c.t.overdrive's Sled Island Preview 2009 Tuesday June 23, 2009

Alright, with the soft launch of Sled Island 2009 tonight, it’s time for another edition of c.t.overdrive’s official preview of the Sled island festival.

Sled Island 2009 Preview

This is how it goes. I’ll point out a handful of bands that I think you should check out. They may not be bands that are on your radar, but they are definitely worth checking out and worth the time. So let’s get at it.

Biz Markie – Yes, I’m not entirely sure how they lured hip-hop legend Biz Markie to Sled Island, but I have a feeling the words ‘Flap Jacks’ and ‘Beef on a Bun’ were involved. Anyways, you can catch this larger than life personality on Friday at Olympic Plaza. It’ll be worth it just to hear Just a Friend live.

3rd Annual Poster Art Show – The Third Annual Gig Poster show opens tonight and runs the length of the festival at ArtLife. While there is no real musical component to it, there is going to be one helluva collection of local gig posters … great for decorating your man den.

Holy Fuck – Stupid controversy aside, HOLY FUCK are actually really, really, really good. I saw them open up for The Shout Out Out Out Outs! a few years ago and all I can say is wow. If you want to wear out the treads on your dancing shoes make sure you check them out all through the weekend.

Andrew W.K. – In 200X, I caught Andrew W.K. and Danko Jones as a double bill at the Back Alley… Without question, this was one of those seminal shows. One of the greatest shows I have ever seen in my life. Andrew’s onstage persona coupled with his ridiculously entertaining party anthems are something that every music fan should experience once in their life. Rumor is that customs haven’t officially allowed him across the border, but if he does make it to the Warehouse on Thursday night, you’ll be hearing about the gig for years to come.

Make sure you wear some seat approved clothes as you’re probably going to get doosed with MGD.

Puberty – Because this review doesn’t have a strong Calgary tinge, I though I would point you at Puberty which is an all girl punk trio garnishing a ton of excitement in the city. I honestly don’t know much about them, but their write up sounds spectacular.

Japandorids – If you haven’t noticed I kinda like the Japandroids. Their music is sandwiched somewhere between Despistado (which you’ve never heard of) and Death From Above 1979 (which you’ve heard on X92.9). They’re a two piece, which apparently is the hot new tend in music at the moment, but they are also deadly. They play a bunch of shows, including the Legion on Thursday night and Broken City on Friday night.

Japanther – Surprisingly enough, these are two separate bands. I asked on twitter a couple of weeks ago which of the hybrid half-Japanese bands were better and it seemed that a good portion were leaning Japanther’s way. If you want to see judge for your self check them out at the Marquee Room on Wednesday and the Legion on Thursday.

Monotonix – Sometimes words can’t describe awesomeness … So you have to revert to images … Monotonix will be the story of Sled Island. I will see you on Friday.

Last but not least there are handful of bands that you should check out … Including, Dragon Fli Empire, Hot Little Rocket and also the Von Zippers.

So there you go…enjoy the festivities.

Categories: Sled-Island-2009, The-Music, The Calgary Vibe, The Craziness, The Pop-Culture


Very nice!

This should prove to be an excellent Sled Island this year. Off the Dial is featuring one band a day until Friday (started last Saturday) so check us out for more bands you should stand up and take notice.

TODAY! These Arms Are Snakes ~ http://www.offthedial.ca/?p=2850

Yesterday Monotonix ~ http://www.offthedial.ca/?p=2758 (We’ll actually be at both these bands’ show at the Distillery tomorrow night!)


Chris · Jun 24, 09:45 am · #permalink



Thanks for the comment. I completely missed These Arms have Snakes in my preview. you are right they are definitely worth the look. We saw them at Bumbershoot in Seattle and they killed it.

Such a solid band.

I Just wish I could make the Distillery show on Thursday night. But fingers crossed we’ll be able to see them sometime on Friday evening.

Thanks for the links and great work with offthedial.ca

ctoverdrive · Jun 24, 10:28 am · #permalink

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