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Another month, another new podcast! We return with tracks from three Calgary bands, two from Vancouver, one each from Montreal and Toronto, two New York City groups and a classic San Francisco group. Try and match them up and make sure to click the links for more info and get your hands on more of their excellent music!

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Video of the Day: Kaiser Chiefs ~ “I Predict a Riot”

Posted by cristóvão On June - 16 - 2011

I should’ve posted this yesterday.

What happened in Vancouver last night was shameful. For not only a poignant take on the situation, but a first-hand commentary from a long-time Vancouverite, check out Matt Good‘s peice which was published in the U.K.’s Gaurdian; Riot the Cup.

At least this Kaiser Chiefs tunes makes me feel a bit better.

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Live Review: Utopia Festival

Posted by bradp On March - 15 - 2011

Written by: Brad Poulsen

On Saturday March 5th, a party was held in Vancouver.  The Party was called Utopia.  It was a celebration of Women in digital culture.  And it rocked.  With three stages, three bars, and Peaches spinning the headline set, the W2 Storyeum venue went off.  Did I mention it was a party?

There was good reason to celebrate.  The event took place three days before the 100th aniversary of International Women’s Day and there was a true spirit of togetherness engulfing the event.  With workshops, lectures, a mobile street dance, and a night of fun and entertainment, The one day festival packed a lot of punch.

Aspiring artists, up-and-coming musicians, and mentoring veterans, shared ideas and stages.  Erotic Lesbian fiction and traditional First nations songs were heard back to back.  Poets, Cellists, Djs and Vjs were there to support eachother, and supporters of Vancouver’s arts and music scene came out in full force.

No word yet on attendance or dollars raised but the place was packed and there can be no doubt the event was a success.  Utopia co-curator DJ Betti Forde put it this way on her facebook page, “Out of all the hundreds of parties I’ve been involved in throwing since 1996, Utopia may just have been the dopest…”  Utopia’s good vibes will continue to be felt as the net proceeds support W2 Inner-City Girls’ Summer Creative Tech Camp.  Good vibes indeed.

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Written by: Brad Poulsen

Off the Dial will be in Vancouver this Saturday, March 5th covering Utopia, a festival celebrating women in digital culture.  The event leads up to the 100th International Women’s Day on March 8th.  Organizers W2 have put together a multidimensional day combining workshops, an “unconference”, a keynote address from Peaches, a mobile dance party, and an evening showcase bringing together one of the largest groups of female digital artists ever assembled in Canada.

Along with a monumental celebration and cutting-edge entertainment the festival offers women from varying ages and backgrounds the chance to learn from one another. From young women that just got the DJ bug to established artists needing to spin up a little business savvy, the festival will educate and inspire in multiple electronic media genres.

While the workshops and conference held at W2 Storyeum are specifically for women, the mobile dance party and evening showcase are open to all.  The mobile dance party is free of charge and begins at 12:30 pm at the Commercial Street Skytrain Station.  The Party then joins up with the official International Women’s Day parade.  The evening’s entertainment begins at 8:00 and carries through till late, late at W2 Storyeum at 151 West Cordova.   Check out the official site for schedule, lineup, and ticket info.  Note that there are tickets exclusive to the evening’s entertainment as well as inclusive packages available.  For something way Off the Dial hit up Utopia Festival.  Saturday, March 5th.

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Interpol Announce 2011 North American Tour Dates

Posted by JonesK On November - 8 - 2010

Written By: Kristen Jones

Last week Interpol announced a North American tour for 2011, to promote their new self titled album released this past September.  The tour will begin January 27th in Vancouver and conclude February 19th at the House of Blues in Boston.  Included in the stops are some Canadian shows including one at the Sound Academy in Toronto on February 15th and another one the following night in Montreal at the Metropolis.

Over the years the members of Interpol have grown from being New York local favourites to a globally respected band.  The band made up of Paul Banks (vocals, guitar), Daniel Kessler (guitar, vocals), Sam Fogarino (drums, percussion) and joined by Dave Pajo (bass) and Brandon Curtis (keyboard, vocals) for their upcoming tour, recently posted the following on their website;

 “It’s been a pleasure each and every night.  Interpol fans are top notch.  The Best.  And…we want to come back for more so we’ve just announced the following North American dates for January and February.  Very much looking forward to visiting some new spots for the first time (you know who you are), some places we’ve recently played (can’t get enough) and those towns that we haven’t seen in some time (we’ve missed you).  It will be a warm reprieve from the big, bad winter-man.  And it will be here in no time at all.  We can’t wait.  Rock n’ Roll.” 

Currently Interpol is finishing up the remaining dates of their current American tour and then they will be traveling for shows in Europe and Australia, before returning stateside in the new year to begin all over again.

And for all you fans who want even more Interpol, the band will be playing more North American dates when they open for U2 in the summer.  So far Canadian spots include a show in Toronto and two in Montreal.

Check out Interpol’s website, for more on the band and tour dates.

