HPX 2010

If I may quote from the great Schooly D: “lookin’ at my Gucci, it’s about that time”. We’re into September now, the full HPX 2010 lineup has been announced, and in fact the schedule came out yesterday, so I know you’re waiting for it. I can hear you asking for it from whatever end of the interweb you happen to be on: “Shane, where is your annual HPX preview post with all the acts listed in a huge block of text?!?!” Well never fear my friend, behold:

A Sight for Sewn Eyes, Acres & Acres, Air/Fire, Amos the Transparent, Andrew Watt And The Glory Glory, Baby Eagle, Bad Vibrations, Basia Bulat (with Symphony Nova Scotia), Bike Rodeo, Bird World, Black Moor, Bloodhouse, Boats, Boxer the Horse, Brent Randall, BROKEN OHMS, Burning Love, Burnt Church, C’mon, The Casualties, Chanteuse, Christina Martin, Cold Warps, Contagium, Construction & Destruction, COP SHADES, Cousins, Crosss, Cuff the Duke, Cursed Arrows, d’Eon, The Daisy Anthesis, Dance Movie, Daniel Romano, THE DARCYS, Dilly Dally, Dinosaur Bones, DJ James Reid, Dog Day, Doin’ Damage, DUZHEKNEW, Elephant Stone, English Words, Erin Costelo, Extra Happy Ghost!!!, The Extremities, The Famines, Famous Players, The First Aid Kit, Fistfight, Forest City Lovers, Freelove Fenner, The Friendly Dimension, Fuck Montreal, Feueremusik, Gardening, Not Architecture, The Gertrudes, Ghettosocks, Ghostkeeper, Glory Glory Man United, The Golden Dogs, Gramercy Riffs, The Grass, Great Bloomers, Great Lake Swimmers, Grimes, GWAR, Handsome Furs, Heavy Meadows, High On Fire, The Hoa Hoa’s, The Hold Steady, Holy Cobras, Hot Panda, Huron, Hymm, Imaginary Cities, In-Flight Safety, Infernaeon, Iron Giant, Isis (of Thunderheist), It Kills, Jason Collett, Jay Crocker, Jon McKiel, The Just Friends Tribute to Fleetwood Mac, Kestrels, Last Call Chernobyl, Laura Merrimen, Laura Peek & the Winning Hearts, Long Long Long, Martyr, Meat Curtains, Mess Folk, Milks & Rectangles, Mobile Deathcamp, THE MODERN MEN, Modern Superstitions, Monogrenade, The Mountains & The Trees, My Brightest Diamond, Myles Deck and the Fuzz, The New Pornographers, North End Metal All-Stars, North of America, Old Man Luedecke, Orchid’s Curse, The Pack A.D., Panic!, Pat Lepoidevin, Picnicface, The Pink Noise, Play Guitar, Pop Winds, Quaker Parents, Quivers, Racoon Bandit, Radio Radio, Random Recipe, RatTail, Rebekah Higgs, Rockets Red Glare, Ruby Jean and The Thoughtful Bees, Shotgun Jimmie, Silly Kissers, Silver Dapple, Sloan (performing Twice Removed), So Cow, Soaking Up Jagged, Styrofoam Ones, The Superfantastics, Tasseomancy, Teenanger, Ten Kens, Three Sheet, Tokyo Police Club, Torche, Tupper Ware Remix Party, Ty Segall, Vilipend, We Are Action, THE WHITE WIRES, The Wilderness of Manitoba, Windom Earle, Wordburglar, and Young Rival.

I don’t have to tell you there’s a lot going on there, but I’ll save you from having to search the schedule for the first can’t miss show to add to your event calendar: the herohill showcase is Saturday, Oct. 23rd at the Company House. We decided there was no point in trying to trump the rock & roll goodness of the last two years, so we went with something more low key, yet just as awesome. It Kills, The Mountains & The Trees, Boats, and the Grand Wizard Ghettosocks are going to be a quartet of excellence, mark my words.

Obviously there are a number of big acts from both Canada and the US of A coming to Halifax for this year’s festival, but one of the great things about HPX is the fact that it gives some many of the excellent local bands here some exposure to media and other music folks from elsewhere that might not normally get to see them. One such band is The First Aid Kit, who have been a hill favorite for a while, and have been kind enough to share their new single with us. You can see TFAK on Thursday, Oct. 21st at Tribeca during HPX, so make another note on your must see list.

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MP3:: The First Aid Kit – Badtime
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MP3:: Basia Bulat – Gold Rush
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MP3:: The Darcys – House Built Around Your Voice
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MP3:: Ghettosocks – Don’t Turn Around f. Edgar Allen Floe
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MP3:: Tokyo Police Club – Bambi
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