Music: The Bros. Landreth

The Bros Landreth

The love of music for Winnipeg roots band, The Bros. Landreth, began when brothers Joey and Dave Landreth attended their father’s gigs as children. They recently released their first album with band members Ariel Posen and Ryan Voth. Fun fact because I’m from Manitoba and I thought this was cool, their first album was recorded in a straw bale house in southern Manitoba, during one of the coldest winters. I think they are referring to the winter where it was colder here than on Mars…

In 2015 they won the Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Group. The two most popular songs off of their 2015 album Let It Lie are title track “Let it Lie” and “I Am The Fool“. I say “roots” in the paragraph above only because I feel I have to but I can’t totally put my finger on what genre they are, but I think that’s what I like so much about their music, you get such a variety on one album. The song I am sharing is a sad one, it’s about letting go and I think it’s quite beautiful.

I’m sorry that I left so soon / I left you standing at the gallows / You were all strung out / The hangman waiting for the sign


 

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Music: Shred Kelly

Shred Kelly

With a different spin on folk music and energy to spare Shred Kelly has become one of my new favourite bands. From Fernie, British Columbia, Canada this group of five is modernizing folk music. The band consists of Tim Newton (Vocals, Banjo, Cello Banjo, Guitar, ukulele), Sage McBride (Vocals, keyboard), Jordan Vlasschaert (Bass, Acoustic Guitar), Ty West (Electric Guitar) and Ian Page Shiner (Drums)

According to Spotify their most listened to track is “The Bear” off of their second album In the Hills (2012). I really enjoy “Start Again” off of their third album Sing to the Night (2015). There is just something very cool about the track, I can’t exactly put my finger on it but the combination of the more “dance” drum and the plucking of the banjo are an interesting combination. From their music I can tell that this is a band I won’t miss at the 2015 Winnipeg Folk Festival.
 

She came in like a storm across the great prairie skies / Promising to use her mind to make them realize / That the roots that were laid weren’t as strong as they had thought / She was a person though the writing said she’s not.

 

 

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Fierce Females: Adrienne

Adrienne

What is it that empowers you most?
What empowers me most is believing in myself; I try to have faith that I will have the awareness and strength to meet every situation with an open mind.

What is it that you love most about yourself?
I’m not sure if I can point out one bit that I love more than the rest. I really try to love it all, and to accept it all equally, even the stuff that stereotypically might be considered “ugly” or “bad.” I think all the parts of us serve a purpose, and so it is all worth loving.

What makes you feel most beautiful?
When I’ve just taken a shower and I’m clean! On a physical level, I feel most beautiful when I’m well rested and have something to smile about. Most importantly, I feel beautiful when I feel clear in my mind and open in my heart.

Who is your biggest role model and why?
I don’t really have one. I think it can become troublesome when we put other people on pedestals, because they are bound to fall. I think everyone is just trying to figure it out, and that is completely fine and human. There are people who demonstrate qualities that I admire, but I focus on embodying the quality, not the person. For instance, one of my friends who is in her 50s and has three daughters, a husband, two cats and a dog: I am so inspired by how she takes care of those around her and is willing to give her time and energy to support those she loves.

Who are your favourite cultural heroines and why?
When I was little, I really admired Athena, the Greek Goddess – I was inspired by her strength and fearlessness, which I felt I needed more of in myself.

 

“Don’t let people tell you that you are too young”

 

If you could pick one fictional female character to be for a day who would it be and why?
It’s tempting to live in fantasy, but I think I’d rather be myself.

What is your biggest life goal?
To cultivate a state of being that is pure awareness, free of judgement or analysis. And eat lots of good food.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
I’m pretty pleased with myself when I am able to get out of bed every morning! I don’t know if I can choose that…I’d like to think that my biggest accomplishment is the next thing I do.

What is your favourite quote?
“Maitri karuna muditopeksanam sukha duhkha punyapunya visayanam bhavanatas citta prasadanam” – which is line 1.33 from the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali. It translates to, “By cultivating an attitude of friendship towards those who are happy, compassion towards those in distress, joy toward those who are virtuous, and equanimity toward those who are non-virtuous, lucidity arises in the mind.” It clarifies for me that the yoga practice isn’t just about the physical, but about relationships and life.

If you could tell your 12-year-old self one thing what would it be?
Trust your intuition. Don’t let people tell you that you are too young, too this or too that. Trust yourself.

What does feminism mean to you?
Equality for all.

Adrienne is a Yoga Instructor, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counsellor, Kirtan Wallah in Winnipeg, Canada.
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Fierce Females: Adrienne

The Head and the Heart

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The Head and the Heart are a folk rock band from Seattle, Washington. They formed in 2009 with band members Josiah Johnson (vocals, guitar, percussion), Jonathan Russell (vocals, guitar, percussion), Charity Rose Thielen (violin, vocals), Chris Zasche (bass), Kenny Hensley (piano), and Tyler Williams (drums).

They put on one hell of a show. I think one of my favourite things about watching them live was how they interacted with one another. Watching Josiah and Jonathan together was almost like watching two little boys playing, they were a lot of fun.

I wish Charity did more solo singing her voice is something! I think it’s the way she pronounces words when she sings that makes her different, all I know is that I love it and I want to hear more of it.

The opening act was Basia Bulat a Canadian folk singer from Toronto, Ontario. Lead singer Basia Bulat rocks the ukulele, Autoharp and vocals. Bulat appeared with her brother Bobby Bulat on drums and Ben Whiteley on guitar and bass. I love going to shows for opening acts, it’s how I find some of my favourite bands.

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Music of 2013

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This is a 2013 my top ten albums of 2013. Granted, I know that my top ten won’t mean much but maybe you will find something here that you like and haven’t heard before. I like pretty much anything with good lyrics and/or banjo. I think my dance background has made me appreciate music so much and has definitely allowed me to enjoy all genres of music and I am really grateful for that. I hope you find something here that you like, Enjoy!

10. The Blessed Unrest by Sara Bareilles
Eureka, California, United States
Release Date: July 12, 2013

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This Grammy nominee grabbed most with her biggest single “Love Song”. Sara Bareilles has a beautiful voice and her songs run in the vein of dance and pop.

I chose “Brave” from The Blessed Unrest because it’s an awesome song about being you and saying what you want to say. Not to mention the video for it is absolutely wonderful so I had to include it.

9. Native by OneRepublic
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Release Date: March 26, 2013

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This alternative rock band from Colorado has had my heart for a while now. I did a contemporary solo to “Say” from their album Dreaming Out Loud a few years back. The band includes Ryan Tedder (vocals, guitar, piano and keyboard), Zach Filkins (guitar and viola), Drew Brown (guitar, keyboard and drums), Eddie Fisher (drums, guitar and glockenspiel), Brent Kutzle (bass guitar, cello, guitar, keyboard and piano).

I fell for “Counting Stars”, the first track on Native, the instant I heard it. It is a very catchy song and I absolutely love the vocals.

8. Fall of Romance by Imaginary Cities
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Release Date: May 28, 2013

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An indie band from my hometown, am I bias? Maybe, but once you have a listen you will realize that Imaginary Cities is a talented group. Imaginary Cities is made up of Marti Sarbit (vocals), Rusty Matyas (multi-instrumentalist), Ryan Voth (drums) and David Landreth (bass). In 2013 they released their second album Fall of Romance. The vocals of Marti Sarbit are incredible, my jaw hit the floor the first time I heard her voice when they opened for The Weakerthans in Winnipeg a few years back.

“Bells of Cologne” is the third track on their second album Fall of Romance and the drums on the track are pretty wicked. You also get a good taste of Marti Sarbit’s soulful voice.

7. When It Was Now by Atlas Genius
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Release Date: February 19, 2013

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The first time I heard Atlas Genius was when they opened for Imagine Dragons in Winnipeg earlier this year. I was taken with their charm, these guys can work a crowd. This Australian indie rock band consists of brothers Keith Jeffery (vocals and guitar) and Michael Jeffery (drums) as well as Darren Sell (keyboard).

When It Was Now is full of great music but “If So” grabbed me right away. The guitar and keyboards work really well together throughout this track creating a really great sound.

6. Halcyon Days by Ellie Goulding
London, Britain, United Kingdom
Release Date: August 27, 2013

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Ellie Goulding, the beautiful songstress from London re-released her second album titled Halcyon Days. The BRIT Award winner is described as pop and dance. Her voice is very different, it’s soft yet powerful.

I fell in love with “Lights” the first time I heard it. The song I am sharing from Halcyon Days was on the bonus disc in the repackaged album called “Burn”. It really is a feel good track and it makes you want to dance.

5. Pure Heroine by Lorde
Mount Eden North, Auckland, New Zealand
Release Date: September 27, 2013

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This young lady is just wonderful. I’ve got a some Aussies on this list but none as young as this one. At the age of 17 Lorde is wildly popular and incredibly mature, not only in voice but in lyrics as well. Her voice is very strong and she uses it to her advantage throughout the album. Her music is described as rock, alternative and electronic. Her voice has so much range and from the moment I heard “Royals” I knew she’d be big.

“Tennis Court” is the first track on Pure Heroine and it’s very catchy. I enjoy how she plays with her voice and the beat of the music. This song quickly became a favourite from the album.

4. Let’s Be Still by The Head and the Heart
Seattle, Washington, United States
Release Date: October 15th, 2013

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The indie rock band The Head and the Heart consists of Charity Rose Thielen (violin and vocals), Chris Zasche (bass), Kenny Hensley (piano), and Tyler Williams (drums). I haven’t been too familiar with this band but their new album Let’s Be Still is pretty great. It’s the kind of album you listen to on the dock at the lake, it has a very relaxed summer feel to it and at this time of year we are all looking for a bit of warmth.

I am a sucker for the lyrics in most songs but I really fell for the music in “Another Story”, the violin and vocals really make this song.

3. Hawaiii by Said the Whale
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Release Date: September 17th, 2013

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Said the Whale is a JUNO award-winning alternative and indie rock band from Vancouver made up of Ben Worcester (guitar and vocals), Tyler Bancroft (guitar and vocals), Spencer Schoening (drums), Nathan Shaw (bass) and Jaycelyn Brown (keyboards). I was really lucky to see this group live in Winnipeg a few weeks ago. I hadn’t really listened to the new album very much but after going to the show it was all I listened to for 3 weeks. A song that stood out on Hawaiii for me was “Helpless Son” which is about Tyler’s mom and her battle with cancer.

The song I instantly fell for was “Mother”, when they played it at their show they just looked like they were having the greatest time and that really brought me into the song. It’s also really fun to sing at the top of your lungs in the car…

2. Heart of Nowhere by Noah and the Whale
London, Britain, United Kingdom
Release Date: May 6, 2013

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This British band first graced my ears with “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.” and I have been smitten ever since. The indie rock group is made up of  Charlie Fink (vocals and guitar), Tom Hobden (Violin and keys), Matt Owens (bass guitar), Fred Abbott (guitar and keys), and Michael Petulla (drums). They released their new album Heart of Nowhere in May.

The violin in “Heart of Nowhere”, the title track on their third album, is UNREAL! I go crazy for it every time I hear this song.

1. Magpie and the Dandelion by The Avett Brothers
Concord, North Carolina, United States
Release Date: October 15, 2013

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From Concord, North Carolina The Avett Brothers are described as bluegrass, folk, indie and roots. The band is made up of brothers Scott Avett (vocals, banjo and kick drum) and Seth Avett (vocals, guitar and high-hat) and to round out the band there is Bob Crawford (vocals and bass), Paul Defiglia (keyboard and organ), Joe Kwon (cello) and Mike Marsh (drums). They are very captivating live, and I think everyone enjoyed them at the Winnipeg Folk Festival this past summer.

The album is definitely more tame than the album artwork, but just as vibrant. They just use all of their instrumental talents so well throughout. The song I chose to share was “Bring Your Love to Me” from Magpie and the Dandelion because I am a sucker for the guitar in this song but what really makes the song for me, of course, is the banjo.

Share your 2013 songs in the comments I always love finding new music! So for now I leave you with my 2013 playlist that includes my top ten plus 10 other songs from 2013. Enjoy!

Music of 2013

Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons
The stage was lined with cut out trees that added extra lights to the set, a giant drum was rolled out to centre stage and
Dan Reynolds came out looking bad ass in his leather jacket with his collar popped and confidence to boot. This is the first time I’ve seen the Las Vegas band Imagine Dragons, consisting of frontman Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman live in concert. While they oozed with confidence they were also incredibly humble. Reynolds thanked the audience between almost every song and was giddy with excitement for all the love he and his band were shown.

Reynolds was extremely entertaining to watch spinning and jumping around the stage the energy was incredible. He was never afraid to let the audience take over his singing duties and after he performed “Radioactive” I thought he was going to die, he gave his all for that song.

This band is going to blow up soon I am sure of it. The audience was so diverse, there were high schoolers, young adults and even parents were at this show with their kids, men and women across the board. That is the sign of something big when you can appeal to such a huge demographic.

One of the opening bands were Atlas Genius from Adelaide, Australia is made up of brothers Keith Jeffery (vocalist/guitarist) and Michael Jeffery (drummer) as well as keyboardist Darren Sell. Their album When It Was Now is available on iTunes. Off of that album the most popular is “Trojans” but my favourite was “If So“. Described as alternative they are three fun loving guys who are great with the audience and the accents don’t hurt either.

The first opener was Nico Vega made up of singer and lyricist Aja Volkman, guitarist Rich Koehler, drummer Dan Epand and travelling bassist Jamila Weaver. This mighty band has a wildly energetic leader, Volkman. Small but fearless and she may have more energy than her husband, Imagine Dragons frontman, Dan Reynolds. What I liked most about Nico Vega is that while I realize their sound is more rock I still feel like I can’t stick a genre on them, their sound was their own and that’s pretty cool. They have an EP out called Fury Oh Fury and the most popular song on the EP is “Beast” and one of my favourites is the title track “Fury Oh Fury“.