For a review of the album go to

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Video of the Day: Mother Mother ~ “Body of Years”

Posted by cristóvão On September - 21 - 2010

Vancouver based Mother Mother have been riding the moderate success of their sophomore release O My Heart on Last Gang records since 2008, and with good reason. It’s a great indie-rock record!

They’ve played high-profile shows such as Virgin Festival, the Regina Folk Festival, the Evolve Festival in Nova Scotia and opened for the Most Serene Republic on a 10 date tour in late 2007. The most notable performance could very well be their olympic shows during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Yet today, they have an entirely new battle to fight. They go up against KT Tunstall in the Video Fight Club where viewers can vote for the best video of the day with their clip for “Body of Years” directed by Colin Minihan. They should do well seeing as “O My Heart” won a Video Fight Club battle a few months back.

Check out the video below and vote for it here;

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UPDATE: Serj Tankian Fall Tour POSTPONED

Posted by cristóvão On July - 20 - 2010

Serj Tankian has been keeping himself busy. Earlier this year, he released Elect the Dead Symphony, a live album of his debut solo album with the Auckland Philharmonic Symphony. He just wrapped up the fist leg of his European tour and is playing a couple of U.S. dates before commencing the second leg of the European tour in August. His new album, Imperfect Harmonies is set for release in was released in Semptember and just days after he’ll be embarking on his Fall North American tour.

UPDATE: Tankian postponed the tour indefinitely. Refunds were issued as he apologized for pushing the tour “until a later date”.

The good news; It starts right here in Calgary. The (sorta) bad news; It will NOT be an Elect the Dead Symphony performance as he’s been doing all year in Europe and at those two mid-summer U.S. dates. What makes it all better? The fact that most of the performances will take place in acoustically superior theatres and concert halls, like Calgary’s Jack Singer Concert Hall (September 12th), Edmoton’s Winspear Centre (Sep. 13th), Vancouver’s Centre for the Performing Arts (Sep. 15th), Toronto’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Sep. 29th) and Montreal’s Théâtre St-Denis (Sep. 30th).

Here’s the full tour for the remainder of this year;

Remaining U.S. Date _ European Tour 2010 – Second Leg (all dates Elect the Dead Symphony performances);

  • Jul 30* – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre w/Orchestra TBA
  • Aug 07 – Pori, Finalnd – Sonisphere Festival
  • Aug 09 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Tradgarn
  • Aug 10 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
  • Aug 12 – Yerevan, Armenia – Hamalir
  • Aug 14 – Sibiu, Romania – Piata Mare – ARTmania Festival
  • Aug 15 – Burgas, Bulgaria – Spirit of Burgas Festival
  • Aug 17 – Athens, Greece – Terra Vibe Park
  • Aug 20 – St. Poulton, Austria – Frequency Festival
  • Aug 21 – Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop
  • Aug 22 – Biddinghuizen, Holland – Lowlands Festival
  • Aug 24 – Hamburg, Germany – Grosse Freiheit
  • Aug 25 – Köln, Germany – E-Werk
  • Aug 27 – Leeds, UK – Bramham Park – Leeds Festival
  • Aug 28 – Reading, UK – Little Johns Farm – Reading Festival
  • Aug 30 – Paris, France – Bataclan
  • Aug 31 – Wettingen/Zurich, Switzerland – Sportzentrum Tagerhatd
  • Sep 01 – Bologna, Italy – Estragon

“Imperfect Harmonies” North American Tour;

  • Sep 12 – Calgary, Alberta, Canada – Jack Singer Concert Hall
  • Sep 13 – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – Winspear Centre
  • Sep 15 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Centre For the Performing Arts
  • Sep 17 – San Francisco, CA – Nob Hill Masonic Center
  • Sep 18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theater
  • Sep 20 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts
  • Sep 23 – Bee Cave, TX (near Austin, TX) – The Backyard
  • Sep 25 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theater
  • Sep 26 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
  • Sep 28 – Buffalo, NY – Center For the Arts
  • Sep 29 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • Sep 30 – Montréal, Québec, Canada – Théâtre St-Denis
  • Oct 02 – Glenside, PA (near Philadelphia, PA) – Keswick Theatre
  • Oct 03 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
  • Oct 07 – St. Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater
  • Oct 08 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
  • Oct 09 – Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore Miami

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Miss Led Zeppelin? Try Michael White & The White

Posted by lmelvin On June - 26 - 2010

Written by: Laura Melvin

Let’s face it.  The probability of Led Zeppelin ever touring again is slim to none.  So, what’s a fan to do? Well, go to a show by an aging Zeppelin cover band of course.  Michael White _ the White rocked a show at the Red Robinson Show Theatre in Vancouver suburb Coquitlam for a moderate sized crowd (with only a handful of people under 40) on Friday night.

