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Well it took a little while to round up all the photos from Forget The Box’s 5th birthday bash last month but here they are! We’d like to thank everyone who came out to the show and everyone who has supported us over the last five years. We have some personal thanks so let’s get to it:

Chez Nick and Dr. Sugarbottom’s for the excellent refreshments.

O Patro Vys for hosting us.

Seb Black, Eddie Paul, the Emery Street crew, Two-Year Carnival, Ruff Talons and Po Lazarus for their killer sets.

Indie Montreal for putting on the show.

Thanks to Stephanie Laughlin and everyone who helped her put it all together.

Click on the photo to launch the slideshow. Photos by Iana Kazakova and Alex Sergerie.

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Go see these shows this week.


FTB 5th Anniversary Party w/ Seb Black + Eddie Paul + Po Lazarus + Ruff Talons + Two-Year Carnival @ O Patro Vys

Forget The Box is celebrating 5 years of independent media tonight with some musical guests, all of which have been featured on our site at one point or another over the years. Party!

Show starts at 9 p.m., $14 at the door.

One Man Band Festival w/ Wax Mannequin + Jenny Omnichord + Smoota + Tony Ezzy @ Divan Orange

One Man Band Fest continues tonight with what they call the “outsider music and weird folk masters” edition.

Show starts at 8 p.m., $12.

Duchess Says + El Napoleon + Police des moeurs @ Le Belmont

Show starts at 10 p.m., $15 at the door.


Fu Manchu + Electric Citizen + Eagle Tears @ Cabaret Mile End

Show starts at 9 p.m., $20.

Piknic Électronik double edition @ Parc Jean-Drapeau

Everyone’s favourite Sunday summer pastime starts this weekend with a special double edition. There will be a Piknic event on Saturday as well as at the usual time on Sunday.

Events start at 2 p.m., $15 for individual day tickets.


One Man Band Fest w/ Kim Barlow + J. Allen + Fireball Grant + Pete Moser The Fastest One Man Band + Gull + Tadi Cirus @ Brasserie McAuslan on the Lachine Canal

Beer, food and fun in the sun? Yes, please! You’ll find all that plus some talented musicians at this free afternoon event.

Show starts at 1 p.m.,  free.


HR3 + Kids Eat Crayons @ Casa del Popolo

Show starts at 8:30 p.m., $10.

Squirrelin4Sounds apologizes for the tardiness of this set of reviews, we just awoke from hibernation and ventured out of our comfy den at the first smell of spring. Here are the local sounds that sustained us through this perpetual winter:



(Released Feb. 14 2014)

“conceptions of the self, conceptions of the self, what is the self?”

There are no easy words to describe eight-piece femmaggots’ self-titled debut. Easy words wouldn’t suit the album anyways. Recorded by Tim Keen, femmaggots offers a bacchanal chaos that is simply fucking cathartic. An experimental “post-life post-punk scum” down-the-rabbit-hole soundscape unfolds. It’s not surprising that members have been involved in radio production; there is a refusal to let any sound go unnoticed. Wails are woven into raw tapestries. Recommended for sweaty thrashing about, late night chain smoking walks, and hungry hook ups. Favourite tracks are “CONCEPTIONS”, “SUBTERRANEAN EXISTENCE,” “NEW HERE TOO,” “POSITIVITY.”

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(Released Jan 23, 2014)

“HEY, we’re DONE, I CARE, but WE really CAN’T talk!”

As a pretty vocal fan of their first EP Tuff Stuff, I’m stoked about local act Ruff Talons’ follow-up Crushed. I’m not the only one. Crushed, recorded by Anne Gauthier and mixed by Dorian Scheidt, has been topping the charts at CKUT 90.3 FM for months and it’s no surprise why. Ruff Talons offers catchy potent lyrics, fun and dynamic “fancy guitar” riffs, and last but not least, Aven Auzin’s lively sour candy vocals. Moving towards more of a garage pop punk sound, Crushed’s best tracks are “Break up,” “Cape,” and “Telephone.”




(Released July 4, 2013)

“my money’s not mine, my money’s not my own, my money’s not mine, my money!”

I first saw loosestrife when they performed to a jam-packed, sweaty crowd in Park Extension a year or so ago. A music and dance duo, loosestrife’s performance was equal parts jam and performance art. There’s something pretty damn perfect about the mix of Lyke and Weadick’s voices and musical conversations; the mix of movement and rhythm. Their EP enough, mixed by Anne Gauthier, is the best kind of minimal punk. A find that one cherishes. Favourite tracks are all of them. Alright, if I had to pick one, it would be the red herring of the album, the track titled “graveyard”, a sort of macabre hypnotic waltz.

Hard Feelings

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“I USED A FAKE NAME, and my mama don’t need to know, I’m a karaoke DJ.”

I was pretty excited that local riot grrl punk rock four-piece Doppelbanger released Hard Feelings. Hard Feelings was recorded and mixed by Pamela Hart and Anne Gauthier at Innerchild Studio. The EP showcases six of their original tunes and a cover of The Raincoats (Doppelbanger first came together as a Raincoats cover band). Doppelbanger’s sound is minimalistic, with candid lyrics, caterwauls, and speak-song vocals. They even have an accordion in the mix. Although at times the songs could benefit from being a tad faster, Hard Feelingsslight absurdism echoes with many unspoken thoughts and unravel the routine. Favourite tracks are “Monster,” and “Ocean”.



(Released Jan 20, 2014)

“so slow down… and fuck tomorrow.. ooooh ohh ohh”

She’s tag themselves as rock n’ roll and powertrash. I wholeheartedly agree with these monikers but would throw in a bit of surf psychedelic undertones to the mix. This is probably because She’s is a four-piece whose members play(ed) in other formations like Annette’s Beach Party, Blood and Archery Guild. Tape, their first EP, is part of a split cassette with Fountain and was mixed and mastered by Marshal Vaillancourt and Miguel Marcil-Pitre. Favourite tracks are “Kim Kimono” and “Girls Who Don’t Do Drugs”, which could nicely fit on the soundtrack for True Detective, and “This Hologram is Dissipating,” which is currently the soundtrack to my week.

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(Released March 20, 2014)

“girl, I wonder what frequencies we will see from far…”

Two-Year Carnival, local heart-rock act, has shifted towards more of an indie rock sound in their new ten track album Have You Seen Your Hands? Fans of Blue Blood will recognize what they love in this new release, with a notable maturing of arrangement and sound. The Sunset Rubdown influence remains with a move towards Moonface. Two-Year Carnival spin tracks that evoke yearning creating surreal adventure reveries. Favourite tracks are “For Everything”, “So Much For Senior Hands”, and “Paper Sail Boats.”


Tamara Sandor
A Bower in the Arsacides

(Released March 29, 2014)

“put it on and wear it, it puts you on and it wears you, squawk like a parrot till you up and grow into a cockatoo”

I first heard multi-instrumentalist Tamara Sandor when she hosted an open mic in the city in 2011. Years later, her melodies still dance across my lips. Sandor’s A Bower in the Arsacides starts with an arresting number that moves between genres such as jazz, folk, and neo-soul. “Daisy” showcases both Sandor’s talent as an arranger and vocalist. This album, the cover art of which highlights the Moby Dick reference in the title, is the product of years of hard work and material and it has aged like sweet wine. Perfect for the summertime. Along with “Daisy”, favourite tracks are “The Jog,” “Outskirts,” and “Dressed.” Fingers crossed she performs at the Folk Fest on the Canal this summer.