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Music Monday II: Sled Island edition

- June 18th, 2012

Music Monday II – Sled Island from JordynMarcellus on 8tracks

Calgary’s magnificent, Andrew W.K.-curated Sled Island festival returns to the streets of Cowtown this week. Here’s a mix featuring eight excellent Canadian acts who are playing Sled this week.

1) Cannon Bros — Out Of Here

Cannon Bros, a young and exciting pop-rock duo based in Winnipeg, want to get “Out Of Here.” It’s one of a long line of songs about escaping the ‘Peg’s clutches, only to have its hooks reel you back. They’re playing at the Republik Thursday June 21 at 9:30 p.m.

2) Teledrome – Dial Tone

This band is a recent addition to Calgary’s music scene. They create an energetic blend of propulsive electronic pop-punk on tracks like “Dial Tone.” They’ve got an LP coming later this year so head to the Distillery Saturday, June 23 at 11 p.m. to get a preview of what hopes to be an exciting album.

3) The Evaporators — Addicted to Cheese

Nardwuar the Human Serviette isn’t just Canada’s favourite musician-harassing journalist. His band The Evaporators are a goofy, high-energy rock group who thankfully don’t take themselves too seriously. Just listen to “Addicted to Cheese” and you’ll see what I mean. They’ve got a trio of shows, but check out ‘em out Wednesday at midnight at the Hifi Club.

4) B.A. Johnston — My Heart Is a Blinking Nintendo

This Hamiltonian jokester crafts highly spastic nerd-folk about eating bad food, playing bad video games and doing bad drugs. The sweet, melancholic, Old-Dutch-Ketchup-Chip-name-checking “My Heart Is A Blinking Nintendo” perfectly encapsulates Johnston’s aesthetic. Check out his Friday, June 22nd show in Broken City at 1 p.m.

5) Dragon Fli Empire — Mount Pleasant

This is a modern classic by the dope D.F.E. straight outta Calgary. Mount Pleasant is the anthem for the pastoral 2 – Mount Pleasant bus, a pastoral (repeated word) ride through mid-town Calgary and 17th Avenue. Get an A-Bomb at Tubby Dogg Friday, June 22 at 9 p.m. and catch them in action.

6) Ketamines — Kill Me Now

This sharp garage rock band is headed by University of Lethbridge professor Paul K. Lawton. They make a mean rollicking, ramshackle pop song as the “Kill Me” shows. Check ‘em out at their #1 Legion show Wednesday, June 20 at 10 p.m.

7) Ricca Razor Sharp — Brand New Mania

Ricca Razor Sharp is another MC slowly solidifying his grip over the Calgary rap game. Originally from Nova Scotia, his last album was called Causeways & C-Trains in his honour of his Nova Scotian heritage and his Calgary residency. Get hit with Sharp’s “Brand New Mania” then check out his show Tuesday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Commonwealth Bar and Stage.

8) Ramblin’ Ambassadors — Cecilia Ann

The Ramblin’ Ambassadors play spaghetti western instrumental rock, as “Cecilia Ann” shows. This is perfect music for late night cruising in hot rods with its twanging guitars and stand-up upright bass slapping. They’re stalwarts in the Calgary music scene as they’re the off-shoot of long-running Canadian instrumentalists Huevos Rancheros. Check ‘em out Friday, June 22 at 6 p.m. in one of Calgary’s best bars, the Ship and Anchor Pub.

Rudd hitting the road

- June 18th, 2012

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Xavier Rudd’s Spirit Bird will fly north this winter.

The Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will wing his way across much of Canada on a 15-city tour in November and December, promoters have announced.
Rudd’s journey begins Nov. 14 in Victoria and heads across the Prairies and into Ontario, eventually wrapping up Dec. 7 in Montreal. See below for a full list of dates and locations.

Tickets for most of the shows go on sale Friday, June 22 at Ticketmaster, priced between $35 and $45, depending on the city, venue and seating. Philadelphia indie-folk trio Good Old War will open the shows.

Rudd — who normally performs as a one-man band, handling guitar, percussion, didgeridoo and other instruments simultaneously — just released his seventh studio album Spirit Bird, featuring his trademark recipe of breezy folk and tribal rhythms.

Xavier Rudd’s Canadian tour:
Nov. 14 | Victoria | Royal Theatre
Nov. 15 & 16 | Vancouver | Commodore Ballroom
Nov. 19 | Edmonton | Myer Horowitz Theatre
Nov. 21 | Calgary | MacEwan Hall
Nov. 23 | Saskatoon | Odeon Events Theatre
Nov. 24 | Winnipeg | Burton Cummings Theatre
Nov. 27 | London | Music Park
Nov. 28 | Toronto | Phoenix
Nov. 30 | Kitchener | Elements
Dec. 3 | Guelph | Concert Hall
Dec. 4 | Ottawa | Bronson Centre
Dec. 5 | Quebec City | Imperial
Dec. 6 | Sherbrooke | Granada Theatre
Dec. 7 | Montreal | Metropolis

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