Vancouver loves its chamber pop. Let’s be clear about that. If your band has an eclectic range of instruments and a folk mentality, you’re going to fit right in. It’s tiresome and redundant, especially when only a few of these bands take any risks that are worth listening to. But the Ruffled Feathers are restorers of the faith; they are a team of musicians who are quirky enough to really push the boundaries of their potential. At the Bitlmore Cabaret on March 7th they broke the monotonous drone of Vancouver folk pop in gigantic way.
It’s not easy to get Vancouverites dancing, but on February 26th Toro y Moi did their best to turn around Vancouver’s reputation of “No Fun City”.
CJSF 90.1 FM Radio and The Jazz Spectrum are pleased to announce the winner of the Julian Award of Excellence for Emerging Canadian Jazz Artists. First Place and a prize of $500 goes to Tyson Naylor Trio from Vancouver.
CJSF 90.1FM and The Jazz Spectrum are pleased to announce the four nominees for the 2013 Julian Award for Excellence for Emerging Canadian Artists.
The Julian Award is given to a Canadian jazz artist or group who are beginning to establish themselves on the Canadian jazz scene, have released an album in the past 18 months containing original material by a Canadian member of the group and who do not have a contract with a major international music label. First prize is $500 and second prize is $250.
Shane Bunting (aka Madchild) was a part of the hip-hop group Swollen Members until his drug abuse put him in the hospital fighting for his life. After his hospital release, Madchild was clean from drugs for the first time in his life. He spent ten months working on his new solo career and eventually came out with his first album titled ‘Dope Sick’.
October 6, 2012
The Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
For those of you who haven’t heard of Grizzly Bear, I will get you up to speed. Grizzly Bear is an American indie rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2002. The band uses traditional and electronic instruments. Their sound has been described as psychedelic pop, folk rock, and experimental, and is dominated by the use of vocal harmonies.
Imagine Dragons / Rococode
October 6, 2012
VENUE, Vancouver, BC
It’s not everyday an indie nerd like me gets to meet and see a band just before they blow up.
On a Saturday September 29, a night that had Vancouver concert-goers choosing between Madonna, Weeknd, and Bloc Party, a solid crowd turned out to see the return of 90s cult-favourites Garbage.
Animal Collective / Micachu and the Shapes
September 19, 2012
Malkin Bowl/Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC
If there’s a word that could sum up this show I would have to say it would be intensity! There was definitely a crowd and a buzz noise outside Venue on Granville Street as the number of people grew and grew on this night. The doors did not open promptly but the casual delay seemed to allow things to germinate out front, no doubt. I was pleasantly pleased to see the onlookers inside building and diversifying for this show.