Music BC brings the west coast to SXSW!
Teaming up with BeatRoute Magazine and Vancouver-based music blog Winniecooper.net, Music BC highlights the diversity of the Canadian west coast music scene throughout two electrifying showcases during SXSW 2014.
Maggie Mae's on Friday March 14th and The Velveeta Room on Saturday March 15th are stacked with BC artists.
Check out a playlist of all the awesome bands here!
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MARCH 14, 2014 at Maggie Mae’s (323 E 6th Street)
- 8pm - The Shilohs
- 9pm - Good For Grapes
- 10pm - The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer
- 11pm - Current Swell
- 12am - The Pack AD
- 1am - The Belle Game
MARCH 15, 2014 at The Velveeta Room (521 E 6th Street)
- 8pm - Jordan Klassen
- 9pm - BESTiE
- 10pm - Dead Ghosts
- 11pm - Bend Sinister
- 12am - We Are The City
- 1am - No Sinner
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THE BELLE GAME
Over the last two years, the band has been quietly gathering acclaim across Canada, with major Canadian Festival appearances in support of their two independently released EPs and playing opening slots for international sensation Gotye and Polaris Music Prize winners Karkwa. The Belle Game´s debut album, Ritual Tradition Habit have seen the group receive notable attention from Pitchfork and capacity crowds at shows across North America and Europe.
THE PACK AD
This hard-slogging East Vancouver duo has just released their fifth album and Nettwerk debut, Do Not Engage. Long celebrated on the fringes of Canada's endlessly fruitful indie-rock scene, the tirelessly hard-working and hard-touring duo have pretty much lived in their van for the past six years. Do Not Engage reunites The Pack A.D. with Detroit producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Electric Six, The Mooney Suzuki, Dirtbombs), a friend-turned-collaborator who insisted upon working behind the boards for Unpersons – a record that earned the band its first Juno Award nomination in 2013 for "Breakthrough Group Of The Year."
Touring the world for the better part of five years, from Brazil to Australia, Current Swell’s years of experience on the road can be heard. Decidedly grass-roots, the band has developed a strong online following over the years that has translated to the stage, where Current Swell shines. The band earned first place at Vancouver’s Peak Performance Project (a 2011 radio contest which awarded the group $100,500 for top prize) and recently headlined two large festivals in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. That level of accomplishment (when coupled with sets in support of everyone from the Tragically Hip and Xavier Rudd to K‘Naan, K-OS, The Beach Boys and more) have made them and international act to watch.
THE HARPOONIST AND THE AXE MURDERER
Armed with a sack of harmonicas, a mess of foot percussion and a road-worn Telecaster, Shawn “The Harpoonist” Hall and Matthew “The Axe Murderer” Rogers kick out raw and primal blues. The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer released their inaugural album The Blues Can Kill in 2007, and have enjoyed a steady climb up to the widely acclaimed 2011 release, Checkered Past. They rocked on to win ‘Blues Artist of the Year’ at the SiriusXM Indies as well as nominations for Blues Recording of the Year at the 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards, and New Artist and Album of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards (2012).
GOOD FOR GRAPES
Good For Grapes formed in September of 2010, after a group of friends took a trip to Victoria, BC for some modest busking. Drawing unexpected crowds, naturally this young and aspiring band took form. Having just released their new album Man on the Page the band’s future is bright. This is the group’s first release since signing with Toronto-based label, Pheromone Recordings (Mo Kenney, The Dears, The Wilderness of Manitoba). Produced by Colin Stewart (Yukon Blonde, Dan Mangan), the band recorded Man on the Page at Hive Studios in Vancouver.
THE SHILOHS :: http://theshilohs.tumblr.com
Vancouver's The Shilohs have the songwriting talent, chops and the oddball cool to make any gig memorable. Like the late greats before them a la Big Star, The Replacements, and even Crazy Horse, they have the chameleon-like ability to meld into a scene. Their songs, which continue the cannon of classic west coast rock by weaving together an infinite number of influences, take on a life of their own that must be experienced in a live setting.
