Photos and words courtesy of Jenn Kostesky | October 30 2018
Hamilton, Ontario based party rock trio The Dirty Nil played a pre-Halloween show October 30 at Winnipeg’s Good Will Social Club. From the second the band walked on stage, their rowdy, playful energy whipped the packed room into a sweaty, fist pumping frenzy. The Dirty Nil are a whirlwind of raucous vocals, shredding guitar, pounding drums and groovy bass. The trio hot off the release of their second album “Master Volume” back in September are trekking from one end of North America to the other and back again over the better part of the next month. The Dirty Nil’s live show is a no holds barred, sweat drenched, power stanced, bubble gum chewing hell of a good time that is not to be missed when they roll through a city near you!
Toronto singer-songwriter Eamon McGrath and his band kicked the evening off with a set of twang infused punk rock. McGrath’s gravelly voice is oddly comforting amidst the distorted guitar and heavy rhythm section of his band, wrapping around your eardrums like a warm blanket.
Vancouver based Dead Soft, who are accompanying The Dirty Nil on their entire run, rounded out the night. Dead Soft are anything but dead or soft, they play hard and they play fast. The band was perfect step between Eamon McGrath’s more more mellow take on punk rock and The Dirty Nil’s off the wall party vibes.
Photos courtesy of Jenny Ramone - Jenny Ramone Photo | October 10th 2018
Canadian indie-rock veterans Wolf Parade stopped by the Garrick in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba October 10, 2018.
The recently reunited Sub Pop recording artists have been touring their latest release “Cry, Cry, Cry” since late last year, including several dates at festivals in Canada and the US this summer. After a four night stint in Montreal in late September, Wolf Parade headed west through the Prairies to British Columbia. On this snowy evening in Winnipeg, the band pulled from their entire catalogue much to the delight of the flannel and beanie clad crowd. With video projections swirling and flashing behind them, Wolf Parade, who were clearly enjoying playing together, gave an energetic performance that won’t quick be forgotten.
The Pinc Lincolns delivered a slow burning, mellow set to kick off the evening.
Photos and words courtesy of Jenn Kostesky | October 24, 2018
Victoria based Jesse Roper brought his energetic,funky, blues rock to the Pyramid Cabaret in Winnipeg, Manitoba on October 24, 2018.
Winnipeg’s indie-folk outfit House Handshake kicked off the evening. The band’s soulful, rootsy brand of folk rock brings to mind tastes of Of Monsters and Men or Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros with a twist of rugged Canadiana. House Handshake filled their half hour opening set with gorgeous harmonies and an energetic stage show.
Roper’s tour mates, Band of Rascals filled the middle with a set of rocking southern blues. Hailing from Cowichan Valley on British Columbia’s Vancouver island, Band of Rascals have a no bullshit approach to rock and roll that they bring to their live show. With ¾ of the band barefoot on stage, Band of Rascals layer booming drums, tasty guitar licks, grungy harmonica and solid base lines to create a groovy West Coast infused sound that is all their own.
The show marked Jesse Roper and company’s second show in the city in 2018, the first being back in February when they stopped by the Burton Cummings Theatre to open for Big Wreck. Their first headlining show in Winnipeg came toward the end of the band’s October run of tour dates through the western provinces of Canada. Roper magnetic charisma and tasty, smooth guitar playing places him front and center. He plays with style and ease, making playing the guitar look like a breeze. Roper is all smiles on stage, clearly enjoying himself, feeding off the energy of the crowd. Despite being the frontman, Roper appreciates his band, taking a moment from time to time to step aside and let his bandmate shine. Drummer Steve Ling and bassist Matt Reid, the band’s rhythm section, hold things together in a funky tight little package and keyboardist Chris Van Sickle rounds out the band’s live sound. Though Roper had to compete with both a civic election and a Winnipeg Jets hockey game, his mesmerizing, energetic live show will likely make him a touring fixture in the prairie city.
Photos and words by Emily May | October 16th, 2018
Richmond, VA rock band Sleepwalkers recently toured in support of their debut album Greenwood Shade, making a stop in Louisville, KY.
The band performed to a decent crowd for a Tuesday night, getting everyone dancing with their fun and energetic stage presence. Brothers Austin (bass/vocals) and Michael (guitar/vocals) York are incredibly personable frontmen, chatting with the crowd and making everyone laugh throughout the evening. The band interacted and had fun with each other and with the crowd during their entire set, with it being obvious that they love performing for their fans. They had frequent jam sessions throughout their set, showcasing their talents as musicians. It was a fun evening of music and dancing! Fellow Richmond indie rock band Camp Howard opened the show!