Afternoon Headlines: The Sadies @ The WECC; Steve Earle returns to the Peg

>> Monday, 24 June 2013

First up, The Sadies (above) will be at the West End Cultural Centre on Tuesday, October 15th.

Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers stops by the Cavern on Saturday, June 29th.

Five Alarm Funk has booked a three-night stay at the Pyramid starting Thursday, July 25th.

And finally, Steve Earle will perform at McPhillips Street Casino on Wednesday, July 31st.


Morning Headlines: Canada Day Forks lineup revealed! Matt Good returns to town

>> Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Imaginary Cities rock the Forks on Canada Day

First up, Manitoba Music will be all over the Forks on Canada Day with over 15 local acts gracing THREE stages. The lineup is:

Scotiabank Stage
4:00 p.m. Ça Claque!
4:40 p.m. Dignitaries/O Canada
5:00 p.m. Sweet Alibi
6:00 p.m. Mise En Scene
7:00 p.m. The Treble
8:00 p.m. Bryce Pallister
9:00 p.m. Imaginary Cities
10:00 p.m. Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
10:40 p.m. WSO and Imaginary Cities
And then fireworks at 11.

Under the Canopy Stage
5:30 p.m. The F-Holes
6:30 p.m. Frannie Klein
7:30 p.m. Crooker Brothers
8:30 p.m. This Hisses
9:30 p.m. The Bokononists

Rail Bridge Stage
1:00 p.m. Grant Davidson
2:00 p.m. Ali Fontaine
3:00 p.m. Brooke Palsson
4:00 p.m. The Sturgeons
5:00 p.m. Lorenzo

Seasoned Canadian singer-songwriter Matthew Good is at the Burt on Thursday, November 7th w/ Gentlemen Husbands.

Dan Bern's show at the WECC has been moved up two days to Sunday, July 7th.

Vancouver-rooted musician Jay Arner is at the Rose & Bee Pub on Sunday, July 21st w/ Cult Babies.

Montreal-based singer-songwriter Howard St. Roy is at the Windsor Hotel on Tuesday, June 25th w/ The Tims, Chivas Brothers, and Kream.

Rap superstar Drake returns to town for a concert at the MTS Centre on Thursday, October 3rd.

The Sword is at the Pyramid on Tuesday, August 13th w/ Castle and American Sharks.


In The Know...Q & A w/ Haunter + enter to win its debut disc!

>> Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Photo by Marie-France Hollier

On Thursday, June 27th, oft-buzzed-about local indie-rock act Haunter will stage its record release party for  debut LP, Rivers & Rust, at the Windsor Hotel.


Officially, the album hits shelves across Canada in early July (via Disintegration Records). And we've got a copy of the record for giveaway (see below for instructions).

I recently caught up with the band's frontman, Matt Williams to talk about the band's terrific first album, and here's what Williams had to say:

Last time Haunter was on Painting over Silence, the band was admist a Western Canadian tour with Mt. Royal.  What has the band been up to the past three years?

A lot of planning, talking, and organizing. Rivers & Rust was very meticulously put together. We took so long getting stuff together, mostly because people were away or busy (I was in school here, Ryan in Minneapolis and Europe). Then the Lo Pub and the Albert closed and we had less places to play. In short, we’ve been biding our time until it made sense to put this out.

Who currently comprises the band?

I sing and play rhythm guitar, Jory Hasselmann and Cole Woods both play lead guitar, Marie-France Hollier plays bass, and Ryan Coates pounds the skins and is the general voice of reason.

How did Haunter come to be on Disintegration Records?

We showed up one day to our jamspace at Portage and Furby, and Greg MacPherson was moving in. This was confusing because no one had told us, and he explained he was losing his room so he was now in ours. A little while later I asked him for some help with a recording grant, and he said he and Cam were interested in putting something of ours out on a new label they were starting up, so we put off any immediate plans, and after many discussions over many beers, eventually figured out how we could do it. I’m not sure how the album would’ve come out otherwise. The label is more family than business, and the support they have for our music is unwavering.

