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[2 Apr 2017 | Comments Off on Spirit Unforgettable: Documentary about John Mann and the Spirit of the West | ]
Spirit Unforgettable: Documentary about John Mann and the Spirit of the West

The Vancouver International Film Festival presented the documentary by Pete McCormack.
By Oswaldo Perez Cabrera.
Spirit Unforgettable won the award for Most Popular Canadian Documentary (based on audience balloting).
The film is as local as it can get. The documentary is dramatic and powerful and will leave a tear in your eye. The music is an auditory photograph for the people who were around in BC and Canada in general in the eighties and nineties and even at the beginning of the century. I am sure that some of you reading these lines are even in the documentary, or saw something in it as it happened in real life with your own eyes and in full colour. This documentary also hits hard to our community because the subject, John Mann, is a friend or a neighbour; a familiar figure for most of us, one of Vancouver greatest icons and a great guy.

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[24 Nov 2016 | Comments Off on Vancouver International Film Festival: We Are X a film by Stephen Kijak about X Japan. | ]
Vancouver International Film Festival: We Are X a film by Stephen Kijak about X Japan.

By Oswaldo Perez Cabrera.
During the first 20 minutes of the film I kept wondering if X Japan was a real band or a cinematic, well written drama film. Soon we found out we were watching a rockumentary and X Japan are very much a real experience and not only that, they are one of the biggest bands in the world. Chances are, you might have heard about X Japan, after all they have over 30 million copies sold worldwide. This film tells their story. A story of loss, victories, glamour and a lot of rock and roll.

Canadian Bands, events, Featured, News, Reviews »

[20 Oct 2016 | Comments Off on Interrupters, Bad Cop Bad Cop and Brass Action at the Rickshaw Oct 12th. | ]
Interrupters, Bad Cop Bad Cop and Brass Action at the Rickshaw Oct 12th.

Photo Album of Interrupters, Bad Cop Bad Cop and Brass Action at the Rickshaw
Photos by John Prentice.
VanMusic was present at this incredible show of ska punk at the Rickshaw theatre Wednesday October 12th.

Reviews, Show Reviews »

[3 Oct 2016 | Comments Off on Drive-by Truckers brought their alternative country/southern rock style to Vancouver’s own Rickshaw Theatre | ]
Drive-by Truckers brought their alternative country/southern rock style to Vancouver’s own Rickshaw Theatre

By Raechel Norrgard.
Yet another SOLD OUT show at The Rickshaw in Vancouver this Sunday! But where was the line-up out the front door? There wasn’t one because everyone arrived early to catch the opening act, Lydia Loveless. When we arrived to the show, the room was packed and the music hadn’t even started yet.

The Drive-by Truckers don’t introduce themselves; there’s no need to because the sound of the crowd cheering announces their arrival onstage. An array of eclectic guitars, Brad Morgan’s drum-kit of red, white and blue; and Jay Gonzalez’s piano with a poster stating BLACK LIVES MATTER taped to the side of it set the stage.

Festivals, Headline, News, Reviews, Video Release »

[9 Jun 2016 | Comments Off on Lightning in a Bottle 2016 – All the Details! | ]
Lightning in a Bottle 2016 – All the Details!

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Do LaB’s Lightning in a Bottle Strikes Again as 2016 Festival Hits Max Capacity!
Seeing the sprawling hills of Bradley, CA filling the rear view with colorful sunsets and enchanting memories, the eleventh glorious Lightning in a Bottle concludes as the West Coast’s premier camping, arts, music and yoga festival again surpassing the expectations of all. Imagined and flawlessly executed by Los Angeles’ merrymaking collective of event production virtuosos Do LaB over Memorial Day weekend, LIB continues to ascend as a kaleidoscope of adventures and life changing experiences that will successfully …

CD Reviews, Tours »

[29 Jan 2016 | Comments Off on Oliver Swain’s BIG MACHINE – February Album Release Shows | ]
Oliver Swain’s BIG MACHINE – February Album Release Shows

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Never More Together | West Coast Release Shows
In sound and in voice, Oliver Swain’s BIG MACHINE is really big. Thus, the sophomore release Never More Together is big news, and the upcoming shows on the coast this February; well, they’re just plain BIG (MACHINE).
The shows will feature a full band including BIG MACHINISTS Adrian Dolan (violin/mandolin), Adam Dobres (guitar), and Richard Moody (guitar/mandolin), as well as Oliver’s bandmates Matthew Pease (percussion) and Danuel Tate (keyboard), who play with him in side project, Fans & Motor Supply Co..
Vancouver’s Twin Bandit are …

Canadian Bands, Headline, Indie, Reviews, Vancouver »

[7 Jan 2016 | 3 Comments | ]
The Best 15 Vancouver Independent Bands of 2015!

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The Best Vancouver Bands of 2015 according to what we saw!
As every year, VanMusic puts out a small list of the best Vancouver independent bands that are conquering the world and our city. Some of the bands here were on our list last year, some are not, but all are good. Some will be on next year as they will be releasing albums soon. So check out bands like Combine the Victorious, Devil in the Woodshack, Good for Grapes, Tyrannahorse, You Say Party! among others.
The once thriving scene in Vancouver …

Gallery, International, News, Reviews, Where's Oswaldo »

[1 Jan 2016 | Comments Off on Anton Cobijn: A Retrospective at Amerika haus Berlin. | ]
Anton Cobijn: A Retrospective at Amerika haus Berlin.

