I was late to Regina Folk Fest, which meant I missed Mavis Staples perform. Most prominently, this meant I missed her tribute to Levon Helm and The Band, a heartbreaking rendition of “The Weight.” The set was, by all accounts but mine, one to remember. I wish I could have been there to see it.
The nominations have been announced for Sirius XM’s 12th Annual Independent Music Awards and several Saskatoon bands are nominated. The awards celebrate the best in the Canadian and International independent music scene. This gives artists and bands that normally don’t get quite as much recognition a time to shine. However, by independent, they mean artists
The best way Hamilton-based indie singer/songwriter Chris Adeney can capture the strange stories of his tours as Wax Mannequin may be through sleep deprivation.
On Aug. 1, Saskatoon band the Sheepdogs were named the winners of Rolling Stone's “Do You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star” contest and were awarded a prestige spot on the cover of the Aug. 18 issue (out Aug. 5) ”” the first time an unsigned band has ever graced the cover.
When you can stream online to your heart's content, there is no more need to wait. But while you don't need VJs to make a YouTube playlist, they're certainly helpful in exposing you to something new.
"When I was a kid I thought I was going to be a vet,” says Dan Mangan. “I kind of realized how many years of school were involved and I lost interest, right around the time I really gained an interest in playing guitar.”
Yukon Blonde's frontman, Jeff Innes, feels like their music is beginning to stick with people as of late, and for good reason. After changing the band's name in late 2008 from Alphababy to Yukon Blonde, the band has been showered with success from their new sound and direction.
The presentation is a big part of Diamond Rings's appeal, but the music is just as refreshing. The songs are mostly synth-heavy dance anthems with O'Regan's low baritone layered overtop, singing about anything from avoiding sunburn to tales of unrequited love.
“Nail up the windows and close up the doors, Good Time Charlie's is no more,” laments the Deep Dark Woods' lead-singer, Ryan Boldt, in the opening line to their newest single, which is part of CBC's Great Canadian Song Quest.
Immaculate Machine released their latest album High On Jackson Hill in April. Since then, Gallupe and his fellow bandmates have been touring sporadically around North America promoting their new material. “I think that people who are coming in with an open mind are loving it. To me it's objectively a big step