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Kishi Bashi at the Fox Cabaret
by Nick Cullen

In October, American singer/songwriter Kishi Bashi brought his talent for multi-instrumentalism to Vancouver for a night of profound, genre-genre bending musicianship. continued...

Dinosaur Jr. at the Commodore Ballroom
by Jamie Cessford

It’s my own fault that my introduction to Dinosaur Jr.’s live performance was on the heroic Bug tour in 2011. They played a perfect set on that December evening, performing tracks that even the most casual of Dinosaur Jr. fan could relate to (i.e. me). Sure I’ve paid closer attention to the band since then, notably with newer releases Farm and I Bet on Sky, but when the band returned to Vancouver on September 30, 2016 to promote their latest record, Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not, I was woefully underprepared. Fortunately, a band as seasoned as Dinosaur Jr. can effortlessly integrate the new songs in with the old ones. continued...

Julien Baker at the Cobalt
by Antony Czeto

“You guys are so quiet!” said Julien Baker, 20 year-old singer-songwriter from Memphis Tennessee. In the back of the Cobalt a girl shouts: “We just want to hear you sing!” Julien obliged. Playing all her songs from her 2015 album Sprained Ankle, Julien has been touring North America over the summer. continued...

Crystal Castles at the Commodore
by Reed Johnson

It hasn’t been a good year for Canadian musicians, or at least the older bands. Spirit of the West is no longer, Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer, and Neil Peart has made suggestions towards retiring. Though these tragic facts affect these legendary Canadian bands, Crystal Castles has somehow been continuing with a different lead singer. continued...

Tortoise at the Imperial
by Trevor Wilson

On April 28th, 2016, I witnessed a tortoise in the downtown Eastside area of Vancouver. This was not a reptile that walks slowly and carries itself in a shell, but five individuals that call themselves, Tortoise. A band that plays a multitude of instruments in an exceptionally slow pace for the most part, but also ironically fast. This band is at the epicenter of unconventional means of tackling the rock band formula and launching it on its head, by way of jazz leanings and hip-hop backdrops filtered through instrumental compositions. continued...

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