Kiesza is a mystery to me—a Canadian pop singer I was unaware of until I tripped over a reference to her two days ago.

A few websites, one Wikipedia entry, and a music video later, I understand she’s originally from Calgary, Alberta, and that she was codebreaker for the Royal Canadian Navy before she switched to a career in music. Also, her debut single, "Hideaway", entered the U.K. singles charts at No. 1, knocking a single by someone else I’ve never heard of down a notch to No. 2.

For some reason a lotta old-school rock-guitar heroes don't play in Vancouver. They head on up for gigs in Washington State, but then turn around and cruise back down to keep on feeding those riff-starved Americans.

Are the border guards at Canada Customs really that daunting?

Take Pat Travers, for instance. He's half Canadian, but I can't remember the last time he played here. Oh yeah, maybe I can. Was it back around 1983? It's definitely been a while.

Couldn't make it out last Friday night? You missed New Zealand heavy-soul band Shapeshifter at the Imperial. Michaela Smeaton was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Shapeshifter at the Imperial on April 18, 2014. Thanks Michaela.

Thirty years ago tomorrow–on April 21, 1984–Dutch rockers Golden Earring played a concert at UBC. The band was touring behind its N.E.W.S. album, and singer Barry Hay called me from L.A., where the band was touring with Florida rockers .38 Special.

There’s conflicting info about where at UBC the show actually took place. The March 27, ’84 issue of The Ubyssey had an ad for the show under the AMS Concerts banner saying it was at the War Memorial Gym, but in my story that ran in the April 20 issue of the Straight it mentions the UBC Sub Ballroom. I wonder if the show wasn’t selling that great and they moved it to the smaller venue.

Femen leader Anna Hutsol has posted an artistic video on YouTube entitled Women Spring Is Coming.

It's age-restricted, but can't be described as pornographic.

In the video, another Femen leader, Inna Shevchenko, declares that she and her colleagues in the international feminist group are in a war for civil rights.

She implores viewers to help her group allow women to hear their "scream of freedom".

Femen was founded in Ukraine in 2008 and has focused a great deal of attention on Russian president Vladimir Putin's antigay legislation.

The group also opposes the Catholic Church's stance on same-sex marriage and patriarchy in all of its manifestations.

As rap groups go, the Wu-Tang Clan family has included personalities that might charitably be described as “erratic”. 

Right now, as the band prepares the release of its latest record, A Better Tomorrow, you’ve got Raekwon declaring that he’s on strike because fellow Wu-Tang founder RZA is entirely out of touch with what’s going on in the trenches today. Talking to Rolling Stone in an interview posted today, Raekwon described RZA—who has carved out a career scoring Hollywood films—as follows: It’s like being a coach and you won rings back in the day, but now your team is in ninth place. It’s time for a new fucking game plan.”

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Caribbean-born American rapper Trinidad James at Venue. Aaron J. was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Trinidad James at Venue on April 16, 2014. Thanks Aaron.

What’s the capacity of the Rickshaw Theatre? Six-hundred-and-fifty, or so? That’s roughly how many horny people walked out after Goat’s performance in Vancouver last night (April 15). I hope the orgies commenced in all corners of the city.

Goat, if you don’t know, is a “collective” hailing from that noted centre of voodoo magic, northern Sweden. The music is a kind of afro-psyche hybrid if it was distilled through the roughest parts of Detroit in 1975 (ie. not northern Sweden). But more importantly, Goat is all goofy costumes and masks with the heaviest sex-cult vibe this side of Yahowha 13 and the Source Family. Only the music’s better, even if the set-opener “Goatman” (was it? I was drunk) came off more technically impressive than heat-inducing.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Montreal electrofunk duo Chromeo at the Commodore. RecordSlave was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Chromeo at the Commodore Ballroom on April 15, 2014. Thanks RecordSlave.

There's been a lot of rumour and speculation flying around the music world in the last few days regarding the status of legendary Aussie earbusters AC/DC.

Some media outlets were actually reporting the band's demise, claiming that rhythm-guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young had suffered a stroke recently and would never be able to perform again.

Then today the band made this announcement on its website and Facebook page:

After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.

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