Twenty-five years ago today–on September 1, 1989–Johnny Winter played the Commodore. The chance to witness the underrated Texas guitar legend in the confines of one of VanCity’s finest concert venues (for the second time) was not one I was about to pass up.

Besides, at the time I was really grooving on his latest album, The Winter of ’88, especially tunes like “Rain”.

Twenty-five years ago today--on August 31, 1989--Meat Loaf played 86 Street Music Hall, so I went. Here's my Straight review, published in the September 8-15 issue under the headline "The Bat Out of Hell returns for another bite".


It's been a wonderful week for fans of blues-rockin' Strat masters Rory Gallagher and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Here's one for the weekend.

Ukraine-based synthpop dance group Kazaky has released their latest throbber entitled "Pulse".

They're back to busting out their distinct dance style topless in their signature stilettos (which has become a thing in gay dance culture), along with fetishwear and police gear.

One member is missing (again), so they're down to a trio in this outing.

The 30th Vancouver Fringe Festival takes place September 4 to 14, 2014. 

This year's festival kicks off with an opening night fundraiser at Performance Works on Granville Island on Tuesday, September 2, at 6 p.m., with one of the Fringe’s most well known artists, TJ Dawe, in the Vancouver premier of Marathon, as well as a performance by Seattle-based bluegrass rockers, the Cave Singers.

Before TJ Dawe hits the stage, he will join fellow Fringe alumni and ticket purchasers in a pre-show reception with hors d’oeuvres, treats, and beverages courtesy of Dockside Restaurant, the Keg, Camino, McAuslan Brewing, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, and the Liberty Distillery.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed California death-metal band Rings of Saturn at the Rickshaw. Trevor was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Rings of Saturn on the Summer Slaughter Canada Tour at the Rickshaw Theatre on August 25, 2014. Thanks Trevor.

L Jinny is on the verge of becoming one of the most famous rappers of the summer.

That's because various media reports are saying the man also known as Lyricist Jinn is a suspect in the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley.

Intelligence officials haven't named the Islamist with a British accent who was behind the grisly execution.

Keep in mind that L Jinny hasn't been charged let alone convicted in connection with the crime.

However, the British singer's Twitter account shows increasing radicalization.

His real name is Abdel Bary and his father, Adel Abdel Bari, was reportedly an associate of Osama bin Laden.

There was nothing as newsworthy as Miley Cyrus's image-shattering dance with Robin Thicke last year.

But for anyone who missed last night's broadcast of the MTV VMAs, you can check out the video above to see what some people might be talking about in your office.

(Warning: the video is in German because every time we post an English-language version, it seems to get pulled down from YouTube.)

Love her or hate her, you've got to agree that Miley Cyrus, pop provocateur par excellence, is unpredictable. You just never know what the former Hannah Montana star is going to do next, whether it's engage in a Twitter war with Sinéad O'Connor, invite Wayne Coyne on-stage for a heartfelt duet of the Flaming Lips' "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1", or allow a lucky fan to get his grope on at a meet-and-greet.

Couldn't make it out last Friday night? You missed Vancouver's own rock quartet Gob at the Imperial. Ellie Huey was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Gob at the Imperial on August 22, 2014. Thanks Ellie.