NO RIVER with ST. GROOVE & GUESTSBASEMENT SHOW. HOSTED BY JOSH RUCK.
10 at 10A HIP HOP SHOWCASE OF BEATS AND RHYMES
At its root, 10 at 10 is a monthly hip-hop music showcase where 10 artists perform 10 minute sets starting at 10 PM. However, in the 3 years since its inception it has become the leading platform for building the hip-hop community in Calgary through Events, Promotion and Philanthropy. Their motto is #letsBuild, and that's exactly what they aim to do.
RYAN HEMSWORTH with RYAN PLAYGROUND & HARRISONSECRET SONGS TOUR
With a production range spanning across the spectrum of hip hop, R&B, dance music in its many forms and even indie rock, Canadian artist Ryan Hemsworth has landed himself in the eye of today's musical storm- navigating smoothly across genres and making it all fit in his inclusive imaginative world.
Having originally explored his musical voice as a singer and guitarist in his teens, Hemsworth rose to fame soon after his love affair with drum loops and samples took flight. A couple critically-acclaimed R&B albums, a vast catalogue of underground rap collabos, and a string of landmark mixes and remix work took him on the road to the four corners of the world- all becoming important ingredients to define his approach and lay the ground work for his singular vision. With the Last Words EP and debut album Guilt Trips, these experiences began to crystallize and form a musical landscape that is at once all-encompassing and completely personal- a collage of influences and soundscapes that come together naturally into Ryan's world. In 2014, he launched Secret Songs as a new frontier into this frame of mind; a free outlet to share new exclusive music he supports with no strings attached. The platform started as a simple Soundcloud page and took off immediately, now growing into its own imprint, permeating into his live shows, having "started its own service" as noted by The New York Times- all supported through a vast network of collaborators and fans.
With his sophomore album, Alone For The First Time, Hemsworth keeps sailing to new creative adventures and explorations, digging even deeper into unexplored genres, and coming back to his songwriting roots with his most thoughtful and layered record to date.
MIESHA & THE SPANKS with JOY DISTRICT & GUESTSBASEMENT SHOW. HOSTED BY JOSH RUCK.
Calgary's Miesha & The Spanks are purveyors of the most rough 'n tumble, energy driven garage-rock possible. Sassy vocals, dirty riffs, pounding drums- this two piece is overpowering and infectious. Charming hearts and kicking ass four years and counting.
YOUNG EMPIRES with BLAJK **EARLY SHOW**PRESENTED BY LIVE NATION. DOORS AT 6PM. SHOW 7PM.
Young Empires first formed in Toronto in 2009, but only now are releasing their first full-length album, The Gates. A triumphant tour de force, the stunning debut deftly delivers chant-worthy choruses, and weaves together head-bobbing beatcraft and avant-pop melodies with gospel vibes, hip-hop savvy, and a modernist Motown feel that takes only one listen to be forever etched in your brain.
GRANDTHEFT with SMALLTOWN DJsand ROY LT. LONG WEEKEND.
Grandtheft is a Producer/DJ based in Toronto, Canada. Establishing an eclectic, custom club sound by playing largely his own originals and remixes, Grandtheft has slayed clubs worldwide and is respected as one of the best live DJs Canada has to offer. The music he produces is varied beyond categorisation, except to say that it seems to move people. Grandtheft’s productions have garnered heavy support from the likes of Diplo, Calvin Harris, A-Trak, Flosstradamus, Skream, Zeds Dead and BBC debuts from Annie Mac and Mista Jam.
SAVAGES with GUESTSPREENTED BY TIMBRE CONCERTS
It’s about change and the power to change. It’s about metamorphosis and evolution. It’s about sticking to your guns and toughing it out. It’s about now, not tomorrow. It’s about recognizing your potential. It’s about self-doubt and inaction. It’s about you. It’s about me. It’s about you and me and the others. It’s about the choices we make. It’s about finding the poetry and avoiding the cliché. It’s about being the solution, not the problem. It’s about showing weakness to be strong. It’s about digging through your dirt to look for diamonds. It's about claiming your right to think unacceptable thoughts. It’s about boredom and the things we do to drive it away. It’s about being on your own so you can be with people. It’s about knowing what it means to be human and what it might mean one day. It’s about the parts and the sum of the parts. It's about the music and the message: together, one and the same. It’s about bass, guitars, drums, and vocals. It’s about opening-out and never, ever dying. But most of all it’s about love, every kind of love. Love is the answer.
