With Christmas just around the corner we’re approaching the time when most shows are themed after the holiday in one way or another. First however we get two nights of fun with Samantha Savage Smith Chris Dadge and Henry Hsieh.
The busy indie pop performers will deliver some soothing sounds under the Samantha Savage Smith banner performing at Broken City on Thursday December 12. They’ll be joined by Saskatchewan folk-pop performer Joel Cossette and a local folk act called Cold Water Hotel . Don’t confuse that last one with Kevin Stebner’s local country act Cold Water as this is a band called Cold Water Hotel. Here’s hoping Stebner utilizes his love of battle raps and puts this competition between local bands called Cold Water to rest.
Band name beef aside Smith Dadge and Hsieh will reconvene with their other project Lab Coast for a stacked all-ages bill at Tubby Dog on the spooky date of Friday December 13. The group will appear alongside Holgans Modern Aquatics synth-pop performer Sabbba and a group from Montreal called Lapdance Tiger . Imagine getting a lap dance from a tiger shit sounds painful.
Over at Republik Sled Island will be celebrating a Christmas-themed Friday the 13th with their Three Kings party. No it’s not three Elvis impersonators but three Albertan musical talents. Montreal-based Edmontonian and former Fast Forward Weekly cover star Sean Nicolas Savage is beloved the world over even counting Björk as a fjän. He’ll be joined by up-and-coming pop dudes Calvin Love and Mark Mills the latter of whom is featured in this week’s issue.
Rising producer Lee Bannon has lent his hand to tracks from Joey Bada$$ and his venerable Pro Era crew. Though he released it far too late to sneak on any year-end lists he recently dropped Alternate / Endings his debut full-length for Ninja Tune and it’s a staggering and unique effort that demonstrates just how well he toes the line between jungle and hip-hop. Undoubtedly set to take over the world any day now you’d be wise to check out Bannon when he hits the Hifi Club on Saturday December 14 alongside C-Sik .
Or you could live it up with the pop-punk kids at Republik many of whom will undoubtedly be rocking heavily silkscreened tanktops while they wait in line to check out Ontario’s long-running Fat Wreck Chords signees The Flatliners who’ll be joined by Vancouver’s Living With Lions .
On Tuesday December 17 the folks at Commonwealth will get in the charitable holiday spirit with a massive clothing drive to benefit the Calgary Drop-In Centre. The lineup includes appearances from Double Fuzz Mancub The Nancees The Suppliers Miesha and the Spanks Astral Swans The Hockey Fight The Escorts and The LBJs . The show’ll run you $9 at the door but it’s free if you donate a winter jacket two sweaters or a bag of toques. Basically treat it like a free coat check which is a really awesome way to look at it until it’s time to go home. But don’t think about that part at the start of the night. It’ll probably work itself out.
On Wednesday December 18 the Hifi Club will once again heat up with another up-and-comer thanks to the forward-thinking electronic sounds of Vancouver producer Kline . The Calgarian expat will join up with his buddies Sergio Levels Crimson and Thats Deep at the weekly Northern Lights night.