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TURF Day 3

Larry And His Flask

It’s a good thing Larry was playing at Fort York, and Fort York was licensed for this event, if he was playing in Trinity-Bellwoods, he’d sure to be arrested. Larry And His Flask are all out, rocking country! They seem to be America’s answer to the Sadies. A bit messier, and bit more rock and roll than The Sadies, who are very polished in their mayhem. Their bass player was incredible. Dragging his upright bass across the stage as he danced around like a shirtless maniac.

Hannah Georgas

Hannah Georgas

Never really knew her music. I’ve known of her for a long time. Singer/songwriter from Vancouver. She has a really pretty voice. Her music seemed a bit too electro for me.

The Felice Brothers

The Felice Brothers

The Felice Brothers were great background music for enjoying a smoked meat sandwich. Mmm. It came with a pickle!

The Felice Brothers

Skydiggers

Skydiggers

Skydiggers are a Toronto institution I had never embraced before. They write a beautiful sort of country backed by two great leads who can only remind someone of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. That’s pretty big praise right there. They seem to be out of the Blue Rodeo school of Toronto rock. The frontman also kinda reminds me of my Member of Parliament.

Dawes

Dawes

Dawes has a frontman who has an excellent beard. They remind me of early Wilco, but can get guitar-wanky enough to sound like modern Wilco.

Matt Mays

Matt Mays

I didn’t know what to expect here. As everyone knows, I love The Guthries. I really like Mays’ first record, and his albums have steadily gotten worse and worse from that point on. I stopped buying them after Terminal Romance. I was surprised at how many songs from the set I recognized, and really enjoyed it. He puts on a good show, and bass player Serge Samson rocks quite the ‘stache. I think I should turn my website into a blog rating facial hair.

Serge Samson

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls

Frank Turner

FUCK! Highlight of the night. When I last saw Turner, he was opening for Joel Plaskett. He came to Canada with just a guitar, and he stole the show. He filled the Queen Elizabeth with such a powerful sound. With his full band, he was unstoppable. There was no act as great that day than Frank Turner.

Frank Turner

The Lowest Of The Low

Lowest of the Low

Julia asked me to “kiss Ron Hawkins for [her].” I did not. I sadly didn’t have the chance. I did, however, get to enjoy this very Gin Blossoms-y band. I also got to discuss the beauty that is Sir Paul McCartney’s Give My Regards To Broad Street during this set.

The Hold Steady

These guys were really popular. They were fun. I was just dead.

Flogging Molly

The first song was good, and a lot of fun, but then I found my way to Bathurst and onto the streetcar. I’m old.

Finally…

OMG BELLE & SEBASTIAN! TONIGHT!

TURF Day 2

JD McPherson

McPherson surprised me. When I entered the Fort York grounds I was greeted to some groovy rock and roll. A fabulous throw back to the 1950s. This was the perfect way to start the day. The songs were lively and no one seemed to mind the rain.

Justin Townes Earle

FUCK. I remember someone writing about him for Being There. I think it was Zayne or Russell, one of those awesome folks really liked Justin Townes Earle. I remember listening and really digging it, but never really searching, and I’m kicking myself for that now. His songs are great. His stage banter is hilarious. He really puts on a great show.  This was a fabulous time.

Fitz and the Tantrums

Sha Na Na :: Woodstock as Fitz and the Tantrums :: TURF. They really seemed out of place, but they put on a hilariously over the top fun party. They really liked shouting “TORONTO,” but haven’t learned the second ‘T’ is silent. Silly dance music that made me giggle.

Arkells

Sadly no relation to R. Kelly.

Have I mentioned TWO DAYS TO BELLE & SEBASTIAN! OMG! OMG! OMG!

TURF Day 1

The Barr Brothers:

The Barr Brothers

Your name confuses me. Remember The Barmitzvah Brothers? I do! I thought you were them. You are not. You were okay though. I enjoyed your set. It was a nice lazy set to open the festival with. You were enjoyable… bravo.

The Barr Brothers

Camera Obscura:

Camera Obscura

You want to be Belle & Sebastian. All these years later, you still want to be Belle & Sebastian. You’re not Belle & Sebastian… BUT BELLE & SEBASTIAN WILL BE AT TURF LATER IN THE WEEK! OMG! OMG! OMG! You’re pleasant. You write nice songs. They’re not great, but they’re fun. Your bass player has a TARDIS sticker on his bass. I approve of that. Sadly you didn’t play your best song, “Suspended From Class.”

Camera Obscura

The Joel Plaskett Emergency:

Joel Plaskett Emergency

What can I say about Plaskett? I’ve seen him a few hundred times already. He’s an entertainer, he knows how to put on a good show. Sure I might not really dig Scrappy Happiness, but the set overall was a lot of fun. My only comment would be that I took out my ear plugs three times during your set thinking that the set was over, but then you started tuning you guitar… Why am I writing it to Joel, he’s not going to read this… Well, hi Joel. Long time no talk. Ran into your friend Peter a few weeks back at NXNE. You should tell him to grow his beard back. Beard.

Joel Plaskett Emergency

She & Him:

First off, why no photo pit She & Him? Also why no letting the VIP guests (WHO PAID A SHITLOAD EXTRA) into the VIP area?!?! That’s not nice, She & Him. Your songs can be best described as Zooey’s character on The New Girl; pretty, sweet, vapid. I did enjoy lying out on the grass with my eyes closed listening your music. Until you covered “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me.” Ugh! NO ONE CAN COVER THAT SONG… Unless you’re THE BEATLES! Are you the Beatles? Didn’t think so.