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Sled Island Music Festival – Guest Curator: Julien Baker

Sled Island Music Festival – Guest Curator: Julien Baker

by Sebastian Buzzalino Julien Baker’s delicate folk songwriting feels like a long-forgotten favourite sweater. She is emotive and resilient, leaving…

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan Live at The Palomino  

Wednesday 11th, April 2018 / 17:10
By Matty Hume 


Ghostkeeper at Palomino Photo by Michael Grondin

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan with DRI HIEV and Ghostkeeper 

The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club 

April 6, 2018  


Yamantaka at The Palomino
Photo by Michael Grondin

CALGARY — On March 23 ears were gifted with the official release of the third full-length LP from Canada’s premiere experimental rock band, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. Having said that, “experimental” is certainly too simplistic a descriptor for the band’s sound, which exists somewhere between the worlds of anime soundtrack epics, noh-wave psychedelia and power-metal operas. The melange known as Dirt (Paper Bag Records) follows two albums from YT // ST that both secured positions on the Polaris Music Prize shortlist for their creative genius, and this latest offering is no exception.  

The Palomino has a celebrated ability to pair local talent with the best from beyond the city’s limits and this evening was no exception. DRI HIEV and Ghostkeeper did an admirable job of setting the tone prior to the headliner’s grand barrage. DRI HIEV incited a heavy-as-lead dance party through industrial noise and beats. Likewise, Ghostkeeper had the whole room swaying their hips and headbang in unison with speed-varied licks.  

DRI HIEV at Palomino Photo by Michael Grondin

This live performance was undoubtedly a treat for those who have consumed YT // ST’s Dirt in all its celestial glory as the ensemble moved through the majority of the album in chronological order. Joint vocalists, Ange Loft and Joanna Delos Reyes, captivated the crowd with their awe-inspiring range. The powerful Alaska B drove the metal epic forward with full control of the drum kit; Brendan Swanson delivered synth-solos from the stars while dystopian warriors, Brandon Lim and Hiroki Tanaka, passionately shredded away on their electric strings.  

By the end of the night, it took genuine effort to realize you were still in downtown Calgary’s most rockin’ basement, and not fighting the good fight in an astral apocalypse. Yamantaka // Sonic Titan is welcome to transport Calgary to another dimension any time. 

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All Greek To Me: Maplerun Bleed Technical Modern Rock Anthems

All Greek To Me: Maplerun Bleed Technical Modern Rock Anthems

By Sebastian Buzzalino They may sound ultra-Canadian but Greek rockers Maplerun are making a rare cross-Canada tour this month, bringing…