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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Teenanger talks tour tips and 10 years

Beware the double double

Posted By on Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 4:36 PM

The delightful Teenanger
  • The delightful Teenanger

Teenanger w/Booji Boys, Protruders, Sweet Dave & The Shallow Graves
Thursday, August 3 at 9:30pm
The Seahorse Tavern, 2037 Gottingen Street
$8 before 11pm, $10 after

Toronto's Teenanger are a solid, solid band of solid, solid people. Coming to Halifax on Thursday before their SappyFest show, and bringing their newest album—Teenager, their fifth record, released this July—with them, guitarist Jon Schouten answers our pressing questions and provides an absolutely invaluable list of tour tips from a band that's been slogging it out for 10 glorious years. Bookmark this, young ones.

Q: This is your first album in a little while, what was the band up to in the interim?

A: All sorts of things, really. Chris spent sometime in the UK trying to perfect his patent-pending vegan, gluten free-haggis. Steve wanted to focus on developing a U-line-esque catalogue for high-end office supplies. Melissa took a side gig styling Celine Dion, and I've been dedicating most of my time trying to get my Minesweeper expert time under 4:30.

Q: I read an article mentioning Teenanger is “growing up.” Do you think this is a reaction to the shift in sound or just an inevitable thing for music journalists to say when a band has been around for 10 years and are in their 30s?

A: HA! I feel like this album is the opposite of "growing up," and is more fun and energetic! The subject matter of the lyrics, and concepts of some songs are a little more conscious, but overall I think it's a little perplexing why people automatically connect the age of the group with growing up. We're moving in the complete opposite direction.

Q: What inspired this album? Any common themes with these songs?

A: Think of the album as a 1970s Jello mold. The album as a package is the Jello and the bits of pineapple and marshmallows floating in the perfect green goop are the tracks. That's how we think of it.

Q: Do you guys have touring down to a fine science now? Everyone respects each other’s quirks?

A: Last night Melissa asked "I wonder what jokes we're going to come up with on this tour?" which sums up our touring vibe perfectly.

Teenanger's 10 years (not really on the road) tour tips:

Just have a good time
Don't take it too seriously
Smiling feels good
Try to sleep in comfortable spots
Don't stay with the drunkest guy at the show
If you stay with a record collector, always say that you don't collect vinyl even if you do. You'll thank us for this one.
If you walk into a venue and the promoter starts automatically making excuses for how bad the show is going to be, turn around and drive away.
Invest in good sleeping mats. Yoga mats are shit for sleeping, FYI
You can get some bang for your buck out of stacking free vegetables on bean burritos and bagels etc.
Double Doubles will make you put on the pounds. Cut that shit back.
Don't bring Ampeg 8 x10s and drum kits, that shit is going to be at every venue. Waste of time and energy.
If you're a band that isn't well known, don't take other bands with you. Local openers bring out locals.
Ideally you want promoters to ask YOU to play, the more you bother them for a show, the worse the show is going to be.
Having an early slot on weekdays is better.
Remember people and their names.
Getting a $50 motel room isn't being a "rockstar." Having a chill night and shower once in awhile feels nice.
Don't discard small town shows. Those are the kids who are actually excited about music, and like to buy merch.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Salt-N-Pepa is coming to Halifax

Get ready to Shake Your Thang with the I Love The 90s Tour

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 11:33 AM

  • OMG

Time to dig out the big earrings and bright bodysuits—an all-star '90s dance party is headed this way in May. Headlined by Salt-N-Pepa and featuring names like Biz Markie and Color Me Badd, the I Love The '90s Tour be Halifax’s chance to push it real good.

Tickets for the May 24 show (which takes place at the Scotiabank Centre) go live February 10 (and are in the 40 dollar range), but while you’re waiting to talk about sex, baby, let’s relive some of the best by the Queens, NY queens of hip hop.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Hamilton punk band TV Freaks in Halifax for two shows only

Don't you dare change the channel on this one, dorks. No TIVO.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 12:31 PM

Where's the remote? - DON PYLE
  • Where's the remote?
  • Don Pyle

If you're a fan of The StoogesSub Pop's Pissed JeansBlack Flag or any good punk music at all, then you only have two chances to see TV Freaks this week and you better take them both. 

