CALGARY – Did you manage to make it through the holiday season with some serration and a bit of change in your pocket? Here’s hoping, because 2019 is starting things off proper with plenty of tantalizing shows. Check it out!
In-your-face, unrelenting dubstep still continues to soldier on, and if you feel in need of a good bro-down, look no further than Downlink and Phiso on Jan. 11 at The Palace Theatre.
Would your winter really be complete without a SkiiTour and Smalltown DJs show? I don’t think so. Get out your neon, your flannel and your goggles and check them both out at The Gateway on Jan. 12.
New Zealand’s Montell2099 is back at the HiFi also on Jan. 12. His music is a forward-thinking approach to trap and yet his dedication to classic hip hop and R ‘n’ B shines through in his productions and live performances.
On Jan.15 one of the biggest names of the mid-2000s rap scene The Game will be performing with his band at The Palace Theatre.
The next instalment of OAKK’s HiFi residency New Wave, taking place on Jan. 17, will definitely have the emphasis on the “wave” as they bring in Sorsari. One of Alberta’s most exciting young producers with releases on Plastician’s amazing imprint Terrorhythm, his releases embody the wave genre — deep, melancholic synth-laden trap beats with deft sampling and squeaky clean attention to detail. Opening duties for this one will be handled by MRKRYL and KR Dub.
One of my favourite sets at this year’s FozzyFest came from Minneapolis’ Megan Hamilton. Break Beat Dojo will be hosting this talented producer and DJ on Jan. 18 for a fun night of breaks, funk and more.
A Calgary native who has been making waves the world, Defunk over will perform at the HiFi on Jan. 19 alongside festival favourite’s Freddy J and Benanas. Defunk has a true talent for infusing his electronic, funky-ass bass music with organic instrumentation and rhythms.
On Jan. 24 the HiFi will be hosting Beach Season’s Time & Place EP release party. The local young duo’s latest work is some of their best yet without question — silky, dreamy pop over pristine beats.
I’ll be back with more for February, until next time friends!Beach Season, Benanas, Defunk, Downlink, Freddy J., KR Dub, Megan Hamilton, Montell2099, MRKRYL, Phiso, SkiiTour, Smalltown DJs, Sorsari, The Game