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Royal Canoe - Bathtubs

HPX 2013 is about to launch into fever pitch mode, with Friday’s events already under way, with much more to come (damn you scheduling, why must the Plaskett/NS Symphony show take place at the same time as Shad’s only set?!?!?) and an over flowing Saturday of musical events still to come. So I thought I’d(…)


Well this is it, Pop Explosion week here in Halifax. These five days are the best time of the year for music enthusiasts in our city, with some 200 bands invading our every nook and cranny for show after show of live music goodness. Hopefully you’re here for the festival and will spend the week(…)

Polaris Video:: The Rest

Last week we stepped away from the hill to deal with some rather important real-life matters. If you’re a hill regular, or if this is the first time you’ve ever stumbled onto our vast collection of music-related ramblings, I’d ask you to please read this post from the Ack. If you’re able, please consider donating(…)

Polaris Video:: METZ

We’re pushing on with the latest instalment in our series of posts featuring each act on the Polaris Prize short list. Today sees us featuring perhaps the weirdest video of the bunch, from what has to be the loudest act on the list: Get Off from Toronto noise-punk (maybe? Is that a real description? I(…)

Friday Fun:: Zeus - Vasoline

Now we’ve always had a soft spot for the earnest rock & roll of Zeus here at the hill, but I know for certain many of you will be shelling out for the deluxe version of their last album Busting Visions. Why you ask? Well because as part of the deluxeness, Zeus is including a(…)

Babysitter - Talkin’ Bout the New Generation

Happy family day and/or President’s Day to you! There’s no holiday here in Halifax, and despite a mild snowstorm that cancelled schools, I am on my grind (aka working! In an office! BALLLIN’). What’s getting me through another Monday you ask? Well it’s EYE, a delightful fuzzbomb of a record from Victoria, BC’s Babysitter. I’ve(…)

Reversing Falls - Curse This Place

My father hails from Saint John (Nouveau Brunswick, so like Phil C’s jacket, there’s no “s” required), and as such, I’ve driven over the Reversing Falls many, many times in my life. Of course my father explained the Falls to me on pretty much each and every trip, but, despite this, I couldn’t make heads(…)

Dragon Fli Empire - Lucky Day

I don’t know about you, but there is absolutely nothing that tops my Thursday off like some soulful Prairie hip hop, so I was delighted to re-discover this here jawn (yeah, I said jawn, get off my lawn) from Calgary’s Dragon Fli Empire. I’ve enjoyed DFE for some time now, but Saskatoon-based producer Def-Chap is(…)