Couldn't make it out last night? You missed black-metal bands Mayhem and Watain at the Rickshaw. Craig Gilbert was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. The Mayhem and Watain at the Rickshaw Theatre on January 26, 2015. Thanks Craig.

Live Nation has announced that American rock group Faith No More will play a show at the PNE Forum on Wednesday, April 15.

The Bay Area band is currently wrapping up work on its follow-up to 1997’s Album of the Year.  The as-of-yet untitled album is due this May via Reclamation Recordings.

“Here we go,” says founder and bass player Bill Gould. “First North American tour dates, some in cities we haven’t played in over 17 years.  We are armed with the new material and ready for whatever comes our way.”

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."

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