Matt and Kim: the crowd brings it

Matt and Kim: the crowd brings it

Brooklyn party-poppers Matt and Kim have been whipping crowds into sweaty, smiling, dancing frenzies since debuting with their self-titled album in 2006. Flash forward nine years, and they’ve graduated to festival-sized audiences; they’ve blown up their infectious drum-and-keys-based sound with hip hop bombast and coated it with anthemic gloss. Last April, the duo released their […]

Wilco celebrate 20 years live at the Orpheum

Wilco celebrate 20 years live at the Orpheum

Wilco kicked off their 20th anniversary North American tour at the beginning of the month. Last Wednesday, they stopped at the Orpheum Theatre and performed a gigantic two-and-a-half-hour set that spanned their career, pleasing fans no matter when Wilco entered their lives. Jenny Lewis, another veteran of early aughts indie music, joined Wilco as support. […]

Lower Dens reward patience at the Electric Owl

Lower Dens reward patience at the Electric Owl

Since the end of last March, Baltimore post-punks Lower Dens have been riding their greatest success to date, their third album, Escape from Evil. Unsurprisingly, with a glamorous, danceable new sound, they’ve attracted new listeners. Although this sect of the audience at last Saturday’s Electric Owl show was mostly there for the “Sucker’s Shangri-La”s, “To […]

Mint Records and Weird Canada: when two become one

Mint Records and Weird Canada: when two become one

Sometimes, good things happen when shows get cancelled. Vancouver may have missed out on Montreal’s smooth-rockin’ surf-punks Moss Lime, who called off their Canada Day Eve appearance at 303 Columbia due to car troubles, but thankfully, Mint Records were holding a showcase down the street at the Astoria. Ace Martens and Cave Girl, who were […]

Television appear in top form at the Commodore Ballroom

Television appear in top form at the Commodore Ballroom

American punk innovators Television stopped at the Commodore Ballroom last Thursday on their way to Sled Island. Vancouver’s Skye Wallace opened, making for an odd pairing: Television changed the course of punk by incorporating jazz-inspired technical proficiency and high-gloss production, all as a twist on the 60s-to-mid-70s rock that just preceded them. Wallace, on the […]

Jenn Grant shares ‘Free EP For Good People’

Jenn Grant shares ‘Free EP For Good People’

Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Jenn Grant plays this year’s Vanvouver Folk Music Festival (July 17-19). Ahead of her appearance, she has shared some new music on her Bandcamp. That’s the artwork above. As one can guess from the release’s title, Free EP For Good People, it’s an EP, and it’s free. True to her coastal heart, […]

Miss Quincy rocks the Red Room stagette style

Miss Quincy rocks the Red Room stagette style

Red Room Ultra Bar played host to a solid night of rock ‘n’ roll last Thursday. Four bands filled the bill, bookended by Vancouver’s Whiplash Escalade and Seattle’s Thunderpussy. Unfortunately, I was only able to catch the two middle bands, starting with Vancouver Island’s One Night Stand and the more local Miss Quincy and the […]

Freak Heat Waves announce Canadian tour, release “Design of Success” video

Freak Heat Waves announce Canadian tour, release “Design of Success” video

Canadian post-punk fans rejoice! One of Western Canada’s finest offerings, Freak Heat Waves, is hitting both coasts this summer. They released their acclaimed second album, Bonnie’s State of Mind, on Hockey Dad Records last February, and they’re taking it from their home in Victoria to as far as Halifax where they’ll pull a two-night stand. […]

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