Archive for the 'Music' Category
February 27th, 2013
Sunday, March 3, 2013
*H. de Heutz
Olivier plays drums, samples, and sings. Nathan plays bass, samples, and sings. Through an economy of means they attempt to create a stark, urgent music borne of the political reality of their place, perspective, and time.
A fiercely contemporary cellist, Mark will be playing a series of pieces for amplified solo cello + electronics.
For this show, Old Haunt (Matt Rogalsky + Lucas Huang) will be performing a DSP abstraction of “Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground” originally performed by Blind Willie Johnson.
This will be a night of nights, a night of very exceptional sounds.
Doors are at 8:30.
Music at 9:00.
Admissions is $6/PWYC.
At the Artel, 205 Sydenham Street.
February 27th, 2013
March 1st, 2013
John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions) is a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist, composer and writer who is perhaps best known as the drummer for Oneida and a touring percussionist for The Boredoms. Man Forever, his vehicle for exploring the outer limits of drum performance, was created to overwhelm, to investigate the nuances that bloom in the midst of repetitive music, and to act as a pure sound experience.
Originally based on the idea of creating a sort of punk-infused Metal Machine Music for drums, Man Forever has evolved from a five or six full drum set ensemble to something a lot more stripped down. Based on two drummers playing single stroke rolls on a single drum and the patterns that emerge from that, Man Forever’s most recent release (2012’s Pansophical Cataract) is propulsive without a pulse. Patterns evolve and burst through the static surface of the material, much of which was produced by electric instruments, though “Ur Eternity” remains mostly drums with only a few bass tracks making an appearance. The sounds created by these instruments were based on the drones that Colpitts hears when he is practicing (the not fully conscious singing or humming that arises when one practices alone), and then augmented and enhanced by the other musicians on the record. The repetitive rolls create a phasing effect, a music in and of itself, and the dynamic
shifts that occur when the other instruments enter become not mere notes, but grand events.
With support by a pair of duos:
Lathe (Kingston doom jazz)
Hollow Hills (Toronto weirdo lounge)
Hollow Hills: 9:00
Man Forever: 10:20
All welcome // no one turned away // no guest list
February 27th, 2013
Feb 27th, 2013
Kingston was one of only three Canadian stops on Naomi Punk’s tour last fall, and that includes a show in Toronto where the plug got pulled three songs in. They had a real nice time here, so they’re coming back. Since their Artel show last August they’ve sold out of their most excellent LP “The Feeling” and had it reissued by Captured Tracks (Mac Demarco, Wild Nothing, DIIV, etc.). So if you got one at that first show, it’s special now. If you didn’t, you’ve got a second chance.
In keeping with this show’s theme of “special,” very special band Hand will play some of their very special aggro-jams. But also, oh jeez this is special, this show will feature the debut of brand new Kingston band Doug.
Do not miss this special evening in Kingston.
All welcome // no one turned away // no guest list
July 25th, 2012
8:30 pm $7 or PWYC
David Woodward is an artist and singer/songwriter based here in Kingston. His music serves in many ways as an audible counterpart to his work as a visual artist. It is introspective, and in the broadest sense revolves around the relationship between past and present, spirituality and human relationships.
Half way between Canada’s biggest city and beautiful cottage country, Barrie, ON’s The Morals have utilized their unique surroundings to create a unique style of ambient indie folk that combines the peacefulness of the latter with the tension of the former. Consisting of Hollie Hobby and Todd Jeffrey, who trade off vocal duties, guitar and keys, and recently acquired drummer Dan Trickett, the Morals have become a must-see act in a very short period of time.
The band’s debut album, Music Tree Life Understanding EP, combines the heart-wrenching delicacy of Bon Iver with disjointed pop sensibilities of Feist, while hinting towards the bombast of Florence + the Machine. Within its six songs the Morals combine the vocals of Hobby and Jeffrey with graceful guitar, pulsating keys and minimalist percussion to draw listeners into the band’s haunting melodies. These songs take on a new life during the Morals epic live performances, where Trickett propels them to grandiose proportions, pushing them towards their breaking point.
the Morals offer listeners heartbreaking harmonies and love ballads filled with raw sincerity, and their audience – much like their songs – is consistently building. They are a band that is certain to make a loud noise out of such a quiet sound.
