Braids at the Biltmore Cabaret

Braids at the Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver

Raphaele Standell-Preston with Braids at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, March 28 2011. Robyn Hanson photo

Photos – Braids at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, March 28 2011

– photos by Robyn Hanson

Braids has been riding a wave of glowing press on its way to a return engagement in Vancouver the other night (Monday, March 28).

Rather than add to much to the din of voices praising the band and its debut Native Speaker (“assured and accomplished”, Toronto Star; “Smooth on the outside, savage within”, Spin; “mesmerizing enchanting thrilling chilling spine tingling soul searing soul lifting” – eugene osudar, Guttersnipe) we’ll just say that Braids is an endearingly geeky outfit whose just-plain-folks demeanor belies an intricacy and complexity to its music.

The practically wordless vocals and interplay between keyboards, guitar and drums enthralled the packed Biltmore Cabaret, and many people seemed to have come out to see the Montreal-by-way-of-Calgary quartet rather than the headliner Toro Y Moi. (Abbotsford, B.C. laptop wiz Teen Daze opened with poppy dancebeats.)

Taylor Smith with Braids at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, March 28 2011. Robyn Hanson photo

Taylor Smith with Braids at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, March 28 2011. Robyn Hanson photo

More Braids at the Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver photos:

Watch Braids at Sonic Boom Records in Toronto (video):

Braids tour dates:

March 30 :: Calgary, AB :: The Grand Theatre :: w/ Memory Screen & Kris Ellestad
March 31 :: Edmonton, AB :: The Pawn Shop
April 1 :: Saskatoon, SK :: Caffe Sola :: Vivefest
April 2 :: Winnipeg, MB :: The Royal Albert Arms
April 6 :: Bloomington, IN :: The Bishop :: w/ Toro Y Moi
April 7th :: Toronto, ON :: Wrongbar  :: w/ Adventure & Toro Y Moi
April 8th :: Montreal, PQ  ::  La Sala Rossa  :: w/Adventure & Toro Y Moi
April 13 :: Baltimore, MD :: Talking Head :: w/ Toro Y Moi
May 2nd :: Montreal, PQ :: Metropolis :: w/ Of Montreal & Painted Palm
May 3rd :: Toronto ON :: Phoenix Concert Theatre :: w/Of Montreal & Painted Palm

One response to “Braids at the Biltmore Cabaret

  1. 7 years ago  

    Excellent post with nice pics of the concert, see the place is really packed.

    Read the album review here.
    http://front-stage.blogspot.com/2011/03/music-review-braids-native-speaker.html

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