These San Franciscans put on a frantically energetic set of dark, retro-sounding rockabilly-flavoured punk with shout-along harmonies for an impressed crowd that packed the Bovine to overflowing perhaps because of a silly rumour that the Stooges were going to play a secret show in the tiny club. As if.
4. Man or astro-man?
With their sci-fi schtick, their extraterrestrial surf rock and their arsenal of crazy instruments (including a Tesla coil, a transformer that sent spectacular zig-zags of purple electricity shooting around the stage), the return of this Alabama band was a shockingly good experience. (Perhaps they even caused the brief blackout on Queen Street that night.)
3. By divine right
The local indie-rock heroes who are sometimes overshadowed by former bandmates like Feist and Broken Social Scene got their due at a sweaty love-in at the Silver Dollar. The trio showcased their terrific Polaris Prize-nominated album of emotional, super-melodic songs.
Exhilaratingly intense, loud rock from the Toronto trio that makes you want to toss your hair in time to their shifting waves of guitar, bass and pounding drums. Never boring, never predictable, never too cerebral.
There was a lot more than nostalgia going on at the reunion of this beloved, deceptively laid-back '90s band at the big Toronto Island show, even though they played only old material. Each song was a reminder of the extent of their influence on nearly every indie-rock band and their brilliance as songwriters and players. A performance that made the petty frustrations of a huge outdoor show disappear in the bliss of the moment.
Kanye West at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards
Author: ELLE Canada
Aug 29, 2016
Everything that went down at the 2016 MTV VMAs
By: Victoria DiPlacido
Missed last night's show? Here's what you need to know.
1. Beyoncé arrives on the red carpet with Blue Ivy, Winnie Harlow and other cast members from the Lemonade visual album, including the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Oscar Grant III, who had all lost their sons to gun violence in the United States.
7. In honour of the 53rd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Had a Dream" speech, Alicia Keys shares a poem. "I still believe in that dream that one day our nation is gonna rise up and finally, finally be completely about the true meaning of this creed that all women and men are created equal," she says.
8. Michael Phelps introduces Future – he's apparently a fan.
9. Rihanna performs for a second time.
10. Kanye West takes the stage for his much-anticipated four minutes to do whatever Kanye West wants to do. He says he is there to introduce his new music video for "Fade" – "But first, I talk." He throws out lines that are destined to caption everyones Instagram posts for the rest of the year, like, "I put Ray J in it bro" (referring to the music video for "Famous"), "I see you Amber" (followed up with: "My wife is a G") and "I love all ya'll, thats why I called her [Taylor Swift]." Read the entire text of his speech, here.
11. The music video for "Fade" is released, featuring an extremely fit singer Teyana Taylor doing a Flashdance-esque routine. (FYI, she just had a kid last year.) She turns into an animal at the end. Classic, Kanye.
12. Rihanna performs for a third time.
13. Nick Jonas performs his song "Bacon" in a diner, with a plate of bacon.
14. While it's supposedly Rihanna's night, Beyoncé performs a medley of basically her entire album.
15. Beyoncé takes home the prize of the night – Video of the Year for "Formation" – and becomes the most awarded artist in MTV VMA history.
16. Britney Spears gets stuck with the unfortunate time slot after Bey. She performs "Make Me" with rapper G-Easy. It's her first time on the VMA stage since 2007.
17. Rihanna performs for a fourth time.
18. Drake presents Rihanna with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, calling her "a living, breathing legend in our industry," and reminds everyone that he really, really loves her (also that "Pon de Replay" was filmed in a restaurant called Avocado in Toronto). See some of his speech below:
"The first time I met Robyn Fenty was 2005. She was shooting a music video at a restaurant called Avocado in Toronto called "Pon De Replay" and the director of the video was lil x. I was introduced to her as a kid who played background music at a restaurant as people ate pasta. It's hard to believe that 11 years later, that all three of us would come together to create visuals for a song called "Work". Today, the world knows Little X as Director X, they know me as Drake and not the kid singing while you order pasta. But 11 years later, they still all know Rihanna as the one and only Rihanna."
19. Rihanna accepts the award, dodging Drake's really awkward attempt to kiss her. "My success is not my own," she says. "It's my family's, it's my fans, it's my country's, it's the Caribbean as a whole, it's women, it's black women." Watch her complete speech below.