With International Women’s Day just behind us, it’s time to honour our Top 5 female pioneering artists, including Poison Ivy, Suzi Quatro, Betty Davis, Goldie and The Gingerbreads and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Let’s be serious, it’s Robyn’s world and we’re all just out here paying rent in it. Touring for her most recent album, Honey, Robyn performed a sold-out show at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver to close out February.
If you’re the type of band that consistently makes some of the most beautiful music, ever, it’s consummate to parallel its beauty in setting. While a specific venue to listen to alluring, Balkan-inspired indie-rock isn’t necessary, the Orpheum was as good a place as any for Beirut to deliver tunes off their sixth studio album, Gallipoli, out now via 4AD.
They may not be as stripped down as in their previous records, but Almost Free -- out now via Mom + Pop Music (US), Dine Alone (CAN) -- shows that FIDLAR are still loud, evocative and ready to party.
With nearly four months to devour, regurgitate, and fully digest Arctic Monkeys’ most recent album, Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, out now on Domino, it can now be inserted into a definitive ranking of the band’s six studio albums.
Whether it be by choice, or simply not yet their time, the following female-heavy bands are creating exciting, quality music, having yet to become household names, and for that we’re grateful. Get to know Guantanamo Baywatch, Triángulo de Amor Bizarro, The Coathangers, Tacocat, and Peach Kelli Pop.
It’s International Women’s Day and what better time for a new installment of Women of Rock? Today, we’re paying homage to some of the Godmothers of Rock, so get your pencils sharpened and take note!
Milky Chance closed off their North American leg of the "Blossom Tour" with back-to-back sold-out shows in Vancouver.
Portugal. The Man graced Vancouver with their presence for two nights at the Vogue Theatre.
A day that started with a tsunami warning, which turned to hard rain, ended with even harder rock performed by Queens of the Stone Age on the Pacific Coliseum stage.
As history teaches, tremendous hardship leads to pivotal cultural liberation via music. While major names tore up charts in their triumphant return, under the radar women of rock music were making a name for themselves in (somewhat) quiet revolution.
It would appear as though everyone packed into the quaint Vogue lobby was already familiar with a King Gizzard performance, and the way they spoke of them made me that much more anxious.
Kaptur is a new band that has a great understanding of balance and beat, I commend the versatility on Go to Waste.
Our Undivided Attention displays Benchmarks' clear talent as musicians. I, for one, am excited to see how their career progresses with their interesting take on alt-rock.
The following five acts are exceptionally unique, adept musicians that I'm excited for you to listen to. You've gotta check out Habibi, Shannon and the Clams, Nice As Fuck, Babymetal and Cherry Glazerr!
Matthew Good, despite being around for years, is still refreshing in his stage presence. He walks out like the Canadian Rivers Cuomo, but without pizazz - truly there to perform quality music.
Alt-rockers Big Wreck came to shake the Commodore Ballroom a couple weeks ago and rock it they did! A crowd with some age, clearly thrilled to be there, Big Wreck was all smiles throughout the entire performance.
Every time I have seen Arkells they have exuded energy, and when they played Vancouver on February 1st it was no different.
Snowdonia is hearty breath of fresh air. A clear surf rock album complete with perfectly timed wah-wah, super slides, and occasional reverb which closely resembles Astro Coast, having matured.
Vancouver received a true treat last Tuesday when AFI took to the Commodore Ballroom stage. The emo, punk band that developed such a devout following in the early 2000's brought an extraordinarily passionate performance on their first Canadian stop of the "The Blood Tour".