June — July 2014 Issue
  June/July 2014 cover art by Toby Gillies.

The Unbelievable Bargains :: Talkin’ Boiled Egg and Potato Salad


by Martyna Turczynowicz

The Unbelievable Bargains don’t take themselves too seriously. Their songs cover everything from catching the breakfast special to how it would feel to hug an octopus. The trio is made up of Steve Basham who was born on the “ Taurus Gemini cusp. My bass playing is informed by my Taurus side, but I play drums like a Gemini,” Marshall Birch is on vocals and guitar, and for the record, he’s a “Sagittarius, pretty close to Scorpio” and JP Perron on drums who’s a “Virgo and year of the Rooster.” They’re releasing second full length album Boiled Egg at the Windsor on Saturday, July 26th. Continue Reading »

Iskwe :: “Truth is the Art I’m Doing”

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by Martyna Turczynowicz

Iskwe is a Winnipeg native. Her debut album has been nominated for Electronic Advanced Album of the Year at the WTMAs and her song, “Slack Jaw,” was the regional finalist for Manitoba finalist for the CBC Searchlight Competition. Stylus caught up with Iskwe leading up to her homecoming show at the Park Theatre. Continue Reading »

Fear of Music :: Thy Shiny Compilation in the Night


An alternate history of Big Shiny Tunes 2

by Devin King

For a lot of people, Big Shiny Tunes was a big deal. We can say that, if for no other reason, by its sales figures. Big Shiny Tunes 2 is one of the highest selling albums in Canada, ever. Many of my generation have also been privy to nostalgic conversations about that series. This alt-rock compilation has served as a cultural touchstone – a sort of monoculture primer at the time, and defining cultural artifact now. Looking back, it would be easy to remember these songs as the only noteworthy songs of those years. However, Big Shiny Tunes – indeed, our very recollection of that time – could have been dramatically different. Continue Reading »

Pandas in Japan – Suburban Desert/Inner City Oasis


Another emerging punk psych band from Saskatoon, Pandas in Japan will appeal to those who are drawn to the noisy and slightly chaotic. Continue Reading »

Trust – Joyland


Trust do a tolerable job of gleefully ripping off what 80s synthpop bands sound like. Continue Reading »

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