Tor Miller w/ Windmills at Media Club, June 22 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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There are any number of singers who can turn in a pitch-perfect performance, who can hold a note, shape a phrase, and project their voices to the back of the hall. Talent shows across the globe are full of them, singing for their supper, hoping for that lucky break. And then there is that select band of vocalists who can take a song to the next level, burrow deep beneath its skin, and pin you to your seat as they do so. Anyone lucky enough to hear the demo version of Tor Miller’s song “Headlights” would have instantly added the name of the 20-year-old native New Yorker to the latter list.

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Tor Miller w/ Windmills at Media Club, June 22 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Leisure Cruise w/ Guests at the Media Club, Mar. 1 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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Every dark cloud has a silver lining. On November 1, 2012, Lower Manhattan was powerless. Red Hook was submerged. And Williamsburg—though spared most of the trauma of Hurricane Sandy—was shaken nonetheless. Felled trees and utility poles littered the sidewalks; normally harried Brooklynites, unable to get to work or anywhere else, wandered Bedford Avenue in a daze.

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Leisure Cruise w/ Guests at the Media Club, Mar. 1 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

See a band, grow a tree

Lost in the Trees play the Media Club March 27. Photo courtesy Anti Records.

Lost in the Trees play the Media Club March 27. Photo courtesy Anti Records.

An American indie-rock band is teaming up with a Canadian non-profit to encourage tree growth.

On March 27, North Carolina’s Lost In the Trees will be giving away tree saplings at their Media Club performance in Vancouver.

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See a band, grow a tree

Joyce Island album release party at the Media Club

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The first time I met local songstress Lisa Joyce, she was in her natural element: singing acoustically with her guitar on her lap. We were both attending “Nu Grass”, a (now defunct) weekly night organized by local musicians (including members of Black Mountain and Lightening Dust) who would gather in John Rogers Park to sing traditional folk songs. While I’m not exactly a musical person, I was struck and inspired by the joyfulness and ease Lisa exuded while she performed alongside the group. In the years since our musical meet up, I’ve seen her Lisa perform on several stages around town, both big and small. Yet the one thing that’s consistent is the uplifting energy she puts out when she’s singing. (It’s no surprise that she’s also a vocal instructor.) That will likely be evident when she takes the stage at the Media Club,  under her stage name Joyce Island, for her album release party on April 19. I recently spoke about what it’s like to be a singer/songwriter in Vancouver.

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Joyce Island album release party at the Media Club