Tag Archives: Stone

Shows This Weekend (May 30 – Jun 8)

It’s a two-fer! This week’s post is providing you with not one, but TWO weekends of shows! We’ve got Frankie McQueen, Jenavive, HighKicks, Stone Iris, Grandola, Haus of Skrastins and Thrill of Falling, plus a HECK of a lot of awesomeness at Calgary Metalfast!! Strap yourself in and feel the Gs!

Thursday, May 30:

mancubMANcub album release at Broken City (613 – 11th Ave SW)! Joining them are Double Fuzz and Frankie McQueen, and no stabbing or Kangol hats allowed!
More info: MANcub Album Release! With Double Fuzz and Frankie McQueen

Friday, May 31:

HighKicks album release! With Night Committee and What's Wrong Tohei? (Van)HighKicks album release!! Come down to Broken City (613 – 11th Ave SW) for a great night that includes Night Committee and What’s Wrong Tohei? (Van)!
More info: KighKicks Album Release! With Night Committee and What’s Wrong Tohei?

Jenavive Tour Kick Off with Kieran Strange and Ten Cent PistolsCome to the Jenavive tour kick-off show at The New Black (919 – 9th Ave SE)! New shirts, CDs and super-fun stuff to fill your bags, plus the awesome Ten Cent Pistols and Kieran Strange!
More info: Jenavive Tour Kick Off with Kieran Strange and Ten Cent Pistols

Saturday, June 1:

Stone Iris w/ The District Heat & Electric MonkStone Iris with Electric Monk and The District Heat at Studio 37 (1690 – 37th Ave SW)!
More info: Stone Iris w/ The District Heat & Electric Monk

Sunday, June 2:

Pre-Fest Party at Lukes Drug Mart!It’s the Sled Island pre-fest party at Lukes Drug Mart (2206a 4th St. SW)! Check out The Rural Alberta Advantage, Ladyhawk, Viet Cong and Skye Wallace, free, outdoors and from noon to 5!
More info: Pre-fest Party at Lukes Drug Mart!

Ironwood Stage & GrillCam Penner with Danny Vacon at The Ironwood (1229 – 9th Ave SW)!
More info: The Ironwood on Facebook

Wednesday, June 5:

CALGARY METALFESTCalgary Metalfest starts today!! Come down to Dickens Pub (1000 – 9th Ave SW) for the start of four days of madness! Tonight’s show features Stab.Twist.Pull, Exit Strategy, Jason Rouse and Kyoktys!
More info: CALGARY METALFEST

The Ship and Anchor brings you Grandola with guestsThe Ship & Anchor (534 – 17th Ave SW) presents a whole lotta bands, including Grandola, Bad Habits Die Hard, Craic the Lens and The Pagans of Northumberland!
More info: The Ship & Anchor brings you Grandola with guests

Thursday, June 6:

CALGARY METALFESTDay Two of Calgary Metalfest continues at Dickens Pub (1000 – 9th Ave SW)! Tonight: Junkies Rush, Just Stay Fucking Dead, Press Gang, Black Pestilence, The Promethean Labyrinth, Enemy Us, Hellrazer, Supper Massive Black Holes, Doberman, Hammerdrone, Dead Asylum, Out of the Ruins and Villainizer! WOO!

Calgary Metelfast is ALSO at Broken City (613 – 11th Ave SW) tonight with plenty of music for the minors (and the majors)! Starting at 3:45 we have Soundskraper, Osyron, Moosifix, Skymir, His Last Words, Leave the Living, Shark Infested Daughters, Frightenstein and Tyrants Demise!

More info: CALGARY METALFEST

Friday, June 7:

CALGARY METALFESTMETALFEST!!! Tonight is even BIGGER with a long list of bands and shows for you to enjoy! The action starts at 3:45 at Broken City (613 – 11th Ave SW), and yes, you minors are welcome! Then at 9 you’ll get kicked out for the 18+ show – sorry

At Dickens (1000 – 9th Ave SW) there’s another huge list of bands that start at 9:15!

I’m too lazy to list them all, so check out the bands and the schedule below!

More info: CALGARY METALFEST

Saturday, June 8:

CALGARY METALFESTAnd METALFEST – Day FOUR! Tonight’s business starts at 3:45 at Broken City (613 – 11th Ave SW), and the rooftop show starts at 5:50! And hey, minors – you’re welcome, too!

There’s also a whole lotta grown-up music going down at Dickens Pub (1000 – 9th Ave SW)! Show starts at 6 and goes until you’re seeing double!

More info: CALGARY METALFEST

Doc Kohler ALBUM RELEASE PARTY | The Implicate Order | Thrill Of FallingDoc Kohler album release party at The Blind Beggar (5211 MacLeod Trail SW)! Another wicked night with The Implicate Order and Thrill of Falling!
More info: Doc Kohler ALBUM RELEASE w/ The Implicate Order and Thrill of Falling

Flowshine – “Mountain Queen”

There’s a lot to be said for first impressions. They tell us everything: good or bad, our instincts are the first feeling toward love or hate. In listening to a new album, we often know right away whether it’s worth a few more listens or better off serving as background music at a slaughterhouse. In the case of Mountain Queen, the new album from Calgary’s Flowshine, our instincts are definitely right: this is a fantastic release, worth a few listens, a first pump and a membership to their fan club.

Flowshine seems to have come out of nowhere. They’ve been around for a couple years, but now they’re impossible to overlook, with good press, a presence on every website and a lot of excitement buzzing around their upcoming shows. Once you hear Flowshine’s music you realize the reason for the attention they’re getting: simply put, they’re really good. They’re a band the whole family will love — if your family’s cool, anyway.

Part of the album’s likeability is its diversity. Each of the six songs is a little bit different, almost to the point that they sound like different bands altogether. They don’t have the “signature sound” you might hear with other bands, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing: some bands get so caught up in their “sound” or their image they become boring and predictable. Flowshine does not have that. They show huge variety in their music, from blues-rock to psychedelic funk-rock to more happy pop. Everything does have a slightly old-school feel, so if they have one quality to call their own, “retro” is probably it.

Because of their diversity, it’s hard to name just one band Flowshine sounds like. “The Coast” brings out the heavier blues-rock, sounding almost like Cream, Zeppelin or the more modern Queens of the Stone Age. “Red Thread” and “Good People”, though, are more poppy; they’d be great to dance to. You might think of The Killers or Weezer, bands with definite radio appeal and huge fan followings. “Something to Go On” is a funkier version of The Killers, with wicked bass lines carrying the music forward. The bass stands out quite a bit, actually: it really complements the guitars and drums throughout, putting together completely solid arrangements of music and showing off some very talented song-writing.

The more you listen to this album, the better it gets. It’s hard to name a favourite track, probably due in part to their diversity. Listen to this album lots. It’s easy to do so, especially with how quickly the six tracks fly by. For a taste of the music, check out their tunes on Soundcloud, and then go like them on Facebook and visit all the other online houses listed on their main website.

And if you’re in Calgary, check them out at Dickens Pub Thursday, January 31 — the show’s going to be huge and you’ll definitely regret missing it. The first impression of Flowshine’s Mountain Queen is a good one, and it’ll keep getting better.

Flowshine - Mountain Queen