Q&A With Chromeo’s Dave 1

After an initial wave of popularity, disco became a maligned musical genre, but it’s recently seen a resurgence at the top of the pop charts. The release by electronic pioneers Daft Punk of a disco-infused album (Get Lucky) has helped, but Canadian act Chromeo has also been doing their part to bring disco back for […]

Oct 16th, 2014

Q&A With Pop Musician Rich Aucoin

If you’re going to a Rich Aucoin show, chances are you’re going to get up close and personal with the Haligonian pop musician. He’s in and out of the crowd so much, one time a security guard tackled him because he thought Aucoin was an audience member jumping up on stage. He sat down to […]

Sep 11th, 2014

Swerve Nabs 4 Western Magazine Award Nominations

Swerve cover stories by Bruce McCulloch and Omar Mouallem were acknowledged when the nominees for the Western Magazine Awards were announced Monday. Both writers were nominated in the Gold category for Alberta and the Northwest Territories; McCulloch for “The Beautiful Day That You Beat Up Your Dad,” and Mouallem for “Will the Real Burger Baron […]

Aug 12th, 2014

Q&A With Brent Tyler And T. Buckley Of The Acoustic Guitar Project

The Acoustic Guitar Project has a simple premise: give 10 songwriters a week with the same guitar and see what they come up with. The international initiative which started in New York City has seen artists from across the world contribute songs and sign guitars. Brent Tyler and T. Buckley are two of the 10 […]

Aug 8th, 2014

The Playlist: Day 4 Of The Calgary Folk Music Festival

Griveous Angels at National Music Centre Stage 6, 3:20 p.m. The band includes member of parliament Charlie Angus, who previously was a member of the punk band L’Étranger with Andrew Cash (who also became an MP). Meanwhile, Stephen Harper sits at home, working hard on his Beatles covers in case he ever gets the folk […]

Jul 27th, 2014

The Playlist: Day 3 At The Calgary Folk Music Festival

Roger Knox at National Music Centre Stage 6, 3:20 p.m. Knox performs country music filtered through the lens of the Australian Aboriginal experience. The Koori King of Country is part of the Folk Fest’s first-ever series featuring Aboriginal artists from Canada, the United States and Australia. Typhoon at National Stage 4, 6:15 p.m. I like […]

Jul 26th, 2014

The Playlist: Day 2 Of The Calgary Folk Music Festival

Debo Band at National Stage 4, 6:15 p.m. This big band could be a workshop by itself (they do participate in two over the weekend, Saturday and Sunday at 4:20 p.m.) Instead, they’ll be leading off a great night at Stage 4 and livening up the entry lineup with their jazzy music that draws from […]

Jul 25th, 2014

The Playlist: Who To See At Day 1 Of The Calgary Folk Music Festival

Trampled by Turtles at Mainstage, 5:30 p.m. The dudes of Trampled by Turtles wanted to take a break from their rock bands and try making music with acoustic instruments in 2003 and never looked back. They’re now bringing bluegrass music to a new generation by keeping it (mostly) up beat and using their rock experience […]

Jul 24th, 2014

The Playlist: Calgary Psych Fest

Psychedelic music won’t die. MTT Fest burned bright for one year and then faded, and from its ashes rises the Calgary Psych Fest. It’s a bit of a scaled back affair featuring only one day and one venue, but the content will be very similar, says organizer Barnaby Bennett. “It’s bringing in this cool out […]

Jul 17th, 2014

Q&A With Skratch Bastid, Red Bull Thre3style Judge

Skratch Bastid (a.k.a. Nova Scotian Paul Murphy) has gone from first cutting his teeth as a DJ at competitions to judging them. He’s travelling to Calgary to preside over the Western regional finals of the Red Bull Thre3style World DJ Competition (Sunday, July 20 at Commonwealth Bar & Stage), where up-and-comers battle it out with […]

Jul 16th, 2014