It was such a great show from all three bands full of energy. Imagine Dragons said they were making plans to come back to Winnipeg so don’t miss out next time.

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Dan Mangan

Dan Mangan

“The day we got banned from the Burton Cummings Theatre.” Dan Mangan joked as he overruled security for the last couple of songs last night. Inviting anyone up front to the stage. I have seen Dan Mangan live a couple times now and it never ceases to surprise me how humble he is. He got everyone on their feet and up around the front of the theatre then he hoped off the stage and out into the crowd. He performed his last song and of course he got everyone in the crowd on harmonies. He asked that all cellphones be put away so we could all be in the moment.

Mangan had so much good to say about our little city. Saying he has had his best dinners of the tour in Winnipeg one of them being at the Deer + Almond. “Kudos to you guys. You’re well rounded but see what you can do about the roads,” he joked.

The Rural Alberta Advantage who opened for Mangan was also an exceptional group. They played some songs from their album Departing. I think my favourite off of that album would be “Tornado ’87″.

All in all Dan Mangan is a wonderful performer talented and humble. If you haven’t seen him live and are a fan of his music I suggest you get to it.

“Needing an answer is futile..” – Dan Mangan

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Trampled by Turtles

Trampled By Turtles

Live music is really unbelievable. Trampled By Turtles played at the West End Cultural Centre on Thursday evening they are a blue grass band from Duluth, Minnesota. When you listen to these guys you will find your head bobbing or your toe tapping. Though I learned last night that watching and listening live is so much more of an experience. They’ve got the bass, the guitar, the banjo, the fiddle and the mandolin and its amazing to see these instruments live. Ryan Young, who plays the fiddle, played it so hard that he was sawing the side of his fiddle creating smoke and saw dust.

Besides how awestruck I am the music was great and lead singer Dave Simonett and mandolin player Erik Berry interacted with the crowd very well. One thing I appreciate most about live shows at smaller venues is the interaction between musician and fans and the humbleness of it all. For instance some girls right up front were adding songs to the set list and they decided to play one of the songs she had written down because it was her birthday. Simonett joked, “these girls over here are tampering with our set list, I thank you for knowing our songs.”

They closed the show with “Wait So Long” and then slowed things down with “Again”. They said their goodbyes and left the stage. That’s when the chanting began. “ONE MORE SONG” with rhythmic clapping and then escalated to stomping. One of my friends noted how aggressive the chanting was getting. Eventually they came back and played two more songs.

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Music: The Weakerthans

The Weakerthans

The Weakerthans played last night and they were AWESOME! I mean I love their sound to begin with but hearing them live is a different experience. They started their four day return to their hometown with their first album Fallow at The Royal Albert Arms. Then moving to The West End Cultural Centre with the album Left and Leaving. On Friday they played their album Reconstruction Site at The Pyramid Cabaret. Last night was supposed to be the Reunion Tour album at the Burton Cummings Theatre. Instead of only playing Reunion Tour they played all four of their albums something they have never done said John K. Samson their lead singer. The folk rock band kept the audiences attention for the four hour show. “There won’t be an encore… for obvious reasons.” joked Samson.

Members Stephen Carroll, John K. Samson, Greg Smith and Jason Tait all have their own quirks, as most musicians do. Bassist Greg is not your regular statue player, he is the mover, using the stage playing off other members he’s really fun to watch. Stephen plays guitar as well as keyboard he likes to play guitar on his knees. Rusty Matyas has been playing with The Weakerthans for their whole tour as well as being front man for the opening band Imaginary Cities. Rusty broke strings on two guitars last night playing so hard. He had to keep sending them back stage. And John K. Samson has a very unique voice and likes to play on his tippy toes. Also for the second half of the show John rocked a “Judy for Mayor” t-shirt. The show was unpolished but that’s what I loved about it. It was real, five guys doing what they love. They had some big fans in the balconies dancing the whole way through.

Imaginary Cities was a great opening band. I had never heard their music before but I absolutely loved listening to lead singer Marti Sarbit. She had a stunning voice, gave me goose bumps through their whole set.

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Left and Leaving – The Weakerthans

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1. Everything Must Go!
2. Aside
3. Watermark
4. Pamphleteer
5. This Is a Fire Door, Never Leave Open
6. Without Mythologies
7. Left and Leaving
8. Elegy for Elsabet
9. History to the Defeated
10. Exiles Among You
11. My Favourite Chords
12. Slips and Tangles

*In bold are my favourites

Music: The Weakerthans