SATURDAY — Motel Raphaël caught our attention with their catchy single, "Ghosts", which I've had stuck in my head for weeks now. The female-fronted, seven-piece band out of Montreal jammed themselves — vibraphone, trumpet and all — onto the tiny stage at the Silver Dollar and proceeded to steal our hearts with their sweet mix of indie, country and pop. Drawing some comparison from my fellow show-goers to The Dixie Chicks (but in good way!), their songs about love and heartbreak feature memorable lyrics about love and whisky and regret — filled with wisdom beyond their years. The band is still relatively new: their first album will be released this June; we'll be excited to nab a copy of it and listen throughout the summer. We suspect it will be the perfect companion to long road-trips, or on those days when you want to curl up with songs that will cheer you up when you're feeling down.Also: a vibraphone!
Words by Laurie McGregor, a Toronto-based dilettante. She watches way too much reality television and wishes that everyone could all just get along. She likes books, soft things, baking, unicorns, robots and has an unnatural love of vending machines. You can find her posts here and email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.