The Halifax Pop Explosion has just announced its dates for 2016. Surprise! It’s October 19 to 22. While we’re waiting patiently for the line-up to be announced, what better time to muse about who’s on our wish-list?
Run the Jewels: Killer Mike and El-P are at the height of their gritty, uncompromising hip-hop game. Their deep, industrial beats and dark production would make for one heavy show. You’d have a hard time keeping Halifax hip-hop heads away from this one. Maybe we’d get a taste of their cat-based remix album, Meow the Jewels.
Grimes: Queen of witch-pop. We thought she might have disappeared for a few years there. Fortunately Grimes killed (v. maimed?) those uncertainties and is back in the spotlight. With her driving pop and pixie-from-hell singing style this’d be a hit show for Halifax’s art angels.
Destroyer: West Coast baroque pop from Dan Bejar’s poetic, reverby, orchestrated reverie would be right at home at a venue somewhere like St. Matt’s church. There’s no way that Halifax would miss out on the charms this act’s grooving instrumentals and dreamy vocals.
BadBadnotgood: Always an uproarious show, BadBadnotgood have proven to be a highlight of Pop Explosions past and it’d be great to see them grace the east coast again. Their jazz-infused hip hop jams are not to be trifled with.
Ty Segall: showcasing some of the best of what garage rock and psych has to offer, a Ty Segall appearance at Pop Explosion would feel fitting. His driving psych-rock music is right in line with a lot of the sounds Halifax has been producing over the past 25 years. There’s no end to the lo-fi love in this city, and no doubt Haligonians would embrace Ty Segall’s weird, punchy style.