MXTS 2012 Wrap Up

Posted in Music and other Arts by Joseph on March 27, 2012

While we weren’t quite sure what to expect from the new and improved one day version of Music by the Slice, any hopes we had were far exceeded by the wonderful reality of last Friday, March 16.  It was a lovely day on South Congress and the people turned out in a big way to see some great music and support a great cause.  In fact, we are thrilled to announce that we were able to raise over 7k for Urban Roots.

The Lineup

We gotta give props to those who made this shindig happen:

The volunteers from Urban Roots and from our own Pie Club who kept the place neat, tidy, and kept everything running smoothly.

Our sponsors, Brooklyn Brewery, Sweet Leaf Tea, and Dublin Dr. Pepper who brought delicious-ness for all to enjoy.

Home Slice staff who volunteered their time for weeks before the event to conceptualize, design, and create the panels that covered the stages  (I mean, c’mon, how often does a stage get a shout out in a music review?)

Everyone who chose to come to our party from amongst all the insane number of parties happening at the same time!

And of course the artists themselves who kept the place rocking for nearly 10 hours!

Check out our artist portraits and other photos.  Stay tuned for some videos from the party.


The Belle Brigade as seen from back stage.


MXTS Preview: Music Videos!

Posted in Music and other Arts by Tara Bouley on March 6, 2012

MXTS 2012 Line Up

Posted in Music and other Arts by Joseph on March 1, 2012

Hey homies, here is the LINEUP for Music by the Slice 2012, Friday March 16, proceeds to benefit Urban Roots.

MXTS 2011 Wrap up

Posted in Music and other Arts by Joseph on April 20, 2011

Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz, March 19 2011

“Well, that was interesting.”

Kyle Morton of Typhoon at the conclusion of their semi acoustic set.

That pretty much sums up how we feel too.  HSP Co-Owner Joseph Strickland here with a recap of Music by the Slice 2011, definitely the most unique one we’ve done yet.

This was our 6th year hosting this party and it definitely did not lack for excitement!  From the thrill of seeing Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson share a stage for only the 2nd time ever, to the unexpected delight of completely unplugged sets from Versus, Lost in the Trees, Apex Manor, Fredrik and The Boxer Rebellion among others, there was never a dull moment in the 3 days of this year’s party.

Although our issues getting a sound permit from the city – and subsequent need to unplug at times – were not something we’d ever like to experience again, it did lead to some of the most amazing performances we’ve seen in our 6 years hosting this party.   And thanks to the generosity of our rad sponsors, the thirst of the beer and beverage buying public, cooperation from the weather Gods, the generosity of our friends and staff members who offered up their acoustic instruments, and most importantly  the willingness of the artists to DIG DEEP, throwing away their rehearsed sets to improvise, acoustically on the fly, we were able to raise 10 thousand dollars for our charity: YouthLaunch’s Urban Roots program!!!!

So all in all, we are psyched with how it all turned out and wouldn’t change a thing, except maybe the volume!

Thanks to everyone who had anything to do with making this happen, we love you all!!!

And hey don’t miss these sweet videos:

Ivan & Alyosha “Glorify”:

Thao with The Get Down Stay Down “Bag of Hammers”:

Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson “Delicate Cycle”:

Lord Huron: “The Stranger”:

Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz “Big Bang”:

Typhoon “The Honest Truth”:

The Cave Singers “Haller Lake”:

The Twilight Sad “Cold Days from the Birdhouse”:

Great Lake Swimmers “I Could Be Nothing “:

Lost in the Trees “Walk Around the Lake”:

Rural Alberta Advantage:

MXTS Preview 2011: Great Lake Swimmers

Posted in Music and other Arts by Tara Bouley on February 16, 2011

I’ll admit it: sad music makes me happy.  One time, over a decade ago in fact, I drove 45 minutes from home to the Newbury Comics in Shrewsbury, MA. I strode in and asked the first person I could find, “what’s the saddest record you carry?”  The girl who helped me did not hesitate with her recommendation and I left with Red House Painters’ first eponymous album – the cover a sepia tone image of a lonely, abandoned roller coaster.  But if I walked into that record store today and asked the same question, I probably would’ve instead left with a Great Lake Swimmers album.

In fact, for years the achingly beautiful songs of Great Lake Swimmers have been the soundtrack to my secret heart for years.  Over the course of 4 full length records and numerous EPs released since 2003, they have fine tuned their sound with a melancholia that is as arresting as it is intoxicating.  These Canadian gentleman won 2010’s Favourite Folk/Roots Artist/Group at the Canadian Indie Awards and are probably the only band who could make a gorgeously moving song from the point of view of a hibernating bear. Respect.

Great Lake Swimmers are preforming at Music by the Slice Thursday, March 17th at 5:15 PM.

Track: Concrete Heart

Track: Moving Pictures, Silent Films

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Video: Your Rocky Spine, live