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Post thumbnail of Gallery/Review: Hot Hot Heat – “Awww, Bless”
25 September 2010

Gallery/Review: Hot Hot Heat – “Awww, Bless”

Victoria’s Hot Hot Heat made it back to the West Coast on Sept 24 to play the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. For the numbers-inclined of you, they played 6 songs from their 1st (proper) album, 3 from their second, one from their third and a whopping 7 from their latest. So now you know.

Post thumbnail of Gallery/Review: PAVEMENT Live in Vancouver – Actually Amazing
8 September 2010

Gallery/Review: PAVEMENT Live in Vancouver – Actually Amazing

Between drinking with Bob Nastanovich and talking hockey with Steve Malkmus, old interviews with Scott Kannberg, customs with Steve West and family with Mark Ibold, the Backstage Rider actually manages to catch reunited indie slackers Pavement play a two-hour set. AND IT IS REALLY GOOD. Peep the photos, they’re also REALLY GOOD.

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26 August 2010

Klaxons Debut New Album at Intimate London Show

What’s a visit to London, England without a last-minute plea for guestlistage to the Klaxons as they debuted their brand-new second album Surfing the Void? Not much, really. The Klaxons sorted the BackstageRider out, put us on the list and also managed to make a fair few other feet dance in the process. Welcome back, madmen.

Post thumbnail of Behind Alan Moore’s UNEARTHING: Interview with Adam Drucker/DoseOne and Stuart Braithwaite from Mogwai
19 August 2010

Behind Alan Moore’s UNEARTHING: Interview with Adam Drucker/DoseOne and Stuart Braithwaite from Mogwai

Graphic novelist and odball genius Alan Moore has a new project out called “Unearthing.” It’s cool, it’s creepy, and it’s got music from Stuart from Mogwai, Mike Patton from Faith No More and DoseOne. Backstagerider talks to do DoseOne and Stuart about the project, the music, the backstory and their favourite Moore comics.

Post thumbnail of GALLERY: Matisyahu Live, photos by Kris Krüg
13 August 2010

GALLERY: Matisyahu Live, photos by Kris Krüg

Reggae’s favourite Jew, Matisyahu, made his way back to Vancouver. And we’ve got all the lovely pics courtesy of local cyberpunk Kris Krüg. Open your eyes and peruse the gallery!

Post thumbnail of Introducing: Hot Tub – Technicolour Dream Leggings in Video, Pictures
8 August 2010

Introducing: Hot Tub – Technicolour Dream Leggings in Video, Pictures

Oakland, Cali’s sexy colour explosion Hot Tub made a repeat visit to Vancouver as openers for Woodhands. And then all hell broke loose. Check the pics. Check the video. Check them out.

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7 August 2010

Joanna Newsom and Robin Pecknold: The Story of the Faerie Princess and The Forest Gnome

Why write a concert review when you can draft a tale involving a faerie princess and a forest gnome? Presenting the BackstageRider’s take on Joanna Newsom and Robin Pecknold’s August 5th live show at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver.

Post thumbnail of The Sick of Being Sick Playlist – BackstageRider’s House of Pain
15 July 2010

The Sick of Being Sick Playlist – BackstageRider’s House of Pain

Hey guess what! I was in hospital on Monday-Tuesday! And off sick for the rest of it! Hurrah! Or not. Find, herewith, a Top 25 Playlist entitled “Sick of Being Sick”. Miss Misery loves company so bear this in mind the next time you’re fluey.

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30 June 2010

The Heavy – UK Funksoulbrothers. Check it Out Now. Etc.

Must resist urge to make forced play on the phrase “He ain’t Heavy, he’s my brother”. England’s latest media darlings have brought the funk. And it’s heavy, man. Introducing a band you should probably know about.

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