Next Music from Tokyo Vol. 14 brings back favourites Koutei Camera Girl Drei and four more

Koutei Camera Girl Drei

Twice a year, music fans in Vancouver (and Montreal and Toronto) are treated to some of the wildest underground musical talent Japan has to offer. Next Music from Tokyo comes to Canada courtesy Toronto music fan/anaesthesiologist Steven Tanaka, who makes annual scouting pilgrimages to the country and then brings the best of what he sees back home.

This latest edition, Vol. 14, features five acts, one back by popular demand and a few new ones. The showcase comes to the Biltmore May 20. Tickets are only $15 at eventbrite.ca. Find out more about the bands below (click on names to watch a video).

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Next Music from Tokyo Vol. 14 brings back favourites Koutei Camera Girl Drei and four more

Five must-see acts at the 2016 International Pop Overthrow Festival in Vancouver

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China Syndrome is one of the many local bands playing the annual International Pop Overthrow Festival this week.

The International Pop Overthrow Festival is an annual Vancouver tradition that features some of the city’s best independent pop and rock bands. This year, audiences will be treated to more than 25 acts over four nights. Here are some highlights, along with the full lineup. All shows are at the Fairview Pub (898. W. Broadway).

The $10 admission includes a copy of a compilation (65 Songs on a three-disc set, while supplies last) featuring many of this year’s performers.

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Five must-see acts at the 2016 International Pop Overthrow Festival in Vancouver

Goose-bump-raising choral indie-rock from Vancouver’s Coastal Sound Youth Choir this Sunday night!

The Coastal Youth Sound Choir will perform as part of Indiekör at the Vogue Theatre Sunday night.

The Coastal Youth Sound Choir will perform as part of Indiekör at the Vogue Theatre Sunday night.

The rubber meets the road this Sunday when a youth choir takes on songs from popular pop and indie-rock bands at the Vogue Theatre.

The fourth annual Indiekör features an evening of music by acts such as Stars, Bon Iver, The New Pornographers, Patrick Watson, The Zombies, Florence and the Machine, as well as Vancouver artists Hey Ocean! and Dan Mangan, not to mention Canadian choral composer Imant Raminsh, and even classical heavy-hitters like Sergei Rachmaninoff and Claudio Monteverdi. The music will be performed by the Coastal Sound Youth Choir, which features 65 singers aged 14-22.

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Goose-bump-raising choral indie-rock from Vancouver’s Coastal Sound Youth Choir this Sunday night!