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I've heard the refrain so many times it's become the broken record soundtrack of my career as a music journalist: Resellers, resellers, resellers. Sing it with me. Fans are tired of getting scammed by "scalpers," I get it. It happened at the Justin Bieber show, where a number of people were left in the lurch…
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Been covering this fest since 2010. Never thought I'd write the obit for it this soon.
Francois Marchand Vancouver Sun VANCOUVER — Music fans woke up to some bad news Wednesday morning (March 2) with the announcement that the 2016 edition of the popular Squamish Valley Music Festival was cancelled. “We have made the extremely difficult decision to not proceed with the 2016 festival, due to take place in August,” a…
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Sweeeet.
The lineup has been revealed for the second edition of the Levitation Vancouver festival. The psych-oriented three-day event will be heavy on ambient and noise weirdness this year with appearances by Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Of Montreal, Fidlar, White Lung and more. An offshoot of the Austin's Levitation festival (formerly Psych Fest), Levitation Vancouver takes place June…
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Talk about mishandling things.
Is it the end? Is it not the end? Postponed? Not postponed? Legendary British heavy metal forefathers Black Sabbath left Vancouver fans scratching their heads on Wednesday after they finally announced their Rogers Arena concert, scheduled for that night (Feb. 4), was being rescheduled to a later date. It was a puzzling last-minute call. First,…
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Way to go, Nard!
Celebrated Vancouver interviewer Nardwuar the Human Serviette is resting at home following a heart procedure. Nardwuar (real name: John Ruskin) suffered a stroke in December while attending the annual Mint Records Christmas party at the Astoria on East Hastings. The procedure, a PFO closure, was meant to block a small opening in Nardwuar's heart, named the…
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William Shatner is busier than ever. Between writing a book about his friend Leonard Nimoy, touring, and being the spokesperson for the forthcoming 50th anniversary Star Trek concert tour, The Ultimate Voyage, coming to Vancouver on April 9, Shatner is also hanging out with the folks at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and keeping his eyes on…
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Trying to make sense of it all. My analysis.
As we all know now, the organizers of the Squamish Valley Music Festival announced yesterday that the event was cancelled for 2016. By all indications — including the festival's website, Facebook page and Twitter account being taken down entirely — the odds of the event returning at some point in the future are very low, if…
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VERY useful.
If you're a record hoarder like me, you've probably been taking the time to catalog all your belongings on the Discogs website, a great user-built online database that features more than six million titles in various formats. For years, I've been saying Discogs should have an app of some sort (for a while I was using Crate Digger,…
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Let's call it a draw, then. (But Ezrin still scores a few points here.)
Bob Ezrin, the studio mastermind behind Pink Floyd's The Wall, Lou Reed's Berlin and KISS's Destroyer, couldn't care less about what Kanye West is or isn't doing with The Life of Pablo, an album still, by West's own accounts, unfinished despite the endless hype its release has generated. In a missive published via Bob Lefsetz's…
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A great honour to chat with Shat.
I recently had the great honour and pleasure of chatting with Captain Kirk himself, the great William Shatner. In our interview, which will appear in print in The Vancouver Sun in a few weeks, Shatner discusses the 50th anniversary of Star Trek and a concert tour coming to Vancouver in April, as well as the loss…
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This guy = awesome. Listen to the full interview in my latest Unedited podcast.
July 2015: Marlon Williams makes his Vancouver Folk Music Festival debut and stuns the crowd.
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He would've danced.
On September 12, 1983, David Bowie recorded his Serious Moonlight Tour performance at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver for what would become a video and laserdisc released in 1984. The concert was reissued on DVD in 2006. Watch Bowie perform Let's Dance from that concert below. Bowie died at the age of 69 yesterday after a…
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