Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Punk rock gives platform for alternative gender identities

Passionate, vulgar, anti-normative – lyrics off the title track of Against Me!’s album Transgender Dysphoria Blues bleed punk rock. Frontwoman Laura Jane Grace tells a story of alternative gender identities rather than the anarchistic, anti-establishment themes the band is known for. The group’s sixth album focuses on struggles of gender dysphoria (a feeling of unease…

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Halifax Pop Explosion: a recap

SAT. OCT. 22 – THE FORUM Saturday’s downpour let up in time to allow crowds to flock to shows for the final night of Halifax Pop Explosion. Fans filled the multi-purpose room one final time at the Forum for the weekend’s closer. Keys N Krates were this year’s EDM headliner of choice, following a JUNO…

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Welcome to the funhouse

The sensation of the bass pounding through the walls is immediate. The hue of coloured lights outlines the residue from the smoke machine. The floor is covered in miscellaneous jackets and spilled liquor. A horde of people surround the band as reciprocal screams transfer between the singer and the audience. Thrashing into one another, the…

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DalFest recap

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The annual DalFest concert took place at Dalhousie’s Studley campus quad this weekend. On Friday night, and several dozen students turned out to hear some country rock from Nova Scotia’s TJ King, followed by Jess Moskaluke, a country pop artist who hails from Saskatchewan. On Saturday, things began early in the evening with Toronto-based band,…

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From the Archives: Musical Memories

Dalfest 2015 is upon us.  In honour of the most exciting campus concert of the year, the Gazette invites you on a trip through our archives to track the evolution of the musical tastes of Dalhousie students over the past century or so.   “JAZZ VS. OPERATIC MUSIC” – November 23, 1921 – Volume 53,…

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Dal Engineering’s folk soul

Luke Gallant (Press photo)

Luke Gallant, a 24 year-old singer-songwriter originally from PEI, has a sound that could turn a gathered room to stillness. His sound blends intoxicating honesty and sincerity. His soft guitar and vocals recall folk and blues, lending his music an essence that resembles a cross between Ben Harper and Ben Howard. An engineering student at…

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Found in the sound

"Simone Schmidt, forever young." (Press photo)

Simone Schmidt sat alone as her boyfriend went through a tiring day of chemotherapy. She had to stop being an anti-poverty organizer and shift her focus to take care of him, but never imagined it would be so difficult, or that she would feel so old doing it. On her boyfriend’s rougher days, Schmidt began…

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Counting down the year’s best music countdowns

  2014 is upon us, and now that the dust has cleared, we can reflect on some of the great things the past year brought us.  If you’re like me, the first thing you thought of was, “What was the best album of 2013?” Thankfully, critics did all the thinking for us. According to many…

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Going nowhere and back

In 2012, Mark Black’s first bookNoMeansNo: Going Nowhere was released as a part of Invisible Publishing’s Bibliophonic music series. The non-fiction book is part chronicle of genre-defining  B.C punk band NoMeansNo, and part fan memoir of Black’s and his brother’s  teenage punk years in Cape Breton. Black is currently a student in Dalhousie’s Master of Library…

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Theatre and music merge

Dalhousie University’s theatre and music departments will merge into the Fountain School of Performing Arts on July 1, 2014. With a gift of $10 million from the family of Fred Fountain, Dal’s chancellor, going towards the development of the school, the arts community at Dalhousie anticipates the changes ahead. Rob McClure, chair of the theatre…

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