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bands i’ve seen

November 15, 2016


I love music. Music all day, every day. All sorts of music, really, although I steer clear of death metal, Christian rock and Kanye West and his diamond-encrusted teeth. I used to read blogs like Pitchfork and La Blogothèque, Consequence of Sound and Largehearted Boy, to keep abreast of what was going on in the music world but I can’t keep up with the new kids these days — too busy raising a new kid of my own. No, these days I listen to podcasts and sip herbal tea.

I used to go to gigs and festivals. I used to leave the house at 9pm on a school night to go see a band, even if it was some random band that I’d never heard of before. Nowadays, no band on the planet could get me out from under the duvet after 9pm. Unless Bowie came back to life and was giving a farewell concert. Then, for sure. But I ain’t leaving this bed for anyone other than Bowie.

Here are just some of the bands that I’ve seen (that I can remember) over the past 20 years:

Arcade Fire x 3
Beach House
Big Daddy Kane
Blue Rodeo
Bombay Bicycle Club
Bon Iver
Bran Van 3000
Broken Social Scene
Buck 65 x 2
Cat Power
Cinematic Orchestra
Conjure One
Craig Cardiff
Daniel Bélanger
Death Cab for Cutie
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Ember Swift
Future Islands
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Great Lake Swimmers
Jack Johnson
Jay Z
Jess Clemons
Justin Timberlake
Kathleen Edwards
Kinnie Starr
Kool & The Gang
Laura Marling
Lianne la Haves
Lykke Li
Lucky Dube
Massive Attack
Matt Good
Michael Franti x 4
Modest Mouse
Mr. Something Something
Mumford and Sons x 2
Owen Platt
Roger Waters
Sarah Harmer
Sarah McLachlan
Scissor Sisters
Skratch Bastid
Stone Roses
The Invisible
The Killers
The National x 3
The Rolling Stones
The Roots
The Temper Trap
The Villagers
The Walkmen x 2
The XX
Thievery Corporation
Tori Amos
Tribe Called Quest
Washed Out
Yann Perrault

My dad starting my musical education at a young age and I am trying to pass on my love of music to Wren. When motherhood gets a little dull and repetitive (which happens from time to time), I say, “Right, time to listen to a new track kiddo.” I mean, there’s only so many times the wheels on the bus can go round and round and the Grand Old Duke of York can march up the damn hill again. Am I right? So I pick a song at random and together we sing and dance in the kitchen. Wren headbangs to almost anything, even classical music, and the moves in her dancing repertoire keep evolving. She recently started to twirl, which is all kinds of magic.

I may not be in the know anymore, but when I’m dancing in the kitchen with my kid, and I see her experiencing music, that’s all the hip I need to be. And actually, come to think of it, I am going to a gig in the new year — José Gonzalez — so maybe I have a little cool left in me after all.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 16, 2016 5:51 am

    I’m trying to convince my 5 year old (and my wallet) that it’s time to start piano lessons. Music education is sooo important!!

  2. November 16, 2016 9:50 am

    What a brilliant list – some of my absolute favourite bands up there! I used to be a power user of’s event function – sometime go there for a bit of a trip down memory lane 🙂

  3. alison permalink
    November 16, 2016 11:12 am

    Plenty of cool left in you. Love that the little one twirls.

  4. November 16, 2016 1:19 pm

    MICHAEL FRANTI FOUR TIMES! I am jealous, what else can I say! Excellent list 🙂

  5. November 16, 2016 11:15 pm

    “but I can’t keep up with the new kids these days — too busy raising a new kid of my own. No, these days I listen to podcasts and sip herbal tea.” – Brilliant! And the Bowie bit of course.

  6. November 19, 2016 2:18 am

    I love Michael Franti! I have a very different list…but I also dance in the kitchen with my kids. They know a lot of oldies…I mean classics….ahem.

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