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Album Review: Dryrun ~ All Fear Aside

Posted by JonesK On June - 16 - 2010

Written By: Kristen Jones

After over a year of recording, Winnipeg Hard Rock/Metal band Dryrun, has released their first full length album titled All Fear Aside, on May 29th.

Formed in the summer of 2007 Dryrun consists of Josh Pereira (Vocals), Cory Pereira (Guitar), Matt Bileski (Drums), Jeremy Jost (Guitar) and Calvin (Bass).

Though relatively new to the metal scene, the band has had the opportunity to play with a number of local Winnipeg acts, as well as many touring bands passing through the city.

Dryrun’s energetic stage show and dedication have set them apart from others in the genre.  With a mix that sounds like the best of Bullet For My Valentine, Finger Eleven and Godsmack, this is sure to be only the beginning for the band.

Dryrun puts just as much emphasis into their marketing as they do their music and it shows with the release of All Fear Aside.

The album is very well done, with songs that are catchy but at the same time shows the bands skills and talent.  Songs you don’t want to miss include “Deceit”, “Stand Tall” and my personal favourites “Run _ Hide” and “Truth In Whispers”.

What can we expect from Dryrun in 2010?  The band hopes it to be their busiest year so far.  Along with the release of All Fear Aside, the band will be touring Eastern Canada to promote the album and concentrating on getting their name out there.

Follow Dryrun on their Facebook and Myspace pages.

www.myspace.com/dryrunmetal

Popularity: unranked [?]

Video of the Day: the Weakerthans ~ “Sun in an Empty Room”

Posted by cristóvão On October - 4 - 2009

the WeakerthansHave you ever had one of those bands that you know maybe two or three songs, and like them quite a bit but have never really invested much more time or research into them? The kind that are quite worthy of attention but for some reason have never left the back-burner? For me, the Weakerthans is one of those bands and it’s certainly not for lack of talent.

The four-piece from Winnipeg, MB are famous for their fusion of indie-rock, folk and punk and since their inception back in 1997 have released five records (one of them an EP) including the 2007 album Reunion Tour. Having signed with punk label Epitaph in 2003, the last two records are on that label and have afforded them increased exposure.

Although the group have been taking some much needed down-time before embarking on recording their next album, singer/song-writer John K. Samson recently announced that he was going to record a number of 7″ solo  singles about Manitoba roads through Epitaph. The first single, “City Route 85″ is set to come out on October 20th.

My absolute favourite Weakerthans track is from their last album and is called “Sun in an Empty Room”. This week, Epitaph added it to their YouTube channel and it’s an absolutely stunning video;

Now, here’s a small tid-bit of info/trivia some people may not know about the Weakerthans; Samson is formerly of punk band Propaghandi.

Popularity: unranked [?]

Gogol Bordello Announce Fall North American Tour

Posted by cristóvão On August - 13 - 2009

Gogol BordelloGypsy punks Gogol Bordello revealed today that they will be coming back to Canada and the U.S. this October for a tour.

The North American tour starts on October 3rd, 2009 in Winnipeg with stops in Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and two Vancouver shows before going state-side for the rest of the month and ending in New Orleans on Halloween, October 31st. There are no other Canadian dates schedule on the East side of the country at this time.

The multi-ethnic, multi-national group have been relentlessly touring since the release of their last album, Super Taranta! back in 2007. There’s hardly a word on whether or not the group will be releasing any new material soon but hopefully we’ll find out soon enough.