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Anton Cobijn: A Retrospective of his work at Amerika haus Berlin.
By Oswaldo Perez Cabrera and Raechel Norrgard.
Berlin 2015-2016. Amerika Haus near Zoologischer Garten Station in the Charlottenburg district, adjacent to the Berlin Zoo.
Cobijn, as we used to call him when we were teenagers discovering the world of music, was born in the Netherlands in the island town of Strijen. The isolation of his birthplace resulted in an inherent lonliness in his photos; few of them have more than one character. His subjects seem to be longing for something, striving away from …

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[26 Nov 2015 | Comments Off on The 2015 Western Canadian Music Award Winners and Western Canadian Music Industry Award Winners | ]
The 2015 Western Canadian Music Award Winners and Western Canadian Music Industry Award Winners

The conference and festival weekend lead up to the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards, presented tonight at McPherson Playhouse. The Awards Show was hosted by CBC’s Grant Lawrence, a 5-time-WCMA-hosting-champ, honouring all 2015 WCMA Nominees and the individual winners, along with feature presentations, live performances, and reflections on the last year in western Canadian music. The audience took in moving performances from Tanya Tagaq, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Joe Silva, Annette, Jesse Roper, Sarah MacDougall, The Wet Secrets and the 2015 Hall of Fame inductees NoMeansNo, presented by the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent in Recordings (FACTOR)

FILM, Reviews »

[16 Sep 2015 | Comments Off on No Land’s Song: Iranian documentary hits VIFF. | ]
No Land’s Song: Iranian documentary hits VIFF.

This documentary tells a couple of stories: the fight for women’s’ voices to be heard in Persian society, and the protest of the ban on female soloists; it also tells the tale of a cultural bridge between Europe (France and Germany) with Iran, a bridge built by music, musicians and cultural promoters. The documentary is in itself an act of defiance portraying another act of defiance as we see the many hurdles Sara and Ayat Najafi have to go through to present a concert with female soloists. The documentary also records audio (I assume without permission) from the officials (Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance) who are denying the permits.

Festivals, Folk-Rock, Reviews, Show Reviews »

[15 Sep 2015 | Comments Off on Accordion Noir Festival 2015. | ]
Accordion Noir Festival 2015.

When we got there the hostess Ana Bobbon was playing the accordion, entertaining the people. The Wise Hall was pretty full and the public immediately warmed up to the Halifax couple Kate and Rich Duo whose Ragtime, Folk and Klezmer filled the space. Rich would come back later with his clarinet to play with the last band Compassion Gorilla. Next was Geoff Berner with special guests. Berner came out whiskey in one hand and his instrument on the other. His tongue is sharp, his style is close to the gypsies and his message is direct. Who said punk is dead? It just possessed the souls of different musicians with a love for Klezmer. He just pre-released his latest CD We are going to Bremen to be Musicians, on sale October 16th. Compassion Gorilla came from BC capital Victoria. A collective of musicians with a rich sound and high energy. They take from everywhere, Latin, African, Balkan into a world mishmash of music.

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[11 Jun 2015 | Comments Off on Heaven, Hell & Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art. An art folk exhibition at MOA | ]
Heaven, Hell & Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art. An art folk exhibition at MOA

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Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art, on view through October 12, 2015 at MOA in UBC.
By Oswaldo Perez Cabrera.
The first Portuguese Folk Art exhibition comes to Vancouver with 300 pieces at The Museum of Anthropology at University of BC.
David Gomes, Portugal. Private Collection. Photo: Kyla Bailey.
Humans, throughout their existence as societies, have always been compelled to create “art”. Maybe it all started with the need of making tools combined with the boredom of Neolithic times. Once they had tools, they felt the necessity to make them pretty, to …

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[15 Aug 2014 | Comments Off on My Mother the Carjacker – … Or Of Something Else (2014) CD Review | ]
My Mother the Carjacker – … Or Of Something Else (2014) CD Review

By Corina Moran. Their creativity and dynamic on stage is like no other live band you will see in Vancouver because they are not indie hipsters with a pretentious, moral shtick; they are real men performing real music.

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[11 Aug 2014 | Comments Off on Legally Blonde: The Musical. A Review. | ]
Legally Blonde: The Musical. A Review.

Oh My Gawd, Oh My Gawd, Oh My Gaaawd!

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[16 Jun 2014 | Comments Off on Next Music From Tokyo Vol. 6 review | ]

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 NMFT Vol. 6: Visitors from the Land of the Rising Sun.
By Oswaldo Perez Cabrera
Photos and videos: OPC and Jordan Grey.
The day was filled with anticipation. The show had already sold out shows in Toronto and Montreal, so Vancouver was  the grand finale of the tour. Four Japanese bands brought by the generosity of music enthusiast Steven Tanaka came to Vancouver to showcase their music (5 in Toronto and Montreal). Next Music From Tokyo is one of the most anticipated music events in the city and one that I will never …