Bastille >> Of The Night in Vancouver [Commodore Ballroom ]

Bastille >> and To Kill A King played a sold-out show at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver last night for their last Canadian stop.

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Bastille >> Commodore Ballroom

My friend and I had been big fans of their music for a while now and we were so excited to see them perform live. I always worry when bands are hyped up too much because an unfortunate number of them fall short of expectations when I actually see them live. Man, I was stupid for worrying about Bastille. Excuse my language, but they were fucking great last night.

First off, I think The Commodore Ballroom has to be one of my favourite venues in Vancouver. It’s right in the hub of downtown Vancouver, it’s easily accessible as it’s blocks from the train station, and there were loads of pizza shops around for after-show munchies.

Inside the Commodore, there was a huge dance floor in front of the stage and there were tables and chairs scattered on the outskirts of the dance floor and a small balcony with what I’m assuming was more seating. We didn’t bother getting a drink or trying to find a spot to sit once we got inside; we rushed straight onto the dance floor to get as close to the stage as possible.

To Kill A King >> Commodore Ballroom

I had never heard of To Kill A King before last night but I immediately searched up their music once I got home after the show. They were so good live that I was scared Bastille wouldn’t be as good. They were invited by Bastille to sing the last song of the night and it was great to see them again. To Kill a King had great chemistry with one another and they were so captivating that I even forgot I was there to see Bastille.

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After a short intermission, Bastille came on and the crowd went insane. The smell of weed suffocated us as they started to sing and it seemed like I was either getting second-hand high or getting high purely from the joy of seeing them live. I could feel the beats travel through the floorboards, up into my body, and pulse through my veins.

Lead singer, Dan Smith, was a fucking babe and he really knew how to work the crowd. He even came down into the crowd and walked around the entire venue to sing the last song before the encore and everyone had the look of pure ecstasy on their faces. In fact, the entire band really committed to their entire show and I felt so respected as a fan to see them pour themselves entirely into their performance.

Bastille >> Commodore Ballroom

Their show felt really trancelike and even cathartic. I forgot about all the worries I had this week and I just got so lost in their music. I tend to get overwhelmed and eventually dissociate from the shitty things in life and, as horribly cliché as this sounds, the show reminded me of how important it is sometimes to just feel everything that courses through your veins and fuck everything else.

I paid $57 for a ticket on Stubhub for the show, but I felt like even that was a steal for such an incredible show. I would have gladly paid so much more to see them live again. Hell, just take all my money. They encapsulated the entire venue with a bubble of pure hedonism that it’s impossible to not have a great time. If you’re contemplating whether to see Bastille live, I say fucking go for it. If you don’t, you’ll definitely be missing out on one of the best bands to ever perform live.

Setlist:

Bad Blood
Weight Of Living, Pt. II
Blame
Laura Palmer
Poet
Overjoyed
Laughter Lines
These Streets
The Silence
Icarus
Oblivion
The Draw
Things We Lost In The Fire
Flaws

Daniel In The Den
Of The Night
Pompeii

 

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hella coachella 2014 >> glorious Spotify playlist for pre-Coachella ants in the pants

Coachella 2014 >> is nearly here and you probably have a million ants in your pants too. Rest assured that the gloriousness in magical music festivals shall arrive in no time. But in case you can’t contain yourself, follow this freshly created 74-track Spotify playlist aptly named hella coachella 2014 and get your fix on until the fest arrives. See you at The Do LaB!

[related: Coachella >> 2014 Lineup]

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Dum Dum Girls >> Coming Down in Vancouver [Biltmore Cabaret]

Dum Dum Girls >> headlined a fantastic show at the Biltmore Cabaret on Friday night to a welcoming, Pabst-sipping hipster crowd.

Dum Dum Girls >> Biltmore Cabaret

A couple of people I talked to were not particularly familiar with Dum Dum Girls’ music and some had not even heard of their opening act, Blouse. Nonetheless, people were unwinding from a long week and were excited to discover some awesome new music. What better place to do so than at the Biltmore?

For those of you who have never been inside, the Biltmore Cabaret is a fantastic venue in Vancouver to discover up-and-coming alternative bands and artists. There is a nice combination of lush, red velvet booths [for people who don’t want to smell 50 brands of shampoo in people’s hair] and a small but sufficient mosh area [for those who want to high-five the band].

However, the Biltmore is a comparatively small venue, which means sound can become a tad muffled at times. There was static feedback often but, after a couple of songs it either stopped or I was so into the music I stopped hearing it. Let’s go with the first one.

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Blouse, an ethereal pop trio from Portland, started the night off with music that really helped to set the vibe for the night. Members Charlie, Patrick, and Jacob were really absorbed in their songs and I could tell they were playing to showcase and spread their love for music. They created such a dreamlike atmosphere that I soon found myself daydreaming along with their music.

