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Quick Hitters:: We Were Lovers

Quick Hitters:: We Were Lovers

Yesterday was as close to perfect as it gets here in Halifax. For one day we ignored the faltering economy, political chaos, increasing number of murders and countless other issues that dominate the Halifax news cycle. For one day, the sun beamed proudly and the harbour sparkled as if the surface was coated with Arctic(…)

Quick Hitters:: Astral Swans

Quick Hitters:: Astral Swans

“I will never forget, even when my mind is gone.” When Astral Swans – a new collaboration between Matthew Swann and under appreciated, sound sorcerer Lorrie Matheson – delivers this unassuming nugget, it hits like a sledgehammer. I left the song looping for hours. Somehow, it became a portal into my Dad’s mind as he(…)

Quick Hitters: Milks & Rectangles

Quick Hitters: Milks & Rectangles

Over the last three years, Milks & Rectangles have released a steady flow of free-Ps that showed a preference for energy, anthems and Brit influenced swagger. Tomorrow, the band will be releasing their debut self-titled LP, and even if front man Christian Ledwell’s vocals still sound more suited for Mod nights than any Sloan/Thrush Hermit(…)

Quick Hitters:: Stella Ella Ola

Quick Hitters:: Stella Ella Ola

Somewhere along the way, life stopped being about embracing the simple things without judgment. Pop songs used to be built on melody and choruses; did the song make you want to dance or sing along? Yes? Well, that was enough. Now, it’s more about how many strings and horns you can shoe horn into the(…)

Presenting:: Jay Arner

Presenting:: Jay Arner

Readers of herohill are probably familiar with Vancouver’s Jay Arner, even if they don’t recognize the name. Jay co-recorded the new Apollo Ghosts record and is a key contributor to bands like Fine Mist and Bleating Hearts. Now, as this huge picture of his face indicates, he’s stepping out on his own as well. Jay’s(…)

Favorites-of ’12:: The Schomberg Fair Providence

Favorites-of ’12:: The Schomberg Fair Providence

Like many banjo acts, The Schomberg Fair grew from humble beginnings and traditional roots. Matt Bahen’s surgically repaired hands picked fire and he sang with fury as he searched for salvation. He was backed by Nathan Sidon’s baritone vocals and a compact, aggressive rhythm section. A casual listener might have assumed the trio just swapped(…)

News:: Mardeen is still a thing, er band

News:: Mardeen is still a thing, er band

The last time we talked about Cape Breton band, Mardeen, it was to celebrate the release of a much delayed album. The band was a scrappy combination of anthems and bar rock, but kind of like Keyser Söze, they just disappeared into the sunset (or, at least from a regular slot at The Seahorse). In(…)