MUSIC PREVIEW: Geoff Berner stays on message

MUSIC PREVIEW: Geoff Berner stays on message

Rachel Notley is on the record for being a “huge” fan of Geoff Berner. “I love his sense of humour, his angles on issues, he’s very cutting, he’s very witty,” the Premier of Alberta told GigCity in 2016. And Geoff Berner – the klezmer-loving accordion-squeezing political folksinger from B.C. – is on the record for […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: The Dears darlings of indie rock

MUSIC PREVIEW: The Dears darlings of indie rock

The Dears have been around almost as long as “indie rock” has been a thing, forming in Montreal in 1995 and releasing their debut album End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story in 2000. Their particular brand of rock music, both dark and orchestral, has found them fans across the continent, and three of their albums […]

REVIEW: Bahamas pretty heavy for soft rock

REVIEW: Bahamas pretty heavy for soft rock

There’s a keen musical mind lurking behind the dark wit of the man who calls himself Bahamas. Or maybe it’s the other way around. During his show at the Winspear Centre on Monday night, Bahamas picked out a couple in the front row who’d told him they just got engaged to his song Lost in […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Bahamas or Dwight Yoakam, tough choice

MUSIC PREVIEW: Bahamas or Dwight Yoakam, tough choice

You concert promoters need to get it together. You give us weeks of nothing but sporadic metal and classic rock shows during a usually dead time of year – and then on the same otherwise unassuming first Monday night of March you book two must-see acts in two concert halls at opposite sides of town. […]

Portugal. The Man. Greater. Than. That One Hit.

Portugal. The Man. Greater. Than. That One Hit.

It’s always a interesting experience seeing a concert from a modern rock band known in the mainstream for only one massive radio hit. Seems like they’re all that way these days. You never know what you’re going to get. They could be a box of chocolates – or as has been witnessed once or twice, […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Fearing loathing Trump

MUSIC PREVIEW: Fearing loathing Trump

Stephen Fearing was born in Vancouver, raised in Ireland, lived in Minnesota and wound up back in Vancouver in 1984 – where only then he became the Canadian folk hero he is today. He could live anywhere – and America is bottom of the list. In the area for a trio show at Festival Place […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Jay-Z state of mind

MUSIC PREVIEW: Jay-Z state of mind

News that Jay-Z has finally admitted he cheated on his wife Beyonce has us all thinking of how we can possibly separate artists from their art in this day and age. Musical artists might get more of a pass than actors or media personalities, because their art – their songs – sometimes becomes so disconnected […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Rural Alberta Advantage shows deep roots

MUSIC PREVIEW: Rural Alberta Advantage shows deep roots

The Rural Alberta Advantage is in town for a couple of sold out shows at Union Hall, including tonight. The band name was coined by frontman Nils Edenloff’s brother discussing heading back to the family farm in Donalda, where Nils also spent part of his childhood. A number of the band’s songs relate to Alberta […]

PLAYBILL: In with Gretzky, out with DISNEY!

PLAYBILL: In with Gretzky, out with DISNEY!

Northlands Coliseum will be hosting its last show ever this weekend. After that, what? They’re tearing it down to build a domed waterpark? Not super clear on that. Anyway, capping 43 years of memories, where once Gretzky skated will now be the icy stage for Mickey and Minnie Mouse and all their friends – stars […]

REVIEW: alt-j weirdest band in the universe

REVIEW: alt-j weirdest band in the universe

If there is such a thing as being the exact opposite of “radio friendly,” the band alt-j would win the prize. Thank God! Radio is getting too friendly as it is. This trio of British nerds have decided to take the rock ‘n’ roll rule book, throw it out the window and reinvent the art […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: alt-j a Delta Force

MUSIC PREVIEW: alt-j a Delta Force

Just curious: What happens when you actually press “alt-j” on a computer keyboard? Hmm, nothing. Or wait. What’s this: ∆ … is the actual name of the band. It’s Delta, the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet, and it refers to the discriminant of a polynomial equation, among other things. Does that help? Right. So […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Say Yes to Yes

MUSIC PREVIEW: Say Yes to Yes

Eight members of the progressive rock band Yes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame earlier this year, in what some would argue was the apogee of their historic musical career. Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the British prog-rock band – yes, 50th – and they’re already planning an […]

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