The Dum Dum Girls came on stage after a long break. I had never heard them live before and unf they were great! They played mostly from their newest album [Too True] with a couple of songs from their second album [Only in Dreams] their debut album [I Will Be] and their fourth EP [End of Daze]. I found that most of their songs sounded better when performed live compared to the studio versions. In particular, ‘I Got Nothing’ and ‘Coming Down’ were incredible. The guitars overpowered the vocals at times, but that was quickly fixed after the first couple of songs.

[related: pics + vids >> Dum Dum Girls at Marquee Theatre]

They create such a hazy, relaxing vibe that it was near impossible to avoid swaying to their music. That immersion into the Dum Dum Girls’ world was so absolute that I found myself engrossed in their music for the entire set. That’s when you know you’re listening to some really good music.

Setlist:

Bedroom Eyes
Wake Of You
I Will Be
He Gets Me High
I Got Nothing
Too True
Are You Okay?
Best Of Our Lives
It Only Takes
Under These Hands
Rimbaud Eyes
Lord Knows
Pale Saints

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ODESZA >> My Friends Never Die in Phoenix [Rhythm Room]

ODESZA >> the duo from Seattle played a sold out show at The Rhythm Room this past April Fool’s Day. For my first review, I was very excited for this performance. In case you’ve never been, The Rhythm Room is a smaller spot near downtown Phoenix and a really cool little venue [they dropped 'Oblivion' by Grimes between sets...priceless] allowing for a more intimate evening which really made ODESZA’s set that much more epic.

ODESZA >> Rhythm Room

The night began with the opening act of Kodak to Graph [kinda rhymes, just repeat it]. Typically when I go to shows the openers are alright or fair at best. But Kodak got the crowd going from the beginning. The eerie, haunted sound with a twist of French Impressionism reminded me of ghostly Four Tet.

D33J followed up Kodak and I really dug his very urban down-tempo ambient sound, which was perfect to set the midshow pace and really reminiscent of Tycho or Bonobo. Definitely check him out if you’re trying to set a chill mood.

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If you dig ambient-pop electro sound I recommend you check out ODESZA. They are the perfect background music to a chill party. Their set was glorious and beautiful for real. Quite literally, the whole crowd was caught up in this atmosphere of vibe. My head was wrapped in digital bliss that made my hairs stand and my body move.

ODESZA brought it fresh and followed up a 4-song encore to just really give back to the crowd. I highly suggest going out of your way to see them live. Personally, I hope to catch them at a festival one day and preferably under the stars in the woods.

I was fortunate enough to talk to Kodak and ODESZA for a bit, mostly about music. Like with anyone, I like to ask about influences and recommendations for y’all at home to extend your audio branches on your music tree.

Kodak to Graph:
Influences >> Four Tet, Hundred Waters, Flying Lotus
Recommendations >> Kim Jung Me, Gold Panda

ODESZA:
Influences >> Dan the Automator, Gorillaz, Cashmere Cat
Recommendations >> Renz, Flume, Panda Bear

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New Releases >> April: The Used | The Faint | Chiodos | Chevelle | Thievery Corporation | Manchester Orchestra | Kaiser Chiefs | Lacuna Coil

April >> showers bring May flowers and a shit ton of new music from great artists. Like, really a shit ton and many of these artists have already announced tours and/or confirmed participation in some of the biggest music festivals this year from Coachella to Lollapalooza.

[related: Lollapalooza >> recap]

The Faint

Face-melting hardness in rock is represented to the max in April with studio releases from The Used, Chiodos, Chevelle and Lacuna Coil who are all on current tours spanning since this January. Then there’s some illness with the chillness in Thievery Corporation and some alt+indie rep’d with new releases from Kaiser Chiefs and Manchester Orchestra.

The olloclip is a quick-connect lens solution for the iPhone – now available for the iPhone 5.In addition to all this there is one album that I’m mad excited for and that is Doom Abuse, the 9th studio release from The Faint and 1st in nearly 6 years! Prior to last year’s Coachella and THAT DAMN SHOW I had almost forgotten about The Faint but some sick shows and now finally some freshness have my earholes anxious all over again and if this Doom Abuse is any sort of epic like they’ve done it live recently then we’re in for quite a fucking treat.

[related: THAT DAMN SHOW >> The Faint]

So mark all of these album drops on your calendar now along with the rest of the April notables and I’ll see ya at the next show.

Architecture In Helsinki NOW + 4EVA >> 4.1

Band of Skulls Himalayan >> 4.1

Chevelle La Gargola >> 4.1

Chiodos Devil >> 4.1

Cloud Nothings Here And Nowhere >> 4.1

Kaiser Chiefs Education, Education & War >> 4.1

Lacuna Coil Broken Crown Halo >> 4.1

Manchester Orchestra Cope >> 4.1

Mobb Deep The Infamous Mobb Deep >> 4.1

The Used Imaginary Enemy >> 4.1

Thievery Corporation Saudade >> 4.1

John Frusciante Enclosure >> 4.8

The Faint Doom Abuse >> 4.8

Sevendust Time Travelers & Bonfires >> 4.15

Kelis Food >> 4.22

Pixies Indie Cindy >> 4.29

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Sleigh Bells >> next Wednesday in Phoenix

Sleigh Bells >> will make their long-awaited return to the desert next Wednesday for a pre-Coachella show at Crescent Ballroom in downtown Phoenix.

