum


Delorean – Moonson


The quartet, who named the band after the iconic time machine featured in the Back to the Future series, released an EP and two studio albums between 2004 and 2006 to little mainstream success.  They subsequently relocated to Barcelona, veering towards more computer-based composition and production. Tiring of the relative low quality of the local dance music scene, the band members created their own eclectic club night, Desparrame, in which they continued the evolution of their music. Watching them live, the keyboardist/DJ and the drummer are sure a treat to watch with them both dancing and pounding away on their instruments! The lead singer somehow never seems as motivated as the music would imply. Hm.

The story

Discovered by fluke as the openers to a Miike Snow concert here in Boston in early 2010, I was enormously surprised to have the opening band steal the show (yes, from Miike Snow!). Iyar and I were perched in the balcony of The Paradise Rock Hall and from our bird eye view, were the only ones rocking out like madddd. I’ll never understand why so many people just stand still at most concerts.. never..     I’ve since seen them one more time with a posse of my housemates and Iyar chatted up the lead singer in Spanish and confirmed to us that he is in fact the lamest person on the planet. Such a shame.

What else is ripe?

Delorean – As Time Breaks Off

Delorean – Big Dipper



Satellite Stories – “Helsinki Art Scene” (Finland)

“.. indie dance-pop from Finland that can easily become the song of your summer.. with its irresistibly dance-y, bounce-y guitar rhythms, and catchy lyrics that will have you singing about Helsinki’s art scene.. bet you didnt think you’d ever do that!!.. ”  – Plum


Satellite Stories – Helsinki Art Scene (mp3 here)


The Finnish crew has been rocking out since 2008 in basements and small venues a-like all across the coldness of Scandinavia and is itching to break into the global scene. SO LISTEN TO THEM!!! It’s impossible to NOT dance, bounce or even go all jingy jangly in any car, plane, train or stationary position you are in when you push play. In fact, if you are in a vehicle of some sort.. you should stop.. because you will need all hands on deck when you give these guys a listen.  If you like Two Door Cinema Club.. this is your type of music. PROMISE.

The story

I came across these guys on my favourite Indie blog a few months ago while in Busia, Kenya sipping on a passion fruit/avocado juice. It took me 12.6 minutes to download the song.. and it was on repeat for about a week straight (of course mixing the compulsory Magic Man in every so often). With only four songs out on the intertubes for us to listen to at present, I am scouring the internet and even writing to members of the band in high high high anticipation of the full length album.

Listen to them! Support them!! These guys might even become one of your favourite bands from Finland in the process! 🙂

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