Tribute bands raise money for animals this Saturday

3 Inches of Blood

3 Inches of Blood and friends.

At first, you might not expect musicians who play in bands with names like Cooked and Eaten and Rotting Hills to be concerned about the furry beings who live among us.

Yet members of Vancouver’s hard rock and heavy metal community are coming together to aid in some planned pregnancy amongst the city’s four-legged types. These critter-conscious musicians are recombining into tribute groups to cover songs by metal faves like Rush, Sepultura and Thin Lizzy.

The second annual event is this Saturday night at the Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings) and will raise money for Neüterhead: Ace of Spays, a non-profit that assists rescue groups with the costs of spaying and neutering animals in their care. There are also prizes.

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Tribute bands raise money for animals this Saturday

Six must-see April concerts in Vancouver

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks in Vancouver

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, Oct 12 2011. Siamak Amini photo.

If there’s anything that can be said about the concert climate for April, it’s that it’s sunny with a chance of rock.

Three of today’s hottest rock bands in the world – one from the U.K., one from the U.S. and one from Australia – are coming to town. There’s also a boy-opera band, a classic rocker (if you’re idea of classic rock is the stuff they didn’t play on the radio in the ’70s) and an indie-rocker who started it all.

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Six must-see April concerts in Vancouver

NorthFest brings Yukon and Greenland indie musicians to Vancouver

Nive Nielsen and Diyet will play at Northfest, January 31 @ the Rickshaw Theatre

Nive Nielsen and Diyet will play at Northfest, January 31 @ the Rickshaw Theatre

Three distinct musical acts, one stage and an expansive landscape ‘north of ordinary’.

On January 31 three bands will converge at the Rickshaw Theatre for NorthFest. Meant to give Vancouver music fans a taste of indie sounds emerging from the lands of Aurora Borealis and midnight sun, NorthFest promises to broaden horizons and your northern music library.

Two of the acts are from our neighbour directly to the north, the Yukon Territory. Speed Control hails from Whitehorse while Diyet was born in Burwash Landing. Nive Nielsen, meanwhile, is from from Nuuk, Greenland.    Continue reading:
NorthFest brings Yukon and Greenland indie musicians to Vancouver