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17 May 2010

Turin Brakes Talk About 10 Years, 5 Albums, Take That…and Perseverance

Heard of Turin Brakes? No? If you were living in the UK in the early aughties, you’d not be able to escape their brand of edgy folk-rock. But 10 years on, Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian find themselves having to reintroduce the band and their new album Outbursts… but are all the more relaxed for it. Read on in this exclusive Backstage Rider interview.

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17 May 2010

GALLERY: Turin Brakes Kick Off First North American Tour in 5 Years

UK folksters Turin Brakes hit the West Coast for their first North Uhmerican gigs in 5 years in Vancouver. Check out the extensive gallery from the May 9 Venue show.

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22 April 2010

Yeasayer Live: Gig of the Year? Errr…

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Yeasayer’s Vancouver visit was prepped and primed and ready to go off. And it did. Just not at the levels of nuclear awesomeness that many of us expecting. Find out why, and peruse the exhaustive – well, okay, there’s 12 photos – gallery.

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14 April 2010

GALLERY: London’s The XX – Live: “Catatonic (in a good way)”

Moody ambient music begins! Shadows spread across a white curtain! The shroud drops! Snazzy lights and dry ice! Gritty soul voices and new wave electronic beats! Welcome to world of London’s The XX live. Click through for pics from the show and a wee roundup of their April 13 show.

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7 April 2010

Sigur Rós’ Jónsi Debuts Solo Show and Tour in Vancouver

Wild animations, soaring vocals and a stunning musical performance: Sigur Ros’ Jónsi launched his visual and aurally stunning live show in Vancouver on April 6 in support of his brand new solo album, Go. All hail Iceland and its incredible and bonkers musical exports.

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29 March 2010

Interview: Lou Rhodes and “One Good Thing”

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An ode to Lou Rhodes, the flaming redhead singer-songwriter of loveliness, and her brand new new album One Good Thing. Oh, and there’s an interview, too.

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24 January 2010

Me and Steve Earle (Live at the 2010 Cultural Olympiad)

Twenty years on from first meeting and interviewing Steve Earle, and the hardcore troubardour is still telling great stories…and talking about jail. Of course.

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24 January 2010

Joel Plaskett…and Dad (Live at the 2010 Cultural Olympiad)

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Nova Scotia’s former Thrush Hermit wins friends, influences people and sings some tremendously amazing songs…with his dad.

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8 January 2010

Mike Doughty: Top 11 New Year’s Resolutions

What sort of New Year’s Resolutions would a big player of small rock have? Friend to the Backstage Rider and perpetual crush, Mike Doughty shares his hopes and aspirations for this year…in 11 bite-sized pieces.

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