Live Music

Resolution: Culture yourself

January 10, 2014

  A week from now, that New Year’s enthusiasm and exhilaration you felt as the ball dropped from 10 could be long gone. It’s the oft-noted crisis of resolution; like a New Year’s hangover, by the next morning, you’ve forgotten… Continue Reading

Sam Roberts’ Canadian success

March 09, 2012

By Sam Littlefair-Wallace, Arts Contributor Apparently, Americans don’t listen to Sam Roberts. But luckily for us, people from Halifax do. Last year the Canadian rock and roll musician recorded his fifth album, Collider, in Chicago. The album debuted at number three… Continue Reading

In full bloom

March 09, 2012

As Toronto’s The Wooden Sky and Great Bloomers climbed the tiny stage of The Seahorse on March 3, they did so as veterans of Halifax’s most famous venue. Both bands had clocked many appearances at the home of Horsepower beer,… Continue Reading

Toronto alt-rockers bring latest LP to Halifax

March 02, 2012

We all love to people-watch. Sitting in a café as I wait for a friend or enjoy a drink, I watch people pass by the window and like to imagine their professions, how they spend their free time, what their… Continue Reading

Arkells play to sold-out crowd at the Grawood

February 10, 2012

The wall of the Student Union Building read “Feb. 2: Arkells (Yes, really!!)” last week. And the organizers were right to be proud of that fact. At $12 a ticket, this wasn’t the cheapest show the Dalhousie Student Union has… Continue Reading

Rae Spoon on music, literature, pronouns and life

February 03, 2012

Rae Spoon is not easily categorized. Their most recent album, I Can’t Keep All of Our Secrets, is a pop- folk-electronic album exploring the process of grief. Besides touring, they are also involved in putting together a documentary about transgendered… Continue Reading

Breaking down the wall

February 03, 2012

So, so you think you can tell / Heaven from Hell / Blue skies from pain. If you recognized this classic song from iconic English rock group Pink Floyd, you are a true 1960/1970s soul. If you didn’t recognize the… Continue Reading

Ramble on

January 27, 2012

The Bus Stop Theatre was re-arranged, the traditional rows of seats eschewed for a makeshift cafe aesthetic as Jenny Berkel slid quietly on stage. She has a voice like thin, ghost-white sheets hanging on the line; she’s soft, slight and… Continue Reading

Jon McKiel – IDOW

January 27, 2012

An absolution in the form of thick and glossy harmonies spilling out of a cracked and crumbling wall of blissed-out, grungey guitar groans, Jon McKiel is constantly tight-rope-walking the line between serene and savage with a dry wit and a… Continue Reading

In the Dead of Winter

January 20, 2012

Positioned between the Halifax Pop Explosion and the Halifax International Jazz Festival, the In the Dead of Winter music festival has been keeping Haligonians warm with acoustic lullabies and baroque-pop vignettes for years. Primarily dealing with the acoustic guitarist/singer/songwriter spectrum… Continue Reading

Coal Mining Blues not all blue

November 18, 2011

Matt Andersen to play Spatz theatre Nov. 18-19 Matt Andersen’s acoustic guitar wizardry fills a concert hall like few instruments can—only his voice equals it for rare, easy power. Andersen’s music has quickly become emblematic of the east coast blues… Continue Reading

Mother Mother comes to Dalhousie

November 18, 2011

Canadian five-piece brings their unique sound to the Grawood Microphone feedback, random guitar notes and a ceaseless stream of chatter reached my ears when I connected via phone to Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother on Nov. 10. I strained my… Continue Reading

In-Flight Safety prepares for take-off

March 04, 2011

They’ve already wowed Halifax—now they’re off to conquer Europe   Erica Eades, Assistant Arts Editor   “Check out that guy over there – I’ve been sitting here trying to figure out what his deal is.” John Mullane is talking about… Continue Reading