Music

Mark Eitzel | Don't Be A Stranger [review]

My favourite part about listening to boring music is that I can turn it off whenever I want. But when you’ve been asked to review said music, then it becomes a much more challenging task. I found myself drifting away from actually paying attention to the record, and more thinking about what the hell I was going to write about. I mean, the album isn’t bad, but it’s not good either. It’s just, there. It sounds like almost every other solo effort ever written.

Music Review |The Zolas-Ancient Mars

Vancouver locals, The Zolas, could quite possibly become the next di-cephalic ensemble to reach the masses with their Siamese sounds. On their most recent recording, Ancient Mars, the keyboard/guitar driven Zolas hit their stride like Secretariat catching the last furlong at Steeple Chase. Their melodies are somehow bouncy and sexy at the same time, and find perfect pockets within playfully dark swordplay between punchy piano riffs and jangly guitar.

Permanent Collection

ON AUGUST 7TH, BAY AREA BAND PERMANENT COLLECTION RELEASED NEWLY WED NEARLY DEAD, THEIR MOST EXCELLENT FULL LENGTH ON LOGLADY RECORDS. ON JUNE 22ND, THEY PLAYED A PACKED, SWEATY SHOW IN AN INDUSTRIAL AREA OF VANCOUVER. THAT NIGHT THEY HAD A FEW DRINKS, AND PARTIED WITH ION UNTIL ABOUT 4:30AM AND ONLY THEN DID THEY GIVE US AN INTERVIEW. WHAT WAS SAID THAT NIGHT WAS A CANDID TORNADO OF NON SEQUITURS AND INTERJECTIONS. THESE ARE THE WORDS OF JASON HENDARDY, BRENDEN NERFA, MEGAN DABKOWSKI AND MIKE STILLMAN: PERMANENT COLLECTION.

The Tontons | Golden [video]

Every so often we come across a band that is so good, we just have to share. Meet The Tontons. Enjoy.

POP Montreal Wrap-up

Music festivals are overwhelming. So many great acts, so much going on, all at the same time. All you can really do is make educated guesses and hope what you chose is worth it, and cooler than the thing going on down the street. With so much at this year’s POP Montreal, it was a safe to say that wherever you were, it would be worth it.

Humans @ POP Montreal (ION Showcase)

As soon as Humans took the stage to close out ION's Showcase at POP Montreal,with Boompa and Hybridity, people couldn’t stop moving. The music, so direct, so instantly gratifying, so much fun, jumped, leapt and then took off, almost seeming to be dancing itself, to be leading the way in a procession.

Grimes @ POP Montreal

Two young women wrapped in plastic jumped out onto the stage and took their place at their stations, as thrilled as their audience to be there. Moments later out comes Vancouver-born, Montreal-bred Grimes, glowing, hungry, ready to do her thing, to be herself.

EXCLUSIVE | We Need Surgery-album premiere

We Need Surgery's origins date all the way back to 2007 when they gathered one night in Seoul just to jam for fun. By the time the sun had risen they had written eight songs and two nights later played their first live show. 2009 brought about a series of line-up changes, solidifying the band and their sound with three Canadians from Vancouver, Brandon Butler, Miso Stefanac and Valentino Avignoni, American Paul Johnson and Korean Jungkyu Lim (aka Johnny Q).

Eight and a Half @ POP Montreal

“I’ve gained a lot of weight since I was twenty-two… and then I wrote a song about it… and this is it,” frontman Dave Hamelin of newly formed Eight and a Half shared with his audience last night at La Tulipe, kicking off the first night of POP Montreal.

Festival de musique émergente 2012

Think about the last ten years of your life. Who were you back then? What were you wearing? Is there any constant over that decade that remains with you today? Working on any project close to one’s heart that long, is near impossible.

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