Live Music Reviews

St. Paul and the Broken Bones bless the Rickshaw

St. Paul and the Broken Bones bless the Rickshaw

What a voice. A true, world-class talent. Paul Janeway, frontman and lead singer of St. Paul and the Broken Bones, absolutely blew the Rickshaw down on Thursday night. Playing to a sold-out crowd in support of their debut record, Half the City (Single Lock Records, 2014), the Birmingham boys delivered a 90-minute set worth writing […]

Julie Doiron’s request night worth the gamble

Julie Doiron’s request night worth the gamble

Last Tuesday was a special night for Julie Doiron fans in Vancouver. Not only did the former Eric’s Trip bassist and Wooden Stars collaborator play a double-shot, including a free show at Red Cat Records, but her Biltmore set was almost entirely by request. Knife Pleats opened the second show with the type of jangly […]

Death From Above 1979: déjà vu cult lane

Death From Above 1979: déjà vu cult lane

Being excited about going to a Death From Above 1979 show in 2014 is an exercise in nostalgia. The dance-punk band from Toronto, comprised of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler, played two back-to-back dates, the first date this past Wednesday at the Vogue. Hump day, all-ages, no ins-and-outs, ended before midnight, theatre seat – […]

Does Madchild need to slow down?

Does Madchild need to slow down?

Since resurfacing in the wake of his struggles with drug addiction, Vancouver’s Madchild has been touring and recording at a torrid pace. In 2014 alone, he moved to Los Angeles, resurrected Battleaxe Records, released a solo EP (Switched On) and a full-length record with Swollen Members (Brand New Day), toured across North America and Europe, […]

Electric Youth Shines at the Biltmore

Electric Youth Shines at the Biltmore

“Have you seen the movie Drive?” Last Saturday night at the Biltmore Cabaret, this question was tossed around by people thinking of something to say to someone. It was a rhetorical exercise, anyway. Most people were there because they had seen Drive, and when they had seen it, the only thing on their minds was, […]

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