Premiere! :: Lounge FM :: Slumber Party

Winnipeg’s beloved DIY record label, Birthday Tapes  is back with Birthday Wishes Volume 2. A 17 song compilation album featuring artists from all over Canada and the US. The album features lo-fi pop gems from some of Winnipeg’s most buzzed about bands including iansucks, House Panther, and notme as well New York’s Thanks for Coming. Birthday Tapes has shared a sneak peak of the album with Lounge Fm’s “Slumber Party”. Check out the mellow and catchy tune below. Birthday Wishes Volume 2 is out on Cassette and digitally on January 13.

Bill Frisell

By Phil Enns

Bill Frisell. Perhaps you’ve heard the name before. And yet there’s just as good a chance that you haven’t. For the past 35 years or so, Frisell has been quietly building a legendary career for himself. He has collaborated with an increasingly diverse roster of artists, including Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, and Paul Simon (to name but a few). In recent years, his music has been described as hearkening back to classic Americana. And while it is true that he has dived headlong, at times, into folk and country music, he is still a jazz guitarist at heart. Continue reading “Bill Frisell”

Premiere :: Animal Teeth : A List of Things to Say

By Chris Bryson

Over the years and to the present Animal Teeth have been honing and refining their craft through dedication to an established and flexible sound.

 Animal Teeth have always accompanied an underlay of haunted aesthetic with their ever-expanding form of dreamy sadcore indie pop-rock. Like the echoed and churning, bristling and fuzzy cavernous expanse of their cover of Grizzly Bear’s “Deep Sea Diver” from Teefe, or the slow progression and smoked-out haze of “Deep Sea Diver” follow-up track, “Sleep/Dream”. Continue reading “Premiere :: Animal Teeth : A List of Things to Say”

Album Review – BETH

 

By Rachel Adrushuk

Much like a good music video, it’s hard to separate Beth from the image of the band’s lead singer, Stefan Braun’s sultry dance on stage. Released in May 2017, the album is very moody, sometimes reminding me of a grown-up version of the emo music I used to listen to in high school. My mind was filled with images of séances, darkness, blood, and a broody sadness mixed with confidence; I guess you would call that madness? It’s like you’re mad but you’ve accepted it. You have embraced the madness, and are now dancing with it. Continue reading “Album Review – BETH”

Synonym Art Consultation : Wall to Wall

By Max Hamilton

Synonym started in West Broadway, and since its foundation, the neighbourhood has developed at an incredible rate.  It’s an art consultation group, driven by the desire to see employment opportunities for local and international artists, well-known for the many murals it has been a part of creating in our city.  Since its beginning, the area that its headquarters are situated in has become more defined visually, and a central part of Winnipeg.  There seems to be a relationship between the boom in population and in public art, something which their annual Wall to Wall Mural and Cultural festival will be further developing this year. Continue reading “Synonym Art Consultation : Wall to Wall”

Susto: & I’m Fine Today

By E.H. Stockton

Standing in the thirtieth row of a partially filled MTS centre, dressed to the nines (or at least the sixes), on a narcotic propelled rocket hurtling my mind through some forgotten corridor of the cosmos is when I was first introduced to Susto. It was as though my experience was tethered to an otherworldly elastic that, at the moment of its choice, pulled me back down to earth and into my mortal self while the chorus of Susto’s Waves roared through the arena. The lights danced in unison as though they themselves were drowning waves. “It comes in waves” sang frontman Justin Osborne, reminding a select few of every time they ever felt the ‘waves’ come on at the outset of what will surely be a good trip. Continue reading “Susto: & I’m Fine Today”

Pallbearer

by Chris Bryson

 The reaches of metal have always been in flux and constantly pushed by those with innovative minds, who dare to defy genre expectations and purist mores. In recent years especially so, it’s been crossover metal that has been increasingly breaching the mainstream, and it’s been the permutations across genres that increasingly bring non-metal fans to metal music, to embrace the might and the magic – the burn and the beast. Continue reading “Pallbearer”

Disco Needs a Squeeze

By Rachel Adrushuk

From July 27-29, Disco Needs a Squeeze, a 3-day punk music festival, takes over The Handsome Daughter and the Good Will Social Club. This will be its second year. The first year was a huge success, most likely because it met a demand that existed for years. While there’s a supportive and thriving punk scene in Winnipeg, punk shows have been on the decline since the closing of beloved venues like The Albert, Ozzy’s, and War on Music/The Death Trap. The economy has played a big role, too. Continue reading “Disco Needs a Squeeze”

44th Annual Winnipeg Folk Festival – Festival Report & Photos

Words by Gil Carroll 

Photos by Kelly Campbell, Julia Hardy, and Sam Sarty

The Winnipeg Folk Festival really brings out the sunshine in people.  For the 44th year in a row, the WFF brought together a community of free-spirited, peaceful and enthusiastic folks at the beautiful Birds Hill Provincial Park. Nearly every moment of the WFF, which took place from July 5-9 in sun-filled, beautiful and all-encompassing nature, made  you feel good inside. Continue reading “44th Annual Winnipeg Folk Festival – Festival Report & Photos”

Odd Outfit

By Max Hamilton

It would be easy to imagine that a band as tight as Odd Outfit is single-minded in their approach to their work.  But this is a group of strong players with strong opinions and varied backgrounds, and among the four core members there doesn’t seem to be a singular vision that dominates and directs their artistic sensibilities.  In talking about the roots of their music and musical experiences, perspectives were shared less frequently than a willingness to listen and to understand each other’s point of view.   Continue reading “Odd Outfit”