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Sneak Peak:: Steve Gates Hello Jesus

Of all the local bands made good, I’m always surprised by how little attention we give Caledonia. The boys write solid songs, stand for something and aren’t afraid to pile in the van and tour the shit out of their songs. In this era of blog TUMBLR-born and praised bands, it’s refreshing to see a [...]

herohill house show II:: Jenn Grant & Daniel Ledwell

A few weeks ago, herohill opened the front doors and hosted a private show with the oh so charming Jenn Grant and Daniel Ledwell. Basically, the idea is simple: We guilt bands — Dan Mangan & The Crackling succumbed to our incessant pleas for the inaugural event — into showing up, cook the guests and [...]

HPX ’11 - The Darcys

Here’s a fact: The Church shows during HPX are always a lot of fun. Thanks to the untimely closing of yet another bar here in Halifax, the North Street Church will make its debut as an HPX venue (I think? I can’t recall any shows taking place there during a recent festival). I don’t think [...]

Reviews:: Corey Isenor The Hunting Party

Each time we hear from Corey Isenor, we hear a new man. Whether it’s the recording methods or the supporting players, Isenor seems to reinvent himself each time he traps himself in the studio.   On his last record, Frost, Isenor pulled in local legend Shotgun Jimmie in to add the cornstarch needed to thicken [...]

COUSINS - Nans

Cousins
It’s no secret that we love the Aaron Mangle-helmed outfit Cousins here at the hill, but I’m pretty sure we’re not alone in this - pretty much anyone who has heard them seems to feel the same way. Well, if you’re attending HPX, you’ll have 2 chances to join the Cousins fan-fam by checking them out as they play right before Thee Oh Sees at Reflections on Wednesday, Oct. 19th or on Saturday (Oct. 22nd) during the CKDU brunch at Gus’.

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MP3:: cousins - Nans
WEB:: cousinscousins.bandcamp.com

Dog Day - Part Girl

Dog Day - Deformer
You can’t have HPX without Halifax mainstays Dog Day now can you? DD might have refactored themselves into the husband and wife duo of Nancy and Seth Smith, but they are still one of our fair city’s best bands. If you have yet to check out their latest album, Deformer, you can check out the Ack’s review for a bit of insight on how the band has arrived at this point. You’d also be wise to check out Dog Day during HPX as they headline the Pigeon Row Showcase on Friday, Oct. 21st.

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MP3:: Dog Day - Part Girl
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Jon Mckiel - Strands

The Spring Standards
Halifax’s Jon Mckiel is ready to take over the world with his sludge-heavy, poetic jams. With the long overdue arrival of his new album — Tonka War Cloud — and the fact he’s playing the 1st ever herohill/kelp/Saved by Radio BBQ on the 21st @ The Company House, chances are October will be a big month for Mckiel.

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MP3:: Jon Mckiel - Strands
WEB:: http://jonmckiel.com/

The Spring Standards - Queen of the Lot


We broke the seal on posting songs from the American acts playing HPX ’11 yesterday with a new one from the Juan Maclean, so why not keep the ball rolling with The Spring Standards? This NY-based trio has a very melodic, and musical sound, with each member being a multi-instrumentalist and trading vocal duties along the way. They should be fun to see live, and you’ll get two chances during the festival: Friday, Oct. 21st at CKDU and Saturday, Oct. 22nd at The Company House.

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MP3:: The Spring Standards - Queen of the Lot
WEB:: www.thespringstandards.com

Juan Maclean - Everybody Get Close


How about we give some of the American acts coming up for HPX some love shall we? “DFA dance-punk don” the Juan Maclean seems like as good a place to start as any, and since he just released a new b-sides & remix-type record, it’s also topical! Ol’ Juan will be doing a DJ set at The New Palace on Friday, Oct. 21st (at 2AM sucka, so get ready to par-tay until the wee hours of the morning) and if it’s all as funky as the jam below, it should be a crazy night.

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MP3:: Juan Maclean - Everybody Get Close
WEB:: www.thejuanmaclean.com