NXNE 2013: Weaves @ BLK BOX by Cody McGraw

FRIDAY — Seeing Weaves live is like a breath of raw, soulful fresh air, comparable to Miles Davis blowing a cigarette in your face or Billie Holiday spilling her drink on you. The spirit of these singers is felt and heard in the voice of Jasmyn Burke (also of RatTail — who seem to have called it quits?) and complimented nicely by guitarist Morgan Waters (who you might already know from Dwayne Gretzky or Sweet Thing or his old CBC show or the time Bradford beat him out to be a MuchMusic VJ). The music of Weaves is rough and jagged and driving, a rolling thunder of guitars and drums thumping away under Burke's voice, punctured by the occasional electronic squeal. The result was one of the most surprising, satisfying and moving sets of our North By Northeast.

Having seen Burke perform once before with RatTail — and being a bit disappointed they didn't live up to their recordings that night — it's great to see her take the next step. After all, we could all use a little more soul in our lives.


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Photos by Adam Bunch.

Cody McGraw is many things but the thing you can actually call him to his face is the Managing Editor of The Little Red Umbrella. See more posts from him here or follow him on Twitter @cody_mcgraw.


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