double nelson or my face
On Saturday, I finally made it down to the Astoria for Night Shift. The "punk rock party" has been going on every second week since April (and it's now weekly), but this was my first visit. And it was a good one.
I got there just in time to catch Womankind. They were noisy, with lots of low end (there were two bass players), and as Mark noted a few months back, people have made comparisons to the Jesus Lizard, which are pretty apt. I'm stoked to check them out again.
Robe & Allied closed out the live portion of the evening with their last show. Think of the same vein as Womankind, but with less going on (though, less is sometimes more). Glad I could catch them, though I'm sure the guys will have other ventures ready to go soon.
The DJ'd music, courtesy Tyler Fedchuk and Anne-Marie from White Lung, was an awesome mix that was mostly dominated by classic punk. There are tons of regular DJ/live music night combos right now, and after one visit, this one might be my favourite.
Last night, I made it down to the Cobalt for Boosh Tuesday, getting there just in time to catch the last bit of Juvenile Hall. They're three women who play no-nonsense, old school punk (think older Bratmobile with a little less Riot Grrl and a little more Ramones)
Nu Sensae were up next. I haven't seen Andrea and Daniel play in awhile, so it was even better than usual to catch their set.
White Lung closed things out. They're one of my favourite... I was going to say "local bands," but it's probably just favourite bands, period. At any rate, they killed it, as per usual.
Speaking of White Lung and Nu Sensae, they're playing the Biltmore on July 22nd, opening for Mika Miko.
This Friday, Bend Sinister and the Good News play a fundraiser for the forthcoming Olio Festival. Bronx Cheer and Man Hussy perform before the bands and the Glory Days DJs spin between sets.
The next night, Acts of Sedition, Hermetic, Staring Problem, and Dichotomy play an all-ager at the APC space (Main @ Pender).
Plus Perfect play the Met... I mean, Metropole, on May 17th with the City Streets, and Eamon McGrath.
Child Bite play the Cobalt on May 18th with Hard Feelings and Sick.
On May 19th, Needles & Pins play their first show at Boosh Tuesday at the Cobalt. It's also Boosh organizer, MJ's birthday and a by-donation fundraiser for Girls Rock Camp Vancouver, "a non-profit society that builds self esteem in female youth through music creation and performance."
Grouper plays an instore at Zulu on May 24th, ahead of her opening stint for Animal Collective that night.
South Rakkas Crew are at the Modern on May 29th.
Patrick Wolf is at Richard's on June 6th.
Crystal Antlers are at the Biltmore on June 15th.
Cut Off Your Hands are at the Media Club on June 22nd.
Major Lazer (aka Diplo and Switch) are at the Commodore on June 24th.
Bert Jansch is at Richard's on July 3rd.
Bonobo is at Richard's on July 20th.
And finally, the Mt. Eerie show scheduled for May 30th is now on June 5th, due to a scheduling mix-up. It's still at St. James Hall.
now playing: Tyrades - Incinerated
It was actually Robe & Allied's last-ever show, since Ian is moving to TO.