Here’s is the full Gogol Bordello North American tour schedule;

  • October 03, 2009 ~ Winnipeg, MB ~ Burton Cummings Theatre
  • October 04, 2009 ~ Saskatoon, SK ~ the Odeon
  • October 05, 2009 ~ Calgary, AB ~ MacEwan Hall
  • October 07, 2009 ~ Edmonton, AB ~ Edmonton Events Centre
  • October 09, 2009 ~ Vancouver, BC ~ Vogue Theatre
  • October 10, 2009 ~ Vancouver, BC ~ Vogue Theatre
  • October 11, 2009 ~ Spokane, WA ~ the Knitting Factory
  • October 12, 2009 ~ Boise, ID ~ Knitting Factory (?)
  • October 13, 2009 ~ Eugene, OR ~ McDonald Theatre
  • October 15, 2009 ~ Oakland, CA ~ Fox Theatre
  • October 18, 2009 ~ Anaheim, CA ~ the Grove of Anaheim
  • October 20, 2009 ~ Tempe, AZ ~ Marquee Theare
  • October 21, 2009 ~ Tuscon, AZ ~ Rialto Theatre
  • October 24, 2009 ~ Lawrence, KS ~ Liberty Hall
  • October 28, 2009 ~ Richmond, VA ~ the National
  • October 30, 2009 ~ Atlanta, GA ~ Variety Playhouse
  • October 31, 2009 ~ New Orleans ~ Voodoo Experience

Pre-sale is said to begin tomorrow.

Popularity: unranked [?]

Silversun Pickups Announce Western Canadian Dates!

Posted by cristóvão On June - 22 - 2009

silversunpickupsL.A. indie rock group and Dangerbird records artists Silversun Pickups delighted Canadian fans this morning with the announcement of their Western Canadian tour.

The quartet, who released their sophomore album Swoon this past April and will be joined by Tennesee alt.-rock group Cage the Elephant and Atlanta, Georgia’s Manchester Orchestra for five Canadian shows in August. The swing follows three dates in Baltimore, Richmond and Columbus in early August.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 26th, 2009 at 10:00 hrs local time but there will be a pre-sale on Wednesday and/or Thursday so stay tuned. Here’s the full details of the Canadian dates;

  • August 12, 2009 @ the Garrick Centre in Winnipeg, MB
  • August 13, 2009 @ Louis’ Pub in Saskatoon, SK
  • August 15, 2009 @ MacEwan Hall in Calgary, AB
  • August 18, 2009 @ Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC
  • August 19, 1009 @ Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC

Popularity: unranked [?]

The Tragically Hip continue to add dates to their North American tour in support of their new album, We Are the Same. They’ve added a fourth show in Winnipeg (sorry, no pre-sale password for that…yet WE NOW HAVE THE WINNIPEG PRE-SALE PASSWORD! SEE BELOW!) and now a sole show in Abbotsford, BC on August 8th.  Being a suburb of Vancouver (who already have three shows in June), this makes a total of four shows in the lower mainland B.C. area for Hip fans to check out what will prove to be an amazing show. Not surprisingly, Toronto tops the list of most shows with a six-night stint at Massey Hall starting next week.

This tour, dubbed An Evening with the Tragically Hip, features no supporting acts. The band will perform for well over two hours split into two sets (much like they’ve done in the past, noteably in 2000 in support of that year’s album, Music at Work).

Here are the pre-sale details for the newly added Abbotsford show;

An Evening with the Tragically Hip @ the Abbotsford Entertainment _ Sports Centre in Abbotsford, BC on August 8th, 2009. Pre-Sale runs from 10:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs Pacific Time on Friday, May 8th. Password is “courage“.

An Evening with the Tragically Hip @ Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg, MB on September 7th, 2009. Pre-Sale runs from Thursday, May 7th at 10:00 hrs until Friday, May 8th at 22:00 hrs Central Time. Password is “live“.

Popularity: 12% [?]

the Shagbots Are Everywhere!

Posted by cristóvão On May - 2 - 2009

theshagbots09A week ahead of the release of their new album, We Were Born Tigers, Calgary’s the Shagbots are everywhere. With articles in Calgary-based magazines BeatRoute and Fast Forward, plus Edmonton’s VUE Weekly they’re also going to be doing three radio interviews in the next week.

First, you can catch them on x92.9‘s XPOSURE program at 6pm Mountain Time on Sunday, May 3rd. Then, they’ll be interviewed and performing live to air on CJSW 90.9 at noon, Tuesday, May 5th on the Beet Farm. They’ll be back on CJSW again on Thursday, May 7th for another interview that will air around 10:00 hrs mountain time.

If you want to catch the Shagbots live and in person, there are plenty of opportunities through the month of May. They’ll be in Canmore, AB at the Canmore Hotel on May 7th; in Calgary at the Palomino with Gunther and the Pine Tarts on May 8th; in Edmonton at Likwid Lounge with a DJ set from Roland Pemberton III on May 9th; in Calgary at Eliotzzz on May 15th; in Lethbridge, AB at GCBC Lounge on May 16th; in Winnipeg, MB at the Pyramid Cabaret on May 28th and in Regina, SK at the Club on May 30th. They’re also looking for a venue to play at in Saskatoon, SK on May 29th so if you own a bar or know someone who does in that neck of the woods, get a hold of the band!

You can hear the new track “Blank Slate” from We Were Born Tigers on their MySpace page.

Popularity: 5% [?]

CKY Going on Tour in June Across Canada

Posted by cristóvão On May - 1 - 2009

I never thought I’d see the day when CKY would announce a tour and there would be more confirmed Canadian dates than there are U.S. shows. That’s exactly what’s happened though.

The West Chester, PA group are about to release their fourth proper full-length album, Carver City via Roadrunner Records on May 19th and this week announced the first dates of their North American tour in support of the record. Things start off in Montreal on June 15th with stops in Toronto (June 17th), Kitchener, ON (June 18th), London, ON (June 19th), Thunder Bay, ON (June 21st), Winnipeg (June 22nd), Regina (June 23rd), Calgary (June 24th), Edmonton (June 26th), Kelowna (June 27th) and Vancouver on June 28th.

The only U.S. dates at this time are Seattle (June 29th), Portland (June 30th), Petaluma, CA (July 2nd) and Los Angeles on July 3rd. Pre-sales for all shows can be found through the CKY Alliance web site.

CKY have already released the first single to Carver City, “Hellions on Parade” via iTunes.

Popularity: 13% [?]

Pre-Sale Passwords for Week Ending May 2nd, 2009

Posted by cristóvão On April - 29 - 2009

This week is shaping up to be a busy one with pre-sales for some excellent concerts. Check out all the details below for the various shows going on sale this week in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Hollywood!

Popularity: 13% [?]

No Use For A Name Western Canada Pre-Sale!

Posted by cristóvão On March - 23 - 2009

California punk-rockers No Use For A Name are going to tour Western Canada this May with Only Crime and you get your hands on pre-sale tickets RIGHT NOW! Just email passwords@offthedial.ca if you want to see them in Vancouver on May 18th, Calgary on May 20th, Edmonton on May 21st, Regina on May 22nd or Winnipeg on May 23rd. You’ll be added to our mailing list, if not already on there, for future updates.

Pre-sale is on RIGHT NOW and runs until Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 at 22:00 hrs local time. Good luck!

Popularity: 8% [?]

Pre-Sales for the Week Ending March 21st

Posted by cristóvão On March - 18 - 2009

We are back at it again this week. We have the following pre-sale passwords available for concert-goers in either, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg or Seattle!

  • Mother Mother @ the Starlite Room in Edmonton, AB on April 19th, 2009. Pre-sale runs from Wednesday, March 18th at 10:00 hrs until Thursday, March 19th at 22:00 hrs local time.
  • Destruction Tour feat. Testament, Unearth and Lazarus A.D. @ MacEwan Ballroom in Calgary, AB on May 6th; @ the Events Centre in Edmonton, AB on May 7th; @ the Garrick Centre in Winnipeg, MB on May 9th, 2009. Pre-sale runs from Wednesday, March 18th at 10:00 hrs until Thursday, March 19th at 22:00 hrs local time.
  • My Bloody Valentine @ WaMu Theatre in Seattle, WA on April 27th, 2009. Pre-sale runs from Wednesday, March 18th at 10:00 hrs until Thursday, March 19th at 22:00 hrs local time.

As always, make sure to check the Pre-Sale Passwords page for updated information. To obtain your pre-sale password, send a message to passwords@offthedial.ca and you’ll be added to our mailing list.

Popularity: 7% [?]

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