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Hey metal heads, get caught up in the intensity! Hard rockin’ mega bands (and longtime friends) Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach recently announced a joint tour with a stop right here in Halifax.
Papa Roach, best remembered for the triple-platinum 2000 album Infest, are proving their intent to be in music for the long haul, touring their 2015 release F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise). With over 20 years of music-making to draw from, Roach fans are sure to hear a varied set list. Five Finger Death Punch diehards, meanwhile, will headbang to hits from the band’s latest album, Got Your Six, which debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 last fall.
These acts share the stage with alt-metal group Sixx:A.M.—rock legend Nikki Sixx’s modern-sounding side project—and post-hardcore band From Ashes to New. The show is happening September 28 at 6:45pm at the Scotiabank Centre, with tickets ranging from $58-$78. Tickets go on sale June 17th at 10am. Get them by phone (1-877-451-1221) or online here.
This week, Kreviazuk announces her return with an upcoming album, Hard Sail, and a slew of cross-country tour dates, including a stop in Halifax this November.
With multiple JUNO nods and a discography dating back to the mid-nineties, chances are you’ve hummed along to Kreviazuk’s airy, folk-pop melodies on the radio. With Hard Sail hitting shelves June 17, you’re sure to get re-acquainted with Kreviazuk’s emotive voice and personal lyrics.
Her Halifax show, November 21 at Dalhousie’s Rebecca Cohn auditorium, promises to be the perfect reunion for Kreviazuk and her fans- and the chance for you to get carried away on her rolling waves of heartfelt sound.
Tickets are $44.25 and include a digital download of the album. They go on sale June 10 at 12pm and are available by phone at (902) 494-3820 and online here.
Halifax-born pop rock band Sloan has made a long career mixing punk-tinged vocals, sharp guitar lines and frothy, light melodies. With over 25 years in the music game, it feels safe to say they cinched Canadian Icon status long ago.
If remembering that long ago makes you feel nostalgic, you’re not alone. It seems Sloan has been in the reminiscing mood lately, as they recently announced their plans to celebrate their third studio album, One Chord To Another, turning 20 this year.
The group released a flurry of tour dates earlier this week, saying they’ll be touring OCTA just like it’s 1996 again, when Sloan was the biggest act in the "next Seattle" Halifax scene. And, with Halifax’s addition to the list for a Friday, October 7 show, you’ll have your first chance in over a year to see the now Toronto-based musicians rock a hometown stage at The Marquee Ballroom this October.
Tickets are $27.99 in advance and go on sale at 10am this Friday, June 10. Get yours at the etixnow kiosks in the Halifax Forum (2901 Windsor St) and Music Nova Scotia (2169 Gottingen St) or online here.
Here's a clip of "The Lines You Amend" Sloan has re-released for the tour.
Gridlock Festival is the new kid on the festival block and it's already making friends with the neighbourhood youngsters–this morning the festival organizers announced two free, all-ages shows for the 19-and-under crowd.
On Saturday, July 9 the Spatz Theatre will host Postdata, Owen and Waxahatchee for an afternoon show open to 300 minors and 400 wristband holders. An additional 100 tickets will be sold for $31.50.
Later the same afternoon, Crossed Wires, Solids and Beach Slang will play a yet-unannounced venue open to 200 under-19 show-goers, 50 wristband holders and 50 folks lucky enough to pick up a $21.50 ticket.
Gridlock Festival takes place July 8-10 at the Spatz Theatre. Weekend and day passes are on sale now, ranging in price from $66.50-$201.50.
The TD Halifax Jazz Festival dropped its 2016 (and 30th anniversary) lineup this morning and it's a doozy. In addition to the already-announced City and Colour, Metric and–swoon–Ms. Lauryn Hill main stage shows, the festival promises acts for die-hard jazz fans and newbies alike.
Visitings acts include Kendrick Lamar collaborator/ex-Suicidal Tendencies bassist Thundercat, Polaris Prize nominated singer-songwriter Basia Bulat, Laila Biali, OG disco freaks Chic, Julia Holter, New Orleans' The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Canadian jazz legend Oliver Jones.
You can check out the full festival roster here.
Festival passes ($129-$229) are sold out, but you can pick up individual show tix here.
The festival runs July 12-17 at the waterfront main stage and various venues around the city. #HJF30
The Jazz Festival turns the big three-oh this summer, so it's fitting a big act is headlining: Lauryn Hill will play the festival's opening night. The official announcement just happened, and the $68 tickets go on sale this Thursday for the Tuesday, July 12 concert. (Check the fest's site to get tix and/or festival passes online, or to find offline vendors.)
If you've been a music fan for a solid chunk of the fest's 30 years, Hill needs no introduction. But if you're wondering what the deal is, realize that between her work with the Fugees and then her solo masterpiece The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, she was one of the most important musicians of the 1990s, and her influence has shaped artists you've definitely heard of, including Beyoncé. Maybe overnight megasuccess made her retreat from public life for a while, but her busy tour schedule is strong evidence she's ready to own stages again. The Jazz Festival couldn't ask for a better birthday present.
For a little Lauryn Hill education, here are three of her biggest hits, plus one of Hill's tracks from last year's Nina Revisited… A Tribute to Nina Simone. Apologies in advance for any ear worms or spontaneous sing-alongs.
The TD Halifax Jazz Festival and Sonic Concerts have teamed up for the first time to bring folk superstar–and former member of Alexisonfire–City and Colour to Hali just in time for Jazz Fest's 30th anniversary.
Despite being most decidedly un-jazzy, City and Colour (real name Dallas Green-get it?) is a huge act and he's been hitting international audiences right in the feels since his debut album, Sometimes, hit the shelves in 2005.
Green's star has risen astronomically as a solo artist–he's racked up three Juno Awards, dropped five killer solo albums and a collaborative album with Pink. Considering Alexisonfire's uncertain future, Green will likely continue to hold his own.