Where was the new album recorded, and who produced it?

In February 2012 we did the initial tracking in two days at Prairie Recording Co. with Cam (Loeppky). Vocals and extra stuff was mostly done at Argyle Studios, which is also Cam’s house. As for a producer, Cam is the only one who really fits that bill. I would say the band was just as much a producer, but Cam knows us very well and it didn’t take much communication to get what we wanted. He just did it.

How did the band’s approach to writing and recording differ compared to earlier recordings?

It didn’t, really. We work collaboratively until we realize a song is completely finished, no matter how many practices or live shows it takes. Once that’s done, it’s just about sharpening it. We communicate ideas song-wise, but no one really tells someone to do a specific thing. Everyone’s part is their own. If there was a difference, for me it was lyrically and thematically. The album is very narrative, and that narrative is mostly linear. That was a challenge for me. Maybe that’s why it took so long to come out. Maybe it’s all my fault! (Probably).

There are some top-notch guests on Rivers & Rust including Keri Latimer and Marti Sarbit. What did they lend to the process? 

 The thing about musicians as talented as Marti, Keri, or Rusty is that they don’t need to be told what to do. I’d almost feel like it’d be a little insulting if I did. I contacted them with a song, and asked them if they’d like to be part of it. They said yes, and I’m very grateful for that. I wouldn’t want them to be part of it if they didn’t believe those songs were good. Those songs might never sound like that live, though, and I’m OK with that. I read a quote by Jim James once that said, “with an album you’re thinking about immortality – it will outlive you.” I don’t care about those songs sounding exactly the same live as they do on the record, because they’ll evolve as the band changes. But they will be recorded that way forever. And to me, their parts on this album were necessary to achieve the kind of thing I wanted to outlive me.

What’s the meaning behind the title, Rivers & Rust?

Like I said, lyrically, the album is very much a narrative. The characters in that narrative spend a lot of time trying to change their situation, or fight against it, or voice their frustration with it. But it really comes down to two things: they can either run, and move on to something new and (maybe) better, or they can stay where they are, and rust. It’s less fight-or-flight, and more fight-or-settle. And none of them want to settle. But you don’t necessarily get what you want just because you want it.

And finally, after the big hometown release, what’s next for the band this summer?

We’re touring out west with Cannon Bros. in late August. It’s pretty much exclusively Prairies, and maybe some mountains, but we’re definitely stopping in Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, and Saskatoon. And writing, writing, writing. It’s time to write some more songs.


Interested in owing Rivers & Rust? We've got a copy to giveaway. To enter, fire me off an email (on the right hand side, below the concert listings) by Tuesday, June 25th at noon CST with the subject line "Haunter CD 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.


The 2013 Polaris Prize Long List

>> Friday, 14 June 2013

And the lone Manitoba entry left vying for this year’s Polaris Prize is…KEN Mode.

This year’s Polaris Prize long list was revealed yesterday and, like years previous, a lone Manitoba entry made the cut: the Juno-statue-earning heavy metal sound of KEN Mode's Entrench.

The full long list is below.

A Tribe Called Red - Nation II Nation
Alaclair Ensemble - Les maigres blancs d'Amérique du Noir
ANCIIENTS - Heart of Oak
The Besnard Lakes - Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO
Louis-Jean Cormier - Le Treizième Étage
Mac DeMarco - 2
Evening Hymns - Spectral Dusk
Hannah Georgas - Hannah Georgas
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Chilly Gonzales - Solo Piano II
Jim Guthrie - Takes Time
Hayden - Us Alone
Zaki Ibrahim - Every Opposite
KEN mode - Entrench
Kid Koala - 12 bit Blues
Kobo Town - Jumbie in the Jukebox
Pierre Lapointe - Punkt
Lee Harvey Osmond - The Folk Sinner
Les soeurs Boulay - Le poids des confettis
Corb Lund - Cabin Fever
The Luyas - Animator
Majical Cloudz - Impersonator
Metric - Synthetica
Danny Michel with the Garifuna Collective - Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me
AC Newman - Shut Down The Streets
Old Man Luedecke - Tender is The Night
Lindi Ortega - Cigarettes & Truckstops
Peter Peter - Une version améliorée de la tristesse
Purity Ring - Shrines
Rah Rah - The Poet's Dead
Rhye - Woman
Daniel Romano - Come Cry With Me
Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
Suuns - Images du futur
Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
Al Tuck - Stranger at the Wake
Whitehorse - The Fate of the World Depends On This Kiss
Young Galaxy - Ultramarine

