April — May 2014 Issue
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  Apr/May 2014 cover art by Shawn Fedora.

LIVE BAIT

Live Bait :: Against Me! At the WECC


words: Matt Williams
images: Greg Gallinger

For this April Fool’s Day down at the West End Cultural Centre, a sold-out crowd made up mostly of awkward punks was treated to a smattering of big and loud performances from some of the most solid bands from south of the border.

Openers proper, the crunchy, no-frills-allowed Cheap Girls kicked off the night with a half-hour set that packed as much of their Midwestern brand of rock ‘n’ roll as possible. Singer and bassist Ian Graham won the crowd over without having to say much of anything – their college rock throwback foot-tappers were enough to do that all by themselves, helped, now and then, by some J. Mascis-esque guitar solos from axeman Adam Aymor, looking suspiciously like the stoner friend from every teen movie ever. Continue Reading »

Junos 2014 :: Songwriters’ Circle


photos & words by Andrew Mazurak

Sunday afternoon’s Songwriters’ Circle was perhaps the best thing to catch this past weekend, with Randy Bachman leading some of Canada’s best “young” talent in a Folk Fest style merry-go-round.

The first round saw Bachman get the old timer’s wigglin’ in their seats. Winnipeg’s own Matt Epp had the crowd laughing with a unique proposal story and theme of his first song and kept the charm flowing while joking with Bachman and Shad the whole time. Renowned wordsworth Shad was up next with an even longer story and beat-backed first attempt that didn’t really go over well in this acoustic setting. In a wise decision, he laid down a few verses acapella for his second song and reclaimed hip-hop’s rightful place as an appropriate canvas for gifted songwriting. The kid blew suburban minds; Bachman was speechless. July Talk felt like their feet were nailed to the floor as the two isolated leads went without their rowdy backing band for a couple songs that they just then realized were much more depressing in this striped down state. Needless to say they were fantastic though no one that afternoon truly witnessed July Talk live in concert. Continue Reading »

Like A Sunday Dress :: Rae Spoon visits Winnipeg

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by Tali Sitschkar 

On perhaps Winnipeg’s first frigid night of the season, transgender musician, author and troubadour Rae Spoon warmed the hearts of those at the Windsor Hotel on Saturday, November 23 for an intimate show in support of their latest album My Prairie Home, the companion to the National Film Board documentary of the same name (released October of this year). Continue Reading »

Majical Cloudz + Moon King // 08-14-13 // LIVE @ UNION SOUND HALL


All photos by Andrew Mazurak at Union Sound Hall in Winnipeg.

Words taken from MajicalCloudz.com:

“There is some indefinable difference between Canada and the U.S. communities just on the other side of the border. I recognize that a lot of it could be in my head, but in any case it feels different when I return to Canada after having been in the States.

The psychology of national borders is interesting. When we are driving through Minnesota on our way to the border, it feels ‘northern’, but as soon as we cross into Canada, Winnipeg feels “southern” because of my mental map of its location within the province, rather than its location within the continent.

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Stylus checks out Sir Paul McCartney

Photo by Andrew Mazurak

Photo by Andrew Mazurak

by Zach Fleisher

In putting this piece forward, I have to acknowledge a fundamental bias in my writing a review for a Paul McCartney show; I’m a Beatles fanatic. I grew up listening to the Fab Four (though I didn’t actually listen to Sgt. Pepper side to side until five years ago) through  drives from end to end of the Canadian prairie. In grade five, I fell asleep every night listening to Abbey Road on a CD with only one track for the entire album and no way to change which song I was listening to. As often as I would fall asleep to the gentle and soothing tones of “Something,” I did make the consistent effort to listen until the medley of broken songs at the end, which more often than not proves to the be the enduring legacy of Paul McCartney’s musical career.

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