Tag: Vancouver

Japandroids at San Fran Bath House in Wellington (photo essay)

Japandroids at San Fran Bath House in Wellington (photo essay)

On Saturday night (July 22nd), Canadian rock duo Japandroids made a stop at San Fran in Wellington, New Zealand as part of their world tour in support of their excellent new album, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life. In his review of the record, Ben wrote: (‘Near To The Wild Heart Of Life’) matches the sonic intensity of Springsteen’s […]

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Sarah Jickling opens up on “This Time” (single premiere + album teaser)

Sarah Jickling opens up on “This Time” (single premiere + album teaser)

Mental illness continues to be one of the least discussed and understood conditions in Canada. It’s a sensitive subject matter that most people choose to ignore, and many with a mental illness avoid bringing up their conditions for fear of being ostracized. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 20% of all Canadians will experience a mental illness in their […]

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Japandroids – “Near To The Wild Heart Of Life”

Japandroids – “Near To The Wild Heart Of Life”

Following the end of their Celebration Rock tour that finished in November 2013 and lasted 20 months spanning 40 countries, Japandroids stated they would be taking a well-deserved break. Since that message was shared, Brian King and David Prowse said very little publicly. There weren’t any hints nor rumors that they were working on new material. Then almost four years to the day […]

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The Pack A.D. – “Positive Thinking”

The Pack A.D. – “Positive Thinking”

When The Pack A.D. first appeared on the Canadian music scene in the mid-2000s, they arrived with a bang. They were not the typical all-female pop band but rather a ferocious garage-rock duo. They were Canada’s answer to The Black Keys, The White Stripes, and The Kills, but edgier, grittier, and dirtier. Their early albums, particularly 2008’s Funeral Mixtape, 2010’s […]

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Twin River – “Passing Shade”

Twin River – “Passing Shade”

New York City has GOASTT, Widowspeak, and Belle Mare. London has Big Deal. Charleston, South Carolina has Shovels & Rope. Famous indie duos or bands that were formed by the idea of two people. So who fits the bill in Vancouver, the burgeoning music city that is rivaling Montreal and Toronto as Canada’s hotbed for new music? One band that […]

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Ashley Shadow – “Ashley Shadow”

Ashley Shadow – “Ashley Shadow”

What is in a name? Does it matter? In most cases, an artist’s stage name is only meant to be amusing and is just an extension of their musical style. The more simple and shorter the name, the better, or so it seems in today’s pop culture-obsessed society. But for Ashley Webber, choosing the moniker Ashley Shadow surely has an […]

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Operators – “Blue Wave”

Operators – “Blue Wave”

One of these days, Dan Boeckner will settle down. For now, he’s content to be known as a collaborator, working with some of the best in music – Spencer Krug, Arlen Thompson, and Dante DeCaro as the reunited Wolf Parade; Alexei Perry on Handsome Furs; and together with Spoon frontman Britt Daniels and Sam Brown as the Divine Fits. This […]

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Black Mountain – “IV”

Black Mountain – “IV”

After a five-plus year hiatus, Vancouver rock outfit Black Mountain returns with their fourth album, the boldly named IV (yep, just Like Led Zeppelin & Black Sabbath). Considering that two significant rock bands have equally significant albums with the same name puts almost unnecessary pressure on this release. Naming the album IV was not accidentally. The band was clearly confident […]

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Sophia Danai – “Love Royale” (album premiere)

Sophia Danai – “Love Royale” (album premiere)

Canada’s music scene is bursting at the seams with great artists. The country is home to many of the industry’s biggest and brightest stars as well as its most innovative. Drake’s ear-popping hip hop; The Weeknd’s creative brilliance that blends R&B, pop, and electronic; and Arcade Fire’s symphonic, indie-rock escapades are just some of the examples. We haven’t even touched […]

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Mourning Coup – “Baby Blue”

Mourning Coup – “Baby Blue”

There’s something exciting about the debut album by Mourning Coup, the project of Chandra Melting Tallow. Baby Blue isn’t an album that will receive consistent radio play, if at all, as her experimental pop is founded on Tallow’s background in the visual arts. Listening to the album definitely gives the feeling of being in the middle of an art house or watching an […]

