STOMP those winter blues away

Garbage cans, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps, brooms, perhaps even the bones of former Blue Man Group members – is there nothing that STOMP cast members won’t use in their quest to turn everything into a percussive instrument?

Nope. STOMP repurposes everything, including the kitchen sink, to make a thrilling, crowd-pleasing noise that will help dispel those West Coast winter blues (known around these parts as the fancier-sounding “Seasonal Affective Disorder”). The North American touring company of the long-running show returns to Vancouver for the first time since 2008, with four performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (600 Hamilton St.) from Jan. 13 – 15.

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STOMP those winter blues away

Odysseo – ‘the best show ever’ comes to Vancouver

Photo courtesy Cavalia/Jak Wonderly.

Horse-lovers and big-top spectacle fans will want to gallop to Vancouver for the upcoming run of Odysseo by Cavalia.

Billed by its producers as “the best show ever,” Odysseo by Cavalia is returning to the city after a North American tour. The new run comes three years after the Cavalia last touched down in Vancouver.

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Odysseo – ‘the best show ever’ comes to Vancouver

Musicians showcase new material at Railtown Sessions Vinyl Release

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Sarah Jane Scouten plays the Fox Cabaret as part of a record release party for the Railtown Sessions this Friday night.

Every few months over the last year, a small group of musicians and music fans have been coming together at a little recording studio in East Vancouver.

The occasions have been the Railtown Sessions, intimate shows at the headquarters of local record label Light Organ. At the Sessions, local musicians have debuted material to small audiences, as well as for Internet listeners via livestreaming.

All of the Sessions were also recorded. This Friday, Dec. 9, the four acts showcased play the Fox Cabaret (2321 Main St.) to celebrate the release of a record of those songs. Scroll below to find out more about the talent involved.

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Musicians showcase new material at Railtown Sessions Vinyl Release

Psyche-rock rescue mission this weekend!

Black Mountain at Levitation Vancouver 2015. Audrey Alexandrescu photo for thesnipenews.com.

Black Mountain at Levitation Vancouver 2015.
Audrey Alexandrescu photo for thesnipenews.com.

This Sunday offers a rare chance to see some of Vancouver’s top indie musicians on one stage, in a Dec. 4 benefit to raise money for one of their own.

Black Mountain is an internationally acclaimed psyche-rock unit from Vancouver. But, as the band learned on a recent European tour, glowing 7.5 reviews from music authorities like pitchfork.com are no protection against malfeasance and theft.

On a tour stop in Gothenburg, Black Mountain were dealt a major setback when thieves made off with a bunch of the band’s gear, including synths, guitars and more. To help out, musician friends of the group are taking part in a benefit at the Cobalt (917 Main. St.) to raise money for the band.

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Psyche-rock rescue mission this weekend!

Japanese new music showcase goes girl-group crazy!

Gozen Sanji to Taikutsu is one of five Japanese bands playing the Biltmore Cabaret May 25 as part of Next Music From Tokyo Vol. 8.

Gozen Sanji to Taikutsu is one of five Japanese bands playing the Biltmore Cabaret May 25 as part of Next Music From Tokyo Vol. 8.

There’s nothing quite like Next Music from Tokyo (NMFT). A tour that brings bands from Japan’s indie and underground music scene to Canadian audiences, NMFT is curated by a lone music fan – Toronto-based anesthesiologist Steven Tanaka. On his numerous trips to Japan throughout the year, Tanaka scouts out the best possible lineup to bring to Canadian audiences, often for the first – and, sometimes, only – time.

This latest volume (#8) features five bands, all but one making their Canadian debuts in a tour that includes four shows – two in Toronto, one in Montreal and a final night in Vancouver, on May 25.  NMFT Vol. 8 include three female-fronted acts, including the return of what Tanaka calls “one of the greatest female bands of all time,” as well as an instrumental post-rock group and a dance-rock band, all for the low low price of $10. Find out more below.

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Japanese new music showcase goes girl-group crazy!

Bowie tribute act back by popular demand!

Spacejunk performing at the David Bowie Tribute at the Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, Feb. 16 2016. Shannon Steele photo.

Space Junk performing at the David Bowie Tribute at the Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, Feb. 26 2016. Shannon Steele photo.

In February, Vancouver bands came together to celebrate the life and music of David Bowie. One of the highlights of the night was Space Junk, a group of local musicians who performed songs from Bowie’s final album, Blackstar.

The set was such a success that Space Junk are going to not only repeat the feat but play the entire album.

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Bowie tribute act back by popular demand!

Six Christmas concerts not to be missed – indie-rock edition

Lovecoast.

Lovecoast.

In the mood for some nontraditional music this holiday season? How about two nights of heavy metal? Or a seven-band indie-rock and -pop lineup? Or, if singer/songwriters are more your style, we’ve got that covered, too.

Here are six must-see shows for the discerning music-lover this month. Mistletoe optional.

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Six Christmas concerts not to be missed – indie-rock edition