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Coming Out With Bands Blazing

Jane's Party at the Piston
Jane’s Party
Gramercy Riffs, The Rucksack Willies
The Piston in Toronto, ON
February 2, 2011

Review by: Natalia Buia
Photos by: Amanda Fotes

Not even Snowtorious B.I.G. kept city slickers indoors on this night. The fabulous ladies of Buying Shots For Bands put on a cohesive show with a variety of our city’s finest up-and-coming music.

Jane’s Party

Jane’s Party were a sweet band playing what I like to call "turn that frown upside down" music. Think of Zeus with a hint of Tokyo Police Club. Their infectious tunes really make you yearn for summer; sitting on stoops, riding bikes and drinking Sangria on the beach. They were a treat to see perform as the night began winding down. They began with the peppy "Alone Together" and even graced us with a Grizzly Bear cover half way through. Jane’s Party is exactly the kind of party you'd want to be invited to. These four young dudes have what it takes to really put a dent in Canadian music with their poppy, flirty melodies.

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Gramercy Riffs

Having crowned Gramercy Riffs as one of my top ten favourites of 2010, they really had to deliver. Initially, the small venue seemed ill-fitted for the rising band. I reflect back on the first show of theirs I caught, and well, nothing beats the first time you let five sweet Newfoundlanders steal your heart away at the El Mocambo. The band delivered nonetheless, proving they truly deserve the pleasure of touring across North America with Hey Rosetta! this year.

The band opened with the first track on It’s Heartbreak, "Oh Linda", and it only got better from there. When you get everyone in the crowd dancing along, you know you've put on a good show. The Riffs surprised old and new fans to two new unreleased songs; "Dance With Me" and an untitled track, layered with louder guitar and more heart. As the band finished their steady set with "Call Me", I caught a few fans gliding their way to the merch table. So, I'll say it once, I'll say it again, pick up It's Heartbreak. It's anything but.

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The Rucksack Willies

The Rucksack Willies were a delightful local uniform playing songs with country flair. The band showcased how wise beyond their years they really are, as singers Angie Hilts and Megan Thomas belted out simple tunes about simple living.

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