We’ve buddied up with Do604, the most in the know events people in Vancouver, to bring you a new playlist every Monday, featuring the best artists performing each week. Discover the shows you should know about!
Rae Spoon “Stolen Song”
Rae Spoon Album Release (Early Show) @ Skinny Fat Jack’s
Rae Spoon has been called one of Canada’s best songwriters and their new album Armour does not disappoint. The ten new songs hold all of the lyrical depth indicative of Spoon’s compositions while showcasing their distinctive voice. Armour’s self-produced enigmatic soundscapes blur the lines between organic and electronic instruments. Analogue synthesizers, electronic drum programming, drum kits, percussion, electric bass, cello and guitar carry the album through pop refrains and danceable beats. Released by Coax Records, the album is the result of collaboration with Calgary’s Lorrie Matheson at Arch Audio Studios and features electronic arrangements by Berlin’s Alexandre Decoupigny.
Brothers From Another “Dirty Chuck Taylors”
Sol, Brothers From Another, Otieno Terry @ Biltmore Cabaret
Seattle Summer Kings.
White lung “Chinese Watermelon (ft. Pink Mountaintops)”
White Lung with guests Vacant State and Koban @ The Cobalt
After the critically acclaimed release Deep Fantasy (2014), White Lung return with their fourth album Paradise. Vocalist Mish Barber-Way, guitarist Kenneth William and drummer Anne-Marie Vassiliou, reconnected in Los Angeles to work with engineer and producer Lars Stalfors (HEALTH, Cold War Kids, Alice Glass). In October of 2015, White Lung spent a month in the studio, working closely with Stalfors to challenge what could be done with their songs. Bringing all the energy, unique guitar work and lyrical prowess Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NME have praised them for in the past few years, White Lung curated their songs with a new pop sensibility. Mixed by Stalfors and later mastered by Joe LaPorta, Paradise is their smartest, brightest songwriting yet.
Heart “Magic Man”
Queens of Sheba featuring HEART with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts @ The Orpheum
Anyone who has turned on the radio in the last several decades knows Heart intimately. California born Seattle bred sisters Nancy and Ann Wilson are behind some of rock’s most iconic hits from the wild call of “Barracuda” to the epic lilt of “Magic Man” to the deranged shriek of “Crazy On You.” Nancy’s guitar and Ann’s wail are practically part of the national archive, indelible elements of American pop culture. In their nearly forty years as a band the Wilson sisters have been lauded as sex symbols, idealized as feminist icons, and worshiped by critics and fans alike, selling over 35 million albums worldwide and thrilling audiences with their raucous live show.
Junior Boys “Big Black Coat”
Junior Boys + Guests Jessy Lanza + Borys @ Imperial
Canadian electronic music duo, on tour to support their new release “Big Black Coat” out Feb 5th on City Slang.
We Are The City “Kiss Me, Honey”
We Are The City + Highs @ Imperial
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, We Are The City has steadily gained the reputation of being Canada’s consistently exciting, yet markedly unpredictable, cult- bands. After their international success with Violent, they took an impulsive and experimental approach to their third full-length album, Above Club. With their always progressive, boundary-pushing music, We Are the City are navigating their career in an about face, non-traditional manner and embarking on an idea with the intent to outdo all that the band has previously created. If we’ve had you along for the ride this far, don’t you want to see what happens next?
Elaquent “Saturday Night Fever”
Elaquent, Nick Wisdom, Joseph L’Entranger, BSD.U @ Biltmore Cabaret
Canadian-based producer Elaquent is certainly no rookie in the thriving beat scene. Known for his smooth, soulful style; his off-kilter, neck-break beats; and his obsession with Batman and Sega Genesis, Elaquent is finally beginning to reach his full potential.
The Real McKenzies “Yes”
The Real Mckenzies with Bishops Green + Boids @ Venue
Paul McKenzie claims he had a epiphany when he was subjected to an Andy Stewart record which was playing in one room, and intertwining with the vulgarity of a Sex Pistols album emerging from another. That year was somewhere around 1992, the setting was Vancouver Canada,and McKenzie was looking for something new, since his band TT Racer had recently disbanded. Who would have thought that a great deal of fun could be had pilfering your parents closet of old kilts and high socks to wear on a stage on which you would perform cover songs of various bands, altered slightly, to fit a scottish theme. Example: I Wanna Be Your Scot as opposed to I Wanna Be Your Dog. You get the point. Someone probably joked, If were gonna
wear kilts, we might as well have a piper too.
Black Sabbath “Iron Man”
Black Sabbath: The End @ Rogers Arena
Black Sabbath has been so influential in the development of heavy metal rock music as to be a defining force in the style. The group took the blues-rock sound of late ’60s acts like Cream, Blue Cheer, and Vanilla Fudge to its logical conclusion, slowing the tempo, accentuating the bass, and emphasizing screaming guitar solos and howled vocals full of lyrics expressing mental anguish and macabre fantasies. If their predecessors clearly came out of an electrified blues tradition, Black Sabbath took that tradition in a new direction, and in so doing helped give birth to a musical style that continued to attract millions of fans decades later.
Chastity Belt “Joke”
Protomartyr w/ Chastity Belt @ Fortune Sound Club
7.6 on Pitchfork ;)
SOAK “b a nobody”
SOAK @ The Fox Cabaret
Short Irish kid who appreciates Dragons & Dinosaurs. Has wonky bottom teeth & writes song. Kind of funny sometimes.
Run River North “Anthony”
Run River North with Guests The Wild Reeds @ Biltmore
Based in California’s San Fernando Valley, Run River North is a six-member indie pop ensemble that originally formed in 2011 under the name Monsters Calling Home. Boasting a lush, folk-influenced sound built around singers Alex Hwang (vocals/guitar) and Sally Kang (vocals/keys), the band also features guitarist/violinist Daniel Chae, bassist Joseph Chun, drummer John Chong, and violinist Jennifer Rim.
HIGHS “I Do, Do You?”
We Are The City + Highs @ Imperial
In July of 2013, HIGHS released their “monstrously upbeat” debut, self-titled EP. The 5-track EP was recorded over six months at Verge Music Lab with Steve Major, who acted as both engineer and co-producer for the album. Influenced by time spent in Tanzania, the EP is a collection of songs that reflect on growing up, the concept of home, and spirituality. The live performance of these tracks, and many others that the band has yet to record, aim to distill some of the fun and energy that the band is experiencing into the audience. Performed with up to four vocalists on a given track, HIGHS’ show is said to be tight and calculated while remaining true to the whimsical nature of the songs.
Grandtheft “Quit This City (ft. Lowell)”
Smirnoff Sound Collective Launch Weekend: Grandtheft @ Garabaldi Lift Co Bar & Grill
Grandtheft is a Producer/DJ based in Toronto, Canada. Establishing an eclectic, custom club sound by playing largely his own originals and remixes, Grandtheft has slayed clubs worldwide and is respected as one of the best live DJs Canada has to offer. The music he produces is varied beyond categorization, except to say that it seems to move people. Grandtheft’s music is spun nightly in club and radio sets worldwide and has garnered wide-reaching support from Pretty Lights to Hardwell, Skrillex to Annie Mac.