November 27th, 2013
Sasha Fierce, Bey, Queen B…
Whatever you call her, there’s one thing you can’t deny: Beyoncé’s got staying power and star power. Her two remaining Canadian shows on the Mrs. Carter World Tour, November 30 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver and December 13 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, are the most sought-after tickets in town.
How do we love her? Let us count the ways.
5. A new batch of photos on her personal (but not too revealing) Tumblr is enough to shut down the office for a few hours.
And don’t even get us started on how cool she was when her hair got caught in a fan.
4. In 2011, she fired her dad as her longtime manager so she could be her own boss - like the song says, she’s an independent woman.
3. She shares our love of Rosebud Salve. (Mrs. Carter uses it to prime lashes before curling them.)
2. Her family is cool. Her mom’s a fashion designer, her daughter’s name is Blue Ivy and we’re downloading tracks from her fashion plate sister Solange’s new album, Saint Heron. Oh, and she married Jay Z.
1. Bootylicious, Single Ladies, Irreplaceable, Run the World (Girls), Crazy In Love, Bonnie & Clyde, Halo… and she’s only 32.
All hail Queen B.
September 12th, 2013
Dolly Parton and dive bars: Music City can convert any city girl into a bona fide honky tonk woman.
If you’ve been watching ABC’s Nashville then you might recognize the Hutton Hotel. Frequently featured on the show, this boutique hotel is a luxurious place to rest your head after a busy day breaking in your new cowboy boots. Both eco and dog friendly, the Hutton Hotel is packed with country glam; practice your best Carrie Underwood impression under the rain shower and then dash the 10 minutes down to Broadway for some good time honky-tonk. 1808 West End Ave., Nashville, www.huttonhotel.com
Live life like a country song with a trip out to The Loveless Cafe. It has the down home, Southern cooking you’ve been looking for, complete with a plate full of biscuits and homemade jams to start. Breakfast is served all day in case you were out all night boot stompin’, or gather your friends for a family style meal anytime. While you wait for your table, pop into the Hams & Jams Country Market for a delicious cup of coffee on the house. Now, that’s Southern hospitality. 8400 Tennesse Hwy, Nashville, www.lovelesscafe.com
No trip to Nashville is complete without a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Go beyond the exhibits and buy a museum membership to gain access to the Poets and Prophets and Nashville Cats series, honouring the songwriters and session musicians who have helped create today’s country superstars. These behind-the-scenes looks will give you the inside scoop (and gossip!) on country royalty. But don’t forget to add on a side trip to the RCA Studio B where Dolly Parton first recorded “I Will Always Love You.” Because when it comes to country music, Dolly knows best. 222 Fifth Ave. S, Nashville, http://countrymusichalloffame.org
While major acts roll through Nashville on a daily basis, it’s the up and comers that truly make Nashville a music city. Cause A Scene Music is the place to catch a glimpse of stars on the rise. Check their schedule for house concerts featuring hot new bands and singers. Mingle with them afterward and find out what their song really meant. As a bonus, you’ll get to see some stellar music venues a little off the tourist radar. www.causeascenemusic.com
April 26th, 2013
They made waves at Coachella: these artists’ new releases will be our summer playlist.
Kurt Vile, Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Compared to the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, this longhaired rocker brings rock and roll back to its basics: just a man and his guitar. It turns out that’s all we really need.
James Blake, Overgrown
With his angelic voice, James Blake seduced Coachella goers into a late afternoon trance. This dub-step wunderkind’s second album features surprising cameos by RZA, proving once more that hip hip goes with just about anything.
Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
The 2-minute trailer shown at Coachella for the new single “Get Lucky,” featuring Pharrell Williams, created more cheers and buzz than any of the festival performers, spawning rumours of the French duo’s surprise appearance. It didn’t happen - sigh - but until the album’s May 21 release, it’s “Get Lucky” on repeat.
Major Lazer, Free the Universe
Released in between two Coachella weekends, Major Lazer’s sophomore album, Free the Universe, which features, oh, everybody (Tyga, Flux Pavilion, Bruno Mars, Wyclef Jean, to name a few), is bound to make nightclubbing rounds this season.
Janelle Monáe, The Electric Lady
The newest Cover Girl gave a performance of a lifetime at Coachella, and just released the single “Q.U.E.E.N." with the incomparable Erykah Badu. Her long anticipated album, The Electric Lady, is slated for a summer release, and sure to make her a household name.
For more Coachella acts, check out a playlist by Kelsey Dundon, click here.
April 4th, 2013
Jurassic 5 will be bring the nostalgia, Phoenix will bring their new album, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will bring, one can only hope, socks. What will you bring to Coachella? A playlist made up of these five favourites.
Theirs is the kind of 1980’s-influenced music Sofia Coppola would put on a soundtrack. And speaking of stars, their video for Paradise features Michelle Williams. www.myspace.com/wildnothing
For something even more laid-back, this British singer-songwriter’s guitar-heavy sound is perfect for backyard BBQs. www.benhowardmusic.co.uk
This Canadian duo is beloved by critics. And for good reason. They’re like a more relaxed, more listenable Crystal Castles. http://purityringsongs.com
The Vancouver native’s album topped many “best of” lists last year. If you haven’t yet been playing pop-y synth-y Visions on repeat, now’s the perfect time to start.
