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Common in Montreal

Common was in town and I was super up-close. Loved it!

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The Narcicyst

I was all bundled up in my sweats, a hat, and a blanket in front of the computer in my freezing cold house (refuse to turn the heat on until October) when a friend invited me out last minute to a concert of a Palestinian hip-hop group called Dam. I had had a more-than-boring weekend and decided to go for it. The concert was part of an ongoing series of concerts for Artists Against Apartheid. I wasn’t aware of this until I got there. I didn’t even know who Dam was and that the Narcicyst was opening for them. Yassin Alsalman, or the Narcicyst, is an Iraqi-born and Dubai-raised rapper who is now living in Montreal. His lyrics are socially conscious, not about getting drunk and doing ‘bitches,’ and he is renowned as a rapper who gets the word out about the Middle East. He is an enthusiastic MC and his back-up singers, Thelma and Louise from Euphrates, were amazing. K-os lost me after his second album and while K’naan is great, he can be a bit pop-y.  The Narcicyst is a refreshing find and he definitely gained a fan out of me last night.

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Osheaga “reviews”

K’naan

The Somali-born and Canadian-bred rapper K’Naan played to a packed MEG stage on Saturday. While the energy was high and his band rocked out, he took many an opportunity to speak of his home country Somalia and sometimes the concert seemed more like a political rally than a music set. He did, however, manage to play most songs off his new album “Troubadour” and when hit singles like “T.I.A.” and “ABCs” rang out, the crowd went wild. While most of his set seemed forced, K’Naan succeeded in enticing the crowd with his better known songs.

Kitty Daisy & Lewis

This ’50s-obsessed sibling trio only played a half hour set early in the first day but they still managed to gather a crowd and get people moving. Donned in typical ’50s attire, this band mixed swing, blues, and country successfully with an array of instruments from the standing bass, harmonica and piano to the lapsteel guitar. Kitty rocked out with a two-minute harmonica riff that got the small crowd screaming. For a short set early in the afternoon, Kitty Daisy & Lewis delivered.

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Think About Life

As part of the Osheaga “en ville”, Think About Life played at Le National last night with DD/MM/YYYY and Dead Wife. I showed up at 20h (on time!) and about 10 people were in the room. I was worried. A group of women in heels, short skirts and Jagermeister tanktops were handing out tattoos, wristbands, and buttons as a promotional gig. I couldn’t help but gag. It did pick up a bit but the opening acts of DD/MM/YYYY and Dead Wife were relatively tame. Dead Wife did mosh in the “crowd” for a bit. Things got busier with the headliners Think About Life up next. While it’s not exactly my type of music, it was fun. They were upbeat and playful with the onlookers. They kept things going from one song to the next. This Montreal band has a lot going for them. (Apologies for the audio…note to self, do not stand directly next to the speakers!)

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