As a cover band playing a theatre attached to a casino, I wasn’t surprised to see four middle-aged men with growing bellies and flowing, wavy locks doing their best impression of the 70s era rock band.  I was surprised by the 12-piece orchestra.  This was orchestral Led Zeppelin.  Ever heard “Immigrant Song”, “Whole Lotta Love” or “Dazed and Confused” with a chorus of violins, cellos, and French horns?  It was enough to prompt a party of 40 to 50-somethings to rush the stage, security asking them several times ‘Please, don’t touch’.  When they played “Stairway to Heaven”, the crowd so elated we were positive that all that glitters is gold.  By the end of the show, as Michael White _ the White rounded out the night with “Bring It On Home”, the audience was on its feet, giving a well deserved standing ovation.

It may have been my seven dollar beers talking, but I thought the show was fan-freakin’-tastic.  Not only do Michael White _ the White bring a little reasonably priced Zeppelin to the masses (because you know if Led Zeppelin ever tours their tix are going to be in the $150 and up range), they work with schools to help fund their band programs!  Kudos gentlemen, kudos.

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You Say Party Make Public Statement

Posted by cristóvão On June - 22 - 2010

After the sudden death of their drummer Devon Clifford back in April, the future of Vancouver’s YSP!WSD! was unknown. The group cancelled all tour dates and entered an understandable time of mourning and reflection.

Today, the group (newly named You Say Party) have officially spoken regarding Devon’s death, the future of the band, new members, the new name, rescheduled European tour dates and their next single, “There is XXXX (Within My Heart)” of 2009′s album XXXX.

Here’s the full statement from the band as released and posted on their web site;

To all of our fans and supporters,

Heartfelt thanks for all the messages of love and condolences that you have sent since Devon’s passing. We have drawn a lot of strength from these as we navigate this difficult time.  Losing Devon has been a profound loss for the family this band has grown to become.  We have taken some time out of the spotlight these last few months to heal, process, reflect and re-evaluate the future of this band.

We have talked at great length with each other and our families and friends about the future.  Devon’s parents have encouraged us to continue on and given us their blessing. It is their opinion (as well as ours) that Devon would never have wanted his death to end the band. He would have wanted us to continue on.

In the time between Devon’s passing and this statement, we have all reflected upon our personal lives.  Krista has decided that her time with us has come to an end as she no longer desires the long drives, poor sleeps and revolting selection of road food.  Instead she’s choosing a home, a garden, some gluten-free baking and a proper education.  We will miss Krista very much and she remains a part of our lives.

We have turned to our good friends and former tour-mates Robert Andow and Bobby Siadat of Vancouver band “Gang Violence” to play keyboards and drums. This new line up will continue the tradition of excellent live shows and sweaty dance floors, with new strength and a renewed commitment to music and touring. The 5 of us look forward to carrying the spirit of our friend Devon with us everywhere.

The cancelled European tour is being rescheduled for this fall and we will announce the dates as soon as possible. We are also planning select shows for the rest of 2010.

Out of respect for Devon and the evolution of life, today we announce that we will no longer be known as “You Say Party! We Say Die!” but instead as simply “You Say Party”.

Lately, we’ve been thinking a lot about the words and meanings we’ve spoken through our music.  To return you to the core message of our band, we present the first track “There is XXXX (Within My Heart)” as the next single in North America.

With XXXX and light.

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Devon Clifford of YSP!WSD! Died of “Massive Brain Hemorrhage”

Posted by cristóvão On April - 20 - 2010

On Sunday we heard the unfortunate news of the passing of Devon Clifford, drummer for B.C. five-piece outfit You Say Party! We Say Die!. Now that a couple of days has passed and news has spread with family, band-mates, friends and fans of the dance-punk group mourning, word has come from his family regarding the cause of death.

“YSPWSD’s Devon Clifford experienced a massive brain hemorrhage resulting from congenital defects while on stage in Vancouver on Friday night and fell into a coma. A surgery was performed but sadly doctors were unable to save his life. He was 30.

Devon Clifford was an extremely gifted drummer and determined character.  He loved his family, loved his band, loved traveling, loved being on stage and loved meeting people around the world.  He was smart, witty, passionate, and music meant everything to him.  He was also incredibly generous with his love and respected everybody he came into contact with.  This was underlined by his work with the under privileged at the Portland Hotel Society.

The Clifford family would like to take this opportunity to remind young people to have the courage to follow their dreams like Devon did.

The family would also like to take this opportunity to thank everybody around the world for their kind words and stories about how Devon impacted their lives.”

As mentioned in the family’s statement, Clifford collapsed during YSPWSD‘s performance on Friday, which was at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver. Band-mates originally thought he had leaned over to pick up a drumstick but once it became clear something was wrong, lead singer Becky Ninkovic asked people in attendance to call 911.

After news of his death, Ronald Clifford, Devon’s father, reported that crowds of fans flooded the family home sharing memories of the drummer.

Naturally, the group have canceled upcoming shows which included dates overseas next month the family is asking for privacy in this time of mourning. Devon would have turned 31 this Friday. Our thoughts are with all who was close with him; family, friends and even the fans who loved his work and that of his band’s. The Canadian music scene has lost a talented individual.

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