Thanks to everyone who came out to the Biltmore on Sunday. There was significantly less swapping going on compared to last time, although what was there was great and the bands were awesome.
Anyone who reads this blog with any regularity knows that Japandroids are one of my favourite bands to come out of Vancouver. This was their last show before they head back East for some dates in Toronto next month, and while 5pm isn't really an ideal rock 'n' roll time, they were great as usual. After TO, they're back for one show and then touring around N. America in support of their forthcoming LP, Post-Nothing, so tell your out of town friends to get familiar.
Sunday was my second time seeing Adjective in 24 hours, the first being their EP release show (more on that later). I was pretty luke warm on them the very first time I saw them (a couple of years ago), but they've sounded better and better each successive time (to the point where I was thrilled when they said they'd play this). Their new EP, I'm Sorry for Your Loss, is pretty great, and more importantly, it hints at better things to come in the future. They're also going on tour (albeit in the Summer), so once again, tell your out of town friends.
This was actually my first time seeing DRMHLLR, though I'd heard good things from a few people before last weekend. As with most bands I see for the first time, I wouldn't mind giving them another shot before forming an opinion, but they sounded pretty good. I'm a sucker for the instrumental quiet/loud/quiet/louder formula and they do it well.
Terror Bird are always great (and I finally picked up their 7"). And while they won't be on tour soon, Twin Crystals (Jeremiah's other gig) and Nu Sensae (Daniel's) will be... also, check out the rad glam rock threads that Daniel played in.
As mentioned, the night before, I caught Adjective at their EP release show at the Media Club. I already talked about Adjective, so I'll just add that they closed with a fun and sloppy cover of "Baba O'Riley" (my only complaint was not enough guitar windmills or mic twirls).
I got their in time to catch the aforementioned Twin Crystals. The "best band in the city" tag sort of changes from time to time in my mind, but every time I see them, these guys sure make a case for themselves.
March 14th marks the start of a new night (at Funky Winkerbean's of all places) called No More Strangers. Cairo plays the first night and a couple of the guys from WinnieCooper.net spin regularly. It goes down every second Saturday.
On March 16th, Los Malos, Mexican Drug Patrol, and Zombie Pistolero & His Guns play Skinny Mondays at the Biltmore.
Vision Quest goes down at Video-In on March 19th. It features a bunch of video shorts as well as a live performance by Haunted Beard (gr8-2000 and Ben Jacques) who will back Jess from DNGROUS ADDRESS (who, for disclosure purposes, is my girlfriend--but I still don't know why they spell it like that). Videos start at 8pm and it's free.
Azeda Booth are at the Biltmore on March 30th with No Gold and Search Parties.
Ahna plays a tour benefit at Honey with Robe & Allied, Nihilist Party, and Solars on April 2nd.
Los Campesinos are at Richard's on April 11th.
Intelligence is at the Biltmore on April 13th with Sex Church and Gang Violence.
The Stones Throw tour is at the Biltmore on April 27th.
Vivian Girls are at the Biltmore on April 29th with Abe Vigoda.
The Virgins are at the Biltmore on May 15th.
The next night, the Twee Death guys are bringing Mt. Eerie to St. James Hall.
And Rose Melberg is opening the Marissa Nadler show.
now playing: Spiritualized - the Straight and Narrow
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