Les Six at the 360, October 23
Checked out the kickoff of last week's three-night rock 'n' roll funder for community radio station CKLN and had our socks nicely rocked off. The folks in charge deserve props for selecting a well-matched lineup of solid local talent and running the rock ship like a well-oiled machine. Even the DJs' between-set song selection was impeccable, from crooning Elvis to cartoonish surf-punk.
Caught the end of the Midways ' gleeful organ-drenched mod garage madness and was charmed by their loose British Invasion energy and dead-on tunes.
They were a strangely appropriate lead-in to the end-of-night set by brand new rock crew Les Six , an unabashedly Brit-inspired moody sextet featuring "mysterious" frontman Donovan Gopaul , ex- Stills member J. S. Roy on guitar and hot chick bassist and scene stalwart Barbi Castelvi .
Les Six showed hints of the onstage uncertainty you'd expect from a band playing live for only their second time, but they've got potential. Think Interpol with killer keyboards and a sense of humour, blended with the Fall.
Upcoming: Prefuse, November 2 at Lee's
By this point, beatsmith Scott "Prefuse 73" Herren has pushed the hiphop envelope so far he doesn't even need to mail it. Attacking samples like Uma Thurman with Japanese steel, he amputates limbs and leaves their blood to splatter against drums. A slice of Ghostface here, slivers of prima donna and jazz pianist there, sonic textures sanded down beyond recognition, Prefuse puts out stuff DJ Premier might make on crystal meth while maintaining that old boom-bap.
So if you run into him Sunday (November 2) at Lee's , whatever you do, don't, as some have, compare him to Moby.
"Fuck Moby, man. That's just commercial music. I don't license my music for every fucking ad in the world. To me, his shit is just, like, I don't even consider it music. I couldn't even sit at home and listen to it. It'd be like listening to New Age with preset beats.
"That's just two opposite ends of the spectrum to me. Moby can eat a dick."