Headlines: Blitzen Trapper @ The WECC; S Carey @ The Park

>> Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Just a quick round-up today of some recent show announcements:

Portland's Blitzen Trapper is at the West End Cultural Centre on Sunday, June 15th.

Chad VanGaalen is at the Park Theatre on Friday, June 6th w/ Viet Cong.

Speaking of the Park, S Carey (of Bon Iver) is there on Wednesday, June 25th.

A Wilhelm Scream is at the WECC on Tuesday, June 3rd w/ Direct Hit, Distances, and Bring The Fight.

Good for Grapes is at the Pyramid on Saturday, May 3rd w/ Zerbin.

Brandy Zdan and Scott Nolan will be at the Park Theatre on Wednesday, June 4th.

And finally, the annual Bands v. Filmmakers event goes down at the WECC on Friday, May 23rd. On the bill is:

  • Birdapres and Grey Jay / DAMIEN FERLAND
  • Hana Lu Lu / KAYLA JEANSON
  • Ridley Bent / MADISON THOMAS
  • Mise en Scene / TYLER FUNK
  • Les Jupes / MATHEU PLOUFFE


You can get lost in the music for hours: The Head and the Heart @ The Burton Cummings Theatre

>> Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The Head and the Heart
The Burton Cummings Theatre
Winnipeg, MB
Monday, April 7th

True story: I gave up my Jets tickets last night in favour of attending The Head and the Heart show at the Burt.

I rarely miss a Jets game on TV (I even listened to their games while in Iceland at 3 a.m.), so it's even rarer that I give up my tickets.

But in the end I unquestionably made the right decision. The Head and the Heart (whose bassist, coincidentally, is a big Jets fan and even sported a new logo t-shirt throughout the set) put on a magnificent, inspired show. Drawing from both of their mighty fine releases, the sextet was loose, spirited, and clearly passionate about the curious brand of melodic indie-folk they irresistibly purvey.

This was on the best sets I've seen in quite some time, and I eagerly look forward to once again giving up my Jets tickets should the Head and the Heart roll through town on a game night. Unless its'a playoff game. But, hey, that's highly unlikely of happening anytime soon.



Contest: Enter to win tickets to see Sunparlour Players @ The WECC

>> Friday, 4 April 2014

Courtesy of the good folks over at the West End Cultural Centre, I've got a pair of tickets to giveaway for Sunparlour Players show going down on Thursday, April 17th. 

If you're interested in checking out the guys, fire me off an email (on the right hand side, below the concert listings) by noon CST on Monday, April 14th with the subject line "Sunparlour Players Ticket Giveaway" and your name in the email's body. Winning name will be drawn randomly sometime that afternoon and contacted shortly thereafter, with the first name and last initial published on my Twitter account.


Timber Timbre to play Union Sound Hall

>> Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Timber Timbre just announced a string of North American dates, and great news, Peggers, this includes a stop in the third coldest city in the world. The band will be at Union Sound Hall on Monday, June 16th.

Hopefully spring will arrive by then....


Jessy Lanza to play the WECC

>> Friday, 28 March 2014

Hamilton-based artist Jessy Lanza just announced a tour in support of her much buzzed-about debut, Pull My Hair Back, which includes a Winnipeg date at the West End Cultural Centre on May 11th.

I'm intrigued.


I climbed a mountain and I turned around: Fleetwood Mac to play the MTS Centre; Jordan Klassen @ The WECC

>> Thursday, 27 March 2014

Fleetwood Mac continues to shirk the yoke of retirement with its relentless touring, but this time around longtime holdout Christine McVie joins the troop for the upcoming tour. This includes a date at the MTS Centre on Monday, November 10th. Ticket sale kick off Monday, April 7th but I'm sure there'll be ample presale opportunities.

BC-based singer-songwriter Jordan Klassen also returns to town for a gig at the West End Cultural Centre on Monday, May 5th.

And finally, according to the Park Theatre's twitter feed, the Mac DeMarco show there is nearly sold out. The only tickets left are at Music Trader, so god speed, you procrastinating, Mac DeMarco fan!


Album Review: Future Islands "Singles"

>> Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Rating: **** out of 5

Thanks largely to old man Letterman’s enthusiastic response to frontman’s Samuel T. Herring’s sweet, sweet dance moves during the above performance of “Seasons (Waiting on You)”, Future Islands are on the verge of household name status. And the recognition is well-deserved. The band’s latest, Singles, offers fresh, infectious, and well-crafted dance numbers all galvanized by Herring’s deceptively cool and frequently surprising vocals. Listen how quickly his casual delivery devolves into a guttural growl as best evinced on “Fall from Grace.” This record will have even the shyest of wallflowers tripping the light fantastic.

-Mykael Sopher


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