On Friday, Vicki Volt and I made our way to Mount Royal University’s bar The Hub to catch King Dylan’s CD release show in support of “Looking For the Sun”. This is King Dylan’s fourth solo album and takes us to subjects a little deeper than his previous releases. His first single and video off the album is “Blind Man”.
On stage his delivery of Alternative Hip Hop/Pop is full of boundless energy. Lead singer of Broken Ride, Graham Furber, joined him onstage to keep the entire room bouncing along to the fun filled set. We wish him well as he sets off for Canada Music Week and hope his album is a huge success!
Openers Septembryo played a new song they dubbed “great for working out to” which I super loved. I can’t wait to harass the guys for a copy of the track.
And a new discovery for me was the band Penny Fortune. The Hip Hop Rock duo blew me away.
Check out the video for “Blind Man!” (and yes that’s him painting)
We recently discovered a new female fronted indie rock band from Calgary named The Implicate Order. After a quick listen to their 7 track album ‘Hollow Process’ on bandcamp, we were all hooked. Their music is reminiscent of early No Doubt alt rock feel, mixed with Paramore style vocals.
They sound great on the record, and even better live. The guys and I were able to make it out to their recent gig at Lord Nelson’s Pub on 8th ave. The show was high energy, and filled with intricate playing and headbanging breakdowns. It’s impossible not to groove on the dance floor while they rock out.
The band consists of mega hot vocalist and rhythm guitarist Christina Lacowicz, guitarist Gene Lachica, bass player Tyler Allard and drummer Josh Nadeau.
Calgary is home to many great musicians. A great way to keep track of other local acts, venues, and stores in the Calgary area is MusicYYC.ca. Run by Colleen Krueger, MusicYYC acts as a directory, showcasing many different artists, their bios, artwork, and where you can find and buy their music.
Check out their site and send some traffic their way. If you are a local band looking to be listed on their directory, check out their submit page.
With her debut album in the works and sweet country vibes we’re expecting great things from this talented PEI native. We wish her all the best and can’t wait to see her career take off! Check out her impressive vocals on this cover of ‘I Won’t Give Up’ by Jason Mraz
Tony and I were lucky enough to grab last minute tickets to Transit’s fist pumping CD release show this past Saturday at UofC’s Mac Hall Ballroom. Transit’s latest album, Stale, was officially released January 3rd, 2013. You can sample and buy the album here: http://transit1.bandcamp.com/album/stale-4
If you love hip hop you will not be disappointed.
The show was packed with awesome performances and special guests like Jesse-James Cameron from Makeshift Innocence (www.iriemi.com), Joe Nolan (www.joenolansongs.com) and Sykamore. Newcomer The Blue rocked the stage performing a powerful duet with Transit and beat-savvy DJ Crosswalk (www.facebook.com/dothecrosswalk) kept the tracks and filanthrofists going all night.
Overall we were completely blown away by this high-energy jam-packed show.