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4 March 2018

TUNE-YARDS and SUPERCHUNK – two thoughts about two gigs

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Two views of two days – thoughts on a Tune-Yards gig held Tuesday, February 27 at the Commodore Ballroom, and a Superchunk gig held Wednesday, February 28 at the Rickshaw Tavern.

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18 February 2018

My take on “Rock and Roll Clichés”, the HEDLEY allegations and the responsibilities of musicians

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Thoughts on the recent HEDLEY accusations, their use of the term “rock and roll clichés”, sexual consent, the roles and responsibilities of musicians, and my experiences within the music industry.

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29 December 2017

The BSR Top 11 Music Moments of 2017

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At first, I didn’t think I could find 11 albums I truly, truly LOVED this year. It felt sparse this year.
But then again, I didn’t really look. My health took a stubborn turn over the year, and I had to bail out of a lot of things that would have …

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3 December 2017

Fear Satan: MOGWAI live in Vancouver (Photos/Review)

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Apologies to Dr. Seuss but “it started in low. Then it started to grow.” Mogwai live at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom on November 25th began benignly then grew into a Cerberus of layered guitars, chugging drums and thrumming bass. But Stuart Braithwaite, Dominic Aitchison and Barry Burns took to the stage …

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5 November 2017

Fall Round Up: PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING in Seattle, INVSN, HAR MAR SUPERSTAR & AFGHAN WHIGS. (Including special mentions of Depeche Mode, Billy Bragg and Steve Earle)

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Fall foliage and great gigs. Here’s a round up of the best shows of September and October, starirng Public Service Broadcasting in Seattle, and Billy Bragg, Steve Earle, Depeche Mode, INVSN and the Afghan Whigs.

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26 September 2017

Photos/review: FUTURE ISLANDS live in Vancouver

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A tired but “silly” and always-awesome Samuel T Herring lead his band of stonefaced men through a rowsing and crowd-pleasing gig at one two Vancouver shows at the Vogue Theatre, on September 24th. Check out the words and the photos to follow.

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18 August 2017

SYLVAN ESSO and JENN WASNER/FLOCK OF DIMES live in Vancouver: Photos

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Occasionally, you need to cleanse your palate of toxic sludge. You need to shake off body aches and pains, politics and despair. You need to slide, like a jelly octopus, off your sofa, and leave everything behind. You need to go down the street to your local Commodore Ballroom, and …

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12 August 2017

An Open Letter to James Murphy of LCD SOUNDSYSTEM on the Subject of His Recent DJ Gig

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Went in with the best of intentions and the willingness to boogie down to a DJ set hosted by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. What’d we get instead? *Insert disappointed ‘Meh’ emoji here*

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15 June 2017

Spooky Action! The JASON LOEWENSTEIN (of Sebadoh) Interview

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15 years since his last solo album, Jason Loewenstein of Sebadoh is on the cusp of releasing his second LP, Spooky Action. Here he talks about what he’s been doing all these years, and what he’s observed about himself and life.

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