Like many Saskatoon music-listeners, I first heard Shuyler Jansen play at Amigos Cantina after he relocated here from Edmonton, leaving behind his alt-country band Old Reliable.
Rare is the person who hasn't, by now, at least heard of Jay-Z, let alone downloaded a song or two to bump from their speaker system of choice, be it auto or iPod, when in need of a good aural pick-me-up.
In 1967, 100,000 young hippies took to San Francisco for the “Summer of Love.” Here, psychedelia was all the rage (think paisley-covered hippies stoned on acid, grooving to psych-rock). Amidst this, The Grateful Dead, Buffalo Springfield and Jefferson Airplane popularized the “San Francisco sound.”
Headed by the powerful vocals of Madison Erhardt, Harmful Effects are a local metal act that have recently released their first album, one wrought with vast cross-genre experimentation and backed by an impressive and furious symphony of instrumentation.
At first listen, the Calgary foursome sound messy or just plain bad, at least to those who aren't intimately acquainted with the jarring sounds of most art rock. This is not because they are bad ”” on the contrary, they have earned significant and deserved critical acclaim since forming in 2007.
If you're looking for a way to hold on to the lively, infectious feeling that comes and goes with the summer months, try listening to The Ruby Suns.