Most recently, his debut EP, The Other Day was nominated for a Juno Award, Canada's largest Music Award Show. New music and new album on the way.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15TH - 11:00PM - CLEARPORT
THURSDAY, MARCH 16TH - 9:30PM - KINGDOM
THURSDAY, MARCH 16TH – 1:00AM – SWAN DIVE
FRIDAY, MARCH 17TH -11:00PM – THE MAIN
The targets are wide for Canadian band BAD POP’s furious but refreshing upcoming release, a deluge of raw punk rock energy, warm analog psychedelia, and cheeky nihilistic musings on music festivals, fast food and the loneliness of adulthood.
The live show is two-hundred percent fun and fury. Previous incarnation of the band, Hot Panda, drove five tour vans into the ground with over a dozen tours and festival runs of North America and Europe (SXSW, Primavera, CMJ and Reeperbahn).
Live, frontman Chris Connelly is alternatively heartwarming and menacing, like a pissed-off Weird Al. Superstar multi-instrumentalist Catherine Hiltz weaves melodic bass lines like a punk-rock bar-brawling PJ Harvey. Drummer Aaron Klassen was raised on a steady diet of Bonham and Grohl, and plays as if the snare just said something about his mother. In the band’s own words ‘we are serious about not taking ourselves too seriously.
TUESDAY, MARCH 14TH – 12:15AM - SCRATCHOUSETHURSDAY, MARCH 16TH - 12:00AM - SWAN DIVE
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15TH – 10:00PM – SPEAKEASY KABARET
THURSDAY, MARCH 16TH – 5:30PM – SWAN DIVE PATIO
TUESDAY, MARCH 14TH – 11:00PM – THE SIDEWINDER OUTSIDE
THURSDAY, MARCH 16TH - 2:00PM - SWAN DIVE
THURSDAY, MARCH 16TH – 11:00PM – TELLERS UPSTAIRS
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Teen Daze (Jamison Isaak) is a British-Columbia based artist and producer. He released his fifth LP Themes For Dying Earth on February 10th through his new label, FLORA.
After last year's foray into vibrant indie-pop, Themes finds Teen Daze returning to more ambient, electronic production with new insight: "I learned so much from the experience making Morning World, it would be a step backwards if I didn't apply it." This comes through in songs like "Lost", "Rising" and the first single, "Cycle", which fuse the synthesized sound of early Teen Daze records with the live energy of his more recent works. Themes is also distinct in its collaborative nature. Jamison has worked with other artists in the past, but never to this degree and expanse: "Making the last record alongside other people helped me realize that inviting additional minds to the creative process brings out the best in me."
Conceptually and thematically, this album is one of Jamison's most personal, navigating topics both intimate and broad: "Much of my work is inspired by nature, and it's scary to think that future generations may not have that same relationship. The album starts with Cycle, a song about my personal experience dealing with anxiety and depression, and it slowly zooms out to cover some of the external forces, like climate change, that are affecting those experiences. After touring last fall, I came home so cynical and worn out, I decided take all the nervous energy I had about the world, and filter it through more optimistic, positive sounds."
TUESDAY, MARCH 14 - 12:45AM - CHEER UP CHARLIE'S
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15 - 9:30PM - SCRATCHOUSE BACKYARD
FRIDAY, MARCH 17 - 10:00PM - BARRACUDA
Ekali is a Canadian instrumentalist and producer from Vancouver, BC. He started making electronic music in 2014, and since has been making big waves in the electronic community; from his visceral, captivating original work and collaborations to his thundering club remixes.
Ekali was accepted as Canada’s sole participant in the Red Bull Music Academy in 2014. Since then, he’s gone on to receive over twenty million streams, toured every corner of the world & received a writing credit on Drake’s “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.” His unique sound has earned him a loyal following worldwide, and cemented him as one of electronic music’s most promising artists.
In 2016, Ekali was tapped for an official remix of Flume's "Smoke & Retribution feat. Vince Staples & Kučka" and his Flux Pavilion "I Can't Stop" remix was officially signed and released by Big Beat. Ekali was also recently featured as a new & developing artist in HITS magazine.
Over the summer of 2016, Ekali released a much anticipated official collaborative remix with Gravez of Jack Ü’s “Mind (feat. Kai)”. This was quickly followed up by an official remix on Australian label Future Classic for Ta-ku & Wafia’s “Meet in the Middle” single.
Ekali's debut original singles are slated to be released in spring 2017.
THURSDAY, MARCH 16TH - 12:45AM - MONSTER ENERGY OUTBREAK HOUSE
The New Pornographers have a new full length album called Whiteout Conditions coming out on April 7. It's the first release on the band's own Collected Works Records.
About the new album's first single, NPR declares, "Hold on tight: it's another relentlessly exuberant, propulsive jam from The New Pornographers. The latest in the band's deep catalog of clever and addictive power pop is "High Ticket Attractions,"
Of the new record, founder and frontman A.C. Newman notes that, "At the beginning of this record, there was some thinking that we wanted it to be like a Krautrock Fifth Dimension. Of course, our mutated idea of what Krautrock is probably doesn't sound like Krautrock at all. But we were thinking: Let's try and rock in a different way."
Since their debut in 2000, The New Pornographers have released six studio albums including their most recent, Brill Bruisers, hailed as an "exuberant, synthpop-infused set" by Rolling Stone, "infectious" by Harper's Bazaar and "the grand and purposeful hookfest that you would hope these guys would come back with" by Stereogum. Pitchfork went on to note that "with the futurist sound of Brill Bruisers, the whole band embraces a more electric version of itself-bulked-up in chrome-plated armor, firing on all cylinders, and ready to steamroll anything in its path." The band celebrated the release with a special NPR Music "First Listen Live" concert at the legendary Brill Building, and performed songs from the album on both "Conan" and the "Late Show with David Letterman."
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15TH - 12:20AM - STUBB'S
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15TH - 8:30pm - MAZDA STUDIO EMPIRE CONTROL ROOM
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15TH - 11:00pm - CHEER UP CHARLIE'S
Raised in Artemisa, an hour outside of Havana, Alex Cuba’s artistry is as far-flung as the place he settled and has lived in for over ten years: Smithers, BC, 14 hours north of Vancouver, Canada. His music incorporates his roots in these vastly divergent places and is a unique amalgam of styles.
A forward-thinking, indie-minded artist who owns his masters and releases his music on his own label, Cuba has amassed a steadily growing following among critics and fans. With over 20 awards and nominations in his pocket including 4 Latin Grammys and two Junos Awards Alex remains a small town supporter and champion of originality as well as big hair.
FRIDAY, MARCH 17TH - 11:00PM - MAGGIE MAE'SSATURDAY, MARCH 18TH - 6:00PM - WESTIN HOTELSATURDAY, MARCH 18TH - 11:00PM - THE RUSSIAN HOUSE