Amongst the bouncing around between shows, which could be any given night of Halifax Pop Explosion, we were lucky enough to have a few busy sets of hands scrambling from venue to venue to help take in as much of the festival as possible. On
After their HPX set at the CDKU FM lobby on Dalhousie’s campus, I caught up with Paul (drums) and Chad (guitar/vocals) of Kestrels to chat about their HPX experience, recent tour dates and the progress of their upcoming album.
Danny Brown & Ryan Hemsworth at The Halifax Forum Multi-Purpose Centre + The Afterparty at The Seahorse featuring Dub Kartel – October 25th, HPX 2014
All Photos by Paul Rebar
For the second installment of the Night In Live Sessions we bring you Jonny & The Cowabungas from a dusty basement in parts unknown. Take in the lurch of their seasonally appropriate surfstrumentals and keep your seats buckled for the next wave of live sessions from Secret East TV.
Ghostface Killah, Raekwon & BADBADNOTGOOD @ The Halifax Forum Multi-Purpose Centre October 23rd, Halifax Pop Explosion 2014
Gabrielle Gallant brings us some wonderful captures from the lobby of CKDU FM, Gus’s Pub and Reflections Cabaret at Halifax Pop Explosion 2014.
Gabrielle’s gallery features the likes of Kestrels, Solids, Swearin’, Cousins, HAG FACE, Hand Cream, Brave Radar, Soft Spot and PS I Love You.
This year’s lineup could easily be considered one of the strongest in the festivals’ history. Having attracted acts like party-rap icon Danny Brown; hip-hop goliaths Ghostface Killah and Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan; Canadian indie-rockers Tokyo Police Club, the influential folk-punk band Against Me!, and a fantastic array of talent from Halifax, New Brunswick, PEI and beyond — it’s clear that the folks behind the scenes aren’t interested in maintaining the status quo.
B.A. Johnston Live @ The Rockhouse in St. John’s, NL – October 10th, 2014
All Photos by Mike Heffernan
Crossed Wires’ eponymous EP could easily take the cake as the best release to come out of Atlantic Canada this past summer season. This debut offering from the Wires is nothing less than infectious and impressive without even considering the fact that it’s the first release of a project that’s only straddling a mere six months of existence. Despite being their earliest effort, the EP carries an audible chemistry that could be mistaken for a band that’s already seen the process a few times over.