If you're like me, a quick glance at the concert listings this September in 'Peg City likely meant some creative manipulation of your entertainment budget.
After all, whether it's living legend rockers, rising local hip-hop acts, or intimate folk musers, there are ample reasons to check out live music throughout the city.
Or, if festivals are your game, there are a few of those to take in as well.
Here are SCENE's top five "must-attend" concert picks for this September:
What: James Murphy DJ set w/ Hana Lu Lu, DJ Hunnicutt
When: Thursday, September 5th
Where: Union Sound Hall
Yup, *the* James Murphy. A bona fide member of indie royalty is gracing the 'Peg with his regal presence, but not as the frontman of his venerable and now-retired band LCD Soundsystem. Instead, he'll be spinning records at the city's newest sound room making this the perfect excuse to check the joint out.
Chic Gamine one of many acts playing the Harvest Moon Festival.
What: The Harvest Moon Festival
When: Friday, September 13 to Sunday, September 15
Where: Clearwater, MB
Cost: $55 for adult weekend pass ($10 extra for camping)
While technically not going down in Winnipeg, this festival is a scant two-and-a-half hours southwest of the city and features a veritable cross-section of Manitoban talent playing throughout the weekend. The lineup boasts the indie-rocking Cannon Bros, subversive pop crew Boats, genre-defying Chic Gamine, and heckuva lot more.
Oh, and don't forget to bring a vibraslap or guiro or whatever instrument you favour for the evening jam.
The Dodos (Facebook)
What: The Dodos
When: Sunday, September 15th
Where: The Park Theatre
Known for exuding boundless energy and engaging drums 'n' acoustic guitar interplay on stage, this ramshackle pop duo is a can't-miss live act.
Their highly personal fifth LP, Carrier
, sees leader Meric Long eschew his beloved acoustic for an electric, and the results are nothing short of rocking.
Young Galaxy (Facebook)
What: Young Galaxy w/ Human Human
When: Wednesday, September 18th
Where: The West End Cultural Centre
Cost: $15 in advance / $20 at the door
Three-time Polaris Prize nominees Young Galaxy return to Winnipeg for its first headlining gig in years.
Touring in support of their white-hot release, Ultramarine
, this indie dream-pop crew is on the verge of going nova, especially with the possibility of a Polaris win later this month. See 'em now before they explode. Human Human get the party started.
Haunter (Marie-France Hollier)
What: No Joy w/ Alex Calder, Haunter
When: Thursday, September 26th
Where: The Park Theatre
Cost: $10 advance / $13 door
Burgeoning shoe-gazers No Joy were recently long listed for the nation's Polaris Prize, and the accolade was well deserved.
The gauzy guitars and dreamy vocals populating their second record, Wait to Pleasure
, evoke feelings of melancholy and loss and is meant to be played loud on headphones well into the night. As a bonus, Winnipeg's own Haunter kicks off the show.