From Hamilton, I've spied that the band is here recording music over at Fun Dog. They play tonight at Plan B (2180 Gottingen Street, 8pm, $5, ALL-AGES) with Surveillance and Unreal Thought, and again on Thursday at Gus' Pub (2605 Agricola, 10pm, $7) with Alienation, Surveillance and Jake Thurgood. If you missed them at OBEY in 2014, then you'll wanna catch these re-runs. The Freaks just released a seven-inch on their label, Schizophrenic—two surfy loud power-jams. Don't you dare change that channel, dorks. 

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Listen to "Windows," a new track by Gianna Lauren

Halifax songstress will take the new song on an Eastern Canadian tour

Posted By on Tue, Nov 3, 2015 at 2:10 PM

Gianna Lauren hits the road
  • Gianna Lauren hits the road

Halifax singer-songwriter Gianna Lauren just released new track "Windows" via Forward Music Group. You can stream it below. "Windows" is described by Forward: "The track is at once propulsive while indulging in dueling electric guitars and competing temporal movements. The lyrics, hefty and bold, introduce suspicions of perception with lines such as 'the world's greatest gospel singer can't bail me out of this.'" It'll be available as a limited edition cassette. 

Catch Gianna in any one of these cities, and during Nova Scotia Music Week: 

November 06 - Yarmouth, NS - Th'YARC (Nova Scotia Music Week)
November 19 - Halifax, NS - The Seahorse Tavern

November 20 - Sackville, NB - Thunder & Lightning
November 25 - Peterborough, ON - The Garnet
November 26 - Montreal, QC - Le Cagibi
November 27 - Kingston, ON - The Artel
November 28 - London, ON - Forest City Gallery
November 29 - Ottawa, ON - Raw Sugar Cafe
December 02 - Toronto, ON - The Burdock Music Hall
December 05 - Guelph, ON - Jimmy Jazz

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Winnipeg's Greg MacPherson returns to Halifax tonight

Longtime Cape Breton ex-pat brings new songs to The Company House

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 5:15 PM

MacPherson's back in town, baby
  • MacPherson's back in town, baby

"I'm a typical Islander on the mainland," says Cape Breton original Greg MacPherson, based in Winnipeg, "No matter how long I'm away, I always feel a pull to be back here." Tonight at The Company House, MacPherson returns to Halifax with his drummer Rob Gardiner and local songstress Gianna Lauren. Currently finishing up a new album, MacPherson is one not to miss.

"I wanted this new album to bring something relevant to the conversation. Like showing up a potluck with something fresh and real that takes a few chances, instead of following a recipe or sleep-walking in with a store-bought fruit tray," he says, "The album is serious, angry and funny, and there are songs you can dance to. These Nova Scotia shows will definitely be special for us." 

Born in Sydney, MacPherson's been rocking and rolling in Winnipeg for a few years now, playing shows, recording albums and co-running his indie label, Disintegration Records. The city is now a source of inspiration for him: "Winnipeg's as mixed-up and ugly and as beautiful as any other city in North America. It has its share of unique qualities and things to be proud of," MacPherson explains, "It also has its share of regressive and boring institutions, mostly just people trying their best to do something good, I suppose. At my day job over the past four and a half years working for a non-profit, the things I see are both inspiring and frustrating. It's the best job I've ever had. No doubt that experience is influencing my song-writing at every level." 

The same can likely be said for 2010's Mr. Invitation and 2013's Fireball, albums which were both long-list nominees for the Polaris Prize: "I was honoured to be considered in that way. Both times it's happened, I just really appreciated the acknowledgement that my work is respected and valued in my home country." Damn right. MacPherson's albums are just as arresting as his live performances. Sometimes political, he takes the opportunity to share his views on the world. 

"I think we're in a lot of trouble if change doesn't come," MacPherson says about the upcoming federal election, "I also worry that Canadians have been swept up in the election as entertainment, spending time watching the debates, arguing about polls and obsessing over the races in our constituencies like it's a sporting event. In my perfect world, citizens research the background, ideology and platforms of the candidates and choose one who aligns most to their own values. Our democracy isn't working that way presently." It's worth saying, MacPherson wants you to vote. And if you're somehow not inspired to vote by tonight's show, then dammit, you'll never be. 

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Monday, August 17, 2015

In-Flight Safety's Got Stockholm Syndrome

Halifax ambient-pop band releases new single and tour dates

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM

  • Meghan Tansey-Whitton

Halifax's careful ambient pop-band In-Flight Safety recently released a new single, "Stockholm," to announce a new EP to be released in September, alongside a couple mini-tours in the fall. Plus, visual artist Graeme Patterson is currently working on a music vid to be released later this month, says the band's vocalist/guitarist John Mullane. No surprise that In-Flight Safety references Sweden's capital city; their music has strong European-pop influences and interests. 

Mullane says that the EP features a collaboration with a fan, "some acoustic-y stuff, a B-side and maybe a cover. We just wanted to put together some stuff we had kicking around that we never got to finish. August is the best month for recording because it's nice and slow and summery." 

While he hated flying when he started the band in 2003, Mullane now likes it: "My favourite part is the meal and movie time," he says, "It's very relaxing for me. There's no cell phones or emails or calls, and I enjoy the solitude up there." Have a listen to "Stockholm" below. Then take off, eh. 

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Friday, January 30, 2015

In-Flight Safety representing Canada for Grammy Week

After the party is the Travelodge lobby

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 12:45 PM

  • IFS
  • Meghan Tansey Whitton

Yer boys In-Flight Safety have been chosen—along with fellow Canadians Chantal Kreviaziuk and Yukon Blonde—to represent Canada's chilly and cool musical output during Grammy Week in LA, February 5 at a private affair presented by the Canadian Independent Music Association.

Who knew the Grammys needed a whole week though? Good news for the In-Flights, and LA's gain, because they are stoked. "First thing I'm going to do is roll up in a rented minivan to our one and half star Travelodge in East LA," says In-Flight Safety frontman John Mullane. "Ballin'." Complimentary continental breakfast too? Come on!

As a special treat to Coast readers, In-Flight Safety will send a postcard to the first person to email with the subject header "Send me a postcard from LA dammit". And prepare yourself: "It will be a cheesy Hollywood postcard though," says Mullane. "None of this crafty letterpress stuff."

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Jeff Beck's Haligonian Bassist

rhonda smith played with prince, chaka khan, little richard

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Rhonda Smith
  • Jeff Reitzel
  • Rhonda Smith

Tonight, when you're sitting in the Metro Centre with your mom and dad, watching them rhapsodize over Jeff Beck, you might want to sneak a glance over at the stately woman accompanying him on bass. Rhonda Smith was born in Halifax and moved to Montreal as a child. There she became immersed in the jazz scene, and started learning to play her brother's bass, among a number of other instruments. After spending a number of years studying jazz and playing for high-profile Canadian musicians, she went to Germany for a convention and ran into Sheila E. by chance. Yeah, that Sheila E. The PRINCE Sheila E. And as it happens, Prince was in the market for a bass player, no big deal. She spent nearly a decade playing for Prince on tour and on his 2003 album Xpectation, and went on to play bass for the likes of Chaka Khan, Little Richard and T.I., among many others. (T.I.!)

Smith is currently promoting her sophomore album RS2. For more information about the album and her biography (which I've barely scraped here, by the way) you can visit her website. Big ups to this uber-cool Haligonian woman and all her successes.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Rebirth of Pervert

moncton powergrungers release debut EP

Posted By on Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 1:02 PM

  • Pervert

Pervert was the only band I knew that didn’t have a Myspace,” says Kyle MacDonald. He’s the newest addition to the Moncton powergrunge ensemble, currently emerging from a yearlong hiatus. As a stalwart member of the Moncton music scene, MacDonald can lovingly trace the band’s history back to 2008 when it formed from the ashes of Heimlich. He was first attracted to the band’s intense live shows and their unique choice of merch — sticks of “Pervert”-branded deodorant, mouthwash and shampoo. This brand of quirkiness along with their raging presence quickly drew them a local following. “The live music spoke for itself. The performances were jaw-dropping,” says MacDonald. Last summer, the band was in the midst of completing its debut album when bassist Jesse LeBlanc quit. Remaining members Matt Hogg and John Jerome had played with MacDonald in Cop Shades and Red Rum and brought him in to fill the gap and complete the album. Pervert’s album hearkens back to the golden days of Moncton’s dark rockers—-there’s threads of Elevator’s heavy melodies along with muscular grooves, all bathed in a wash of post-industrial acidity. It will be available at their Saturday night show at Gus’ with Flying Fortress, The Wides and Cursed Arrows—-along with the deodorant.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Have Fun On Warped Tour, We're Doomed

new vans, sunscreen and the girl from paramore

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 1:56 PM


While I spent most of this rainy spring sitting on the couch, eating chips, the hot young
prog-rawkers in We’re Doomed have recorded an EP, filmed a music video, played a whackload of shows and are now gearing up to hit the road as part of the Canadian leg
of the Vans Warped Tour. (You may recall that they won the annual Battle to Warped
Tour competition this past February.)

