Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday Showstravaganza:: Elliot Brood, Deep Dark Woods, The Gideons & Billy Bragg

The Friganza returns! It's been a while since we've posted our rundown of the weekend shows here in Halifax, but you'll have to cut us a bit of slack, as we've had a few things going on. But things, schmings, there's a lot going on, so let's get to it.

If the two of us can power through the illness in our bodies and households, you'll find us at the Paragon, taking in a show we've been looking forward to for a while: The Deep Dark Woods & Elliot Brood at The Paragon. I'm sure many of you are familiar with Polaris short listeners Elliot Brood, but if you haven't seen them live, I suggest you do so because although the sets at the Polaris gala were short, EB had the crowd in a tray whacking frenzy by the time theirs was over. The Deep Dark Woods were recently tabbed by CBC Radio 2 listeners to represent Saskatchewan in their SongQuest songwriting contest, but if you'd read the Ack's review of their last album, you wouldn't be surprised. These two excellent outfits will be joined be talented local Laura Merrimen (check our review of her last album), and so this is going to be quite the evening.

That show is far from your only choice though, as Friday night also see release shows from The Gideons and A History Of at The Khyber and Club 1668 respectively. Hill faves Caledonia play The Seahorse Saturday night, or you could see Can-rock icon Gordie Johnson's current band Grady at the Coconut Grove. And to wrap up the weekend, there's a doozy of a show Sunday night at the Cohn, where troubadour extraordinaire Billy Bragg will play with opener The Mountains & The Trees (aka Newfoundland's Jon Janes, who has been getting some attention on the hill as of late).

So there you go, plenty to see, so get out and see something while the weather is still tolerable.

MP3:: Elliot Brood - Write It All Down For You

MP3:: The Deep Dark Woods - All The Money I Had Is Gone

MP3:: A History Of - Action In The North Atlantic

MP3:: The Mountain & The Trees - Up & Down

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Contest:: Win 2 Tix to Deep Dark Woods & Elliott Brood

I'm not sure if a better show will come through Halifax in the few months. Without a doubt, Polaris short lister Alberta's Elliott Brood and criminally overlooked The Deep Dark Woods from SK are going to absolutely burn down The Paragon on November 13th, and we want to give one lucky reader the chance to see both acts for free. Hell, you can even take a guest.

Everyone already knows and loves the Brood - I'd say that there performance at the Polaris gala stole the show - but Halifax, when it comes to amazing roots acts that will blow your mind, it's DDW. Their latest record - Winter Hours (review) - can be described with words like, "devastating", "powerful", and "amazing" but the way they transform when the lights hit is fantastic. Their sound is bigger and more muscular, but they never lose the tight harmonies and precision.

So to win the tix, just drop us an email with your name and details (herohill AT gmail DOT COM) or leave the pertinent info in the comments. Contest closes Wednesday to ensure we get your name on the list, so enter now!

MP3:: The Deep Dark Woods - All The Money I Had is Gone (Live on Hearya) ** Do yourself a favor and d/l this whole set

MP3:: The Elliott Brood - Write It All Down For You

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