Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Queens-based hip-hop legend Nas at the Vogue. Hasham Brar was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Nas at the Vogue Theatre on October 16, 2014. Thanks Hasham.

This week, Femen protesters drenched themselves in simulated blood to express their outrage over Russian president Vladimir Putin's treatment of Ukraine.

But this isn't the first time that fake blood has replaced ice-cube-filled water to get a political point across.

In September, a Philadelphia youth council called In Defense of Black Bodies posted a blood-bucket video on YouTube to oppose racism in America.

The images are accompanied by the song "Strange Fruit" by Nina Simone.

Live Nation has announced that English singer-songwriter Sam Smith will play a show at Rogers Arena on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, in support of his debut studio album, In the Lonely Hour.

When he reached number one on the singles chart last year, collaborating with London production wizard Naughty Boy, on the global hit single La, La, La, Smith says he felt relieved.

"It’s almost like a little gift," he says. "Now I’ve had a number one I don’t feel that pressure. Of course I want the songs to do well but it’s about making an artistic statement."

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Los Angeles-based singer Banks at the Commodore. Aida Esmaili was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Banks at the Commodore Ballroom on October 15, 2014. Thanks Aida.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Leeds indie-rock band Alt-J at the Orpheum. Steph Fong was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Alt-J at the Orpheum Theatre on October 14, 2014. Thanks Steph.

Twenty-five years ago today--on October 15, 1989--a 37-year-old Kim Mitchell played the Orpheum Theatre, touring behind his third solo album, Rockland.

In advance of the show I interviewed him on the phone from his Toronto home, and we talked a bit about the new album, which was gettting a buzz at the time from the raucous single "Rock N Roll Duty".

But mostly we talked about Max Webster. Man, I loved that band.

What took you so long to get Rockland out? It's been three years since Shakin' Like a Human Being.

Between Two Ferns never fails to deliver an uncomfortable exchange, and Zach Galifinakis interviewing Justin Bieber is pure awkward gold.

"I've just never interviewed a seven-year-old before," Galifianakis wearily says near the beginning of the interview.

"Your young punk attitude is not gonna work in this interview," Galifianakis chastizes the scandal-plagued pop singer in this Funny or Die clip before asking him about the Anne Frank "Belieber" controversy as well as the video of the young star peeing in a bucket.

Among the revelations, Bieber says he'd like to be a time traveller and claims he's never ordered a Happy Meal. 

Couldn't make it out last Saturday night? You missed rising Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ at the Vogue. Hakeem Hussein was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Joey Bada$$ at the Vogue Theatre on October 11, 2014. Thanks Hakeem.

It would be impossible to overstate the greatness of keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens's contribution to Jack White's show at Deer Lake Park at the end of August.

Today (October 14), the 38-year-old musician was found dead in his hotel room in Puebla, Mexico. The cause of death is under investigation, although authorities revealed that drugs and alcohol were found in the room. 

White's two remaining dates in Mexico have been cancelled. On his Facebook page, White stated: "We will all miss you Ikey. You were and are an incredible artist."

Owens was also known for his extensive work with the Mars Volta. 

Thirty years ago today—on October 13, 1984—British pop-rock/new-wave group the Fixx played the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The previous year the band had had a million-selling album called Reach the Beach, which you may recall for the hit single "One Thing Leads to Another".

In advance of the show I interviewed frontman Cy Curnin and we chatted about the band's origins, video censorship, Tina Turner, and other stuff. Since the turkey's in the oven and I've got nothing else to do for the next four hours, I'm gonna retype the brunt of the story for all those hardcore fans just jonesing for their 30-year-old Fixx fix.

Here's the story that ran in the Oct. 12-19 issue of the Straight

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