From the heartfelt soul-pop of Sam Smith to the raging death-metal of Cannibal Corpse, Vancouver crams a shipload of concerts into the year's shortest month.

Here's 50 options to get you filling out your calendar way ahead of time.

FEBRUARY 1: the Rogue Folk Club presents Canadian roots band the Duhks at St. James Hall, performing tunes from latest studio album Beyond the Blue.

FEBRUARY 2-3: avant-garde composer, vocalist, and violinist Iva Bittová fuses the Old World and the contemporary at the Fox Cabaret as part of the PuSh Festival.

Remember when the members of Blink-182 used the 2009 Grammy Awards to announce that they were getting back together after a bitter split? And how they made that announcement with all the enthusiasm of someone confirming a colonoscopy appointment?

Well, it turns out that their seeming lack of joy about returning to action was indeed genuine.

CBS (that’s right, CBS, as opposed to AbsolutePunk.net or HardcoreHarrysBlog.org) has announced that, with the festival season right around the corner, singer-guitarist Tom DeLonge has quit the trio. Again.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed top-drawer ska bands the Aggrolites and the Mad Caddies at the Imperial. Will G. was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. The Aggrolites and the Mad Caddies at the Imperial on January 25, 2015. Thanks Will.

Let’s face it: 3 p.m. is the cruellest time of the workday. The morning latte has worn off, and the post-lunch crash has you staggering around like an extra from a George A. Romero flick. That’s why, each weekday at 3:01 p.m. (with the exception of months-long stretches when we forget to do it), we present you with a video hand-picked to kick-start your heart.

Today’s offering: Don't you sometimes wish protesting was sexy on a Saturday night?

Let’s face it: 3 p.m. is the cruellest time of the workday. The morning latte has worn off, and the post-lunch crash has you staggering around like an extra from a George A. Romero flick. That’s why, each weekday at 3:01 p.m., we present you with a video hand-picked to kick-start your heart.

Today’s offering: It's been raining. For a while now. And somehow, Kimya Dawson's shoulda-been-a-hit antiballad makes that both sadder, and better.


Couldn't make it out last night? You missed melodic death-metal band Dark Tranquility at Venue. Danial Cheung was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Dark Tranquility at Venue on January 22, 2015. Thanks Danial.

Let’s face it: 3 p.m. is the cruellest time of the workday. The morning latte has worn off, and the post-lunch crash has you staggering around like an extra from a George A. Romero flick. That’s why, each weekday at 3:01 p.m., we present you with a video hand-picked to kick-start your heart.

Today’s offering: If we all looked at the world through the eyes of the immortal Ray Harryhausen, this is what the world would like. And with that observation thrown out there...here we go!!!!

 

Here's a true story: two years ago, I was pulled over because I forgot to attach the insurance renewal sticker to my license plate. The Vancouver cop was a complete dick. Even though I had the sticker in my glovebox and promised to pop out of the car and affix it right away, he gave me a $150 ticket. 

His explanation was that "I wouldn't learn anything" if he let me off. Did I mention he was also a complete jerk about it?

Not all police officers are no fun though. Here's wagering that, had I been pulled over in Delaware by Master Cpl. Jeff Davis, the guy would have issued a friendly warning, and then sent me on my merry way. After, that is, he recreated his viral-video rendition of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off."

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Toronto punk-rock duo Death From Above 1979 at the Vogue. Aldi Purnama was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Death From Above 1979 at the Vogue Theatre on January 21, 2015. Thanks Aldi.

Great news for Vancouver's old-school rock fans: Rush has just announced that it will play Rogers Arena on July 17.

Can I get a fvckin-AAA!!!

Here's some promotional bumph:

Over the course of their amazing career, Rush has lived a lifetime together, providing an influential soundtrack to many of their fans’ lives. Some have been with them since the start, while others have discovered them along the way and delved into their incredible body of work.

To quote Dave Grohl from their momentous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “Rush built their following the right way. No hype, no bullshit, they did it from the ground up. Their legacy is incredible and their influence undeniable.”

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