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| November 11, 2014

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Dawn Golden - Still Life (Review)

September 26, 2014 |

It took three years for Dexter Tortoriello, better known as Dawn Golden, to release his debut album, Still Life. The Chicago local spent the years fine-tuning (ahem, delaying) the album despite fervid anticipation after releasing his beautifully morose Blacks EP … Read More

Concert Review: Chet Faker in Vancouver

September 24, 2014 |

Chet Faker came to Vancouver and gave me everything I wanted. Easing into chilled-out, neo-soul tracks, the crowd’s urge to move was tangibly repressed in Faker’s showing of controlled production and musicianship that built up to electronic soul stand outs … Read More

Kimbra’s The Golden Echo like singing into the wind

September 11, 2014 |

On her second album The Golden Echo Kimbra Lee Johnson, who co-produced the album with Rich Costey (among others) steps out on her own with a bombastic effort that occasionally demonstrates her vocal talent while ultimately echoing the sonic properties of her pop competitors.Read More

Concert Review: How To Dress Well in Chicago

September 7, 2014 |

Last Thursday brought Chicago-native singer How To Dress Well home to close fans and friends. Set in the the Museum of Contemporary Art’s theater, the 250 patrons sat in reverie of an intimate and emotional performance. With only strewn candles … Read More

Afie Jurvanen comfortable behind moniker on ‘Bahamas Is Afie’

September 5, 2014 |

On his third release ‘Bahamas Is Afie’ Jurvanen returns with another honest and heartfelt record that reflects the developments in his life both as a musician and as a man.Read More

First City Festival 2014 In Review

September 3, 2014 |

First City Festival is the young, boutique festival out of Monterey, CA, done by the same promoters of Coachella. Only into its second year, First City Festival 2014 boasted artists like How to Dress Well, Liars, and Phantogram which piqued … Read More

Concert Review: Jack White at Deer Lake

August 29, 2014 |

In support of his latest album, Lazaretto, Jack White took to the stage at Vancouver’s Deer Lake Park. His latest effort has entered the record books for being the best selling vinyl record in 20 years and for having the … Read More

FKA twigs - LP1 (Review)

August 20, 2014 |

“What kind of music is FKA twigs? Like, what genre?”

“…um, yes?”

For months I’ve grappled with piecing together how to holistically describe FKA twigs’ sound without a paragraph long, abstract explanation. Then, finally, on a glorious Tuesday I had … Read More

Eminem Closes Squamish Valley Music Festival with Superstar Set

August 12, 2014 |

After an obligatory day of rest Kevin Vanstone is back from the Squamish Valley Music Festival to review the best of the fest, beginning with the weekend’s headliners of Bruno Mars, Arcade Fire, and Eminem.Read More

Ain’t Hard To Tell: Nas’ Squamish Set Confirms Legendary Status

August 9, 2014 |

Touring on the strength of Illmatic Nas stepped out onto the Squamish Valley Music Festival stage Friday night to deliver a blistering performance. Read More