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30 April 2013

In Photos: Portraits of the LOCAL NATIVES live in Vancouver

Local Natives played a warm, inviting and love-filled show in Vancouver at the Commodore Ballroom on April 27. Here are a ton of portrait photos to show you what that looks like.

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28 April 2013

PALMA VIOLETS: What Makes A Gig of the Year? This. (Review/Photo Gallery)

GOBSMACKED…is how the gig was described by a fan after the fact. So what makes a show a gig of the year? Let me explain how The Palma Violets perfectly, majestically owned Vancouver and its Biltmore Cabaret on April 26.

Post thumbnail of The Month in (Alt) Rock: VERONICA FALLS, WAMPIRE/FOXYGEN/UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA, WIDOWSPEAK, ENGLISH BEAT, DIAMOND RINGS/OMD…and relax
12 April 2013

The Month in (Alt) Rock: VERONICA FALLS, WAMPIRE/FOXYGEN/UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA, WIDOWSPEAK, ENGLISH BEAT, DIAMOND RINGS/OMD…and relax

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A round up of just a few of the shows that March spat out. But we took it, gladly, and joyously. Here’s a look at Veronica Falls, Wampire/Foxygen/UMO, Widowspeak, English Beat, Diamond Rings and OMD in photos and words.

Post thumbnail of The Legend of HÜSKER DÜ’s BOB MOULD: Live in Toronto at the Horseshoe Tavern (Review/Gallery)
4 March 2013

The Legend of HÜSKER DÜ’s BOB MOULD: Live in Toronto at the Horseshoe Tavern (Review/Gallery)

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A legendary performance by a legend: king among post-punkers Bob Mould from Hüsker Dü (joined by Superchunk’s Jon Wurster and Telekinesis’ Jason Narducy) played the Horseshoe. It was, literally, epic.

Post thumbnail of INTERVIEW: Petey Dammit of THEE OH SEES talks Floating Coffin, Dead Notes and High Guitars
22 February 2013

INTERVIEW: Petey Dammit of THEE OH SEES talks Floating Coffin, Dead Notes and High Guitars

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San Francisco’s chaos-mongers Thee Oh Sees put on a mean live show – and their albums of crazy psych rock are pretty damn tasty too. In this, I interview high-hoisting bassist Petey Dammit on the subject of their new LP Floating Coffin.

Post thumbnail of FOALS: Too Much on the Subject of New Album “Holy Fire” and a Band I Love (+ new video!)
23 January 2013

FOALS: Too Much on the Subject of New Album “Holy Fire” and a Band I Love (+ new video!)

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The first post of 2013 and I’m laying it out. My name’s Mikala and I’m a Foals-a-holic. And I’m also now trying to wrap my head around their new album “Holy Fire.”

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25 December 2012

The BackstageRider Definitive TOP 11 “THINGS” OF 2012

In which I dissect the year in a painstaking, list-like fashion. The last few months may have sucked, but overall, this was a ROCKTACULAR year for the BSR.

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9 December 2012

ROCKHANDS of the month: PENN & TELLER

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Every once in a while, several rockhands of such brilliance MAGICALLY appear in your inbox, from another Rockhands Soldier out there in the trenches. That someone so awesome, like Braden Deans of Vancouver, would take the time to corner the awesomely weird magicians, both Penn AND Teller, and get them …

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20 November 2012

Dancing with DIAMOND RINGS (Photos/Review)

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Kind of rad to see the evolution of a pop star unfold before your very eyes. Here’s my take on Diamond Rings now, versus then. Includes some dancing, Red Bull, Deee-Lite and an enormous photo gallery.

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