What’s in Your Fridge is where the Straight asks interesting Vancouverites about their life-changing concerts, favourite albums, and, most importantly, what’s sitting beside the Heinz Ketchup in their custom-made Big Chill Retropolitan 20.6 cubic-foot refrigerators.


On the grill

Trevor Risk

Who are you

We actually don't have enough space here to tell you everything Trevor Risk does, but here's a short list of some of his many jobs: frontman of dream-pop band Sunshine; freelance writer; club-night promoter and DJ (Come Friday, Ice Cream Social); and project manager, brand ambassador, and all-around arbiter of cool at Light Organ Records. In other words, Risk basically runs this town. 

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed the not exactly adult contemporary band Pure Bathing Culture at the Media Club. Kristina Kolosova was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Pure Bathing Culture at the Media Club on July 24, 2014. Thanks Kristina.

One of my favourite things to do as a music-crazed teen in the '70s was to go to record stores and buy albums based solely on how rockin' they looked.

I can still remember checking out the record bins and laying my eyes on a 1972 album by a group that I'd never heard before called Status Quo. The album was called Piledriver. Did it ever look rockin':

I snapped that sucker up and took it home and spent many an hour transfixed by its straightforward guitar-boogie. I was especially fond of a song called "Big Fat Mama", which was fast and then slow and then fast again and went on for like six minutes or so.

Uptown Live MusicFest takes over the Uptown business district (at 6th Avenue and 6th Street in New Westminster) on August 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The third-annual festival is free and open to people of all ages.

This year’s festival features an impressive lineup of local and international musicians, including headliners Five Alarm Funk and Texas-based rockers The Bright Light Social Hour. Other artists performing at the fest include Rykka, BESTiE, Jordan Klassen, The Matinee, Ash Grunwald, Headwater, Pacifika, Santa Lucia, Redeye Empire, Halfway to Hollywood, Rich Hope and the Blue Rich Rangers, and Ben Rogers.

The Bass Coast music festival happening in Merritt August 1 to 4 has announced it will not allow ticket holders to wear Native headdresses on-site.

A July 23 message posted on the event’s Facebook page emphasizes that this policy will be enforced.

For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, onsite. Our security team will be enforcing this policy.

We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Canadian math-pop band Tommy Alto at the Biltmore. Laura Cuthbert was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Tommy Alto at the Biltmore Cabaret on July 23, 2014. Thanks Laura.

Like Halloween, when the early October fogs start to roll in, and Kanye West when he isn’t cancelling his shows the day they are supposed to happen, it’s starting to feel like it’s almost here.

Yes, we’re talking about the Squamish Valley Music Festival, taking place August 8 to 10 at the Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields. In anticipation of the big event—headlined by Eminem, Bruno Mars, and Arcade Fire—we’re spending the next few weeks rounding up local artists who’ll be playing the open-air party, and getting them to answer some important questions.

BREAKING: through sources that will remain nameless, the Newt has managed to aquire a photo of evil L.A. gangsta rapper Snoop Dogg trying to corrupt innocent Canadian TV character "Bubbles" with what looks like a marijuana cigarette, or "joint" as the Yankee drug fiends like to call it.

The shocking incident apparently occured at the Pemberton Music Festival over the weekend.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed English electronic producer and musician Jon Hopkins at Fortune Sound Club. Devin Cox was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Jon Hopkins at Fortune Sound Club on July 22, 2014. Thanks Devin.

Thirty years ago today—on July 23, 1984—Kim Mitchell played the first show of a two-night stand at Club Soda, that old rockin' party palace on Homer Street.

He had just released his second solo album, Akimbo Alogo, and f*** was that a great album!

Besides his biggest solo hit ever, "Go For Soda", Akimbo boasted such Pye Dubois-cowritten classics as "Diary for Rock 'n' Roll Men", "Rumour Has It", and that primo ode to brewskis, "Lager & Ale".

That album was as good as anything Max Webster put out, and that's saying a lot.

Mitchell called me from Toronto the week before the Vancouver doubleheader, and here's what went down: