The 22nd annual Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival takes place at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds from August 15 to 17. The festival is the largest music festival in B.C.’s Interior.

This year’s festival will be headlined by Mavis Staples, an iconic American R&B and gospel singer. She is best known for her family’s band, the Staple Singers, but has forged an admirable career as a soloist as well. In 2010, her 13th studio album, You Are Not Alone, won the Grammy Award for Best Americana Album.

Zakiya Hooker will perform at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) on August 9. The singer-songwriter will be joined by her husband, producer Chris James for an unforgettable night of music, which will complete the Aaargon Music on the Grill Series.

Hooker, who is the daughter of legendary blues icon John Lee Hooker, made her debut in 1991 and has since gone on to perform with Etta James, John Hammond, Taj Mahal, and Charlie Musselwhite. Hooker’s latest album, 2009’s Boogie with the Hook Records, showcases her signature silky-rich vocals.

James is a blues icon himself, having performed with 60s R&B group Natural Four and artists such as Earth Wind and Fire, The Temptations, and Kool and the Gang.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed American rapper and performance artist Mykki Blanco at Celebrities. Kelsey was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Mykki Blanco at Celebrities Nightclub on July 30, 2014. Thanks Kelsey.

Like Halloween, when the early October fogs start to roll in, and Christmas when the drug store starts playing "Jingle Bells" on November 1, 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.

Dick Wagner–who played stunning lead-guitar in the seventies for the likes of Aerosmith, Lou Reed, and Alice Cooper–died today in Phoenix at the age of 71. He had been hospitalized after contracting a lung infection following heart surgery in early July.

I was crazy about Wagner’s guitar playing before I even knew who he was. As a hired gun, he played on those awesome Alice Cooper albums like School’s OutBillion Dollar Babies, and Muscle of Love when Cooper’s lead-guitarist Glenn Buxton was too drug-addled to get it right.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Philadelphia indie-rock band The War on Drugs at the Rickshaw. David Sojka was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. The War on Drugs at the Rickshaw Theatre on July 29, 2014. Thanks David.

Melo Productions has announced that reggae groups Easy Star All-Stars, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and Tatanka will play a show at Venue on Thursday, September 18. 

Easy Star All-Stars has established itself as one of the top international reggae acts since its live debut in 2003.

On this tour, the group is returning to its first release to celebrate the decade anniversary of Dub Side of the Moon, a complete reggae re-imagining of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is an American jam reggae band based in Rochester, New York whose eclectic blend of roots reggae, dub, and afrobeat has garnered it a large and growing following. 

Four months ago I did a blog about Led Zeppelin releasing deluxe reissues of its first three albums, under the headline "Led Zeppelin super-deluxe boxed sets destroy all other boxed sets."

Well, I take it back.

Today the legendary hard-rockers announced that they are releasing two more deluxe editions, and these are the ones that really destroy all other boxed sets.

At least until that Physical Graffiti boxed set comes along.

Like Halloween, when the early October fogs start to roll in, and Christmas when the drug store starts playing "Jingle Bells" on November 1, 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.

We've found the perfect protest anthem for community gardeners in the Arbutus corridor seeking to keep their kale out of the clutches of Canadian Pacific Railway.

The lyrics to "In Da Garden", by someone named Gabriel, start out like so:

Go go go go go
Go CP, It's your railway,
We going to garden like its our railway
We going to eat brocolli like its our railway
and you know we don't give a **** it's not your railway!

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