On Sunday, I checked out the second day of VFest, making it just in time to hear the last of Awesome Color's songs while waiting to get in.
Jarvis Cocker was the first act that I actually saw. Jarvis, who wasn't exactly dressed for the weather, was his usual charming self, pulling mostly from his latest disc.
Future of the Left, whose latest disc I quite like, were on the side stage after that, but I opted to move closer to the mainstage, since Sonic Youth were playing there right after.
SY, who had Mark Ibold (ex-Pavement) playing bass with them, pulled almost solely from the Eternal, throwing in a pair of tracks from Daydream Nation ("Cross the Breeze" and "Silver Rocket"). While the set displayed that the newer stuff holds up pretty well against older tracks live, I could have done with a little more variety... but beggars can't be choosers.
I bailed just as Metric were finishing off their set. I wasn't huge on their latest, but they've definitely still got live chops.
Thanks to the Clips for playing Damaged Goods on Friday. And sorry, once again, that the DJ started playing music accidentally before you guys were actually finished.
Cartographers, Streetlight, and Wilderness Years play Funky Winkerbean's tonight.
On August 1st, there's a benefit for Goonies (at Goonies, of course) that features Candles, Nihilist Party, Shipyards, Gross Xmas, and Half Chinese.
Also on August 1st, Quintron & Miss Pussycat play an early show at the Media club with thee Manipulators.
Little Mountain is showing the Speculative Frontier on August 6th, a night that also features music by Jeffrey Allport and Empress.
Sex with Strangers, Combine the Victorious, Accost, and the Keeper play the Rail on August 8th. The Skinny will be there to make you laugh as well.
Kidnap Kids, Nihilist Party, Half Chinese, and Payday Millionaire play Lugz on August 14th.
Bats for Lashes play Venue on August 25th. (thanks Reilly)
Busdriver is at the Media Club on September 1st.
The Brunettes are at the Media Club on September 21st.
The Manic Street Preachers play the Commodore on September 22nd, which is their first visit to Vancouver since before I even got a fake ID, let alone reached the age of majority, which is a long ass time ago.
Kid Koala is at the Commodore the next night.
Brasstronaut play the Biltmore on September 23rd.
Holy Fuck play Venue on September 24th.
Pink Mountaintops are at the Rickshaw on September 27th.
"Monsters of Folk" (Conor Oberst, Jim James, and M.Ward) are at the Orpheum on October 13th.
Grizzly Bear plays the Vogue on October 14th. (thanks BunkleLife)
A Place to Bury Strangers are at the Biltmore on October 20th.
Yo La Tengo are at the Commodore on October 21st.
The Gossip plays the Ballroom the next night.
Built to Spill are at the Commodore on November 18th.
SY played a great rendition of Catholic Block too. More old stuff would have been nice though.
I doubted Ben Harper and I purely assumed his show would be shit but it was fucking amazing. They are not breaking any genre rules but they are extraordinarily tight and the musicianship is outstanding. I loved it!
By 12:05 PM, at