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Post thumbnail of DIE ANTWOORD Kick Off World Fokken Tour…Pics by Kris Krüg + Review by Me
14 October 2010

DIE ANTWOORD Kick Off World Fokken Tour…Pics by Kris Krüg + Review by Me

South Africa’s biggest export since District 9, Die Antwoord launched its world tour in support of new album $0$ in Vancouver on October 12 at the Commodore Ballroom. Yep, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er are pretty ZEF. Check out the smokin’ pics, too, FOK JAA!

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!

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23 July 2011

KURT VILE and THURSTON MOORE live in Vancouver

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On a night when Vancouver was home to four really good gig choices at the same time. Photog hero Kris Krüg and I “settled” on Kurt Vile and Thurston Moore. Good choice. Great mumblerock from Vile and some sonic youthful explorations from Moore.

Post thumbnail of The Scoop on THE WEEZER CRUISE with SEBADOH, DINOSAUR JR, YUCK, WAVVES, GENE WEEN, ANTLERS and more
12 July 2011

The Scoop on THE WEEZER CRUISE with SEBADOH, DINOSAUR JR, YUCK, WAVVES, GENE WEEN, ANTLERS and more

Don’t you wanna take me on a sea cruise? WEEZER, SEBADOH, DINOSAUR JR, ANTLERS, GENE WEEN, YUCK, WAVVVES and others are setting sail on an indie-rock cruise in January. Here’s the details. It’s going to be AMAZEBALLS.

Post thumbnail of Rockhands: The SXSW Edition (Starring Yuck, Black Angels, Steve Wynn, Esben & The Witch + more!)
16 March 2011

Rockhands: The SXSW Edition (Starring Yuck, Black Angels, Steve Wynn, Esben & The Witch + more!)

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While the BackstageRider can’t be at SXSW in person, she has deployed a small army to track down the greatest in indierockhands. Featuring Yuck! The Head and the Heart! Young Evils! Black Angels! John Vanderslice! Esben & The Witch! Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3! GroupLove! Sleepy Vikings! They’re here.

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31 December 2010

2010 in Review: The BackstageRider UnList

Saw, met, interviewed and flirted with about 100 bands in 2010, The (First) Year of the BackstageRider. Here’s a recap of the highlights, because no music websites anywhere are doing recaps and I thought I’d be clever…she says, sarcastically. Happy ’11, folks, and thanks for being here!

Post thumbnail of GRINDERMAN Review/Gallery – Nick Cave Blows Minds, Eardrums
28 November 2010

GRINDERMAN Review/Gallery – Nick Cave Blows Minds, Eardrums

Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds – in the shape of Grinderman – were in Vancouver on November 26 at the Commodore Ballroom. They powered through evil rock with the intensity of a jet engine. Photographic proof by the ever-wonderful Kris Krüg, and comparisons to a graphic novel by me.

Post thumbnail of EXCLUSIVE: Q&A with Jake Shears from the Scissor Sisters – “I’m very pro-sex work”
21 September 2010

EXCLUSIVE: Q&A with Jake Shears from the Scissor Sisters – “I’m very pro-sex work”

Night Work. Ian McKellen. His love for Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. Rentboy.com. Jake Shears dishes the disco dirt in this exclusive interview and photo sesh for BackstageRider on the eve of the Scissor Sisters’ final show of its tour.

Post thumbnail of SCISSOR SISTERS Live – Band? Stellar. Venue? “Sucks balls”
17 September 2010

SCISSOR SISTERS Live – Band? Stellar. Venue? “Sucks balls”

Stunning live shots of the Scissor Sisters’ end of tour gig at Malkin Bowl in Vancouver by lensman extraordinaire Kris Krüg. Plus a few breathless and still-wet words from yours truly. They are a study in awesome.

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