After a farewell show this Friday at the Seahorse with Glory Glory, the Stogies and Levels, the foursome will leap in their newly-purchased van along with their Diminished Fifth Records dad Josh Hogan and
newly-minted roadie Kevin Hall. They’ll be playing four dates (July 14 — 18) in Toronto, Missisauga, Montreal and Fredericton. Drummer Scott Tiller says the band has been too busy to spend any time freaking out about sharing a stage with bands like Against Me!, Less Than Jake, Yelawolf and others. “I’m literally just packing a bag full of clothes,
my camera, my phone, some money I guess,” he says. “Oh, and sunscreen — I burn really
easily. And I’ll probably bring my skateboard.” Tiller said the band is most excited about rubbing elbows with Foxy Shazam, August Runs Red and Paramore. “(Guitarist) Nick Jones really wants to meet Hayley Williams,” he says. “I won’t try to predict what he’ll say. I don’t want to embarrass him in the Coast.” Cute. Keep an eye out also for the boys’ debut EP, Like A Machine, available on iTunes July 12. You can download a free track, “The Show Must Go On,” at Happy trails.

We're Doomed - Impending Doom from Youth Music Movement on Vimeo.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

HPX NXNE Showcase

dance movie! jon mckiel! glory glory! cousins!

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 1:44 PM


Hi Toronto! Four great bands from Halifax are coming to play an NXNE show at the Velvet Underground (510 Queen St West) this Saturday, presented by the Halifax Pop Explosion. Dance Movie kicks off the night at 8pm, followed by Glory Glory (9pm) Jon McKiel (10pm) and Cousins (11pm). Many Halifax types will be in attendance, I hear, and I wish I could be there too. Go poke your head in and see the wonderful music - you shall dig it.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Long Long Long Go On Tour Tour Tour

have fun!

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 10:42 PM

lets go for a dip
  • let's go for a dip

Halifax’s prodigal sons of weird-pop Long Long Long have successfully managed to launch a rather massive North American tour through their own fund-raising methods. The band is currently on the road sharing bills with Cousins, Special Noise and Twin Steps, among others. The tour wraps up July 12 in Charlotte, NC - the land of Ben Folds and NASCAR enthusiasts.

Their latest EP is titled Who The Fuck Said Family Ain’t Family No More. You can download it fo’ free at It is my favorite release of theirs yet — a sweetly spectral cluster of songs with hooks that will fill the holes in your heart. In its press release, the band says it wants to be “GHOSTFACE KILLAH famous” - and yes, we hope world domination is not far behind. Here's where Long Long Long is playing so you can see the boys before they get money.

04/22 Fredericton, NB The Capital *
04/23 Montreal, QC Torn Curtain *
04/24 Montreal, QC L'escogriff *!
04/25 Ottawa, ON Cafe Dekuf *#
04/26 Toronto, ON Silver Dollar ~
04/27 Kingston, ON The Artel *
04/28 Rochester, NY The Bug Jar
05/03 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Fireproof
05/04 New York, NY Shea Stadium $
05/06 Pittsburgh, PA The Frame Gallery %
05/07 Columbus, OH Rumba Cafe
05/08 Detroit, MI North End Studios/ Sparklewood
05/13 Madison, WI The Project Lodge
05/17 Missoula, MT The BSMT
05/18 Medicine Hat, AB Justin's House
05/20 Edmonton, AB Dinwoodie
05/21 Calgary, AB No. 1 Legion (WYRD III)
05/22 Vancouver, BC Waldorf Hotel (WYRD III)
05/23 Tofino, BC The Maquinna (WYRD III)
05/25 Seattle, WA Healthy Times Fun Club ^
05/27 Portland, OR Mudai Lounge ^
05/28 San Francisco, CA The Cave ^
05/30 Sacramento, CA The Hub ^
05/31 Oakland, CA The Continental Club ^
06/01 Santa Barbara, CA Biko Garage ^
06/02 Los Angeles, CA Lot 1 ^
06/03 Los Angeles, CA Origami Vinyl ^
06/04 Los Angeles, CA FMLY RIDE
06/05 San Diego, CA The Tin Can Alehouse
06/06 Phoenix, AZ The Rogue Bar
06/08 Albuquerque, NM Dad's House
06/09 Norman, OK The Opolis
06/10 Austin, TX Skinny's Ballroom +
06/11 New Orleans, LA The Circle Bar
06/12 Houston, TX Super Happy Fun Land
06/15 Denver, CO Hi-Dive
06/20 Boise, ID Redroom
06/22 - 06/25 Calgary, AB Sled Island
06/29 St Louis, MO Pig Slop
07/02 Atlanta, GA Wonderroot
07/12 Charlotte, NC Sewercide Mansion

