The Halifax Jazz Festival released their lineup today and it’s way worth checking out, even if—scratch that—especially if you’re not a typical jazz fan. There are plenty of off-beat acts coming to town that don’t fit into the typical “jazz” category and we’ve rounded up a small sampling of some of the more unusual acts. For a full list of 2015's artists, click here.
As one YouTube commenter succinctly put it, “Brassy Doomy/Stonery Metaly/Jazzy music.” Yup, pretty much sums up The Budos Band. Metalheads take note:
Fan of Joni Mitchell and acoustic guitars? YOU’RE IN LUCK! How about this free form take on "Both Sides Now" by Roddy Ellias:
tUnE-yArDs is fun, upbeat and completely uncategorizable. Electro-pop? Synth-folk? Mixing drum loops and and electric ukelele, it’s probably easiest if you just give’r a listen:
Rap and R&B take on an international flair in the form of Vox Sambou:
Oh hey there, ravers. Thought we forgot about you? Nope. Give Moon Hooch a listen. It’s danceable and fun—they have traffic cones in a sax ffs. They even have bass (saxophone) drops! What more could you want?:
Not too sure how to classify Tin Men and the Telephone, but they’re pretty cool and strangely infectious with their blend of technology and classical jazz stylings:
For fans of Beach House and Kate Bush, Alana Yorke is there for you: