Halifax Pop Explosion's 28th festival should be starting tonight

Halifax Pop Explosion's 28th festival should be starting tonight

Instead, there's been nothing but months of silence from the stalwart of Halifax's music scene.
Tonight should have been the first night of the Halifax Pop Explosion.

Keonté Beals's coronation

With the debut LP King, Beals cements his legacy as one North Preston's most luminous R&B stars.
Keonté Beals, the soft-spoken R&B luminary of North Preston, had had a hard night.

Kestrels cracks open

Sometimes, the breaks come at the wrong time—but the Halifax rocker's best music to date couldn't come quick enough.
The year 2017 was a bit on all sides for Kestrels' songwriter Chad Peck, as a long-term relationship and his band dissolved simultaneously.

Rich Aucoin's American fever-dream

The dance pop king's new LP, United States, is a tie-dyed exploration of late capitalism and its decay.
The opening notes of Rich Aucoin’s newest album—the oxygen-doused, psychedelic-streaked United States—sounds like the start of a movie: Close your eyes and you can see the screen rouse to life, a nameless city coming into focus.

Collective Video's singular mission

Radstorm and Bleep in the Dark build a video archive of the sound of 2020.
How long ago was March?

Nap Eyes knows what's new is old again

How the band's latest album—Snapshot Of A Beginner—acts as both a mirror and update to its 2014 debut.
If time is a flat circle, there’s one band that has worn down its circumference, a sonic traversing turning into a deep groove filled with shimmery, dirt-speckled indie rock.

Kye Clayton keeps the beat

As the rapper and beatmaker celebrates a new mixtape, he guides us through the tracks he grew up on.
If 2020 belongs to anyone, a strong claim could be made on behalf of Halifax's own Kye Clayton: He's already dropped two EPs and several singles this year, all while growing the record label he co-founded, Let Dreams Be Noticed and becoming the valedictorian of his high school class. Furthering his case?

Keonté Beals: A king secures his crown

The North Preston R&B heavyweight returns with a single made for this very moment.
Keonté Beals might have written his latest single—the newly released "King"—in 2019, but it's a song that holds the pulse of 2020 in its soaring piano intro.

Kye Clayton, fresh prince of Uniacke Square

As part of our feature on the up-and-coming rapper/beatmaker, we ask Clayton to freestyle for The Coast.
“If the beat talks to me, I know exactly what I’m going to speak about on the beat. So I play a beat, freestyle the whole song—and then I’ll re-write certain words that don’t make sense or could be filtered.

It's Kye Clayton's time

The young rapper and beatmaker is sharing his story to connect with yours.
Kye Clayton waits for no one.

Jah'Mila releases reggae rallying call to end police brutality

"Reggae has been the voice of the oppressed since its genesis," the Halifax singer says.
Jah’Mila’s “Chant Their Names” is a reggae anthem calling for justice, action and an end to police brutality—all while ensuring that no story is forgotten.

“Music, lyrics, and sounds can just bring this type of self-acceptance that we need.”

R&B force Kwento explains music as medicine for the soul.
Music As Healing: A Zoom Panel feat. Kwento, NAT Chantel, Lindsay Dobbin, Rebecca Fairless, Bianca Palmer and Danielle Jakubiak Thu June 11, 7pm everyseeker.com

At Home with Botfly

A raw re-imagining of the hardcore band's catalogue brings new depth.
With its latest EP, At Home with Alex, Botfly has stripped its sound bare—releasing something vulnerable, beautiful and surreal in the process.

David Myles, hopeless romantic

Why Leave Tonight will make you believe in love songs—and easy listening.
The first time you listen to David Myles’s Leave Tonight, you’ll bite your lip.

Aquakultre's feast of a lifetime

How the band's debut LP Legacy sets the table for excellence.
It’s clear from the very first guitar strum that opens Legacy—the long-awaited debut LP from neo-soul superstar-in-the-making Aquakultre—that the table is set.

Norma MacDonald's Old Future and new vision

The alt-country queen leans into the influences she long ran from.
Talking with singer-songwriter Norma MacDonald, it becomes clear almost immediately that she doesn’t just draw her creative waters from the same wells as Loretta Lynn or Kris Kristoffersen: She also drinks deeply from them, saying things like “most songwriting is nostalgia anyway”—which could be a lyric ripped from the songbook of either alt-country great if it didn’t flow from MacDonald’s mouth in an easy, conversational current.

Bring Halifax culture home with our arts streaming guide, April 27-May 3

Halifax and Halifax-connected Sure Things to enjoy from a safe social distance.
Monday, April 27 Trivia for Shut-ins

Bring Halifax culture home with our arts streaming guide for April 20-26

The must-see live streams for the week of April 20-26.
Monday, April 20 Cris Derksen The Juno-nominated cellist and composer known for the work 

How to do karaoke at home with your friends like you're at the Lion's Head with Laurie The Guy

COVID sucks. Karaoke doesn't.
Step 1 Download Zoom.

Beauts and the beats

Change is here: perhaps Beauts' deeply listenable Dalliance is the perfect soundtrack for it.
“There’s something fleeting about the idea of a dalliance,” says Beauts lyricist Jeff Lawton.

Rose Cousins is dancing on her own

The singer-songwriter’s new album explains the difference between loneliness and being alone.
Rose Cousins w/John Paul White Mar 19, 8pm Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue $28-$33

Nomadic Homes plants sonic roots

Chris Rayner’s bedroom recording project releases a fuzzed-out, nostalgia-seeped debut LP.
After wandering through the Halifax music scene over the last three-plus years, Nomadic Homes is ready to release something permanent, something settled.

Pianist R. Grunwald has the key

The "extended minimalism" of his debut album helps you find your chill.
R. Grunwald March 17, 7pm Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road Free

Mo Kenney keeps the beat

We asked Dartmouth rock star and certified bad ass to share her favourite tunes by women artists in honour of International Women’s Day.
Mo Kenney w/Jade Bennett, Lyris Day Mar 6, 8:30pm Local Council of Women's House, 989 Young Avenue $15/$25

Jenn Grant knows it’s Inevitable

Coming home with her seventh studio album, the folk-pop star leans into harder edges.
Jenn Grant w/Don Brownrigg, Kim Harris Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre

Vadell Gabriel loses at love but wins with rhymes

Halifax’s hero of new jack swing drops an EP for the brokenhearted.
F or Seth Glasgow—who raps under the name Vadell Gabriel—Valentine's Day isn't a romanticized lovefest.

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Vol 28, No 2
October 15, 2020

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