For the record, I went 3 for 5 or 0.60 or 60% on my Polaris ballot. On it were:

1. Hannah Georgas – Hannah Georgas
2. Mise en Scene – Desire’s Despair
3. Purity Ring – Shrines
4. Young Galaxy – Ultramarine
5. New Country Rehab – Ghost of Your Charms

I’m curious…which artists would’ve been on your ballot? Can KEN Mode make the short list and inch closer toward its dream of buying a boat?


Noon Headlines: Austra @ The Garrick; Cave Singers moved to Park Theatre

>> Monday, 10 June 2013

Photo by Norman Wong

Austra has booked a ridiculously long trek around the globe, in support of its much anticipated sophomore release, Olympia (June 18th via Paper Bag). No tour is complete, really, without a stop in this fair city: check out the band Saturday, October 5th at the Garrick.

Winnipeg-based hip-hop artist Abstract Artform is at Le Garage Cafe on Friday, July 5th.

And last, a venue change: The Cave Singers show w/ The Angry Dragons is now at the Park Theatre on Wednesday, June 12th.


Afternoon Headline: Young Galaxy @ The WECC

>> Thursday, 6 June 2013

Young Galaxy performing at NXNE

Zounds! This September in Winnipeg. Iron and Wine. Passion Pit. The Dodos. Soooo much great live music going on, and here's another: Young Galaxy will be at the West End Cultural Centre on Wednesday, September 18th.


Morning Headline: The Dodos @ The Park Theatre

>> Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Ramshackle indie-folk-pop pairing The Dodos return to Winnipeg for a gig at the Park Theatre on Sunday, September 15th. Cousins starts the party. Look for the duo's new record, Carrier, on August 27th.


Top Five "Must Attend" Events this June in Peg City

>> Sunday, 2 June 2013

Welcome to a regular feature on Painting over Silence that previews the month ahead on the Winnipeg concert front: each month we'll be spotlighting five local shows/festivals deemed as "must-attend." This month's "must-attenders" were selected by myself and contributor Stefani-Raine Allan, and, without further adieu, here are the five we selected, in chronological order:

The Besnard Lakes return to Peg City this month!

The Cave Singers
The Pyramid
Wednesday, June 12
9 PM

Seattle’s The Cave Singers cruise through Winnipeg for the first time this month as part of an extended North American tour. The indie rock quartet just released their fourth studio album, Naomi, via loveable label Jagjaguwar. I first came across the band a few years back – lead singer Pete Quirk’s vocals made their way through the scattered small talk of a humdrum house party and I was immediately drawn in to his drawl and sultry melodies. I’ve read they put on a lively show – high energy and no problem getting the crowd dancing, so I’m predicting a fun night. If you want a little preview, check out their full performance on KEXP. See you there. -SRA

Tickets: $15
Available at: Music Trader, WFF Music Store and Ticketfly (plus fees)

