Live Music Reviews

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 […]

Calling all bros: Louisahhh!!! at MIA

Calling all bros: Louisahhh!!! at MIA

Progressive house and trance puts the bread and butter on the table for Vancouver’s thriving electronic scene. It’s common to see sold-out shows at the PNE and Rogers Arena by artists who have, on multiple occasions, played in the city as well as outside of it. Understandably, promoters want to put artists on the bill […]

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 […]

Swervedriver transcend genres at the Biltmore Cabaret

Swervedriver transcend genres at the Biltmore Cabaret

Genre categories can often polarize people, especially musicians themselves and their listeners. While artists often balk at the idea of their work being categorized, for us listeners and critics, music can’t merely be music. Styles vary so radically, from psychedelic funk-rock to electro-folk to progressive metal, that we need some way of making the new […]

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 […]

Levitation Vancouver: not quite ripe but well on its way

Levitation Vancouver: not quite ripe but well on its way

The fruits of Austin Psych Fest blossomed within Vancouver this weekend under its new world-traveling guise, Levitation Festival. For three nights and two days, Vancouver’s most jeaned, tasseled, long-haired, and tattooed music lovers tripped through four different venues to see a stacked lineup of both new-age and classic psych, metal, punk, and at times a […]

Levitation Vancouver: a mellow weekend in Stanley Park

Levitation Vancouver: a mellow weekend in Stanley Park

The weather was hotter than normal for Levitation Vancouver’s inaugural year. A record-breaking heatwave kissed the Malkin Bowl’s crowd with endless blue skies and sunglass tanlines. Festival gear was out: tank tops, cheeky shorts, feathers on hats, etc. – all items available at the Eastside Flea Market steps away from the gates. Vendors sold hippie […]

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