There Are Angels. In the Clouds. Doin' It.

>> Saturday, 31 January 2009

So New Zealand's "fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo" The Flight of the Conchords have just announced a massive North American tour and, sadly, are following the touring-migration patterns of the Boss and The Killers, meaning their flight plans do not see them landing in Winnipeg.

Don't these acts know we're getting an Ikea, that blue Swedish shopping colossus that instantly transforms humble hamlets into certified cities? Sheesh!

FotC Canadian dates are your usual Vancouvers and Torontos, but if you're up for a seven-hour cross-border adventure, you can catch them in Minneapolis on May 3rd.

And now for some shows that
are taking place here:

Local funk-favs Moses Mayes play the Pyramid on May 2nd.

The No Fear Energy Music Tour featuring Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, As I Lay Dying, God Forbid, and Municipal Waste hits the Convention Centre on April 13th.

Il Divo are at the MTS Centre on May 22nd.

Infinite Playlist: Plants and Animals - Parc Avenue


Ain't No Party Like My Grandma's Tea Party

>> Monday, 26 January 2009

A fundraiser for CKUW is taking place at the Pyramid on February 6th featuring local favourites Greg MacPherson, who generously took part in my 11 questions segment, and Novillero.

Portland disco-punkers Glass Candy will rock the party at the Pyramid on March 14th. Should be a pretty bumpin' show.

Sons of York are at the Pyramid on February 7th.

Part of Underoath's massive tour includes a stop at the Garrick on March 12th.

NECRO returns to the Pyramid on March 18th.

Cannibal Corpse are at the Garrick on April 15th.

Oh and Great Lake Swimmers' intimate affair at the Folk Exchange is sold out (thanks to Jeope for the heads up).

Infinite Playlist: Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion


Everyone Knows Everyone

>> Friday, 23 January 2009

This sing-a-long pop goodness of a song, by The Helio Sequence, could be Facebook's theme song, and it might even be as addictive as The Book.

I've listened to it like 20 times today.

Oh, and jazz chanteuse Diana Krall will be at The MTS Centre on April 22nd.

Infinite Playlist: The Helio Sequence - Love and Distance


Great Lake Winnipeg Swimmers

>> Thursday, 22 January 2009

It's official - melodic folksters Great Lake Swimmers ARE playing a gig here. They will be at The Folk Exchange on March 23rd, making that week an impressive one for live music in Winnipeg (Bonnie Prince, Serena Ryder, Mindless Self Indulgence, GLS, and Plants & Animals all in a few days' span!)

Opening for GLS is Kate Maki.

Opening for Bloc Party is Hot Hot Heat.

Remember Marcy Playground? Well, they still exist and will be at Silverado's on March 16th.

Finally, tix for GZA and Bonnie "Prince" Billy go on sale Sat via Ticketmaster.

Infinite Playlist: Great Lake Swimmers - Bodies and Minds


Just Drivin' Round In Jon Voight's Car

>> Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Ok, so The Gaslight Anthem are not coming here. My only source, The Park Theatre's website, has removed the show from their calendar, leading me to think it may have been a Show Announcement Mirage, the hallucinatory result of some sort of personal show announcement thirst.

THESET are playing The Church Basement on February 7th which is apparently located at 230 Provencher (thanks to Megan for the heads up).

The Subcity Dwellers play the Albert on March 7th.

Guy Clark, a mentor to the iconic Steve Earle, is at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church on April 5th.

Saskatoon's We Were Lovers will treat Music Trader shoppers to a free in-store gig on March 7th at 2 pm.

According to a comment on their MySpace page, the wonderful Great Lake Swimmers are also playing a (free?) in-store gig round these parts on March 23rd.

Let's hope that's not another mirage.

Infinite Playlist: Flight Of The Conchords - S/T


Asleep On A Train

>> Saturday, 17 January 2009

You know just last week I mentioned/complained to a friend how there’s really not a lot of great indie shows on the horizon and how our city seemed to be in a sort of announcement funk. His response was, on hindsight, fairly obvious: Would you want to tour Canada, let alone stop in Winnipeg, in the winter?

Point acknowledged. (Aside: Let’s hear it for the weather today! Oh, glorious reprieve!)

Anyway…over the past ten days or so a remarkable number of exciting shows have been announced and here are some more:

Plants and Animals - Polaris-Prize Nominees / artists who earned the #5 spot on my Top Ten Records Of The Year List (which is, arguably, just as good as a Polaris nom) - play the Park Theatre on March 24nd. Pending school, I’ll be there.

The creatively-named dd/mm/yyyy will be at The Albert on 23/02/2009.

According to The Park Theatre’s website The Gaslight Anthem will be here on April 5th; however, I can’t seem to find any corroborating evidence for this show, hence me typing the blame-deflecting “according to”. Until I find a second source, I won't put this on the right.

Senses Fail are at the Garrick on April 13th.

Infinite Playlist: Mum - Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today Is Ok


Bloc Party Presale - Deus Ex Machina

>> Thursday, 15 January 2009

Just got a flurry of emails about presale passwords for Bloc Party's gig at the Burt: MARSHA or ONEMON or ONEMONTH. I used MARSHA and got wicked seats!

