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Arsenio Hall Show Cancelled After One Season

DESPITE a loyal fanbase from the old Dog Pound days and some heavy-hitting musical guests, such as Kayne West, Kendrick Lamar, Detroit proto-punks Death and even performances from the ultra reclusive Prince, '90s TV favourite Arsenio Hall couldn't connect with enough new viewers to give his reborn show more than one season on the air.

While Hall's program was definitely a throwback, he seemed to understand he would have to go for more than nostalgic viewers if he was going to survive the competitive late-night landscape.

If you missed some of the musical guests Hall had drop by the show (and going by the ratings, a lot of you did), you can still view performances by A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, Future and a bunch of other artists who don't get much exposure on TV.


The New Pop Loser

RUNNING from 2006 until May 2014, Pop Loser was a web-culture, media and pop-culture blog written by Calgary's Tyler Hellyard. Exploring the connection between culture and technological change, along with all the cool stuff on the web you probably missed, Pop Loser was a must-read for anyone interested in these constantly evolving themes.

Pop Loser isn't dead -- Hellyard is just reorienting his well-thought-out content towards a weekly newsletter, rather than its current blog format. Sign up for his weekly dispatches of "text, links, media and pithy commentary."


Download of the Week: Union Stockyards -- Tracks EP

FAR too often, punk bands look to the past for inspiration without injecting enough of their own personality and influences into their songs. That's definitely not the case with Winnipeg's Union Stockyards, who deftly combine elements of melodic hardcore, punk and '90s skate rock into a potent punch that you'll find on their recently released six-song debut.

The band performs live at the Park Theatre on Thursday, June 5, with Elder Abuse and Mobina Galore, and on June 20 at the West End Cultural Centre with Clipwing and the Triggers.


Video of the Week: Funk D'Void - MEME 2013

FUNK D' Void (a.k.a. Lars Sandberg) may not have been well known outside diehard techno fanatics before his headlining performance at the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME) last summer, but the veteran producer/DJ left the city with a legion of new fans. He would later proclaim on Twitter that his performance at the Cube was his best gig of the year.

While he won't be back at Old Market Square for the fifth edition of the festival, which runs Aug. 14-17, Memetic (the group that organizes MEME) is bringing Sandberg back to the province as part of a brief North American tour that will stop by the Pyramid on Saturday, June 7. Locals Nathan Zahn, Mike Jasper and Alex Krygsveld are also on the bill. Tickets are $20 at Music Trader and Into the Music. While tickets will be available at the door, you may not want to wait till the last minute to purchase them. This is one of the most anticipated return performances of 2014.

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 June 5, 2014 ??65521

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