June 18th, 2012
This is probably gonna be the most rocking show of this most rocking month. Bloodhouse doesn’t really tour, but a rumour I just made up says they were offered a million dollars to play their first tape front to back at Sled Island Music Festival in Calgary. A second, more recently invented rumour says they turned down the million in exchange for having all their friends at the festival, and that is why every band from Halifax is making a stop in Kingston this month.
Anyway: come emphatically sway your head and shoulders on this heavy, warm and fuzzy night.
NO ONE TURNED AWAY
BUT ALSO NO GUEST LIST
DOORS AT 8
MUSIC AT 9 SHARP
June 17th, 2012
Wednesday, June 20th, 9pm
What a crazy week of sweet shows in Kingston! Push the sweetness levels through the roof by coming out to this saccharine hangout. It will leave you with songs stuck all over inside your head.
Vancouver based vintage bubblegum pop. “75% woman, 25% man, %100 Ahmazing” Seriously listen to this record: http://theeahs.bandcamp.com/
Young Kingston rockers making their debut Artel performance! Yesssss
This show is all ages!
This show will be at 9!
$5 or Pay-What-You-Can!
The Artel, 205 Sydenham St.
Don’t miss this!
Support scenes everywhere!
June 15th, 2012
Honestly seriously there are too many reasons to recommend this show and you already know them (but if not, check out the helpful links below).
May 20th, 2012
Doors at 8pm, music at 8:30
Bringing some beautiful acoustic melodies to the Artel while on tour with their brand new albums:
Lone Migration, the achingly beautiful debut album from singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Demetra (full name Demetra Penner), is one of those records that takes your breath away — not unlike the howling Arctic winds that helped shape it. Written over a winter spent in Churchill, the album is marked by a deep sense of place, with Demetra’s ethereal, evocative vocals recalling wide-open snowscapes and dancing northern lights. The soaring, spacious soundscapes crafted from autoharp, piano, guitar and mandolin are beautifully arranged and perfectly serve Demetra’s dazzling blizzard of a voice. This is a strong, take-notice first record.
– Jen Zoratti
It’s hard to believe Here on a Wire is Jenny Berkel’s first album. Her voice is smooth and smoky with a maturity that belies her 25 years. The lyrics deal with loss and ill-fated relationships, alternately sad and hopeful. Love is a Stone starts sparsely, then swells with French horn and what seems like an entire symphonic percussion section, while the stripped-down All is Undone is beautifully folksy, just Berkel and her guitar. One of the album’s best songs is Come a Long Way, a melancholic lullaby about coming to terms with grief. Berkel’s voice is the star on this album; truly, it and her guitar are the only instruments she needs to make beautiful, moving music.
– Emily Wessel
August 4th, 2010
|August 6, 2010 ||8:00 pm||to||11:00 pm|
Ismism is an ambient-experimental rock group based in Montreal. The brainchild of Mathew Daher, the compositions are the product of his experimentations with the synthesis of found sounds, samples, and acoustic instruments both traditional and obscure. The group has been active since 2008, when Daher recruited a diverse group of musicians to perform and invigorate his compositions. While maintaining the aesthet…ic of his original recordings, Ismism has transformed them into semi-improvisatory performance pieces that traverse territory from whispery and ambient soundscapes to grimy and chaotic breakdowns—carrying the listener through an equally expansive emotional landscape.
Ismism released its eponymous EP in February 2010. Self-produced and self-released, the EP’s five tracks are propelled by driving, often irregular rhythms in the tightly woven bass and drums, as lyrical melodies and layered patterns float above in the vibraphone, synthesizer, and guitar. Blissful sojourns into radiant textures unite the ethereal with the tangible elements of the EP’s sound.
July 31st, 2010
|August 4, 2010 ||8:00 pm||to||11:00 pm|
If you’re even hesitating for two seconds about this show,
a) you weren’t there when Pop Winds destroyed the Artel in April
b) you haven’t heard Grimes’ amazing record Geidi Primes
c) you are unaware that you might miss a very special performance by Kingston’s own William Blakely
Total guarantee that this will be the best Wednesday night of August 2010.