It's 20 minutes to showtime and the bleachers are pretty well empty at the Muse show, but the Pacific Coliseum's floor is half full with kids sitting cross-legged like they're at a school assembly. Only time will tell if Silversun Pickups come out to play "Kumbaya".
Georgia Straight music writer Gregory Adams is posting items of interest from tonight's (April 1) Muse/Silversun Pickups concert at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver. Check out the full review tomorrow at www.straight.com/music.
The Donnelly Nighclubs newsletter has reported that DJ Quik (who was given the birth name David Martin Blake) won't be appearing at Bar None in Vancouver tonight.
"Unbeknownst to us, he's got some border-crossing issues; apparently homeboy forgot we're living in a post-911 world and things are tighter than a vice grip getting into our country," the newsletter reads.
The California-born MC and record producer will appear at the club in about six weeks.
In 2006, DJ Quik went to jail for assaulting his sister, allegedly in connection with an extortion attempt.
Here's what Donnelly Nightclubs said in its newsletter:
Whether you are concerned about corporate control of our food system, or you’d like to kick back and bite into the origins of a homemade cupcake, both topics will be explored on TV in the next couple of weeks.
The Cupcake Girls is a reality show that follows cofounders and lifelong best friends Heather White and Lori Joyce through the day-to-day trials and tribulations of handling their quickly-expanding Vancouver cupcake franchise.
Look out Pitchfork! The annual Calgary-based music and film festival Sled Island is quickly picking up steam.
This morning (April 1), Sled Island’s Web site announced 90 of the expected 200 bands to appear at the festival, which will take place from June 30 to July 3 this year. On May 1, the full lineup is expected to be announced. The four-day event takes place at several different venues all over the city, and its growing draw is coming to rival popular shindigs like Bumbershoot and Virgin Festival.
Four-day passes are now available at the Sled Island Web site for $170, while VIP passes will run you $350.
Here are the announced acts:
Built to Spill
Southern-rock greats the Drive-By Truckers stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night and played "Birthday Boy", the first single off their new album The Big To-Do.
Written and sung by Mike Cooley, "Birthday Boy" tells the story of a prostitute hired to service a young man on his special day.
I'm officially declaring it the best guitar-rock song of the last decade. If you can think of anything more deserving, please let me know.
The B.C. Lions announced late Wednesday (March 31) that Head Coach and General Manager Wally Buono has agreed to a three-year contract extension. Buono's current contract was set to expire at the completion of the 2010 season, but he's now on board through 2013.
Buono is preparing to enter his eighth season in the dual capacity of coach and general manager. During that time, the Lions have made the playoffs in all seven seasons Buono has been at the helm. The team has played in a pair of Grey Cups winning the Canadian Football League championship in 2006. Last season, Buono became the all-time leader in CFL coaching wins and will start the 2010 season with 235 regular season victories to his credit (82 of them with the Lions).
If the last time you were up early enough to watch Saturday morning cartoons was when your mom still bought your underwear, now would be a good time to get yourself a box of Froot Loops and flick on the Cartoon Network. Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock will reportedly be writing music for an episode of Thurop Van Orman’s animated series The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.
The collaboration was announced when Van Orman took to his blog on Wednesday, writing: “Isaac Brock of MODEST MOUSE is collaborating with us for some music on an upcoming Flapjack Special. He is about the greatest guy around, and is doing some kickass music with us. And Flapjack is his favorite show! WOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!”
Politics were put aside for a brief moment today (March 31) in the House of Commons when Joyce Murray, MP for Vancouver Quadra took time to speak about the life and tragic death of Cystic fibrosis campaigner Eva Markvoort.
Murray spoke about the 25-year-old whose lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis came to an end on March 27. Markvoort touched the hearts of millions of people who followed her journey through her blog where she shared intimate messages and encouraged people to become organ donors.
The Georgia Straight is presenting Broken Bells, with guests Morning Bender, at the Commodore Ballroom on Wednesday, May 26.
The group is composed of James Mercer, frontman for Portland's Grammy-nominated Shins, and Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse. It will be performing tunes from its self-titled debut album, which was released March 9.
Tickets are priced at $35 and go on sale to the general public this Saturday (April 3) at 10 a.m. at www.livenation.com/.
UFC 115 appears to be set to take place in Vancouver after all.
The Canadian Press reported today (March 31) that Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White has confirmed that the mixed-martial-arts event will be held as planned on June 12 at GM Place.
On March 29, reports surfaced that the UFC was considering moving the card to Cincinnati, Ohio, due to unresolved liability and insurance issues.