2016 INTERSTELLAR RODEO WINNIPEG ARTISTS
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12
4:30 pm Gates open
5:00 pm Blond(e) Goth
6:00 pm The Strumbellas
7:25 pm Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
8:30 pm NQ Arbuckle
9:10 pm Serena Ryder
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13
Noon Gates open
1:00 pm The Wet Secrets
2:15 pm Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
3:10 pm Leonard Sumner
3:50 pm Skydiggers
5:15 pm Fantastic Negrito
6:20 pm Sykamore
7:00 pm Margo Price
8:05 pm Joe Nolan
8:50 pm Wilco
SUNDAY, AUGUST 14
Noon Gates open
1:00 pm Henry Wagons
2:15 pm Sam Outlaw
3:10 pm Begonia
3:50 pm Wintersleep
5:15 pm Lee Fields & The Expressions
6:20 pm Henri Herbert
7:00 pm Whitehorse
8:05 pm Del Barber
9:00 pm Case/Lang/Veirs
Times subject to change.
“And yes, you can definitely call them a ‘supergroup.’” – Lenny Letter
Several years ago on a whim, k.d. lang sent an email to Neko Case and Laura Veirs that said, “I think we should make a record together.” The result is case/lang/veirs, a true collaboration between three phenomenal, self-driven artists: avant-rock icon Case, legendary musical nomad lang, and indie folk star Veirs. The women wrote all 14 songs and shared lead vocals equally, sometimes even within the same track. “The combination of spirits, the combination of artistry, is very unique, because we have definite similarities, but we are very, very different, and it creates a really interesting thing,” says lang. “It’s a truly collaborative record where our individual essences are firmly in place.” Full of stunning harmonies and spellbinding rhythms, case/lang/veirs travels through aches and eras, torch songs and tributes to the undersung, “mysterious muses” have resulted in a self-titled album, coming June 17 on Anti-. This is the only Winnipeg performance confirmed on the tour.
“An alternative-universe country Cave who found redemption not in gothic post-punk but in winding tales of high melodrama and the twang of Nashville guitar.”
– The Guardian
What do you get when you mix Nick Cave’s growling menace with Elvis Presley’s gold lamé swagger? Add in Lee Hazlewood’s twisted melodramas and a bit of Johnny Cash’s hangover blues and you get a man named Henry Wagons. In Australia, Wagons ranks as one of the nation’s best-known performers. For over a decade he has fronted the country-rock band Wagons, hosted a popular radio show and made regular TV appearances. Henry Wagons continues to make his name in the northern hemisphere with a new album, After What I Did Last Night…, which was released in February, 2016. The “Prince of Country Noir” (CBC) offers up a wild combination of off-kilter honky-tonk and roots rock, and his live show is like nothing you’ve seen before. Interstellar Rodeo will be Henry Wagons’ first Winnipeg show.
“Dphrepaulezz sings like a man compelled by a spiritual force…[his] voice is impassioned, somewhere between a croon and a scream.” – Consequence of Sound
With a unique fusion of blues, soul, roots and rock music, Fantastic Negrito frontman Xavier Dphrepaulezz tackles the socioeconomic, race and class issues he witnesses on a daily basis living in the East Bay. Dphrepaulezz has an incredible, odds-beating story that includes catastrophic injury, rehabilitation and triumph as the winner of NPR’s inaugural Tiny Desk Concert Contest. Suffice to say, he got to 2016 the long way around. Inspired by all American music, most especially Delta bluesmen such as R.L Burnside and Skip James, he has sought to modernize his compositions by sampling and looping his own live recordings. His most recent album, The Last Days of Oakland, was released June 2015. This will be Fantastic Negrito’s first performance in Winnipeg.
LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS
“Fields’ grasp of time is his strongest selling point. Even as our ears lead us to assume that he and his band are behind the times, albeit purposely, Fields & The Expressions brazenly illustrate with each note that they’re right where they need to be.” – NPR
There are scarce few artists making soul music today who had a release in 1969. At a time when many try to emulate the soul and swagger of the 60s, North Carolina’s Lee Fields brings the real thing to the stage. In 2012, Fields joined forces with the Truth & Soul Records house band, The Expressions, and a new era of his career was born. Since then, the artistic pairing has yielded incredible results, the most recent being Emma Jean, recorded in part at Dan Auerbach’s home studio. Lee Fields & The Expressions have raised their game, sharpened their songwriting and musicianship, and brought the best elements of 60s soul music into the here and now. Lee Fields & The Expressions played Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton in 2013 and blew the audience away. This will be their first appearance in Winnipeg.
“What she’s putting out there is powerful and rings true.” – NPR Music
It only takes Margo Price twenty-eight seconds to convince you that you’re hearing the arrival of a singular new talent. “Hands of Time,” the opener on Midwest Farmer’s Daughter (now out on Third Man Records, Jack White’s label), is an invitation, a mission statement and a starkly poetic summary of the singer’s life, all in one knockout, self-penned punch. Price has taken the country world by storm with a recent performance on SNL, inclusion in the New York Times Sunday Magazine’s “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going” issue and a record-breaking first week of album sales that saw be the first solo female artist to debut in the Billboard Top 10. Interstellar Rodeo is thrilled to bring Margo Price to Edmonton for the first time this summer.
NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS
“Rasping southern soul in the style of Sam & Dave or Otis Redding, with just enough of the Baptist sermon to give Rateliff’s performance a touch of fire and brimstone.” – The Guardian
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats practically explodes with deep, primal and ecstatic soulfulness. On the back of an undeniable hit, “S.O.B,” Missouri’s Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats burst onto the scene with a record bearing the iconic logo of Stax Records, a fitting union considering at times Rateliff seems to be channeling soul greats like Otis Redding and Sam & Dave. As this gifted musician honours the legacy of the legendary Memphis label, he’s also setting out into audacious new territory. Rateliff & Co.’s joyous and raucous live show has been part of the success story – “I try to be lighthearted because, although the songs are heavy, I want it to be a release for people…I can remember dancing around to some song that was breakin’ my heart, dancin’ with tears in my eyes. I love that feeling, and I wanna share it with people,” Rateliff has said. Interstellar Rodeo will be Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ first appearance in Winnipeg.
“An outlaw who is stealing some of Nashville’s thunder from 2000 miles away.” – CBS This Morning
Sam Outlaw is a country singer from Los Angeles, California, steeped in the music and mythos of west coast country, absorbing the classic vibes of everything from 60s Bakersfield honky-tonk to ‘70s Laurel Canyon troubadour pop and refashioning them into a sound that’s at once past, present and future. Outlaw’s debut album, Angeleno (Six Shooter) found a lot of fans in country and Americana worlds for its mellow, “SoCal country” sound and Baja influences from south of the border. Produced by Ry Cooder and Joachim Cooder, Angeleno wound up on many Best of 2015 lists including Rolling Stone, NPR and The Guardian, and Sam Outlaw’s name is included in any roundup of new and exciting faces in country music. Interstellar Rodeo is proud to bring Sam Outlaw to Winnipeg for the first time.
“She is a fireball onstage. Her raw-throated vocals and passion are what first caught my ear. Her long hair whips around as she stomps on stage and belts out lyrics with catchy hooks.” – The New York Times
Serena Ryder joined the ranks of Platinum-selling artists with Harmony, a record that brought her astonishing vocal prowess to a higher plane of radio and commercial success. Her well-deserved triumph is rooted in her unparalleled voice and her spirited roots-rock songwriting. Harmony was a departure from the folk sound that had previously defined her on the Canadian scene. The album showcases an artist hitting her stride, matching her exceptional talent with anthemic production. Serena Ryder’s live show is fiery and entertaining, and with new music on the way in 2016, Ryder is ready for a world takeover.
“A legend in the Canadian roots rock scene.” – No Depression
Skydiggers is one of those bands that create songs so memorable you’ll realize you’ve known them for decades. Strange luck has followed them through their 25-year career, but the strength of their songs and lead singer Andy Maize’s distinct voice has always been there. As the heart of a now-legendary roots-rock scene in Toronto, the Skydiggers make slow-burning, poignant music that has stood the test of time (think Cowboy Junkies and Blue Rodeo). The Skydiggers keep on keeping on with a new album, Here Without You, a tribute to Gene Clark (The Byrds) due May 13, 2016 on Latent Recordings.
THAO & the GET DOWN STAY DOWN
“Some of the most fun and weirdly inventive music you’ll hear all year.” – Stereogum
From San Francisco, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down is a band already on the radar of those in the know. Fronted by Thao Nguyen just released their fourth album, A Man Alive, in March. The album was produced by Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs and is another step forward in sound and subject matter. Beats and bass now drive the process, with a new emphasis on riffs and loops. Pitchfork calls the new album “her most rhythmically robust and gleefully discordant release to date,” and has received favourable comparisons to St. Vincent’s art rock world. Interstellar Rodeo will be Thao & the Get Down Stay Down’s first performance in Winnipeg.
“Toronto alt-rockers The Strumbellas are strutting their stuff.” – Billboard
When a crowd is feverishly singing along with the last chorus upon first listen, you know it’s a song that connects. This is what happens when The Strumbellas played “Spirits,” for the first time, the smash hit first single from their forthcoming album Hope (Six Shooter). That experience embodies the essence of what has been attracting fans worldwide to this six-piece Lindsay, Ontario-bred band. The Strumbellas have been cleaning up with awards and accolades since their debut in 2012, and with a vivid, alternative rock sound front and centre on the new album, the band is one of the biggest international breakout acts of 2016.
THE WET SECRETS
“A colorful, energetic sextet that mines the spirit of ’50s rock ‘n’ roll and ’70s punk and runs it all through a 21st-century filter.” – NPR
The Wet Secrets are a six-piece rock ‘n roll gang fueled by a primal, fuzzy punk rock spirit, and steered by a love of slinky disco, art rock, 70’s horns and AM gold songwriting. Think the grit of The Stranglers with the lurid surrealism of the B52’s, and then think of that combination coming out of Edmonton, Alberta. The Wet Secrets have a well-established reputation for a phenomenal, sweaty live show that encompasses the extremes of order and chaos, all wrapped up in the unmistakable tailoring of matching marching band uniforms. The Wet Secrets recently released a new 4-song EP, I Can Live Forever on Six Shooter Records, with a full-length album The Tyranny of Objects to follow in the fall.
“The band that wears the indie crown in Canada.” – National Post
Halifax’s Wintersleep returns with The Great Detachment, their sixth LP and first with Dine Alone Records. The new album is very much an introspective work, both conceptually and thematically, and delivers a welcome dose of the atmospheric, entrancing alt-rock for which the band has become known. Wintersleep brings beautifully orchestrated arrangements anchored by haunting, almost hypnotic vocal melodies; however, the way those arrangements were approached and the poetry they relay are very much the product of some self-(re)discovery.
“The swampy swagger of the Bible Belt, the minor-key melancholy of film noir soundtracks and the raw stomp of rock & roll.” – Rolling Stone
Whitehorse is a roots noir duo with an innovative approach and intense chemistry. Their desert surf sensibility is distinguished by guitar wizardry and magnetic harmonies. Their most recent album, Leave No Bridge Unburned (Six Shooter), offered a bigger, bolder rock sound with songs that have further developed their ‘space cowboy’ take on southwestern rock. Leave No Bridge Unburned recently won a Juno Award for Adult Alternative Album of the Year, and the band performed to an audience of 3 million on the televised Juno Awards show. Next up, the band now goes back to the roots of rock n’ roll with The Northern South, Vol. 1, a new EP out May 6, 2016, that showcases the duo’s signature blistering riffs and searing harmonies on a modern translation of the grooves and melodies of the 1950s and 1960s blues.
