A Subjective Summary of the Best New Albums

Something interesting is happening musically this year. A generous supply of remarkable, innovate and often unexpected albums have been released. 2016 was the year we lost too many iconic artists but somehow 2017 (probably not intentionally or karmically) is reminding us music isn’t dead, it will never die and that argument is tired.I typically wait…

 Tyler,The Creator Bloomed into Flower Boy

Odd Future’s front man Tyler,the Creator is an ever evolving musical marvel that is wise beyond his years yet the poster child for juvenile deliquence.It takes a rare kind of intelligence to challenge the norms of hip hop,fashion and manners. Tyler is often found making brash statements during interviews while keeping his sexuality and sobriety…

Mavis Staples at the Winnipeg Jazz Fest

  Photo by Chris Strong Photography There are good concerts, great concerts, excellent concerts and then there are concerts like this. Mavis Staples is a 77 year old R&B, soul and gospel singer from the iconic band with her family members, The Staples Singers. She is a civil rights activist who sings powerful songs about…

Mad Caddies at the Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival

The Victoria, B.C Ska and Reggae Festival is a wonderfully rare music event that is well suited in the enigmatic marvel that is Victoria. The festival takes place smack dab in the core of the tiny yet wildly fun oasis that manages to keep a gyrating pulse on music and art. This year the legendary…

Lynx and the Servants of Song-Northlands

LYNX & the Servants of Song are a multifaceted wall of talent based out of Portland, Oregon, led by the immensely talented Caitlin ‘LYNX’ DeMuth. They have just released their debut album Northlands. Northlands is a collection of exquisitely arranged stories, well earned lessons and refined anecdotes. The lyrics are charmingly insightful, tastefully sentimental and…

The Timeless Misunderstanding of Country and Metal

We have all likely heard somebody say the token term that they like all music, except for country and metal (and sometimes rap, rap is like the y vowel in this equation). The people that say this are generally not huge music people and that’s completely acceptable. I realize not everybody feels the need to…

Leif Vollebekk at the Biltmore

Leif Vollebekk is a remarkable Montreal based singer-songwriter and multi- instrumentalist. He is in the midst of an extensive tour in celebration of his third album Twin Solitude. Vollebekk has been touring with the brilliant Gregory Alan Isakov and has previously toured with Canadian gems Daniel Lanois and Patrick Watson. Vollebekk’s concert at the Biltmore…

Kendrick Lamar-Damn

Kendrick Lamar is easily one of the most important rappers of our generation. His music is a unique dichotomy of highly emotive reflections of our broken society and bona fide club bangers. His lyrical composition and verbal agility is unparalleled. You can just as easily weep to the intense yet wildly real subject matter in…

Why? at Venue in Vancouver March 25

Photo by Eugenie Johnson Why? is an introspective and distinctive band from Berkley, California. Their music is a rare execution of indie-rock, emotionally driven hip-hop and poly-rhythmic folk. They have released five brilliant albums, including their latest Moh Lhean (Anticton), which came out earlier this month. Their concert at Venue smack dab in the core…

Why you don’t enjoy questionable music ironically

Enjoying music ironically is certainly a unique cultural product of the 21st century. The phenomena of liking “bad music” in a funny way with a group of people who have also subscribed to this particular notion is so hot right now. This is evident in the countless clubs that host 90’s nights, 80’s nights, karaoke,…