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DOWNLOAD: "The Gate" (MP3)

Sam Roberts "Sam Roberts (& band) opened for the Stills two nights in a row at Mercury Lounge in April. I went the second night, but missed Sam despite the good reviews that almost motiviated me to get there on time. My only glimpse came when Sam joined the Stills on stage for a song. A few days ago Same came back to headline his own show in the same small room.

In comments, in coversations, and in articles, everyone always said the same thing. Sam is "huge in Canada". Sam says....

"It's nice to be able to live two realities," Roberts said of the dichotomy of being huge stars in Canada and virtual unknowns in the U.S. "To have fans of one variety [in Canada] and then come down and we're the underdogs ... in the U.S., it really is a clean slate for us down there. We get to carve a future for ourselves."

MTV's got an interesting interview.

Sam is touring with Slow Runner in June. He'll be at Maxwell's in Hoboken on June 12th. Extrawack has those dates.

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Comments (22)

Canada's sexiest rocker? He's not sexier than Carl Newman.

Posted by A. C. Newman | May 19, 2006 11:47 AM

anywhere you know of that has sam's mp3's? The samroberts myspace page isn't his.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2006 11:49 AM

sam roberts' first cd was fantastic.

his new one, ehhh....the US really missed the boat on the last record.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2006 12:00 PM

word! Carl Newman IS THE SEXIEST CANADIAN ROCKER.
New Pornographers? cmon now.

Posted by cut n' paste | May 19, 2006 12:03 PM

word! Carl Newman IS THE SEXIEST CANADIAN ROCKER.
New Pornographers? cmon now.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2006 12:03 PM

Having gone to school in Buffalo NY, I've heard a lot of Sam on Canadian radio out of Toronto, as far back as 3 years ago.

He's got an extremely cathcy sound, with imeddiately identifiable riffs. Kicks Sloan's ass, IMO.

Posted by cdjames | May 19, 2006 12:08 PM

some canadian friends of mine asked me if i liked Sam Roberts, whose claim to fame is supposedly that he's "famous for being Canadian." i'm not really sure what that means.

Posted by bryan | May 19, 2006 12:11 PM

"sam roberts' first cd was fantastic.

his new one, ehhh....the US really missed the boat on the last record."

i agree with that completely. it's a shame that the last one was largely overlooked by our southern neighbours.

Posted by Quinn | May 19, 2006 2:41 PM

"we were born in a flame" was in constant heavy rotation on my ipod for a long time. how's the newest one?

Posted by sea | May 19, 2006 3:01 PM

Saw him at CMJ at the Mercury Lounge last Semptember. I went there to see Viva Voce that night and he played before them. I didn't even know who he was at that time, but he and his band sounded great.

Posted by Eric | May 19, 2006 4:24 PM

I went and saw him headlining the Mercury Lounge and the room was filled with Canadians who don't know how to attend a show: a gaggle of girls who thought throwing their hair in people's faces and reaching over strangers was cool and a woman with a Canadian flag who threw up on the floor next to me a few songs in. Lovely.

Plus, I really don't get the fuss over the music. I am guessing from the comments above that they were playing material from the newer album. I found it to be radio-friendly, feel-good, easy-going rock that's pretty much contentless, with trite and uninspiring lyrics.

Posted by kathryn | May 19, 2006 6:33 PM

www.myspace.com/samrobertsband

Posted by Lee | May 21, 2006 2:40 PM

not too bad

Posted by WOW GOLD | December 2, 2008 11:18 PM

Sam Roberts is definitely the hottest Canadian rocker!
Have you seen this guy live?
All his CDs are good listen to "lions of the kalahari"

Posted by Max | February 16, 2009 7:22 PM

Contentless?
Trite?
Uninspiring?

I'll admit that a lot of Canadians aren't very good concert goers but...

Anyway I think your just a little full of yourself Kathryn, loosen up
Maybe if you actually listened to the material instead of judging it right off the bat you'd see that it's really good.

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lala.com has a good selection and a Live at Austin City Limits disc.

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