By Arielle Lessard and Jamie McNamara
June 26, 2016
Mascaras – Central Memorial Park
Mascaras filled Central Memorial Park with power sequences and buttered up a spread out crowd with their sweet, open nature. It was, admittedly, their first time playing to a crowd that was laying down but there was no letting up. They delved into their largely instrumental crescendos and wowed a happy, shining audience. Many passers-by stopped in and stayed put for the entirety of their strong, distinctly psych set. As supporters of Portland’s local music, they were gracious and spoke strongly to Calgary’s welcoming nature, and advertised that they’re more than open to playing house shows while they’re in town! (AL)
L.T. Leif, Circuit Des Yeux, Hurry Up, Radioactivity, Speedy Ortiz – Annual Sled Island Pig Roast at Palomino
Arguably the best thing about Sled Island are the mornings after: the looks on the faces of the hungover attendees, smiling and laughing, but clearly worse for wear from the previous evening of non-stop music. Then the music starts again and everyone comes back to life, faces brighten up, smiles widen.
That was very much true on Sunday afternoon at the Palomino as Sled Island 2016 came to a bittersweet close. People not quite willing to rejoin the real world yet heavily attended the wrap-up party. Instead, the attendees spent the day running between both floors of the Palomino, catching every last bit of live music they could.
L.T. Leif started the day off in the basement, her pastoral pop a perfect palate cleanser for the start of the afternoon.
Next up in the basement was Circuit Des Yeux, still fresh off of an amazingly well received set at Theatre Junction GRAND the day previous. Their set was not as revelatory, but the Palomino rarely feels as cold dark as it did then.
Pacific Northwestern punks Hurry Up were the next to play in the increasingly full basement. Their set was also hotly anticipated and their raw pop punk didn’t disappoint.
Radioactivity and Speedy Ortiz ended the day in an upbeat fashion, rocking the audience hard enough that everyone briefly forgot that Monday was fast approaching. (JM)
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