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA with WHITNEYPRESENTED BY TIMBRE CONCERTS
The threads of our past never unravel, they hover like invisible webs, occasionally glistening due to a sly angle of the sun. On Multi-Love, Unknown Mortal Orchestra frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson reflects on relationships: airy, humid longing, loss, the geometry of desire that occurs when three people align. Where Nielson addressed the pain of being alone on II, Multi-Love takes on the complications of being together.
Multi-Love adds dimensions to the band’s already kaleidoscopic approach, with Nielson exploring a newfound appreciation for synthesizers. The new songs channel with the spirit of psych innovators without ignoring the last 40 years of music, forming a flowing, cohesive whole that reflects restless creativity. Cosmic escapes and disco rhythms speak to developing new vocabulary, while Nielson’s vocals reach powerful new heights. “It felt good to be rebelling against the typical view of what an artists is today, a curator,” he says. “It’s more about being someone who makes things happen in concrete ways. Building old synthesizers and bringing them back to life, creating sounds that aren’t quite like anyone else’s. I think that’s much more subversive.”
While legions of artists show fidelity to the roots of psychedelia, Unknown Mortal Orchestra shares the rare quality that makes the genre’s touchstones so vital, constant exploration.
NORTHCOTE with JORDAN KLASSEN & JOSIAHHOPE IS MADE OF STEEL TOUR. PRESENTED BY MRG CONCERTS.
Matt Goud (aka Northcote) may take you by surprise when he steps up to the mic. Though the soft-spoken Goud is known by friends and family as a gentle giant, he infuses his original songs with a uniquely powerful and confident voice. Born and raised in small-town Saskatchewan, his early exposure to music was a mix of traditional country on AM radio and the hymns he learned at his childhood church. However, it wasn't until he discovered punk and hardcore music that he realized music’s healing and therapeutic power.
Over the past 8 years, few young musicians in Canada have put on as many miles as Goud who toured for years as a member of a post-hardcore band and has more recently transitioned into life on the road as a singer/songwriter with accompaniment by an ever-rotating slew of guests and friend musicians.
Northcote returned to centre stage in 2013 with a self-titled album via Black Box Recordings (Canada). Produced by Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Cave Singers, Dan Mangan) at The Hive in Vancouver, the album is Northcote’s most forthcoming and confident album to date, reflecting this young songwriter’s increasing maturity and experience. Breaking the stereotype of the reserved and solemn cafe singer/songwriter, the album entices both the performers and the listeners to come out of their shell.
BLITZEN TRAPPER with QUIET LIFE **EARLY SHOW**DOORS 7PM. SHOW 8PM.
Over the course of 15 years and seven full-length albums, Blitzen Trapper has crafted one of the more compelling and varied catalogs in contemporary rock and roll. Indeed, singer and guitarist Eric Earley, who is also the Portland, Oregon-based band's primary songwriter, is possessed of a musical and lyrical sensibility that is remarkably deep and wide; big ideas and universal emotions are wrung from the seemingly plainspoken details of small-screen and often highly personal stories, and set to music that reaches way, way back to old-timey folk and bluegrass, travels through everything from country, psychedelia and soul to prog, garage and metal, indulges gloriously in the classic rock of the 70s and 80s, and makes occasional side trips into hip-hop, skewed pop and noisey freakouts.
Friday 2/3 at 8:00PM
w/ DISORIENTAL (upstairs) & YUNG NINO (downstairs)
Saturday 2/4 at 8:00PM
w/ IVAN RANKIC & DJ HEEBZ (upstairs) & ROY LT (downstairs)
Tuesday 5/3 at 9:00PM
BASEMENT SHOW. HOSTED BY JOSH RUCK.
Wednesday 5/4 at 9:00PM
A HIP HOP SHOWCASE OF BEATS AND RHYMES