>> Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Exciting news: dream poppers Young Galaxy are touring with Junior Boys and will be supporting the latter on September 12th at the WECC, effectively making this a "don't miss" show. Above, check out their brand spankin' new video for "Blown Minded" off their sublime album, Shapeshifting.
Add Sheepdogs to the Kings of Leon show, October 4th at the MTS Centre.
And the all mighty Zeus to Sam Roberts's Winnipeg gig, November 1st at the Centennial Concert Hall.
Also, indie-rockers Wildlife are hitting the road with Hollerado and are on the September 17th bill at the WECC.
Then finally, in two days' time, Australian pop act The Little Stevies take the stage at the Gas Station Theatre w/ Low Flying Planes.
>> Monday, July 25, 2011
On Saturday, September 17th, Manotick Ontario's finest pop rockers Hollerado pay a visit to the West End Cutlural Centre. Along for the ride is Young Rival and Wildlife.
Tickets are $12 in advance (at the WECC) or $15 at the door.
>> Friday, July 22, 2011
Electronic pop purveyors Junior Boys will be out and about for a world tour in support of their latest disc, It's All True, a 50+ date tour that can't possibly be complete without a Winnipeg date. Check out the boys at the West End Cultural Centre on September 12th. (Thanks to Dave for the heads up).
>> Thursday, July 21, 2011
Lots and loads of show listings and local happenings to pass along, so here goes:
Cannon Bros are opening for the Greg MacPherson loud show on September 9th at the WECC. Look for their much buzzed about debut Firecracker/Cloudglow something this fall via Disintegration Records. I know I will be.
Local folkies The Crooked Brothers play the WECC on September 23rd.
Songstress Mary Gauthier is there on August 13th w/ Tania Elizabeth.
Vancouver progressive metal act Abriosis play the, umm, Death Trap on August 20th w/ Artice Circle, Auroch, and Alpha Kill.
Folk Thief (also from Vancouver) has booked a gig at the Ellice Theatre on July 30th and will also be performing at Music Trader earlier in the day at 2:30 p.m.
Montreal folk artist Charlotte Cornfield drops by Times Change(d) on July 28th.
Rah Rah are opening for Said The Whale, September 19th at the Park Theatre.
And finally, Wax Mannequin and Burning Hell will be there on July 25th.
Saskatoon-situated folk act The Deep Dark Woods are currently gearing up for the release of their new record, The Place I Left Behind, due out on August 2nd via Six Shooter, before taking the fresh material on the Canadian roads in September and October. Look for them to materialize on stage at the West End Cultural Centre on September 15th.
>> Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Presale gets underway here tomorrow; as a bonus, anyone purchasing advance tickets is automatically entered into a draw to win an autographed vinyl copy of Seeds (one giveaway per show).
>> Monday, July 18, 2011
One-woman loop-lovin' experimental pop act tUnE-yArDs (that's fun to type) continues to tour in support of her second record, whokill, and this new leg of dates includes a pit stop at our West End Cultural Centre on November 14th. (Thanks to those who emailed/twittered/commented about this. Was away from a computer all day).
>> Saturday, July 16, 2011
>> Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The interminably prolific Chad VanGaalen recently announced a string of Canadian tour dates in support of his latest recording achievement, Diaper Island. The singer-songwriter/animator/illustrator's tour itinerary includes a stop at our finest sound room The West End Cultural Centre on November 18th. No word on ticket deets just yet.
>> Monday, July 11, 2011
Courtesy of the West End Cultural Centre, I've got a pair of tickets to giveaway for Minnesotan chamber pop outfit Dark Dark Dark's show taking place there on Wednesday, July 20th.
If you're interested in checking out the show, fire me off an email (on the right hand side) by Saturday, July 16th @ noon CST with the subject line "Dark Dark Dark Ticket Giveaway" and your name in the email's body. Winning name will be drawn randomly sometime that afternoon and contacted shortly thereafter. As always, one entry per person please!
Sheffield England indie-rock foursome Arctic Monkeys make their heralded debut in Peg City (I think) on October 1st at the Burton Cumming Theatre, and indie darlings Smith Westerns open. Pre-sale is already underway via Arctic Monkeys official site if, you know, you're a member of their fan club.
I'm hearing public sales commence on Friday.
>> Thursday, July 7, 2011
As per Exclaim, NY indie-pop exports The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (above) will be dropping by the Albert on September 28th w/ Big Troubles.
Speaking of the Albert, 2011 Polaris long listers PS I Love You rock the joint on September 24th.
Matthew Good returns to town for a show at the Burt on November 7th.
Yukon Blonde are at the West End Cultural Centre on October 2nd.
And finally, the rumour mill is a’churnin’ that Arctic Monkeys will play Winnipeg for the first time (I think) on October 1st with the show going down at the Burt. Let’s hope for corroboration very soon.
>> Monday, July 4, 2011
The music lineup for the122nd annual Islendingadagurinn in Gimli was recently revealed on the festival's new site and blog.
As in years previous, there's a full slate of intriguing independent acts worth checking out (for free!), with notable highlights including the still-kickin' and incomparable Nathan, 2011 WCMA nominees (and past winners) The Liptonians, and live act extraordinaires Royal Canoe.
One last thing to note: unlike years previous, the majority of the lineup features bands residing within New Iceland provincial borders (Saskatoon-based singer-songwriter Zachary Lucky being the exception). The likely reason is that Manitoba music runs strong and is intent on world conquest. Just like the Vikings.
But without horned helmets.
Friday July 29th
The Nobel Thiefs
Saturday July 30th
Childrens Entertainment - Alphabet Soup
Sunday July 31st
Andrew Neville and The Poor Choices