TURF reviews: JD McPherson at Fort York – July 5, 2013

JD McPherson played TURF July 5 at Fort York Garrison Commons in Toronto. Photo: Tom Beedham

JD McPherson played TURF July 5 at Fort York Garrison Commons in Toronto. Photo: Tom Beedham

Supplying Toronto Urban Roots Fest with nostalgia-satisfying rock music that turns down the guitar while letting saxophone, upright bass, piano, and percussion take the spotlight, JD McPherson’s band was a reminder of a time when people could call a band rock and say it without summoning images of guitar heads churning out what seems to have become an obligatory kind of masturbatory guitar noodling.

McPherson’s is a band that approaches the music of the past with contemporary wisdom, arriving at rockabilly rhythm and blues that sounds like history but nothing its forebears could have done. Count free jazz cymbal crashes, and funky bass lines in the mix.

Originally published by The Ontarion.

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About Tom Beedham

Tom Beedham is a Canadian writer and photographer whose work focuses on independent culture, experimental art, DIY communities, and their relationship to the mainstream. He has reported on a spectrum of creatives ranging from emerging acts to the definitive voices of cultural movements. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. He has contributed features to Exclaim!, NOW, A.Side (formerly AUX), Chart Attack, and VICE publications Noisey and THUMP, and has appeared as a correspondent on Daily VICE. Tom is also a co-organizer and curator of the inter-arts series Long Winter, for which he has overseen the publication of an online blog and print newspaper-style community publication, and, in collaboration with Lucy Satzewich, implemented harm reduction strategies for safer event spaces. From 2006-2012, he was Editor-in-Chief of Halton, ON -based youth magazine The Undercroft and served as an outreach worker for parent organization Peer Outreach Support Services and Education (POSSE) Project. He was also a DIY concert organizer in his hometown Georgetown, ON in the mid-2000s.

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