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Sappy comes to town 

Can't make it to Sackville, NB for Sappyfest? Have no fear, several Sappy bands will play Halifax this week.

If you missed the last train to Sackville and you're not heading to New Brunswick's SappyFest this weekend, some of those bands are coming to you. The Gertrudes, an 11-piece roaring clan from Kingston, are playing Gus' Pub (August 3). The band tells us they "sound like a ol' time saloon party in deep space...experimental noise beds with down-home folk passengers, frolicking through original material, played by a veritable orchestra of instruments. Nerdgrass?" There's a local love connection too: the gorgeous album art for Hard Water was designed and hand-printed by Vincent Perez at the Dawson Printshop. Montreal's The Luyas are sneaking in a show at the Khyber (August 4), with Special Noise and Money. A killer pedigree, featuring members of Bell Orchestre, Miracle Fortress, Torngat and SS Cardiacs, singer Jessie Stein (another ex-HFXer) says the show is "spookier and prettier and more insane than anything we've ever done. The idea is to make songs that you already know but to make them so they feel subtly strange or otherworldly in some way....The idea is to play music that divorces you from reality so that you can be gone for a while. And when you step outside you feel somehow less like a rerun."

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