AC/DC just released the title track of its upcoming album, Rock or Bust, which is due out December 2.

Sounds like AC/DC to me, with or without Malcolm Young.

It's no "Shoot to Thrill", but then again, what is?

Whaddya think?


Every weekday, the Straight highlights a great local shot as the Photo of the Day. Interested in submitting your photos for consideration? Check out our Flickr group.

With autumn already halfway through, you may have noticed many species of birds returning to local gardens. I shot this photo of a northern flicker, specifically a red-shafted flicker, from my living room. It’s a kind of woodpecker, and it’s often seen on lawns and trees around town.

According to the folks at Audubon, the northern flicker is a resident species from “Alaska east through Manitoba to Newfoundland and south throughout United States”. Sounds emanating from this bird include a “loud, repeated flicker or wicka-wicka-wicka; also a loud kleeer”.

Laryngitis prevented Joan Baez from making an appearance at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival this past summer.

But the ’60s icon and activist made up for the cancelled show with her concert at the Vogue Theatre on Sunday (November 16).

Couldn't make it out last Saturday night? You missed indie-rock band Tokyo Police Club at the Commodore. Rikii Janz was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Tokyo Police Club at the Commodore Ballroom on November 15, 2014. Thanks Rikii.

Thirty years ago today–on November 16, 1984–the Jacksons Victory Tour hit B.C. Place Stadium for the first of three shows.

For some reason, I went.

Here’s my unspectacular review from the Nov. 23-30 issue of the Straight.


The biggest show in the history of pop music came to Vancouver last week, in the form of the Jacksons' Victory Tour.

It was a dazzling display of lights and lasers, mechanized staging and slick choreography, available to anyone who wanted to shell out $40–and in three nights 107,000 fans did just that.

Okay, so the Electoral Area A election doesn't get as much press as those in Vancouver and Surrey.

But this part of Metro Vancouver covers 818 square kilometres of land, including the University of British Columbia and University Endowment Lands. And Barnston Island too.

Maria Harris is the politician who sits at the Metro Vancouver board representing this area, and she was reelected by a landslide tonight.

Harris took in a whopping 769 votes.

Her challenger, Daniel Wood, netted just 169 votes.

Harris will now embark on her third term as Electoral Area A director.

Mayor Gregor Robertson was reelected, and Vision Vancouver retained control of city council. But it wasn't all good news for Vision on election night.

First off, Vision councillor Tony Tang lost his seat to the NPA's Melissa De Genova, and park commissioner Niki Sharma lost her council bid.

Vision also lost control of the park board and school board.

The NPA will now dominate the park board with four commissioners: John Coupar, Casey Crawford, Sarah Kirby-Yung, and Erin Shum.

Vision's sole commissioner will be Catherine Evans. Incumbent Trevor Loke was knocked off.

Four-term New Westminster mayor Wayne Wright won't get another four years in office.

That's because councillor Jonathan X. Cote defeated him for the job in tonight's election.

With 19 of 19 polls counted, Cote took 7,661 votes, while Wright netted 5,149.

James Crosty came in third with 1,345 votes.

Vladimir Krasnogor got 315 votes.

COPE is holding a "victory party" at its campaign HQ tonight, but there's really not much to celebrate.

Mayoral candidate Meena Wong placed third, far behind Vision winner Gregor Robertson and NPA runner-up Kirk LaPointe.

None of COPE's candidates for council, school board, and park board were elected.

With 108 of 129 polls in, Lisa Barrett was the top COPEster in the council race, in 20th place (27,670 votes).

Former parks chair Anita Romaniuk led COPE candidates in the park board race, in 15th place (26,414 votes).

Meanwhile, school trustee candidate Diana Day had more votes than any other COPE candidate (30,620 votes) and was in 16th place in her race.