Halifax Pop Explosion is gunning to be one of Canada's top music festivals, and this year they're doing it bigger than ever. Look at that line-up! There's no way you're suffering from wristband remorse this year. But maybe you're as bad at we are at making decisions. Maybe picking a movie on Netflix is your Sophie's Choice, every evening. Don't worry, we got this. You should be watching Carl Sagan's Cosmos, and you should go to the shows we've picked for the remaining days of Halifax Pop Explosion 2013.
We've selected the best gig for each night and put the performers into a playlist, where possible. Now get listening and ticket buying.
It's been wayyy too long since I've been to a Fucked Up show, and COUSINS are poised to be the next punk band to blow, right after Toronto's PUP. And The Mouthbreathers played through a cold (I think that was them?) at NXNE this year and were so fun that I spent $5 on another bottle of beer.
There's a lot of great stuff happening tonight. But if The Walkmen with Suuns and Dusted is our fallback show, you know that what we're banking on is something special. I nearly found god watching Braids in a Ukrainian conference hall at Pop Montreal back in 2010, so seeing them in an actual beautiful church is likely to turn us all into Jesuses. Jesii. Plus it's near the ocean, so afterwards you can stumble out and baptize yourself if you so desire. Opening is Broken Deer, who rule.
Maybe you're looking for the right environment to bring your latest Tinder connection. You want a vibe that's “smouldering” but “sedate” with as little risk as possible of you “getting emasculated by someone much larger than you.” Well, hey, come on down to The Company House, where POP Montreal are bringing a selection of the city's most aggressively chill bands to Halifax, along with Halifax native A.A. Wallace. There's all kind of bedroom music: bedroom pop, bedroom disco, bedroom krautrock. All you'll be able to think about is beds, and that's what happens on successful dates, I think.