Sleigh Bells

It’s been roughly 4 years since the NY duo played The Clubhouse [RIP] in Tempe back shortly after their Treats album dropped. Since then, Derek and Alexis have released 2 more super crispy albums, Reign of Terror and the zB Best Albums of 2013 pick Bitter Rivals. This should be a really fun show and a great reason to get amped next Hump Day.

[related: Sleigh Bells >> Treats in Tempe]

Crescent Ballroom is one of the best venues in the valley and it will be quite another treat to see Sleigh Bells rock it again at another intimate venue certainly made for this caliber eclectic electric tag team. Get your tickets here if you haven’t already done so. Tell ‘Em.

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DATSIK >> Drops the Dream in San Francisco [Regency Ballroom]

DATSIK >> Music genres go through a similar cycle each time they are ‘pioneered’. There is always a beginning – with someone, somewhere. The genre lives in obscurity. It cultivates a feverishly loyal but small fan base. The music sounds ‘new’, it is uninhibited and its sound is driven purely by what the artist/community thinks is good. At this point, the artists are just as much fans of the genre as the audience.

DATSIK >> Regency Ballroom

Then it breaks, the genre starts showing up at music festivals, you might read an article about it, college radios start playing their tracks. The next stage is hyper-popularity. They are on Rolling Stone now.  They are played in car commercials. They start playing stadiums. The genre is flooded with money, and where there is cash there are expectations. The idea of pushing boundaries and shaping a new sound makes way to selling records, downloads or concert tickets and distilling what made the music interesting into a core, then shooting that core up with steroids until it wins a Grammy.

The music purposely begins to appeal to the peak of the bell curve, the average. This cycle is accelerating. Hip-hop arguable has its roots in the late 70’s early 80’s and hit this ‘shit-peak’ in 1998 when Will Smith won a Grammy for ‘Men in Black’. It took a good 18 years before rapping granny’s started showing up.

Grunge started popping up in the very late 80’s. It was only about 10 years before all rock bands had employed an Eddie Vedder impersonator as a front man, culminating in the suicide-inducing release of Creed’s ‘My Own Prison’ in 1998.

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The moment I heard sub bass wobbles in the back drop of a Scion commercial, I knew it was over and I was amazed at how fast the cycle had gotten. So here is where I stand with dubstep, a genre I once loved so much. It is a genre that has now been distilled to a core of drops, wubs, and buzzer sounds seemingly randomly picked from a sound bank. Songs where in between the drops you feel nothing, you do nothing because its sucks and it’s boring until the drop comes. It is a genre I never listen to anymore.

Now as hipster as that tirade made me sound, I want to be very clear about something regarding the DATSIK show. That shit was still fun as fuck. His set piece was a giant white speaker cone, in which he sat in the middle. It pulsed lasers with every thump and wobble. The tracks weren’t exactly nuanced or complex. It didn’t give me that what-the-fuck-is-this? feeling of excitement like the first time I heard Skream or Benga, but it didn’t have to because  it made that room dance and for the entirety of DATSIK’s set, the Regency Ballroom was shaking.

The hedonism of a dubstep show still shocks me. The girls were dressed in the requisite panties, tubetop and furry boots. The men were shirtless and all wearing backpacks. It was an all-ages show so god knows how old they all were. One thing was for sure, I am old as fuck now. Apparently if you’re old, you’re probably holding Molly because I was asked like 10 times. The last chick that asked me had fucking braces. Man, I was 17 in the wrong fucking era, back then I was listening to depressing shit like Underworld and Portishead and these lucky kids are on Molly, timing their make-out sessions with dubstep drops, aka the dream.

DATSIK’s strong hip-hop influences seeped into his set. It was these influences I enjoyed the most, reminiscent of old DJ Shadow and scratch culture DJ’s all culminating in a dubstep rendition of RJD2’s ‘Ghostwriter’. The super slowed down version of ‘Tequila’ had the room dancing like Pee-Wee Herman drinking sizzurp and it was a welcomed intermission until the monstrous frenetic beats started again.

His sound was overall aggressive and ‘hard’, a clear indication that this was actually ‘brostep’ that I was dancing to, the other indication being the army of ‘bros’ who were in the air chest bumping as the drops hit. I would probably have a hard time listening to DATSIK on headphones in my apartment. But I wasn’t in my apartment. I was here and it was loud and there was an army of youth having the time of their lives and in this setting…

DATSIK was awesome.

 

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