Viewing Category : Generally Rocktacular

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3 January 2012

On the Road with Dinosaur Jr and Henry Rollins: Part 1, Seattle

I spent two days on the road in Seattle and Vancouver with Dinosaur Jr as they toured and played their 1988 classic “Bug” in its entirety, and were interviewed on stage by former Black Flag icon Henry Rollins. It was, in a word, EPIC. Read/see now. Here’s Part 1: Seattle

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21 December 2011

Top 11 of 2012: Why Look Back When You Can Look Forward?

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What’s the point of looking back? Here’s the BackstageRider Top 11 Things to Look Forward to in 2012 (so far) with a bit of back-looking, I admit, in the form of musicks I did very much enjoy as well as some guesses about what might be awesome next year.

Post thumbnail of Two nights of THE NATIONAL in Vancouver – View from the front row! Songs from the chairs! Penis jokes! Meeting Matt Berninger!
4 December 2011

Two nights of THE NATIONAL in Vancouver – View from the front row! Songs from the chairs! Penis jokes! Meeting Matt Berninger!

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So, yeah, two nights of beautiful shows by the National were capped off by meeting 3/5ths of them, touching Matt Berninger, listening to him say “penis” a lot, and being in the front row for both nights. Check out my banter rundown, the videos and my point n’ shooty pics.

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28 November 2011

Who watches THE WATCHMEN? Canadian rock band returns from the ’90s as time stands still

Winnipeg’s The Watchmen returned to Vancouver after a nearly 9 year absence, for Grey Cup (that’s football) celebrations, and the BackstageRider is thrown back through time. Check out the lush gallery of photos and a fun little story.

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21 November 2011

Deaf From Above: DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979’s Wall of Sound Wants to Destroy You

Death from Above 1979 rebuilt their Wall of Sound and brought it crashing down on Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom on November 20 & 21. We survived, did you? Pics by Ashely Tanasiychuk.

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20 November 2011

WU LYF Live: Hyped UK Band (Actually) Meets Expectations

Oh look! Another hyped UK band makes the rounds of North American on its first tour! How did WU LYF fare? Pretty good, if you ask me. And you have. Read the epic review, see the video and click on the pics for effect.

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8 November 2011

LEMONHEADS: It’s a Shame About Ray (and kinda, about Evan Dando)

Evan Dando and two other guys, collectively known as The Lemonheads, were in Vancouver on November 4 performing “It’s a Shame About Ray.” Woulda been brilliant if Dando had channeled less slack and more charisma.

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22 October 2011

London’s MALE BONDING at Vancouver’s Electric Owl: GALLERY/REVIEW

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SubPop noisepop from London, UK’s Male Bonding as they took over the Electric Owl in Vancouver on October 21. Bring on the fuzzy hookiness!

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14 October 2011

Gallery/Review: STEPHEN MALKMUS & The Jicks Get Loose

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Steve Malkmus from Pavement’s a vampire, right? That’s why he doesn’t age? Alas, my attempt at draining his blood when he played Vancouver’s Biltmore Cabaret on October 12, with his trio, The Jicks, didn’t quite work out…but, whatever, it was a fun night anyway. Check out the pics, and my clever attempt to talk to him via my iPhone.

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