SATURDAY // 8PM-2AM
Dirty, gritty alternative rockers, No Sinner are on an upward spiral, lead by Colleen Rennison on vocals, Eric Campbell on guitar, Ian Browne on drums and Brad Ferguson on Bass. Following a November German tour, they released their nine-song album Boo Hoo Hoo in Europe on Jan. 20 and broke the Amazon UK top 10 blues charts. BBC 2's Bob Harris has been a huge supporter and UK's Blues & Soul Magazine featured the record as album of the month. Classic Rock Magazine called No Sinner "One's to watch in 2014" Legendary Netherlands label, Provogue have picked up the band for world-wide, and the team is gearing up for their summer North American release. The band goes into SXSW for their first time with eyes wide open. Following Austin the boys and gal head out on a string of dates through the states and then straight back to Europe for summer touring and festivals.
WE ARE THE CITY
Three piece experimental pop/rock act with a big sound. Vancouver's We Are The City has become one of the most exciting unpredictable forces in the Canadian music scene. Their sophomore LP Violent has garnered many positive reviews. We Are the City's restless sense of artistry has led the musicians through years of self-discovery as they have continued to strive for the next creative peak. Now that they've finally arrived with Violent and its accompanying film, there's no question that the journey has been worthwhile.
Bend Sinister is an indie rock band from Vancouver who draw comparisons to Dr Dog, Deep Purple and Queen. Their tour schedule has brought them to Dawson City Music Fest, CMJ, Pop Montreal, Live at Squamish and opening slots for Valient Thorr, Archers of Loaf, We Are Scientists and Awolnation. 2013 saw the band receive nominations for a SiriusXM “Best Emerging Artist” award and a Western Canadian Music Award for “Best Rock Recording.” Their US sophomore release Animals was recorded in San Diego by Grammy nominated producer Joe Marlett and is available via Nail Distribution come March 11.
Dead Ghosts originally formed in a Vancouver basement in 2008, influenced by Pebbles comps and girl group records. It didn’t take long for blogs and labels around the world to take notice, writing and praising about their songs uploaded to Myspace. In less than a year their first single was released, “What To Do”, a catchy doo-wop jingle that got the ball rolling. Soon after labels from France, Italy, and the US started putting out single after single for the band, somewhere around seven singles in a year! Leading up to their first full length put out on Florida’s Dying in 2011. The S/T LP, a mix of twang balladry soul stompers was a hit with the garage rock community from all over, which sold out and was repressed twice.
They have toured the USA, Canada, and Europe with such acts as: King Khan & BBQ, Thee Oh Sees, and Nobunny to name a few. The boys feverishly worked on their second full length that was released by Burger Records in Spring of 2013.
Hailing from Vancouver, BC, BESTiE is a fun and accessible pop band. Since the release of their debut single, “Pineapple,” the band placed 3rd in the Peak Performance Project's radio competition, have recorded their first EP with Howard Redekopp (Tegan & Sara, Mother Mother, The Zolas), and are setting up to embark on their first Canadian tour to Canadian Music Week in May, as well as a trip cross border to SXSW. Lead singer/songwriter, Tristan Orchard, part times as a BC-based blog writer, and is also a prominent award-winning video director from Vancouver, and has been at the helm of directing and producing their first two videos, and the band have three other videos currently in production, to be released in the coming months to promote their tour as well as their album release, set for March, 2014.
Is there such a thing as unsentimental sincerity? If so, this could be it. A resonate warmth carries Jordan Klassen’s crafted, literate lyrics through vivid images and stories. Repentance juxtaposes a multi-textured simplicity with a trembling confidence and a fresh familiarity. Playful and wise, vast and intimate, the album travels from the jubilant in “Go to Me” and “Piano Brother” to the quiet intensity of “The Horses are Stuck” and “Strengthen Me With Raisins.” These are songs that fuse melody and poetry, stinging the imagination and summoning forgotten emotion.
Having been named a Canadian act to watch in 2014 by CBC Music, and with an upcoming showcase at SXSW and other festivals in the works, this year is expected to be a big one for Klassen.
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ABOUT MUSIC BC
- Representing the British Columbia music industry for more than 20 years, Music BC is a non-profit society dedicated to providing information, education, funding, advocacy, awareness and networking opportunities to nurture, develop and promote the spirit, growth, and sustainability of the BC Music community.
ABOUT BEATROUTE MAGAZINE
– BeatRoute Magazine is a monthly music, arts and entertainment publication distributed online and in print throughout Western Canada in Alberta and British Columbia. This year marks the publication’s 10-year anniversary.
– Winniecooper.net is a very cool Vancouver based music and events website dedicated to unearthing the latest trends in pop culture.
THIS SHOWCASE IS PROUDLY SPONSORED BY FACTOR, CREATIVE BC, and THE PROVINCE OF BC