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Though Ryan Hemsworth is enjoying a rare day off in his adopted home of Toronto when the Straight calls him up, the busy laptop musician admits to having felt less than relaxed at...
Considering she spent the spring grinding out a two-month tour of North America, you can forgive Courtneys drummer-singer Jen Twynn Payne if she wants to lie around the house for...
Pemberton Music Festival: Day 1 At Pemberton on Friday, July 18 Though the forecast earlier in the week warned of rain, the sun gods were good to Pemberton Music Festival for Day...
It may have taken six years for Young Liars to issue its first full-length, Tidal Wave, but late last month the group finally sent the album crashing into stores. It’s not like...
At the Commodore Ballroom on Thursday, June 26 The post-postmodern men of Devo have been pointing out society’s regression for 40 years now, a point magnified early on with their...
At Rogers Arena on Thursday, June 19 Michael Bublé already seems like the kind of guy that makes every moment on stage count, but it was pretty clear at a packed Rogers Arena on...
Music WasteAt various Vancouver venues on Friday, June 6 It would be unfair to call the Thursday night opener of Music Waste a soft-launch, having featured eight bands spread out...
It’s been 20 years since Music Waste, Vancouver’s independent music festival, first thumbed its nose at the more mainstream NewMusicWest event by plugging the city’s DIY culture....
The Hunch (Independent) A couple of years on from local outfit Facts’ first full-length effort, Like a Living Being, the synth-slinging group is staying true to the same sorts of...
Shamebirds (Dirtcult) If you thought Needles//Pins ran out of dejected pop-punk ideas with 2012’s 12:34 LP, think again. The trashy local trio offers another batch of tragic tales...

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