“Wilco are one of the most respected bands on the planet — paragons of good taste, masters of genre-bridging craftsmanship and chill independence.” – Rolling Stone
The story of Wilco spans over two decades of releases and touring, and is punctuated by Grammy wins, record label dust-ups, surprise albums and, more than anything, a bold creativity that leads the band down new paths that fans and critics are happy to follow. Wilco’s latest album, Star Wars, caused headlines when it was dropped for free on the band’s website in July, 2015. “It makes me feel limitless and like there’s still possibilities and still surprise in the world, you know?” frontman Jeff Tweedy told Rolling Stone about the album. Wilco has carved out a special place in modern music with a sound that is both experimental and familiar, with melodies that instantly stick to the soul and cryptic, impressionistic lyrics. From the ashes of alt-country came a band that has been defined by artistic integrity, boundless creativity and comforting genius.
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“NQ Arbuckle’s brand of alt-country has evolved to encompass prominent piano parts, poppy alt rock songs and, lyrically, a tempered cynicism and casual, loving gratitude.” – NOW Magazine
Don’t let the self-deprecation imply that Six Shooter Records’ NQ Arbuckle isn’t serious about the music. This band has earned multiple Juno nominations, considerable critical praise (Pitchfork, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star etc.), and a legion of rabid fans. There’s a sober reverence and deep romance to NQ Arbuckle’s songcraft. The band’s most recent album is called The Future Happens Anyway.
“Turns geography into poetry.” – Boston Globe
Del Barber is no stranger to finding inspiration in the cultural backdrop of Canada. His most recent albums, the Juno Award-nominated Prairieography and The Puck Drops Here, just released in 2016, Barber explores universal pieces of Canadian identity. Barber’s Manitoba roots run deep, and his country-steeps songwriting reflects a dedication to exploring the prairie condition.
“Nolan’s thing is taking off, and it is strong.” – Globe & Mail
While it’s not every day that a songwriter makes it from the shadows of open mic nights to the high wattage, real deal scene, Joe Nolan’s old soul lyrics and striking vocals suggest that the odds of breaking through are in his favour. His most recent album, the WCMA-nominated Tornado (released by Six Shooter Records), showcases Joe’s lyrical style – intense, evocative and gripping.
“There are very few piano players on the planet who can feed so much power, emotion and sheer adrenaline-fuelled virtuosity into their performances.” – Music Radar
France’s Henri Herbert is a piano-playing phenomenon. Over 10 million people have watched Hebert’s public performance at St. Pancras Station, in London UK. Since playing in the Jim Jones Revue, Hebert has released two solo EPs, the most recent of which came out in March around his first trip to Austin for SXSW. This will be Herbert’s first performance in Winnipeg.
Known for her voice in the Juno Award winning harmony driven group Chic Gamine, Alexa Dirks has a timbre that recalls the golden age of soul, proud and courageous. Guided along by 90s synth waves over top of a warm rhythm section, new songs from a forthcoming album called Lady In Mind are out now, fusing battle hymn and breakbeat body mover.
“Unblinkingly honest, Sumner’s lyrics are defiant yet vulnerable, and deliver the message: We are still here and our voices must be heard.” – Calgary Folk Fest
Leonard Sumner is an Anishinaabe MC/Singer/Songwriter from the Little Saskatchewan First Nation. He brings you a new sound straight from the Rez, fusing hip-hop, country and rhythm and blues. His perspective is honest, humble and insightful into life as an Indigenous person now.
Winnipeg’s Blonde Goth makes a musical statement about expectations and outer appearances with soaring psychedelic country riffs. Tattered and torn; burnt out and road worn, Blond(e) Goth blurs the lines between tragedy and comedy while reluctantly redefining arena-rock ballads for the 21st century.
Calgary’s Sykamore is a brand new face on the country scene, a statement confirmed by her recent nomination for the Canadian Country Music Awards ‘Discovery’ Award and the fact that she now spends half her time in Nashville, TN. Known for her strong songwriting, Sykamore has been grabbing attention with her recent material, which recently netted first prize in the All-Alberta Songwriting Contest.
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