In the spirit of the holidays, I searched the deep dark corners of the internet (and my mind) for a few of the best and most unusual tracks inspired by Christmas. I’m bringing you 5 of my favourites and 5 weird ones that’ll make your day.
Seasoned by the breakup of bandmates Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, energized by their new album, and feeling more secure at their second show on the iconic and intimidating First Ave stage – Cults (and I) rolled into Minneapolis last Friday.
A few months ago, I had a the pleasure of sitting down with Carlen Jupiter, the front woman to local world-funk-soul outfit, Jupiter Storm. Combining funk, afro-beat, latin, and reggae, this seven-piece ensemble has been making it’s home in Winnipeg’s burgeoning music scene. With a summer of shows under her belt, Carlen and I discussed inspiration, humble beginnings, and Jupiter Storm’s debut EP, Callisto in this Rooster exclusive.
As a teenager in the 90s, I was an avid fan of Hollywood fashion trends. I would buy my clothes a size or two bigger to imitate my favorite celebrities. My friends and I thought rocking baggy clothes was the epitome of glamour.
A few months ago, I spent an afternoon chatting with two fantastic pianists who were preparing for Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition. It turns out that Everett Hopfner went on to win that competition. And guess what? The man is on tour!
Fall is probably the nicest time to leave the city: the changing and falling leaves make for magical scenery, cute and kitschy fall attractions dot the landscape, and the migrating birds create a symphonic cacophony of honks and fluttering wings. You’re able to snuggle up in your favorite sweater or beanie and don’t need to contend with throngs of melting cityfolk clamoring for the nearest body of water. It’s the perfect time for a daytrip beyond the Perimeter and out to see what little adventures our province holds.
Each week at the Rooster, we bring you reviews on some of the week’s new releases. This week, we bring you offerings from Arcade Fire and the Robert Glasper Experiment. Continue reading
The idea of French cuisine is fairly evocative: immediately excellence, refinement and elegance come to mind. Well, that and butter. In our collective pop culture experiences French food and cooking seem to be suitable substitutes for any kind of fancy meal. It’s not an undeserved association: the French developed the concept of haute cuisine and the skills and methods that went along with it which still influence the way we eat and cook. Come on guys, just look at the words entrée and hors d’œuvre!
Osbourne Village has always been a special place in Winnipeg, being a central hub that breeds a young creativity amongst an established and historical community; where the line between old and new is uniquely blurred. Unfortunately though, over the last couple of years, the presence of local businesses has been slowly diminishing, being replaced by franchised shops. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be the last to blow the whistle on the corporate giants, but there is something to be said about a local business that has a heart that beats in sync with the city it’s rooted. If there’s going to be a renewed injection of some homegrown spirit in this characteristic village, what better way to start than with some quality caffeine.
With a new album and a new boisterous sound to show off, one of Winnipeg’s favorites starts his Canadian tour today. His album, Fireball, is due out on October 29th and he won’t be in Western Canada until next month; but his new video(directed by Nick Friesen) is here to whet your appetite.