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Redbull's Hometown Tour with Royal Canoe and Imaginary Cities


When Redbull's Hometown Tour bus rolls through town on May 24, Royal Canoe and Imaginary Cities will perform as part of a free outdoor concert series taking place across the country (different bands will play at each stop). The Exchange District is the perfect location for this concert, which features a tour bus that transforms into a self-contained stage.

Follow the link to RSVP for your free tickets to this unique outdoor double bill.


New Order on Blue Monday


Covering 35 essential songs, Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs that Defined the 1980s features acts such as Depeche Mode, Echo & The Bunnymen, INXS, Tears for Fears, the Smiths and New Order.

Discussing the painful transition from Joy Division to the Bernard Sumner-fronted New Order, the group talks about dealing with the loss of singer Ian Curtis and how that shaped the new band they formed after his death. Bassist Peter Hook is also very frank about the tensions that would eventually force Hook to leave the group and head out on the road as Peter Hook and the Light, playing both New Order and Joy Division songs.


Revisit Classic Album Covers in Google Street View


Google Street View can be great when you want to figure out where a restaurant is or what that resort you are going to next winter looks like, but the Guardian has also used the power of the search giant to match up classic album covers with current landmarks in Street View.

From the New York corner featured on the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique to the Beatles' Abbey Road shot in London, it's easy to see why these covers have become iconic images in popular music.


Download of the Week: Deko-ze -- Live from Footwork


One of the DJs and promoters responsible for laying the foundation of the early electronic scene on the Prairies, former Saskatoon resident Deko-ze (a.k.a Michael Babb) is no stranger to Winnipeg. While he hasn't played here as much recently as he used to, the Toronto-based house and techno lover still has strong ties to the city. As a fundraiser for the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME), Music First is bringing Deko-ze back on April 25 to the Zoo for a special techno set. DJ Arlen of San Francisco and locals Nathan Zahn and Ari IQ are also on the bill.


Video of the Week: War on Drugs -- Live on KEXP


One of the standout albums of 2014, War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream is going to be on a lot of best-of lists at the end of the year. In the meantime, you can watch the band perform four songs from the album live on KEXP in Seattle.

More than just a radio station, KEXP has built a strong online presence by filming most of the bands that play live at the station, giving performances life beyond the studio. It's a smart strategy to broaden the reach of the station.


Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at or follow him at

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 24, 2014 C15

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