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23 July 2010

Sex With Strangers + Bocci + Pimm’s = Summer

What would summer be without a little Bocci? Ah bocci, the art of throwing small, heavy globes at each other across a lawn. And to make it more rock, let’s just add in Vancouver’s robot rockers Sex With Strangers, shall we?

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19 July 2010

The Grapes of Wrath Reunion – What Was Going Through My Head

Welcome back to the much-loved, curly-haired, 90s rock heroes, The Grapes of Wrath. The original trio of Kevin Kane, Tom Hooper and Chris Hooper played their first gig together in over a decade this past weekend, and we were there. Check out the mahoosive photo gallery and beer-soaked memories.

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15 July 2010

The Sick of Being Sick Playlist – BackstageRider’s House of Pain

Hey guess what! I was in hospital on Monday-Tuesday! And off sick for the rest of it! Hurrah! Or not. Find, herewith, a Top 25 Playlist entitled “Sick of Being Sick”. Miss Misery loves company so bear this in mind the next time you’re fluey.

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15 July 2010

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: What Jason Hill of Louis XIV Did Next

Following a world tour with The Killers, San Diego rockers LouisXIV went on hiatus and singer Jason Hill seemed to go off the grid for a year. What did he get up to? “I was in a dark place,” he said. Here’s what Jason Hill Did Next in this BSR exclusive.

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6 July 2010

Rock Hands of the Month: REPUBLIC OF LETTERS

July’s Rock Hands of the Month is awarded to the San Diego’s finest and cleanest, Republic of Letters. Bask in this San Diego pop-band’s double devil horn action.

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30 June 2010

The Heavy – UK Funksoulbrothers. Check it Out Now. Etc.

Must resist urge to make forced play on the phrase “He ain’t Heavy, he’s my brother”. England’s latest media darlings have brought the funk. And it’s heavy, man. Introducing a band you should probably know about.

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25 June 2010

GALLERY/VIDEO: CocoRosie Live in Vancouver, June 24

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Avant-freaky sister-act CocoRosie came through Vancouver to the Vogue Theatre on June 24 and brought with them some fabulous tie-dyed body suits, flowy dresses, blue wigs and NYPD baseball caps, plus a harp, a beatboxer, a French pianist, a squeeze box, toys, metallic balloons and a snake-charmer flute. Yep, CocoRosie’s wooshy folkhiphopera is certainly…unique.

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23 June 2010

A Day With Dinosaur Jr/Sebadoh’s Lou Barlow in Seattle

Seven hours with with the King of Lo-Fi. What to do? Start with soundcheck, detour to a homemade dinner and the kindness of strangers, end up backstage with a scaredy cat poster, drink beer, rock out, then laugh a lot. Here’s a photo gallery of the first day of summer, BackstageRider-style. There’s even rockhands.

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19 June 2010

REWIND: Interview with Duran Duran’s John Taylor, 1995

Duran Duran’s bassist, John Taylor, turns 50 years old today. When I imagined this day, I also imagined I’d be flying around with jetpacks. Here’s a REWIND to 1995, a revealing cassette-taped interview with John Taylor in which JT discusses getting fucked up, being pissed off, lacking in humility, how the band have changed and the disaster covers album “Thank You.”

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