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 based in Toronto, Ontario. His work focuses on independent culture, DIY communities, and their relationship to the mainstream, reporting on a spectrum of creatives that has ranged from emerging acts to the definitive voices of cultural movements. In addition to contributing regular features to AUX, Chart Attack, and VICE publications Noisey and THUMP, he has appeared on Daily VICE, and frequently reviews concerts, festivals, and new album releases for Canadian arts and culture monthly Exclaim!. He is also a co-organizer and curator of the seasonal inter-arts series Long Winter, for which he oversees an online blog and print newspaper-style publication, printed for distribution at each instalment of the event. He was also a DIY concert organizer in his hometown Georgetown, Ontario in the mid-2000s.

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