Little Dragon launches tour to promote new album

Season High album by Little DragonLittle Dragon performed last night in Toronto. The concert at the Danforth Music Hall came at the front end of their tour to promote the new album Season High. The band gave a solid performance, with a healthy dose of new songs as well as highlights from previous albums. Some bands focus more on new music when touring, but Little Dragon wisely chose a balance of the new and the familiar. The band performed popular songs such as “Twice,” “Pretty Girls,” “Crystalfilm,” “Ritual Union,” and “Klapp Klapp”—plenty to satisfy fans of past albums. The surprise of the evening, and the emotional climax for me, was an extended version of “Strobe Light” from the new album. In its live incarnation, it exceeded the power of the recorded version. Amazing visuals augmented the music. Continue reading →

Little Dragon creates an album that breathes fire

nabumarubberbandMy new favorite album is Nabuma Rubberband, the fourth release by Swedish band Little Dragon. The group has been around since 1996, but it took them 10 years to get their first CD, and three additional albums to reach the apex of their current achievement. That’s another problem with the current state of the music industry: there’s little appetite to nurture bands such as this, to allow them time to mature and truly produce something great. Continue reading →