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Mourning Coup – “Baby Blue”

Mourning Coup – “Baby Blue”

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia Members: Mourning Coup is the project of Chandra Melting Tallow. She is supported by Caitlin Gallupe (bass); Bára Hladíková  (synth); Claire Newton (synth); and Jordan Minkoff (guitar). For those who like: P.J. Harvey, Blood Orange, Lana Del Rey Our take: From the opening notes to the poignant songwriting to Chandra Melting Tallow’s voice, Mourning Coup’s “Baby […]

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Mesa Luna – “Church Garden”

Mesa Luna – “Church Garden”

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia Members: Mesa Luna are Justice McLellan and Alex Cooper. For those who like: The Phoenix Foundation, Maribou State, R-music Our take: “Church Garden” is a spectacular, ethereal, electro-pop sound. It’s the type of sound that after a single listen takes your breath away. The subtle electronic beats are like a heart beat that accelerates with anticipation […]

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The 10th Anniversary of “Black Mountain”

The 10th Anniversary of “Black Mountain”

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been ten years since Black Mountain released their eponymous debut full-length. The album was applauded by many and not as well-received by others. But a decade later, most would agree Black Mountain was a landmark album. Black Mountain wasn’t the only album released that year that resonated with ’70s- and ’80s-style arena roll […]

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Tough Age – “I Get the Feeling Central”

Tough Age – “I Get the Feeling Central”

The first thing that is noticeable on Tough Age‘s I Get the Feeling Central is that it is a raucous, fun album. Ranging from scuzz pop to psych-rock to psych-pop to surf-punk, the album is a sheer delight on the ears. It is, for the most part, a buzzsaw of a record, but there are some lighter moments to allow […]

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Dan Potter Sings – “Panic Attack”

Dan Potter Sings – “Panic Attack”

  Who the heck is Dan Potter and calls his music outfit Dan Potter Sings? For starters, he’s from the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia. Second, he’s a one-man band. Why he added “Sings” to his moniker is unknown, but it likely is part of his laid-back, easy-going approach to music. Third, Dan Potter is set to release his third […]

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Tough Age – “Warm Hair”

Tough Age – “Warm Hair”

  Tough Age are an indie-rock band from the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia. Like the scenery around Vancouver, Tough Age’s music is quite remarkable with their anthemic songs filled with breezy shoegaze undertones. They’ll be releasing a new album on June 23 on Mint Records titled I Get the Feeling Central. The latest single is “Warm Hair”, which is infectious and […]

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White Poppy – “Confusion”

White Poppy – “Confusion”

“Confusion” is the lead single from White Poppy‘s forthcoming album Natural Phenomena (6/23, Not Not Fun). The single showcases the Vancouver-based artist’s ability to create dramatic, sonic landscapes by incorporating multiple layers, and the end product is absolutely stunning. She also released “Dreams of Ireland” a couple of months ago, which is a lo-fi, minimalistic number that feels at harmony […]

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The Modernettes – “Teen City” (Reissue)

The Modernettes – “Teen City” (Reissue)

Sudden Death records is on a tear this year, releasing some pretty great stuff (more reviews to come in the next few days). Today, let’s talk about Modernettes and their 6-track EP Teen City. If you gave this LP/CD a spin right now, without any context, you’d think they were inspired by folks like The Strokes, Jet, and even some oldies […]

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Yukon Blonde – “Saturday Night”

Yukon Blonde – “Saturday Night”

It never fails that literally the week after the SXSW festival, a new band is discovered and of course they were just at the festival. Yukon Blonde is one of those bands. Yukon Blonde first assembled in Kelowna, British Columbia as Alphababy and later reinvented themselves as Yukon Blonde in 2008. They have released two previous albums – their self-titled debut […]

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Walter TV – “Surf Metal”

Walter TV – “Surf Metal”

Vancouver-based Walter TV return with “Surf Metal”.  This is the lead single from their forthcoming album, Blessed, which arrives June 23 on Brooklyn label Sinderlyn. The trio have are better known as Mac DeMarco’s backing band, but they have produced a couple of albums over the past couple of years, including the eclectic and ambitious Appetite.  The new single reflects the […]

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