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9 August 2015

Intergalactic, planetary: UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA and VINYL WILLIAMS

LA’s trippy Vinyl Williams opened up for pop-pysch-oloigsts Unknown Mortal Orchestra on July 26 at the Imperial in Vancouver. Together, they tore a rift in the space-time continuum and filled it with multicoloured and prismatic pretty sounds. See the photos, read the reads.

Post thumbnail of Hey! It’s a YEAR-END LIST: The TOP 11 BSR-est THINGS OF 2013
28 December 2013

Hey! It’s a YEAR-END LIST: The TOP 11 BSR-est THINGS OF 2013

Now that you’re all sick of year-end lists, here’s the only one that matters: MINE. In which I discuss the Top 11 (my lists crank right to 11) Best BSR Things of 2013, featuring Osheaga, Primavera Sound, Sebadoh, Foals, Amanda Palmer and a look at the year ahead.

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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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12 November 2012

Introducing METZ: I Love Them. You Should Love Them, Too

In which you are introduced to a nice trio of Canadian boys who are putting out the best metallicky fuzz-punk of the moment. They are called METZ and you should love them.

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19 February 2012

WEEZER CRUISE Diary Day 4: Sunday, Jan. 22: “THE END IS NIGH”

And now, the end is near. And so we face, the final curtain (or day at sea), on the Weezer Cruise. Here’s the final part of our four-part epic adventure in which we sit down with Rivers Cuomo and say our fond farewells to friends.

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10 February 2012

WEEZER CRUISE Diary Day 3: Saturday, Jan. 21 “BACKSTREET’S BACK”

January 21st will go down in history as: Parasailing in Mexico, eating fajitas with Yuck, rocking out to Pinkerton and Weezer, and going deaf again to Dinosaur Jr, an 80s prom and Backstreet Boys with Lou Barlow. In other words, PERFECT.

Post thumbnail of WEEZER CRUISE Diary – Day 2, Friday, Jan. 20 – “NIGHT OF THE LIVING DRUNKS”
6 February 2012

WEEZER CRUISE Diary – Day 2, Friday, Jan. 20 – “NIGHT OF THE LIVING DRUNKS”

In which I check out The Knocks’ Flip Cup Tourney and Yacht Rock Revue, then get absolutely shitfaced drunk with Yuck and the Nervous Wreckords, continue that through the rest of the gigs including Sebadoh, then pass out naked in my bunk.

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4 February 2012

WEEZER CRUISE Diary – Day 1, Thursday Jan. 19 – “I’M ON A BOAT!!!”

Friend to the (indie rock) stars, the Backstage Rider set sail for Mexico aboard a big honking cruise ship with Weezer, Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh, Yuck, Nervous Wreckords, and a ton more as part of the redonkulous Weezer Cruise. Here’s the start of my EPIC four-day diary series. Part 1, Thursday.

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21 December 2011

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

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.

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