Last-minute reminders: Wax Mannequin/Burning Hell, Luke Doucet

What with being bookended by folk-festing and long-weekending, you might not have noticed that there are a pair of outstanding concerts happening today and tomorrow. If that's the case, notice away with these handy YouTube embeds:

Tonight (Wedneday, July 27) sees Wax Mannequin and The Burning Hell take the stage at the Marquee Room. They've toured together before, and their weirdo-pop sensibilities complement each other well. And one of their Calgary shows did result in a rousing singalong to "The Logdriver's Waltz," so you never quite know what'll happen.

As for Doucet, he's easily one of Canada's finest songwriters, whether you're talking folk, roots or straight-up rock'n'roll. Plus, he's an outrageously good guitar player who has … Read More

Add comment      more in Music Previews     |     posted Jul 27th, 2011 at 12:44pm

Sled Island's Best: AU, Adebisi Shank, The Donkeys and more

No one wants to read a bunch of “you should've been there” anecdotes, but that's hard to avoid in this sort of wrap piece. Fortunately, from the looks of it, more people were around at this Sled Island than ever – Olympic Plaza even looked almost full when the weather was at its best on Saturday, no small feat given the size of the space – so there's a decent chance you actually were there for a good chunk of this. And if not, feel free to mock me for missing Crocodiles at the Palomino, or the Intelligence every time they played, or any of the other amazing-sounding shows that I really should've been there for.

From my end of things, though, here's the best of the best. Feel free to tell me why I'm wrong about everything:

AU at the Bamboo: Pat already went on … Read More

Add comment      more in Music Features     |     posted Jun 26th, 2011 at 3:47pm

Sled Island: Keeping busy on Friday

Alright, keeping up my Obama-esque trend of looking forwards, not backwards (and considering Devin and Pat have already talked about pretty much everything I would've), here's yet another Tentative Sled Plan. Today's a long one, so bear with me.

Dead Meadow – What better way to start the afternoon than with classic rock riffage on the Local 510 patio? Other than Lee Ranaldo's workshop, I mean, which I'm obviously too late for already. Point being, we're in the lazy, hazy days of summer, and so hazy, semi-psychedelic rock seems entirely appropriate.

Sappyfest showcase – I've been meaning to check out this east coast fest for a while now, ever since I fell in love with Julie Doiron a few years back. May as well show them some love now, especially with … Read More

Add comment      more in Music Previews     |     posted Jun 24th, 2011 at 12:35pm

Sled Island: Friday plans - Man Man, Gobble Gobble, Dinosaur Feathers, Lee Ranaldo

The decisions are starting to get tougher. Devin's right that Lee Ranaldo's Central United set at 9pm seems like a no-brainer, but that's maybe my only lock for tonight. But here are the inclinations anyway:

Dinosaur Feathers – I've been told that I can't miss these melodic indie-poppers. The samples I've heard sound decent enough, and I do love any band that can pull off three-part harmonies live. Might be a good breather after the decidedly less straightforward Ranaldo set. Then again, they are playing again tomorrow, and AU's Bamboo set is pretty tempting...

Crocodiles – Missed them last night because I'm old and get tired and hungry easily. Plus the Legion is always a blast.

Man Man and Gobble Gobble – Pretty much a perfect double-bill at … Read More

Add comment      more in Music Previews     |     posted Jun 23rd, 2011 at 2:26pm

Sled Island: Tentative plan - Braids, Luyas, Dum Dum Girls, Blonde Redhead, Crocodiles

Ah, Sled Island. The time when a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of hours of kick-ass music, exhaustion, confusion and the best kind of indecision. As Pat mentioned in his blog post, we're going to be tweeting, blogging and other-vaguely-annoying-social-media-buzzwording the fest again this year, so keep an eye on this space, my Twitter feed (@peterhemminger) and the #SledIsland hashtag if that's the sort of thing you're into.

So, what's the tentative plan for tonight? My good intentions are to start with Faux Fur, Wild Nothing and Polaris longlisted Calgary ex-pats Braids at Central United Church, spend a few hours at the Distillery with The Luyas, Dum Dum Girls and Blonde Redhead, and round out the night with Crocodiles at the … Read More

Add comment      more in Music Previews     |     posted Jun 22nd, 2011 at 5:34pm

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