Posts Tagged ‘halifax pop explosion’

Here for Hollerado

Four guys, one Ottawa suburb and garage rehearsals lead to Canadian indie rock band Hollerado. Guitarist Nixon Boyd spoke with the Gazette about influences, history and new music. On tour, Boyd says, “we mostly travel in the van. We pass time as best we can keeping each other awake by trying to one-up each other with…

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Intrepid student explorers

Your student life in NS will benefit from off-campus experiences. (Bryn Karcha photo)

When students venture to Halifax for post-secondary education they may find themselves confined to a bare and lonely existence, limited to lives spent in dungeon-like classrooms and a dimly lit library cubicle. Academic responsibilities prevent them from taking advantage of the offerings outside the school environment. It’s easy to get lost in the books to…

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Halifax Pop Explosion

I had never been to the Marquee before. That building was the Paragon when I was underage and closed by the time I turned 19. The room was incredible: spacious, with corners to explore and hang out in. Purity Ring brought their special stage arrangement with them, an assortment of hanging orbs that lit up…

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Jon Mckiel explodes slowly

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It took two years to record. Track by track, Jon Mckiel began rendering the marvelous album Tonka War Cloud in his Halifax apartment with his friend Diego Medina. Soon after, the recording was moved to an old Odd Fellows Hall that Medina purchased in Riverport, N.S. “We were sort of constructing the studio and recording at…

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HPX: The Rural Alberta Advantage at St. Matthew’s Church

They left the stage matted in cinnibar; red from spilled hearts, a blinding and heartfult gush. The Rural Alberta Advantage tumbled into St. Matthew’s in a seething rush of sincerity. From the moment they graced the stage, they were mesmerizing. Grinning backwards and forwards, the trio rushed the stage in an exuberant optimism, launching full-force…

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HPX: Shotgun Jimmie throws down, despite unenthused crowd

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We all waited there, thinking hard and bobbing our heads to the swirling, switching time signatures and fantastically funky basslines of the Skeletones Four. Dancing wildly and getting glowering faces forced in the back of our heads, we wondered what had happened to enthusiasm. As the band broke off and left, people swarmed into Gus’,…

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HPX: Rich Aucoin mesmerizes at St. Matthew’s Church

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Flocked by instruments and friends, Rich Aucoin set the HPX standards high on Wednesday night Rich Aucoin was a tempest trapped in a church. One by one they shuffled out under the sultry, sweeping and murky lights to say “hi” and sonically eulogize our lives and his. An enigmatic enlistment of one-off orations by sweet…

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HPX: Tuesday at Reflections

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A review of four bands The only bad thing about HPX is that there’s too much choice. You go to one venue, not sure if the line-up will disappoint or blow you away. Thankfully, I made the right choice Tuesday night by going with Reflections Cabaret. The night began intimately with a few eager music-lovers…

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Bonsound blows the roof off

By Sagar Jha, Staff Contributor   Kicking off the weekend for Halifax Pop Explosion was the Bonsound Showcase in the Citadel Hotel. This all ages concert featured the greatest talents of Montreal-based music promoter Bonsound, including Random Recipe and Radio Radio. By the time Radio Radio took the stage, the room was absolutely packed. The…

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