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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Ryan Hemsworth on 5 Halifax bands you need to hear

Ryan Hemsworth is back in his hometown this week, and he’s brought some friends. Since May 2014, the Halifax-born, internationally loved DJ/producer has been dropping free tracks by up-and-coming artists via his Secret Songs series. For Hemsworth’s Halifax Pop Explosion set tonight, he’s bringing those friends along in person, as part of his Secret Songs showcase. Hemsworth will perform on a bill that includes fellow hometowners the Vogue Dots as well as U.S. artists Skylar Spence and Suicideyear. It’ll be a time.

Hemsworth hasn’t just been pushing forth other artists' music this year: he’s toured Asia, Europe and Australia, performed at Coachella with Tinashe and, on Oct. 9, released an EP, Taking Flight, with Lucas, his Seattle-based Secret Songs collaborator. It’s a downtempo headphone dance party that you can stream in full over at Secret Songs.

Given that Hemsworth has been recommending new artists for people to check out, we thought he’d be the perfect person to guide you through some Halifax Pop Explosion shows with local artists this week. But don’t worry: if you can’t make it to Halifax (shame), we’ve put together a playlist of Hemsworth’s suggestions. Just keep an eye out for the bands when they tour — you’ll want to check them out.

Below, five Halifax bands that you need to hear.

Song: "Gomorrah"
HPX show: Saturday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., Halifax Forum

"Slick slacker post-punk to dance like Elaine Benes to."

Vogue Dots
Song: "Way With Silence"
HPX shows: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m., Olympic Hall; Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 p.m., Seahorse Tavern

"Lo-fi goth pop to close your eyes to."


Vogue Dots
"Way With Silence"

Harley Alexander
Song: "Not New"
HPX shows: Friday, Oct. 23: 5 p.m. at Octopi; midnight at Gus' Pub

"Charming sunburnt rock to double-fist beers to."

Crosss (Toronto via Halifax)
Song: "Mind"
HPX show: Friday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m., Seahorse Tavern

"Thrashing Canadian metal to slowly headbang to."

Nap Eyes
Song: "Dark Creedence"
HPX shows: Friday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., St. Matthew's Church; Saturday, Oct. 24, midnight, Gus' Pub

"Lazy balls-to-the-wall drunk rock to sway along to."


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