Jake Russell

  • Concert Review: Coeur de Pirate Answered Our Prayers

    Montreal’s Goddess of Pop Put on a Show in a Holy Place

    Montreal pop musician, Coeur de Pirate, put on a spectacular spectacle in her hometown this month. Here’s our review on it!

  • Coeur de Pirate Finds Her Way Back Home

    With a sold-out show at Metropolis on Wednesday night, it seemed Montrealers were happy to welcome back their very own Coeur de Pirate — the pop star born and raised in the Plateau.

  • Performing the Psyche

    ‘Rouge Mekong’ Breaks New Ground in Psychological Immersion

    Journey to the centre of Sarah Lebovitz.

  • CORE CHRONICLES: Coming Down with The Amity Affliction In a Converted Cathedral

    It was a typical blisteringly cold February night when The Amity Affliction came to Montreal, and the howling gales were relentless during the journey out west of Verdun to the Paradox Theatre. While the weather was brutal, it was only half as brutal as the show to come—I looked forward to getting toasty in the human furnace of the moshpit.

  • Bruins, Beers and Body Modifications

    Aussie Metalcore Band The Amity Affliction Talk Hockey, Tattoos and their Ridiculous Song Names on their North American Tour

    To survive being in a metal band requires serious endurance: no one knows this better than Ahren Stringer, 29-year-old bassist and vocalist for The Amity Affliction, who has simulated drowning, been lit on fire, and has remained on the open road doing nonstop touring over the last year, all in the name of the band.

  • Ave Mario: An 8-bit Orchestra

    Montreal Video Game Orchestra to Premiere Super Nintendo-Inspired Concert

    Songs from video games are the unsung heroes of the audiovisual world. Film scores are considered “high art,” with their own esteemed dedicated categories at the Oscars, and Top 40 radio pop songs sweep the Grammys every year. Video game music has yet to break free from its confines to the console.

  • The Unbreakable Allure of Emmure

    In the metal and hardcore music community, Emmure is a band that inevitably ignites furious debate. Their six-album career is breakdown after breakdown, unrelenting brutality—some call them talentless thugs, others, blunt and brazen geniuses.

  • Skate and Create

    Art Exhibit ‘KICKFLIP’ Showcases Montreal Artists’  Work on Skateboard-Canvases

    Skateboarding: a throwaway pastime of potheads and punks, or a creative craft of athletes and outcasts? Ask any skater you see on the street, hucking themselves down stair sets or waxing up ledges for the perfect slide, and you’ll ultimately hear the latter.

  • Baroque-Back Mountain

    Montreal Artists Recreate Lavish 18th-Century Opera House Experience with Modern Twists

    Like a Justin Timberlake-Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart hybrid, Montreal classical musician and interdisciplinary artist Aleks Schürmer wants to bring sexy opera back.

  • POP Montreal Diary: Sax Sells with Saxsyndrum

    Saxsyndrum’s bombastic style of jazz-meets-electro-meets-funk usually sounds like it’s being pumped out by a full six-piece band—you’d never guess it’s just two guys with a saxophone and an arsenal of mixers and synthesizers at their fingertips.

  • POP Montreal Diary: Feeling the Transgender Dysphoria Blues with Against Me!

    The first time I saw Floridian punk rockers Against Me! live was at Warped Tour 2008, drenched in a writhing sea of sweaty teenagers, screaming along the lyrics to their folk anthem “Sink, Florida, Sink.”

  • Folk Master Flex

    Indie-Folk Sextet The Head and the Heart Discuss Newfound Fame, Sophomore Record and Bebop Jazz

    The carefree acoustic melodies and whimsical chords of Seattle indie-folk band The Head and the Heart are an ideal soundtrack to the warm spring breezes now kissing the Montreal city streets, teasing the glowing summer nights to come.

  • Sealing Off the Friend Zone

    Why The Sexist Concept Needs to Be Eradicated from our Dating Discourse

    Men who use this childish term seem to think that women owe them something, that friendship is just a regrettable stepping-stone to an inevitable romp in the hay.

  • Anatomy of a Strike

    Graphic Novelist Looks Back at Quebec Student Strike and Police Tactical Responses in New Book

    For American illustrator Sophie Yanow, being in Montreal during the Quebec student strike was pure happenstance.

  • Analog & Ironic

    The Found Footage Festival Resurrects Ridiculous VHS Tapes in Unique Comedy Show

    In the Internet age of whiny memes and re-posts galore, it can be hard to find fresh and original content. Enter the Found Footage Festival—a celebration of the weird, forgotten VHS tapes of a past era and home to some of the strangest footage on Earth.

  • A Matter of Art

    Art Matters Festival Celebrates 14 Years of Presenting Concordia Art in a Professional Capacity

    Art Matters is a testament to what Concordia students are capable of.

  • Phantom Rhythms

    Experimental Duo Phantogram to Play Laval After Releasing New Record ‘Voices’

    A “phantogram” is an optical illusion in which a two-dimensional image appears to enter our realm in the third. It should come as little surprise, then, that a band by the same name creates experimental genre-blending music that reaches far beyond the sum of its parts.

  • Get Ready for Action

    Concordia’s Sustainability Action Fund Sponsors University’s Green Ideas

    The greenhouse, the People’s Potato, Le Frigo Vert, the list goes on—just about anywhere you turn on Concordia’s campuses, sustainable hotspots are waiting for you to peruse. They don’t run on biofuel, however—even these green projects and others yet to be initiated need money to get started.

  • Skate, Drink, Slam, Repeat

    Montreal’s Premiere Skateboarding Bar Unveils Brand-New Bowl

    Nestled in a nook along St. Laurent Blvd.’s main strip, with a bulky metal door adorned with a wreath of shattered Maplewood skateboard decks, the thrash-hold to TRH-Bar is pretty discrete from the outside.

  • To Drink and Sing on the Breadline

    British Indie Outfit Lanterns On the Lake Bring Warm Vibes to Montreal

    A creaky wooden hall in the middle of nowhere with the bitter cold creeping in through every crack sounds better suited for the setting of a horror movie than a place to make a record.