Also, Propagandhi is at the Garrick on March 20th.

Infinite Playlist: The Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead


A Sunday In Our City

>> Wednesday, 14 January 2009

One of Britian's greatest indie exports Bloc Party is rolling through town, playing the Burton Cummings Theatre on Sunday, May 3rd. Presale starts tomorrow if you have the password (I don't. Help anyone?). Public sales take place next Friday. I am so thrilled about this - can't wait!

A founding father of the Wu-Tang Clan GZA stops by the Pyramid on March 30th.

Local alt-rockers The Waking Eyes are there on March 7th.

A Kurt Cobain Tribute show featuring Giv'R will be held at the Pyramid on April 3rd.

And finally, Serena Ryder is at the Garrick on March 22nd. Presale starts Friday and the password is piano.

Infinite Playlist: Royksopp - The Understanding


Us V Them

>> Sunday, 11 January 2009

A Buddy Holly Tribute show is taking place at the Park Theatre on January 30th featuring local denizens Greg Crowe and The Scarlet Union, The Magnificent 7's, The Farrell Bros, and The Stiff Bishops - it's been 50 years since the bespectacled icon played his last show!

Punk vets Gob are at The Albert on February 5th.

Kram Ran is there the day after.

Port Amoral the day after that.

Germany's Destruction play The Albert on March 14th w/ Krisun and Mantin Ritual.

Boats stop by The Lo Pub on January 31st w/ The Liptonians and Blue Sky Addicts.

Oh, and no word yet on when tix for Bonnie Prince Billy's show go on sale.

Infinite Playlist: LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver


Red Squirrel In The Mornin'

>> Wednesday, 7 January 2009

A veritable member of indie-rock royalty is gracing out town with his regal presence: Bonnie "Prince" Billy will be at the Pyramid on March 21st. You can bet this'll sell out, so get your tickets on the asap (I have no idea when they go on sale though). I'm pretty excited.

Junior Boys are sure to get everyone dancing away remnants of winter blues at the Pyramid on April 4th. I'll probably hit this too.

Montreal's BEAST are also at the Pyramid on February 24th.

Winnipeg heroes The Weakerthans have added a second show: they will also be playing The Burt on April 18th.

Update: Presale password for The Weakerthans' second show is tundra. Ticket sales commence Thursday at 10.

Infinite Playlist: Fleet Foxes - S/T


Mr Pine CD Release Party - Live At Aqua Books

>> Saturday, 3 January 2009

(This last one is my fav)

So I hit local folk-act Mr Pine’s CD release party earlier, and it was a pretty fun time.

I missed all but five songs of opening act Kerri Woelke’s set because this show was held on the second floor of Aqua Books, and I became seduced by the Siren-lure of the bookstore on the first floor, and hypnotically browsed through the stacks before heading on up. The five songs or so of Kerri’s set I did catch were enjoyable, thoughtful folksy numbers, all with a light melancholic tint, while Kerri herself proved to be a cute, confident and winsome singer-songwriter.

Now if you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that the two leaders of Mr Pine, Matt and Kevin, generously took part in my 11 Questions segment just over a month ago and were rather good sports about it. The long-awaited cd release party for their latest longplayer Rewilding - which topped the UMFM charts for a few weeks - was a pleasantly intimate affair held in a spacious room with decent acoustics. I thought it was the ideal setting for their alt-folk stylings.

Standing seven members tall, Mr Pine understandably leaned heavily on tunes from Rewilding, and the material sounded great performed live. The odd number from their debut The Gift of Wolves, though, slipped into the set, including my personal fav, the instrumental 'Field of Glass Houses' (which surprisingly the band dedicated to, well, uh, me).

Unanticipated-self-indulgent-moment aside, this talented septet not only proved they could artfully reproduce their varied chamber folk sound live, they also proved why they are one of Winnipeg’s most unique and impassioned folk acts.

The only downside: this was an alcohol-free event. Then again, this just helped me maintain my New Year’s rez.

Infinite Playlist: Chad VanGaalen - Soft Airplane


So This Is The New Year

>> Thursday, 1 January 2009

Thank you so much for visiting my blog over the past 365 and leaving all the wonderful comments. I'm happy to report my readership nearly doubled this year, and hopefully this trend will continue in 2009. I plan on pursuing more local talent and asking them to take part in my "11 questions segment", and possibly even introduce some new features. We'll see.


Happy New Year Folks!

The latest incarnation of the legendary Yardbirds play McPhillips Street Station on February 18th (unfortunately, they are sans Clapton, Page and Beck).

Mishka is at the Park Theatre on March 7th.

Black Label Society feat. Zakk Wylde rock the Burton Cummings Theatre on March 21st.

For some Mindless Self Indulgence hit the Garrick on March 23rd.

The Taste of Chaos Tour stops by the Garrick on April 5th. The lineup includes Thursday, Bring Me The Horizon, and Pierce The Veil.

Pat Dinizio is at the Park Theatre on February 8th.

Infinite Playlist: Silence (watching the Winter Classic)


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