Like a rich, hearty bowl of authentic gumbo, watching Tank and the Bangas perform live will fill you up and warm your soul. Along with openers Sweet Crude, the New Orleans-based band served all the sounds and flavours of Louisiana to an enthusiastic Toronto crowd, and all who came left more than satisfied.
Growing up in London, Ontario in the early 1990s, I was accustomed to not seeing myself. In life and in pop culture, the role models I had to choose from often only held fragments of my identity: they were Canadian, they were women, or they were black, but rarely were they all three. Very early on, I learned that in order to fit in, I would have to tuck parts of myself away.
At some point, every great artist hits a turbulent patch in their career. Call it the Kingdom Come moment, dubbed after Jay-Z's flaccid 2006 comeback album. While DAMN. isn't nearly as gross an error as that, it is nonetheless a weak moment for Kendrick Lamar.
It's by no means a bad effort: standouts like "ELEMENT."; the raw and introspective "FEEL."; and the album's vulnerable centrepiece "FEAR." keep it from being that. These songs, along with "DUCKWORTH.," the crown jewel of the project, portray a sharp, clear-eyed Lamar.
Everybody loves the sunshine. It seems as though this enduring Roy Ayers classic was the unofficial theme for Kaytranada's luminescent performance at the Danforth Music Hall last night (May 20). Able to sell out venues with his signature remixes alone, the Montreal producer's set is on an even higher plane now that he has a full-length studio album, 99.9%, in his repertoire.
As hundreds of giddy Toronto fans waited for the man of the hour, a diminutive fellow in a vintage Ruff Ryders hoodie...