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Neil Van

Neil Van has written 48 posts for Aesthetic Magazine | Album Reviews, Concert Photography, Interviews, Contests

Photos: Oh land, Sun Rai @ The Great Hall

Photos by: Neil Van – Brooklyn-based Danish singer-songwriter Nanna Øland Fabricius (aka Oh Land) performed at The Great Hall in Toronto last night in support of her third studio album, Wish Bone, which was released on September 16th via Federal Prism Records, with Australian soul-jazz-pop-rock singer-songwriter Rai Thistlethwayte (aka Sun Rai), who released his debut release under the moniker, … Continue reading

Photos: Daughter, Bear’s Den @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre

Photos by: Neil Van – UK indie rock trio Daughter, who released their debut album, If You Leave, in March via 4AD, performed at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto last night with London trio Bear’s Den, which takes its influence from Ryan Adams, Being There era Wilco and more, who will release their new … Continue reading

Photos: Tom Odell, Jane’s Party @ The Great Hall

Photos by: Neil Van – UK-based singer-songwriter Tom Odell, who released his debut studio album, Long Way Down, back in June, which spawned the successful single, “Another Love”, performed at The Great Hall in Toronto last night with Toronto-based indie rock quartet Jane’s Party, who released their second studio album, Hot Noise, back in May. … Continue reading

Photos: Saves The Day, Into It. Over It., Hostage Calm @ The Hoxton

Photos by: Neil Van – Princeton, New Jersey-based power pop quartet Saves The Day, who released their self-titled eighth album on September 17th via Equal Vision Records, which was founded by frontman Max Bemis, performed at The Hoxton in Toronto last night along with Chicago-based singer-songwrier Evan Weiss (aka Into It. Over It), and Connecticut-based pop-punk quartet Hostage … Continue reading

Photos: Teenanger, Milk Lanes @ The Silver Dollar

Photos by: Neil Van – Toronto-based garage quartet Teenanger, who will release their new album, Singles Don’t Sell, on September 17th performed at The Silver Dollar in Toronto last night with Milk Lanes, and Toronto-based psych rock band Comet Control, which features ex members of Toronto-based psychedelic rock band Quest For Fire, who broke up after … Continue reading

Photos: Passenger, Stu Larsen @ Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto

Photos by: Neil Van – Did you miss British folk-rock singer-songwriter Passenger (aka Mike Rosenberg), and Australian singer-songwriter Stu Larsen at The Phoenix Concert Theatre earlier this week? Well, in addition to playing that gig, both musicians also performed a serene, impromptu set in Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto yesterday afternoon.

Photos: Passenger, Stu Larsen @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre

Photos by: Neil Van – British folk-rock singer-songwriter Passenger (aka Mike Rosenberg), who fronted the band of the same name from 2003-2009, who only released one album, 2007’s Wicked Man’s Rest, performed at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto last night with Australian singer-songwriter Stu Larsen, who “doesn’t have a fixed address” as “three years ago he … Continue reading

Photos: Ben Howard, Willy Mason @ Echo Beach

Photos by: Neil Van – 2-time 2013 BRIT Award winner Ben Howard, who performed at 2013 Glastonbury festival on the Pyramid Stage, and who released his critically acclaimed and 2012 Mercury Prize-nominated debut album, Every Kingdom, in 2011, performed at Echo Beach in Toronto on Thursday night with New York City-based singer-songwriter Willy Mason, who will … Continue reading

Photos: Memoryhouse @ The Drake Hotel, Toronto

Photos by: Neil Van – Guelph-based dream pop duo and Sub Pop-signees Memoryhouse, which features composer Evan Abeele and vocalist Denise Nouvion, performed at The Drake Hotel in Toronto last night. If you’re into the likes of Beach House, you need to check these guys out.    

Photos: Barenaked Ladies, Ben Fold Five @ Molson Amphitheatre

Photos by Neil Van – Toronto-based rock quartet Barenaked Ladies, who are currently touring in support of their new album, Grinning Streak, which was released on June 4th via Vanguard Records, on their Last Summer On Earth tour with piano rock trio Ben Folds Five, who released their first-ever live album on June 4th, simply titled Live. … Continue reading