JUNE — JULY 2015 Issue
  June/July 2015 cover by Don Ritson.

Brandon Gets Folked :: The 31st Annual Brandon Folk, Music, and Art Festival

 Ready for some folking? Good, us too.

 The 31st Annual Brandon Folk, Music, and Art Festival runs this weekend, July 24-26, in Brandon, MB. Stylus caught up with the festival’s artistic  director, Shandra MacNeill.

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METZ :: On the Phone


Touring on behalf of their album II, Toronto Post-Punks Metz will be stopping by Winnipeg on July 29, performing at the Pyramid Cabaret. Stylus got caught up with the band on the phone. Continue Reading »

Lady Lamb :: Clear your head


By Kaitlyn Emslie Farrell

If you enjoy your indie music where the vague genre labels stem from breaking the rules and mixing up the typical formulas, then Lady Lamb is probably on your playlist, or at least she should be. Aly Spaltro aka Lady Lamb has been making music since her days working at her hometown’s popular video rental store in southern Maine, USA. Stylus caught up with Aly on the phone to talk about life and music. Continue Reading »

From the Archives :: Vol 8, No. 5, July 1997 – The Weakerthans

“. . . John writes the songs that make the whole world cry.”

Photo by John Sutton

Photo by John Sutton

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE :: In Conversation with José González

Photo by Malin Johansson

Photo by Malin Johansson

By Harrison Samphir

Since the release of his debut album, Veneer, 12 years ago, José González has remained an enduring indie-folk figure, crafting mellow yet affecting compositions on his classical guitar. Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, the 37 year-old has since released three full length solo records – his latest, Vestiges and Claws, dropped in February – several extended plays, and various other works with the Scandinavian band Junip, and London’s trip hop ensemble Zero 7.

Some might recall González for his ultra-popular covers of famous songs like The Knife’s “Heartbeats,” Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” or his more recent rendition of TLC’s “Waterfalls,” performed live on Sweden’s most popular television quiz show På spåret. Whatever the case, his vast array of successful work continues to garner critical acclaim and open the door to new creative opportunities. He wrote three original songs for the soundtrack of the film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, lent a track to a massively popular 2010 video game, and participated in experimental collaborations with orchestras from Europe to North America.

Stylus Magazine spoke to González from his home in Gothenburg about his new record, creative inspirations, and the underlying meaning of his most personal songwriting.  Continue Reading »

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