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.”

CelticFest Vancouver has announced the lineup for its 11th annual event, which runs March 6-17 at various Vancouver venues.

Highlights include:

Alan Doyle (from Great Big Sea) at the Vogue Theatre on March 6, presented by Live Nation and CelticFest Vancouver.

A Tribute to The Pogues--featuring C.R. Avery, Dustin Bentall, Pat Chessell, Babe Gurr, Rockland Moran, Natalye Vivian, Shane's Teeth, Vagabonds, the Whiskeydick, and emcee Aaron Chapman--at the Imperial on March 7.

Delhi 2 Dublin at the Imperial on March 15.

The Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir at Christ Church Cathedral on March 13.

And CelticFest Ceilidh--with the Paperboys, Mark Sullivan & Andy Hillhouse, and Fásta--at the Imperial on March 14.

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:The sad thing about videos that are shot live is that they rarely capture the energy of a great live band. For the first minute and 40 seconds, that looks like it's going to hold true for "18 Wheels". And then the fire starts.

Live Nation has announced that British electronic group Clean Bandit will perform at the Commodore Ballroom on Wednesday, April 22, as part of the Straight Series. 

Comprised of brothers Jack and Luke Patterson alongside the classically-trained pair of Grace Chatto and Neil Amin-Smith, Clean Bandit formed in 2008 in the dingy confines of a Cambridge nightclub.

Tickets for the show are priced at $24.50 (plus service charges and fees) and go on sale this Friday (January 23) at 10 a.m. on the Live Nation website.

Tickets are also available for purchase by phone at 1-855-985-5000, at Red Cat Records, and at all Ticketmaster Outlets.

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