Best of Vancouver 2010: Sounds from underground
You can’t stop rock ’n’ roll. Nor, for that matter, can you stop dubstep-inspired electronica, weirdo postrock, dark-side-of-midnight chamber pop, shit-kickin’ alt-country, fuzz-blitzed garage raunch, or any of the other sonic concoctions bubbling away below the mainstream in our fair city.Admittedly, Vancouver isn't always the easiest place to make music.
The venue you packed last Saturday night could be gone by next Friday, and rents are so high in even the shittiest neighbourhoods that you might have to step over a nodded-out crackhead just to get into your rehearsal space.
All of which makes the accomplishments of our town’s best musicians even more impressive. On the surface, the artists you’re about to meet have little in common. What unites them, however, is that they’ve all spent time in the trenches, doing battle with red tape and general indifference to bring you some of Vancouver’s finest rock ’n’ roll. And wistful piano ballads. And ADHD-addled punk-pop. And”¦well, you get the picture.
We rounded up a dozen of our favourite local acts, all of which have released great records over the 12 months. We then grilled them about the places they’d like to party on a certain multiplatinum crooner’s dime, where they’d love to open up Vancouver’s next great live-music venue, and, best of all, which freak they’d die to take downtown to a hole-in-the-wall for a dirty free-for-all.