Afternoon Headlines: Sloan to play Twice Removed in its entirety; Sadies open for Neil Young

>> Friday 29 June 2012

Seasoned Canadian rockers Sloan will perform Twice Removed in its entirety at the Pyramid on September 20. I'm in if they play Between The Bridges as an encore.

Add Evian Christ and Headaches to the Purity Ring show going down at the Lo Pub on September 13th.

The Carin' for Karen Benefit takes place at the WECC on Saturday, August 11th feat. The Flying Hellfish, Vesely Couture, and Los Luchadors Tamboreros.

Local act The Sturgeons will be at Le Garage Cafe on July 13th.

The Sadies will be supporting Neil Young on his tour which includes the gig at the MTS Centre on November 16th.

And finally, Federal Lights play Old Market Square on July 25th.


Evening Headlines: Bloc Party @ The Burt

>> Monday 25 June 2012

For my third (!) and final post of the day, I give you...

Bloc Party at the Burt on Sunday, September 23rd! Tickets are up for grabs tomorrow (if you have presale code. anyone?) and range from $42.25 - $46.25. Public sale takes place on Friday.


11 Questions with...Buzz Osborne (of Melvins Lite)

Almost three decades into their existence (c. 1983), alt-rockers Melvins are still going strong.

Now flying under the moniker 'Melvins Lite', the seasoned, experimental, and highly influential group - now comprised of frontman Buzz Osborne, drummer Dave Crover, and bassist Trevor Dunn - are currently on a world tour, a lengthy jaunt which includes a stop at The West End Cultural Centre on Monday, July 9th.

I recently caught up with frontman Buzz Osborne and threw 11 questions his way. Revealed: his prolific reading habits; the oddest thing he's eaten on the road (hint: it's also a Brandon Lee movie); and his dislike of record stores.

1. Where are you right now?

I am in Gallup, New Mexico… Don't ask……….

Let’s talk music…

2. What are some albums that completely changed your life?

The Who Live at Leeds, Sex Pistols (in general) TSOL Dance with Me, Stooges Funhouse and………. Throbbing Gristle Heathen Earth……..

3. Of the records you own, which has the best cover art?

I like Colossus of Destiny…

4. What’s the oddest thing a fan has yelled during one of your shows?

Play one you know…..

5. What are some of your favourite music videos?

ehhhh…. God knows…. I'm not a big music video fan…

6. Where do you shop for music?

On line… Record stores give me a head ache……….

Some hodgepodge…

7. What’s one film you can watch over and over again?

Laurence of Arabia…

8. What books are you currently reading?

Fug You by Ed Sanders, Escape from Cookie Land by Phil Irwin, Black Red Necks and White Liberals by Thomas Sowell, Homes ad other Black Holes by Dave Barry. Silent Cal's Almanack by David Pietrusza, Happy Days were Here Again by William Buckley, Tales of Beatnik Glory by Ed Sanders, Full of Life by John Fante, The Quotable Will Rogers by Joseph Carter, My Dark Places by James Ellroy and With the Old Breed: At Peleliu by E.B. Sledge………

9. What are some of your favourite tv shows at the moment?

I NEVER see TV…. I see some TV shows on DVD but I haven't watched TV in a good 30 years……..

10. What’s one of the strangest things you’ve eaten during your travels on the road?


11. And finally, which, if any, social networking sites do you frequent?

None at all….. Does E-Bay count?


Morning Headline: Metric to play MTS Centre

Quick note before I spirit away to work:

Synth-poppers Metric will be at the MTS Centre on Saturday, November 17th w/ special guest Stars. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 29th.


Evening Headlines - Xavier Rudd @ The Burt; James Keelaghan @ The WECC

>> Tuesday 19 June 2012

First up, Xavier Rudd returns to the Burt for a show on Saturday, November 24th.

Speaking of which, Black Label Society plays the same venue on October 27th.

And seasoned blues-rockers Big Sugar does as well on November 10th.

The City Streets is at the Lo Pub on June 29th w/ Whiskeyface.

And finally, James Keelaghan is at the WECC on Friday, November 9th.


Afternoon Headlines: Gillian Welch @ The Garrick!

>> Monday 11 June 2012

First up, a show that has me positively beaming: the great Gillian Welch will be at the Garrick on Monday, July 23rd. Presale gets underway on Wednesday. See you there!

(Thanks to those who emailed/tweeted/left a comment about this show; missed the announcement while in Calgary.)

Architects UK is at the WECC on Friday, August 24th w/ Structures and asightforsewneyes.

Tucker Green is at Sam's Place on June 20th.

Take Me To The Pilot is holding their What Makes You EP Release Party at the WECC this Friday alongside Crisis Jane, The Treble, and Andrew Mitchel Music.

And speaking of album release parties, 8-man a capella group That Show With Those Guys is releasing their  new record at the Park Theatre this Friday AND Saturday.


Afternoon Headlines: Neil Young! Federal Lights CD Release

>> Thursday 7 June 2012

Currently on vacation, so I apologize for the lack of love these days. Here're some shows announced over the past seven or so days:

The immortal Neil Young returns to the MTS Centre on November 16th w/ Los Lobos and Everest.

Colin James is at the Burt on October 30th.

Add the lovely and talented Jenn Grant to Kathleen Edwards' rescheduled date at the Garrick on September 29th.

Young Empires is at the Pyramid on June 21st.

Local singer-songwriter James Struthers is at the Park Theatre on June 28th.

Slim Cessna's Auto Club is at the WECC on Sunday, July 29th.

And finally, oft-buzzed about Winnipeg band Federal Lights is releasing its debut EP, Carbon, on July 3rd and is celebrating the record's existence with a party at the Lo Pub on June 21st.


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