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Boats, Mac DeMarco, Genre-Crushing Rap and Canada’s Duran Duran round out this Month’s Music Roundup

Boats, Mac DeMarco, Genre-Crushing Rap and “Canada’s Duran Duran” Round Out This Month’s Music Roundup.

Gigs you gotta go see across the Prairies.


Saturday, December 8
Old Folks Home
Ultra Mega
Windsor Hotel

Nearly three years has passed since Boats’ cartoon-y pop epic, Cannonballs Cannonballs. Now, the band’s getting set to release its third album, A Fairway Full of Miners, out February 5 on Kill Rock Stars. But before then, they’ll be unveiling a 3-song tape at the Windsor. The Marblemouth Cassette apparently includes “a 6 minute prog epic,” “a cover of a Cannon Bros. song that Mat doesn’t even sing on,” and “a normal song.”

Monday. December 17
Mac DeMarco
Pyramid Cabaret

As 2012’s year-end lists start to roll out, Japandroids’ face-melting Celebration Rock and Mac DeMarco’s druggy sophomore, 2, are two records you’re likely to find popping up all over the place. Both acts will be hitting the Pyramid to perform jams off those fine records in the coming weeks. You’ll be sorry if you miss this, Winnipeg. Pretend it’s a Friday.

Thursday December 20
Cannon Bros.
Federal Lights
Imaginary Cities
Pyramid Cabaret

Let’s just say this is a serious holiday trifecta of some of Winnipeg’s best bands right now. All three groups impressed with their debut efforts – Imaginary Cities for Temporary Resident, Cannon Bros. for Firecracker/Cloudglow and Federal Lights for Carbon. With much anticipated follow-ups on the horizon, this show might just be your sneak peek of what’s to come.

Friday, December 28
Royal Canoe
Tom Keenan
Animal Teeth
Pyramid Cabaret

Experimental pop act Royal Canoe has been refining its one-of-a-kind sound over the years and that hard work has been paying off in a big way. They killed it at this year’s CMJ Music Festival, landing on a Best of CMJ 2012 playlist compiled by the New York Times (no big deal). If you haven’t had a chance to check out this super talented 6-piece, here’s your chance.


Friday, December 7
Rye Rye
Honey Cocaine
Chippy Nonstop
The Exchange

The Group Hug Tour is making stops throughout the Prairies and Regina hasn’t been left out. Kreayshawn, one-time video director for Lil’ B and Soulja Boy and sometimes joke collaborator of Andy Milonakis, will be serving up tracks from her latest LP Somethin ‘Bout Kreay. Along for the trip are M.I.A. protégé Rye Rye and Honey Cocaine and Chippy Nonstop.


Tuesday, December 4
The Deep Dark Woods
Ride ‘Til Dawn

Saskatoon alt-country rockers The Deep Dark Woods are still racking up critical praise for last year’s The Place I Left Behind, a timeless folk masterpiece that’s nominated for a 2012 Americana Music Award and 2012 Maple Blues Award, among other accolades. The band plays Amigos with fellow hometown country act Ride ‘Til Dawn.


Tuesday, December 4
The Gateway

A triple rap bill of genre-crushing styles, Florida battle-rapper-cum-wayfaring-raconteur Astronautalis is rolling through Calgary with a few West Coast pals, Busdriver, known for his tongue-twisting verbal acrobatics, and Oakland producer/MC Jel. Just go to this.


Saturday, December 29

Platinum Blonde
Century Casino

The last time we heard from Toronto’s Platinum Blonde (aka “Canada’s Duran Duran”) was sometime around the tail end of the ‘80s. Fast forward to 201o and its 1985 hit “Not in Love” was getting an electro reworking courtesy of Crystal Castles and The Cure’s Robert Smith. Well, now the band is touring again and it’s amazing (in a completely non-ironic way).