Reviews of music: live and recorded

Victoria folk band Jon and Roy have been busy making music since 2005. The two musicians independently released their eighth album, By My Side, in May, available for purchase online. The band has been touring extensively throughout Canada in support of the album, ending their tour at Rifflandia festival recently. Band Member Jon Middleton recently […]

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Reviewed by Blake Jacob Isobel Trigger’s April 3rd, 2014 show at the Strathcona Clubhouse was a high-caliber performance. The group’s polished act is characterized by ethereal vocals, heavy rhythm, energy and gorgeous melody. Isobel Trigger undoubtedly belongs in a large performance hall and deserves much recognition. The set began with “Champion,” showing off the band’s […]

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Hank Engel Hank Angel (Extended Play 45) Produced by David Jeffrey and Dave Lang Reviewed by Chris Ho Victoria musician Hank Engel’s self-titled EP is a nostalgic gem that brings you right back to the feel-good rockabilly vibe of the 50’s. Engel pays homage to the underground music scene in Edmonton in the 1980s, and […]

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Eddie Spaghetti The Value of Nothing (Bloodshot Records, 2013) Produced by Jesse Dayton Reviewed by Blake Morneau Has modern radio ruined the very idea of country music for you? Are you put off by the stereotypical conservative undertones of modern country music? Do you like a fatalistic punk sensibility but prefer your musicians to deliver […]

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White Hot Jet Rehab Nightclub, Victoria BC June 7, 2013  Reviewed by Blake Morneau I was filled with an unhealthy dose of skepticism as I walked into Rehab nightclub for the unveiling of new all-girl rock band White Hot Jet–after all, the press release I received stated that the band was put together through auditions […]

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Blackberry Wood Logan’s Pub, Victoria June 6, 2013 Reviewed by Blake Morneau I remember being 11 or 12 years old and seeing the video for Tom Waits’ “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” and having the image of Waits dressed in his ridiculous devil costume, riding a tricycle and holding a magnifying glass burn itself into […]

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Queer Across Canada

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June 4, 2013

The Rogue Folk Club presents Kate Reid Queer Across Canada CD Release Saturday, June 8, Doors at 7 pm St. James Hall, 3213 West 10th Ave, Vancouver Tickets $20 | Members $16 Accessible, All ages & Licensed Event Sure same-sex marriage is legal these days, and gay people don’t get fired from their jobs like they used […]

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Ontario artist Alec Dempster was born in Mexico but moved to Canada with his family when he was five years old. He recently came out with a unique two-fold expression of his heritage with the book Lotería Jarocha: Linoleum Prints, published by The Porcupine’s Quill, and with the CD, Nuevos Caminos A Santiago (New Roads […]

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Awna Teixeira and Jennifer Louise Taylor Sunday, June 2, 2-4 pm Spiral Cafe, 418 Craigflower RD, Victoria $10 at the door Awna Teixeira has toured the world from Africa to Spain and back again with internationally renowned roots band Po’ Girl. She is currently doing a tour in support of her first solo album, Where […]

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Rococode with River Saturday, May 18, Doors at 7 pm Lucky Bar, 517 Yates ST, Victoria Tickets $12.50, available at Lyle’s Place, Ditch Records, and TicketWeb.ca Sponsored by the Zone 91.3 FM Rococode is an ever evolving indie rock band from Vancouver, BC. They “May appear to be a spunky indie-collective, but beneath the rag-tag […]