The Besnard Lakes
Park Theatre
Tuesday, June 18
8 PM

The Besnard Lakes return to our fair city this month, supporting their latest album Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO (an interesting title, derived from a Google translated concert review). This is their first full length record since 2010, and it delivers all the climactic, dreamy soundscapes we love. It’s bound to be a mesmerizing show. Supporting acts include July Talk, the Johnny & June of the indie scene, ambient pop outfit Grounders, and my current beard crush Northcote AKA Matt Goud (that read like a mini line-up for Sled Island, didn’t it?). I think July Talk is poised to really take off, and so does CKUW’s Stu Reid, host of Twang Trust. “As someone who saw the Tragically Hip play to 50 people at the Portage Village Inn, heed my words – you won’t get a chance to see this band in a venue like this ever again”, says Reid. Looks like we got lucky and lightning struck twice – do not miss this show. - SRA

Tickets: $20 Advance | $25 Door
Available at: the WECC, Ticketmaster, Music Trader, the WFF Music Store

Jazz Fest
Various Times and Locations
June 13 – June 23

Winnipeg Jazz Festival - an obvious choice for the monthly preview. What’s not to love?! The buzz, the booze, the bands ... the booze ... Anyway.  It’s a week and a half of talented, world-class musicians at all our favourite locales, plus – my favourite part – a four day extravaganza of FREE live music in Old Market Square. The Saturday line up is always good for an indie fix, and this year’s is no different – Boats, Royal Canoe, and Greg Arcade are all on the bill. Highlights of the festival this year include The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Bettye Lavette, The Roots & BADBADNOTGOOD. And don’t miss a show in any of the recently added venues, including Cinematheque and the Cube Lounge – an open-air, cabaret style lounge set up in front of the stage, smack dab in the middle of all the action. There’s nowhere else this contributor would rather be!

Tickets: Visit for schedule and tickets details.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
The West End Cultural Centre
Friday, June 21st
8 p.m.

Originally hailing from the hipster capital of the world (the much loved Portland, Oregon), but now calling New Zealand home, these purveyors of indie-psych-rock make their debut on Winnipeg soil this month. Touring in support of their excellent sophomore record, II (jagjaguwar), Unknown Mortal Orchestra has ascended from the ranks of buzzed about to legitimately talked about, thanks in part to stellar, well-crafted songs and memorable live performances. Bass Drum of Death get the party started. Oh, and you can win tix through us! – MS

Tickets: $15 Advance | $20 Door
Available at: WECC, Ticketmaster, Music Trader, and The WFF Music Store.

Greg MacPherson
The Windsor Hotel
Friday, June 28th
9 p.m.

Kick off the long weekend in style. That is, the musical stylings of resident fave Greg MacPherson, whose gritty, engaging live shows have set the bar for indie-rock performances in Winnipeg for, well, years. Whether it’s his engaging, political narratives, powerful vocal delivery, or stripped-down-yet-highly-aggressive electric guitar riffs, MacPherson’s shows are always packed, sweaty, and memorable. His first show in quite awhile (outside of his side project Nova) has the city buzzing: are we going to hear some new material? Also on the bill is Stranded and DJ Robert Galston. -MS

Tickets: $15
Available at: Ticket Workshop, Into the Music


What say you, dear readers? Which June events are on your radar?


Afternoon Headlines: GMac @ The Windsor; Majical Cloudz @ Union Sound Hall

>> Saturday, 1 June 2013

So that previously mentioned Greg MacPherson June 28th show @ the Albert that suddenly disappeared has resurfaced, but this time at a different venue: the happening Windsor Hotel.

Oh, and the June 12th Hooded Fang show at the Albert is now going down at the Windsor as well.

White-hot act Majical Cloudz is at the brand spanking new concert venue Union Sound Hall on August 14th (which I'm told is above Don Pedros Mexican Grill on 114 Market).

Blues/roots/old soul genre-blending local group Miss Rae & the Midnight Ramblers is staging an album fundraiser concert at the Park Theatre on Friday, June 7th w/Young Ben Roscoe.

And finally, local denizens Haunter is releasing its first full-lengther, Rivers & Rust, at the Windsor Hotel on Thursday, June 27th w/ The Mystics and Right Through.


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