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. […]

Tim the Mute “Don’t Kill Yourself” Video

Tim the Mute “Don’t Kill Yourself” Video

It’s a joining of the local label frontmen! Kingfisher Bluez-runner Tim the Mute is set to release his debut LP, Why Live?, and Hockey Dad Records‘ Ryan Dyck co-stars in the video for optimistic album cut, “Don’t Kill Yourself”. Tim and Ryan cruise around town, pretend to play their instruments in a park, and then […]

BRASS’s ‘No Soap Radio': anthems for catharsis

BRASS’s ‘No Soap Radio': anthems for catharsis

A year-and-a-half after Vancouver punks BRASS debuted with their self-titled EP, they finally bear their first “full-length” album. The independently released No Soap Radio is a 17-minute blitz that captures their head-on intensity. Singer Devon Motz, drummer Rory Troughton, guitarist Tristan Milne, and bassist Zak Garret form the skull-crushing quartet. But no doubt, producer Jesse Gander […]

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