* = w/ Dream Friends
! = w/ Sheer Agony, Silver Apple
# = w/ Special Noise, Freelove Fenner
~ = w/ Duzheknew, Cousins
$ = w/ Pigeons, Jefferson High
% = w/ Shadow Puppets Sleepover
^ = w/ Twin Steps
+ = w/ Watch Out For Rockets

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Sloan Do 20th Anniversary Tour, Skip Maritimes

too old?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 10:32 PM


Sloan is set to release its 10th album, Double Cross, on May 10th. The release also marks the 20th year that the band has been together (and holy hell do I feel old now.) The band has scheduled a North American tour to commemorate this auspicious event, but we've noticed that Maritime dates are conspicuously absent from the itinerary. Huh. I guess if you're around any of these other cities during these dates, you can check them out - they will be playing hits from all 10 albums, and everyone loves hits, and whatnot.

May 25 Cleveland OH at Grogshop

May 26 Chicago IL at Subterranean

May 27 Minneapolis MN at 400 Bar

May 28 Winnipeg MB at The Pyramid

May 29 Saskatoon SK at Louis’ Pub

May 31 Edmonton AB at Starlite

June 1 Calgary AB at Republik

June 2 Penticton BC at Barking Parrot

June 3 Vancouver BC at Commodore Ballroom

June 4 Seattle WA at Tractor Tavern

June 5 Portland OR at Doug Fir

June 7 San Francisco CA at Café Du Nord

June 8 Los Angeles CA at Bootleg Theatre

June 11 Milton ON at Milton Rocks Festival

June 22 Toronto ON at Mod Club

June 24 Philadelphia at Kung Fu Necktie

June 25 Baltimore MD at Ottobar

June 27 Vienna VA at Jammin’Java

June 28 Cambridge MA at TT The Bear’s

June 29 New York NY at Bowery Ballroom

June 30 Brooklyn NY at Knitting Factory

July 1 Kanata ON at Kanata Canada Day Celebration

July 21 Meaford ON at Meaford Hall

July 22 Belleville ON at Empire Square Live

July 23 London ON at Rock The Park

July 29 Barrie ON at Kempenfest

July 31 Kenora ON at Harbourfest

Aug 6 Chatham ON at Rockstock

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

No More Bunk Beds for Andrea Ramolo

the toronto musician shares her love of the east

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 10:40 AM


When Andrea Ramolo toured through Halifax two years ago, the Toronto-based roots-folk musician was sleeping in a van with built-in bunk beds, constructed with her longtime touring partner and musical Jack-of-all-trades Jason Skiendziel. For her upcoming cross-country jaunt, which brings her to the Seahorse next Wednesday, April 6, she’ll be supported by a bassist and drummer — and will hopefully be spending at least a few nights in comfier lodgings. Not that she’s complaining, though: “I just want the band to be comfortable,” she says. Ramolo’s humbler tour accommodations provided song fodder for her new album, The Shadows and the Cracks — one song, “Eastern Shore,” was specifically inspired by a spooky rest stop by an old graveyard on the way to Cape Breton. It’s a sea-shanty-style waltz, using the story of fisherman lost at sea as a framing for Ramolo’s own story of unrequited love. “It’s really eerie,” she says. “And that drive has always stuck with me — it’s such a haunting and beautiful place, with all the little lighthouses blinking in the fog.”

Listen to "Eastern Shore":

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A/V Goes Hard in the Paint

kimchi fury

Posted By on Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 9:37 AM


Philip Clark, aka A/V, takes a brief respite from teaching Korean children to make a guest appearance at DJ James Reid's hip-hop night, Hard in the Paint. The event features "crunk, dirty South, dubstep (wompwompwompwompwomp) and Gucci Mane." And maybe some Lil' B too, we suspect? Gus' Pub, 10pm. $3, cheap dranks!

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