PS: Our Vancouver editor Anya Georgijevic will be blogging, tweeting and instagramming her way through the first weekend of the festival. Watch this space for all the denim cut-offs you can handle.
May 23rd, 2012
Indoors or outdoors, in venues big or small, music is always best served live. Packed with artists coming soon to our pretty city, this playlist will put you in the mood to groove. –Kelsey Dundon
“When I’m with You” -- Best Coast, May 23 at Biltmore
“Minnesota, WI” -- Bon Iver, May 25 at Deer Lake Park
“Disparate Youth” – Santigold, May 26 at the Commodore
“Thank You Space Expert” – Mogwai, May 29 at the Commodore
“Main Street” – Deer Tick, May 30 at the Commodore
“Love Lost” – Temper Trap, June 19 at Malkin Bowl
“Kiara” – Bonobo (DJ set), July 26 at Fortune Sound Club
“Shake it Out” -- Florence and the Machine, July 20 at Deer Lake
“Feel Love” – Ben Harper, July 4 at PNE Amphitheatre
“Elephant Gun” – Beirut, July 28 at the Orpheum
March 14th, 2012
The sounds of spring couldn’t be more varied. Or refreshing.
Wednesday, March 14th at Fortune Sound Club
Slam poet, musician, actor – there’s little this award-winning artist isn’t. With performances as highly charged as his lyrics, Saul Williams puts on one heckuva show. Tickets $18.00, Fortune Sound Club, 147 East Pender St., Vancouver, 604-569-1758, www.fortunesoundclub.com
Saturday, April 21 at the Biltmore
Following last month’s release of his newest album Maraqopa, prolific singer/songwriter Damien Jurado brings his folk rock from one rainy city (Seattle) to another. Tickets $13.00, Biltmore, 2755 Prince Edward, Vancouver, 604-676-0541, www.biltmorecabaret.com
Tuesday, May 8th at Venue
Though they’re from Brooklyn, with songs like “Let’s Go Surfing” and “Days” the Drums couldn’t sound more California. Tickets $17, Venue, 881 Granville St. Vancouver, 604-646-0064, www.venuelive.ca
Active Child and Tycho
Friday, May 25th at the Electric Owl
Co-headlined by Tycho, whose sound is synth-fully sweet, and ActiveChild, whose vocal range is reminiscent of Bon Iver and The Weeknd, this show is an electronica-lover’s dream. Tickets $16, Electric Owl,928 Main St., Vancouver, 604-558-0928, www.electricowl.ca
Coeur de Pirate
Sunday, May 27th at Venue,
This Montreal songstress may have the heart of a buccaneer, but Coeur de Pirate’s piano-based sound is enchanting. Tickets $20.00, Venue, 881 Granville St. Vancouver, 604-646-0064, www.venuelive.ca —Kelsey Dundon
February 13th, 2012
How do you make whoopee West Coast-style? Well, you could leave on your socks and Birkenstocks. Or you could put these local artists’ tunes on your playlist. Either way you’ll have a very Vancouver V-Day.
Teen Daze – Brooklyn Sunburn
Gang Signs – Prequel
Brasstronaut – Opportunity (No Gold Remix)
Cyclist and Pat Lok’s remix of The Rapture’s "How Deep is Your Love"
Humans – Clothespins
Bryan Adams – All for Love
No Sinner – Call My Name
Dan Mangan – Daffodil
Sarah McLachlan – Ice Cream
Said the Whale – Goodnight Moon
February 1st, 2012
They’re new but you’d never know it.
No Sinner hasn’t even release their EP yet (it’ll drop in March) and already they seem poised for great things. Led by a husky-voiced powerhouse of a lead singer, their sound is big, blues-y, and Janis Joplin-esque. In fact, you’d never guess No Sinner was from Vancouver, until you watched the video for “Boo Hoo Hoo” which features one of the city’s most famous landmarks: the Waldorf Hotel. And speaking ofVancouver’s iconic landmarks, No Sinner is playing the Biltmore on Friday.
Can’t say no to that. —Kelsey Dundon
No Sinner, Friday, February 3rd at the Biltmore, tickets ($10) at www.ticketweb.ca
January 13th, 2012
Our running playlist is all ready to go, but now it’s time to muffle all that unnecessary ambient noise.
The happy coloured Urbanears make for an ideal gym partner, whether one prefers classic headsets like Plattan ($69.99) or tiny earplugs like Bagis ($39.99). Both are noise-cancelling with a TPE cord eliminating sound distortions caused by friction, so we can run as hard as we want while eliminating the constant chitter-chatter coming from our gym mates. Workout serenity. — Anya Georgijevic
October 31st, 2011
Finally! The day has come when we can blast the Ghostbusters theme song on repeat! But that’s not the only frightfully good tune we’ll be listening to as
we scarfdown hand out candy tonight…
"This is Halloween" from the Nightmare Before Christmas
"Monster Mash" by Bobby “Boris” Pickett
"Somebody’s Watching Me" by Rockwell
"A Nightmare on My Street" DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
"Twilight Zone" by Manhattan Transfer
"I Want Candy" by Bow Wow Wow
"Addams Groove" by MC Hammer
"Thriller" by Michael Jackson
"X-Files Theme" by Mark Ayres
"I Put a Spell on You" by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins