I Know It Might Be Cliche But…

Lately around Evolution, there’s been a communal appreciation for cute celeb couples.

Okay, maybe it’s just Syd and I swooning over the same couple, but it inspired some part of me, and got me wondering, who are your favourite celeb couples?

I decided to wander around the radio building, and ask some fellow students and profs who their favs were. I got varying answers – from Sportscasters, YouTubers, musicians, to film stars – anything. Some couples weren’t the traditional thing you would imagine (see: Todd’s answer).

Now, I know some of these are jokes, but I couldn’t help it. I just had to include them.

Breton’s favourites:
Kanye West and Kanye West:

“Who’s Kim Kardashian?”

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka:

“No. LET ME LOOK AT PHOTOS OF THEM WITH THEIR KIDS.”

Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli:

“I love them because one of them was a writer on Orange is the New Black, and she was like “hey, I’m really good at this, I wonder why” and ended up divorcing her husband after she realised she was a lesbian.”

Mckenna’s fav:
Jenna Mourey (Marbles) and Julien Solomita:

“YouTubers count, right?”

James’ favourites:
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid:

“I mean, they’re just a power couple. Who’s more attractive? Who knows?”

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani:

“They remind me of Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne.”

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth:

Me to James, “Didn’t they break up?”

Syd’s favs:
Paul Klein and Dua Lipa:

“HAVE YOU SEEN THEIR INSTAGRAM STORIES?”

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively:

“Just a classic, adorable couple.”

Andrew’s fav:
Obama and Biden:

“I’m here for the endless memes. Michelle who?”

Liam’s Fav:
Key and Peele:

Gotta have SOME humour in here.. I MEAN.

Nick’s fav:
Jay and Dan:

Me to Nick, “who?” Nick: “WHAT DO YOU MEAN WHO? I ONLY REFERENCE THEM EVERY DAY.”

Sadie’s fav:
Danny Devito and Rhea Perman

Autumn’s favs:
Dan and Phil:

“I hope they don’t see this.”

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith:

“Classic.”

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler:

“Ok, put those two together, and they make THE BEST comedy.”

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake:

“Actually, take off Jimmy and his wife and put Jimmy and Justin Timberlake. Yeah, that’s better.”

Brian’s fav:
Tamra Davis and Mike D:

“They’ve just been together so long.”

Todd’s favs:

Crosby and Concussions:

“Hahhahaha Autumn, that’s too great. Put it down for me.”

Cheech and Chong:

“You mean, it doesn’t have to be serious? Ok, Cheech and Chong.”

Kirk’s fav:
Himself and James Bryce:

Kirk and James

“I mean, I’m out here to steal your boy.” (I know it definitely looks like James is actually the one stealing Kirk away though).

As for myself, like Syd, I appreciate how adorable Dua Lipa and Paul Klein are together. They’ve had me swooning over the past few months.

LANY just came through Vancouver on Nov. 9, playing the Vogue Theatre, and they just finished off their tour in Calgary. Right after, Paul flew ALL THE WAY to Argentina to be with Dua! If that isn’t love, I don’t know what is.

I mean, just look at how cute they are together!?

Dua’s coming to Vancouver to play the Vogue as well, next year on February 16th.

As for my other favs, the constant back and forth with Madeon and Porter Robinson has me, shook as my pal Andrew might say.

Okay, I know! They’re not really together, but can I get an Amen on bringing back the “Shelter Live Tour” 2.0? That tour was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever experienced. I mean, just look at these visuals.

So, I guess maybe this isn’t so much a “celeb couples” list, but a list of people, and maybe some problems (like concussions), that seem to love each other. No harm done in a bit of love, whether that’s on a level of self-love, romantic love, or platonic love… or in some cases just unfortunate reoccurance (see: concussions, again).

Do you have any combos that you just can’t get enough of? Silly or not? Cute or stupid? Romantic or friendly?

I want to hear what you think, so shoot me a tweet: @alexisdayfoot
Or, shoot evolution one: @evolution1079

PREVIEW: The Boom Booms at Evolution

On Wednesday, November 15, we had the pleasure of having The Boom Booms come into Evolution 107.9. Organized by the lovely Mckenna Reubens, we had the chance to hear some tunes and have a chat.

Three of the guys came in: Aaron Ross (Vocals), Sean Ross (Keys), and Tom Van Deursen (Guitar). They told us a couple stories while setting up, and played a couple songs in the studio for us: “Masterpiece,” “Lord, I’m Ready,” and “All Day and All Night.” Then, we got them all in the studio with Buhlebenkosi for a chat about touring, marriage proposals, and their experiences travelling the globe together among other things.

Syd Wong put together a vlog about their time here to get you pumped about the interview and performance:

I was lucky enough to take photos of the event, and wanted to share the gallery with you:

The Boom Booms at Evolution 107.9

Keep your eyes open over the next week for Buhlebenkosi’s interview, and make sure to tune into Evolution to hear tracks off the latest album!

Find the Boom Booms online:
http://theboombooms.com/
https://www.facebook.com/theboombooms/
https://twitter.com/theboombooms

A Fall into the Life of a Wayfaring Friend: Lostboycrow’s “Traveler: The Second Legend”

Lostboycrow’s Traveler: The Second Legend is a dark, yet graceful, brooding fall into the life of a wayfaring friend. It’s an ode to the traveler’s ongoing journey: snapshots of constant changes, fears, relationships, and memories.

In a constantly changing world of listeners, Lostboycrow has done something smart: he’s consistently released songs through the year, providing tunes for fans all year ’round. It’s evident, as just earlier this month he hit over 100 million Spotify streams – a pretty crazy accomplishment for an unsigned artist.

Listening to The Second Legend you can understand why he’s hit that number: his sultry, smooth vocals instantly lure you into the world of Traveler.

Lostboycrow

Lostboycrow at the Fox Cabaret, October 20, 2017 / Alexis Dayfoot

When “Spin The Globe” opens up with its wave-like hum of strong winds passing through a car on the highway, it’s clear that the title of Traveler for Lostboycrow’s complete eventual release is a good choice. With the intricately woven percussion throughout the track – various hisses of cymbals and drum pad claps – it’s obvious that singing was the easy part of creating the second part of his eventual three part journey to a full album.

Lyrically, there are similarities – as expected – to the First Legend, but the focus of this part shifts after the constant travels in “Spin The Globe.” “Missing London” sees him drowning in an all encompassing, lustfully drunk haze. This is especially evident in lines like “I wanted gold and you were my giver / Holding my heart and pouring me liquor.”

The third song and single, “All My Lives At Once” slows it down for a more spacious continuation of that lust. In this track, Lostboycrow vividly paints the story of a romanticized, destructive, adolescent relationship: summer hair, sneaking through the window, drunk in love. In the video for “AMLAO,” a couple can be seen loving, laughing, and yelling in the landscape of Enoch Cree Nation in Edmonton, Alberta.

The song concludes in a sense of reflection, hearing him chant “If life is a comedy show / then I don’t feel nothing at all.”

“If I Change” cranks things back up, making it impossible not to jam out, snap, and sing. The lead up to the chorus builds up in the same way as dubstep: slowly climbing, eventually hitting that high, getting to the drop. The drop in this song pays off so well, and contrasts against the lyrics, crying for an answer in a choir-like harmony: “Would you put me back in your frame / If I change?” a resounding “Change” heard within the bass drops following the chorus. This song was a welcomed surprise, hinted at sound-wise in “Traveler” off The First Legend.

“Vanessa” ends off the album’s second part, ushering it out in a more acoustic tone. Returning to that lustful haze heard in “Missing London” and “ALMAO,” but mourning the departure from that engulfing relationship: “I never thought you’d call it nothing and leave before the rain / I never thought / I guess I never loved you / I should have loved you better.”

Find Lostboycrow online:
http://lostboycrow.la/
https://www.facebook.com/lostboycrow/
https://twitter.com/lostboycrow

Who Are You?

There are moments in life which can generally shape who you are. Maybe your mum got you running around at age 5, continuing to encourage you to go into track and field. Maybe your dad took you to your first concert at the age of 13, causing a greater investment in going out and seeing live music.

Later in life, you have friends who can shape you. Experiences they’ve had, or experiences they’ve been a part of with you, that solidify and give you comfort, make you feel safe to come out of the skin you’ve been assigned in some way or another.

A wave of nostalgia can come and wash over you at any moment. It can come up so easily that it engulfs your every thought. For me, it happens every once in awhile, typically after a mention of music which takes me back to a time and place I can vision myself.

Identity can be a struggle to settle on in some cases. You might have struggled settling on your sexuality, your gender, or where you stand as a human being. Personally, the moment which I finally said out loud, “I identify as non-binary,” happened in the most me way possible: at a concert.

If you involve yourself in the music scene, the everlasting list of musicians coming through Vancouver, you find a home in the people you see all the time, and they can become your greatest friends.

The night I came to this conclusion – the one where I finally figured out I am non-binary – was one which I was surrounded by those friends, shaking apart the Media Club on a cold December evening. The memory is one which is coated in glitter while dancing along to the post-punk, sadwave tunes of the band Hunny.

My friend Kit laughed, knocking back a drink while trying to keep their curly blonde hair out of their eyes. They turned to me, and in my rose-glittered smile, I told them “I think I identify as non-binary too.” Instantly, I felt that element of safety, knowing I was surrounded by people who would understand how I felt, who would accept my identity without the snap of a finger, is one that I’m still grateful to have. Kit engulfed me in a hug, and we continued our glittery, giggly shake-down of the Media Club.

There are spaces, moments, soundtracks, parts of our lives that are so personal, so close, so infinitely precious, and I’m happy to share mine with you.

What moment shaped you?

Who are you?

Contrasting Crowds: A Review of LANY in Vancouver and Edmonton

Chance is, you’ve been to a concert in Vancouver before. You’ve probably seen one of your favourite artists perform at the Vogue Theatre, or the Commodore Ballroom, maybe the Biltmore Cabaret, or Fortune Sound Club.

But what’s it like seeing the same band, in two different Canadian cities?

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing one of my favourite bands LANY, at the Vogue Theatre on November 9, and then again in Edmonton, Alberta at Union Hall on November 11.

LANY performs at Union Hall in Edmonton, Alberta on Nov 11, 2017.

LANY in Edmonton, AB at Union Hall, Nov 11, 2017

If you’re someone who likes to travel for concerts, or see the same band multiple times, it’s likely you’ve seen first hand the reaction a crowd can give in a different city. Yes, there’s a certain feeling you get seeing a fav in your hometown, in a venue you frequently see gigs at, but there’s a sense of anticipation when you see an artist in a city that you barely know anyone.

Let me tell you, Canada is very enthusiastic about LANY – we sing, we dance, we smile, we laugh, we cry – we go through all kinds of emotions while attending one of their shows.

But I have news which may seem unfortunate to Vancouver: we’re lame.

Don’t get me wrong, seeing LANY here with my friends was an experience I loved. Goofing off, singing the lyrics in various tones, and embarrassingly enough reciting word for word the entirety of “Parents” – a voicemail track of their drummer’s mum going on about a tattoo which Jake Goss got that says “parents.” The show in Vancouver was something I was looking forward to for months. But I was disappointed at the crowd’s overall lack of enthusiasm through a majority of the show. The only track I heard people singing along to every word was “ILYSB,” and I felt that it could have been more than it was.

Obviously, I was alone in the feeling as the lead singer Paul Klein, tweeted after the show his excitement:

Edmonton, in my opinion, was more ready to see LANY than Vancouver. Being with a single friend in a crowd of virtual strangers, I felt more closely bonded to their reactions, more receptive to each song, as the crowd sang along to each one, and was more willing to dance for their time.

The Edmonton show was overall the most memorable. The group came on stage and Paul commented that it was likely the smallest stage they had ever played on. Even though they were a group of three, they were almost stacked on top of each other, and that forced Paul to be even more invested in the crowd’s reactions. Compared to Vancouver when he came into the crowd once, Edmonton saw him come close multiple times.

“ILYSB” was still the most well known song, and Edmonton proved that they knew every single word, chanting the chorus “Oh my heart hurts so good / I love you babe, so bad, so bad” at the top of their lungs. One member of the crowd handed Paul a trans pride flag during the track, which he wore on his shoulders the entire song.

LANY performs at Union Hall in Edmonton, Alberta on Nov 11, 2017.

LANY in Edmonton, AB at Union Hall, Nov 11, 2017

Though Vancouver had its moments – mostly during LANY’s Harry Styles cover of “Sign of the Times,” and their tracks “4EVER!” and “ILYSB” – Edmonton’s crowd was prepared to give it their all, the whole show.

Find LANY online:
http://www.thisislany.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thisislany/
https://twitter.com/thisislany

The Lost Souls Of Gastown

Alexis Dayfoot ventures into Vancouver past on Forbidden Vancouver’s “The Lost Souls of Gastown” tour, hearing stories of The Great Fire, Smallpox, and the mysterious murder of John Bray.

Rob Frith, Neptoon Records, and Vancouver’s Semi-Annual Record Convention

Alexis Dayfoot discovers the history behind Rob Frith, Neptoon Records, and Vancouver’s Semi-Annual Record Convention, which started up in the late 70’s.

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: RALPH, The Darcys, Bad Suns, and Lostboycrow

Today is arguably the best time of the week, and you should be as excited about this week’s releases as I am.

A few Evolution artists have put out new music, some have even teamed up together to bring us a combo track – which is really, really cool.

RALPH and The Darcys Team Up!

We’ve played Ontario’s The Darcys for a few years now, and just this May we debuted their friend RALPH on Evolution with her song Tease. Today, they combined efforts for the track Screenplay, while touring together in Ontario. Though both of them have been here over the summer, hopefully they’ll grace us with their presence again, and bring the co-headliner over to the west coast.

Bad Suns Tackle a Rough American Political Climate

LA group Bad Suns released a new single, This Was a Home Once to follow up their sophomore album Disappear Here. Lead singer, Christo Bowman showcases his vocal ability as he wavers during the chorus chanting “this was a home once.” The song comes at a perfect time politically for the USA, and in general for the group, who are set to play an all ages show at Fortune Sound Club on Saturday, October 14. This will be their first ever all ages headliner in Vancouver, so don’t miss it!

You can find tickets for the show here:
http://timbreconcerts.com/event/bad-suns-vancouver/

SPOTLIGHT: Lostboycrow

Lostboycrow wormed his way into my musical consciousness last December, when he opened up for Flor at the Biltmore Cabaret. He took the stage, and everyone in that room who’d never heard of him instantly became a fan – including myself. His voice rang through to every single person and he made an everlasting impression which has left me completely enamored with his work. I can’t stop listening.

Amazingly enough, he remains unsigned, but that hasn’t stopped him from releasing new song, after new song… including his most recent project: a three part album. Before today, only one part had been released: Traveler: The First Legend. But today, he released: Traveler: The Second Legend.

There’s a Canadian connection to his work as well, as he spent a lot of the summer in Edmonton, even playing a show there with his friend, under the alias of Jazzy Charles and The Bird. While in Alberta, he filmed the video for the recently released All My Lives At Once, which is also off the new Legend.

Later this month, he plays a show on October 20 at the Fox Cabaret. I’ll be there. You should be there too.

Check out his work:

Join me at the show:
http://timbreconcerts.com/event/lostboycrow-with-prelow/

What releases are you excited about this week? Tweet me, ‘cause I want to hear them too! @alexisdayfoot

From “Peanut Butter Vibes” to “I Promise You, I’m Not Crying” While Actually Crying

Evolution first brought you the group Glass Animals in late 2014, with their earworm track, Gooey. You might remember lead singer, Dave Bayley singing his heart out about “peanut butter vibes”?

Then we brought you their song Youth, where they completely changed the vibe of their lyrical content addressing biographical instances of life, like a boy losing his mother. Their sophomore effort How To Be A Human Being was well received, garnering them a nomination for this year’s Mercury Prize.

The hard truths found on the album truly shine on the last track, Agnes, which Bayley has said is his favourite song he’s ever written.

If you dive straight into the video for this one, you might be a little bit lost as to what’s exactly happening in it. Like “why is his face contorting like that?” or “why does he seem to be in physical pain?”

If you find yourself asking those questions, or if you don’t ask any questions and just take it in at first, you may think it’s just something strange and unusual. If you do come to that conclusion, any sort of lingering thoughts in your mind will be addressed within a post which Bayley made on the group’s Instagram:

dear friends…nervously excited to share with you the video for Agnes. it’s hard to explain exactly how it feels inside a human centrifuge. you sit in a small egg-like pod about the size of a horse which hangs off a 50 foot steel horizontal frame. It looks like something out of a bond villain’s lair. it’s claustrophobic and uncomfortable and also incredibly hot. slowly the whole thing starts to rotate like a helicopter blade. Faster and faster until every part of you becomes crushed under the extreme gravity. its like being slowly sat on by an elephant, or like your whole body being punched in slow motion. you have to flex every muscle and use every ounce of strength you have to keep going. breathing requires serious effort. movement becomes incredibly strained and almost painful. everything that once weighed 5 kilograms now weighs 50. its difficult even to keep your eyes open. it hurts in places you really didn’t know existed. veins and capillaries burst under the pressure and bruising begins. its a rapid physical overdrive. the blood rushes from your brain making it impossible to think rationally or focus. your eyes are also drained and you get tunnel vision…only able to see small circles of the world directly infront of you and your sight goes completely greyscale…no more colour. your balance and spatial awareness goes and the world begins to spin like you’ve had way too much to drink. but the most striking thing is the way that the machine pulls on your heart. you can actually feel it struggling to beat and changing shape…flattening inside of your chest. Its similar to that horrible sinking, tugging heartache that comes only with complete and overwhelming sadness. and then you pass out. we ran the centrifuge 18 times while i tried to sing along to a song which i find difficult to listen to at the best of times. this was probably the most intense video-making experience I’ll ever have. But its the only way that we could just about begin to simulate for a moment what happens within Agnes. speak soon, dave (video link in bio)

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The song chronicles the loss of a loved one to drugs, and though the subject is specific with details of the mannerisms of the person who’s passed away, the raw pain heard in Bayley’s voice rings through. As described in the post, recording, writing, and performing the song has been a very personal and painful experience for Bayley.

Last year they played the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, but did not perform Agnes, as it was still a raw wound, difficult to even talk about. So, Vancouver has never heard the song live. Last month I went down to Seattle with my best friend to see the group perform at the WaMu Theater. They played it; their last song before the encore.

I’ve seen a lot of performances in my short time, and only one other time have I felt the same physical pain when hearing a song live. Not the kind you get from being beaten up against a barrier, or pushed around in a pit. The kind that is caused by great emotional distress to the point where you actually feel a stitch in your side, and you violently begin to sob while thinking of a major loss in your life, or a loss suffered by your best friend that you feel so deeply you can’t help but cry.

There are songs in life that just resonate with you, that just remain a part of you for the rest of your life – maybe something you remember your mum playing when you were a kid or a track that someone you had a crush on really liked – and Agnes is one of those songs for me. Though that sense of loss is more empathetically felt by me, it is not in the same way Bayley’s voice tenderly caresses each word of Agnes.

Find Glass Animals and welcome them into your musical library:

http://www.glassanimals.eu/

New Love for LANY? Evolution Adds “Super Far” to Rotation

Synth studded hooks are about to grace your ears this week on Evolution, as we add the single Super Far by LANY to our playlist.

The song was released just before the band debuted their full length self-titled album this summer. After releasing an unofficial video for the song, showcasing their experiences in Asia and Australia, the group released the official video earlier last month.

Super Far starts off with wispy synths, curling like the California surf in an evening sunset, echoing from ear to ear; a sound which can distinctly be identified as LANY. Paul Klein’s voice cuts through instantly, consuming in a way which is calming, but also will make you want to scream-sing the lyrics out passionately – once you know them, of course.

Though LANY released a video for the song, featuring scenes of their summer adventures, they also took the time to illustrate the lyrics. This was done in a form which in some cases, has been lacking recently in generic dance videos.

The video opens in a red hue, matching their signature rose album artwork. Hues of yellow reveal themselves as lead singer Paul Klein appears in frame, and is joined by his band mates Les Priest and Jake Goss. At first, the video seems to have an unseen idea, but is quickly rectified as their movement slowly begins to flow with the lyrical content as well as the instrumental landscape.

The guys begin circling through the colours, moving to green when the pre-chorus begins, which encompasses their movement for the rest of the chorus, then transitions back to yellow. By the second pre-chorus, the group completely loses themselves in the sound, their choreography becoming more evident. When the instrumental break hits, they form into a line, the hue transitioning into blues and purples. The video ends with the three of them walking off set to the exit, revealing the plain white background, a sense of defeat corresponding to the end of the song.

How do you feel about the track and video? We’d love to know.

Find LANY on the web:
http://thisislany.com/

New Music on Evolution: Peach Pit’s “Alrighty Aphrodite”

In May 2017, we brought you the song Peach Pit by Vancouver’s own band of the same name. After playing a bunch of shows this summer in Canada and the USA – including an all ages album release show at The Waldorf here in Vancouver – the group released their first full-length debut titled Being So Normal in September. The band is currently touring around Canada, and is set to play over in Europe during 2018, riding the tail end of Winter. Peach Pit cites fellow Canadians, HOMESHAKE (Montreal) and Mac DeMarco (Edmonton/Vancouver), as major influences on their musical style and songwriting.

We’re excited to be adding a track off their debut album to our playlist this week, Alrighty Aphrodite.

With a swaying bass line, soothing vocals reminiscent of the fall tides, rough and cold, the track follows the motif of dark ocean swells, and chilly sea breezes. The lyrics paint a sensual yet dark image of the narrator’s innermost thoughts about their relationship with their partner, internally struggling to piece together a position which benefits them both. The narrator makes an attempt to find a way to please themselves, while coming to terms with Aphrodite’s lack of compassion.

After listening to the song on repeat for a while, it’s impossible not to shiver as lead singer Neil Smith’s voice wraps around you, singing “Rollin in, I feel a dark swell / Crawling up the skin of my spine”. The strong image of Aphrodite bathing in sea foam, milky skin caressed by the ocean while clinging to the narrator, desperately wanting attention, is found in the last verse.

Give the song a listen, and let us know what you think!

Find Peach Pit on the web:

http://peachpitmusic.com/

LIGHTS – New Fears Music Video Review

LIGHTS’ most recent video opens to a scene with her laying in a bed, posters hanging on the walls of the room, she begins shifting in her sleep, and then the song begins with a part of her waking up, but not really her. She presents the opening lyrics in a literal way, as she the part of her becomes ghost-like in nature, and watches over herself as she sleeps.

“I left my body / down on her knees / over the bedside / watching you breathe”

At this point, a Banks-esque instrumental begins with a hum and backing claps. As she launches into the chorus, a mysterious set of hands, decorated with silver nails, begin to caress her, and remain anchored to her body throughout a majority of the video. In the blue-red hues, she twirls around the room and croons to her body on the bed:

“I will back you up / I will show you love / I will give you all I got ’til I cannot.”

Later, this is emphasized by her boosting up the spooky factor, when she’s pulled back, and then a scene of her whispering in her own ear,

“And I’ll take two times the agony / And half the wonder / If it meant you’d get twice / Twice the thunder.”

After this revelation, the silver finger-nailed figure finally reveals herself. She’s masked, but evidently from her blonde hair, there’s an instant reference to LIGHTS’ previous work, when she was also a blonde.

In a goodbye, the figure does one last caress of her cheek, and disappears. LIGHTS is left with her own hand holding the space where the figure was holding her.

Overall, the video illustrates the internal struggle indicated in the lyrics well, while remaining on the narrative within her recently released “Skin & Earth” multi-media project, which features a full-length album, and a comic series written and drawn by LIGHTS.

VIFF Afterparty Day 2 Recap

So Loki, Desi Sub Culture, The Zolas, Louise Burns, Little Destroyer

Oct 3, 2017 at Fortune Sound Club

Rob Calder 1

The second night of VIFF Live started off with a bang – one which was taken in by a much larger audience than the night before – mostly because local loves, The Zolas were set to perform later that evening.

So Loki 2

What was really lovely about this night was that there was a greater representation of different backgrounds of Vancouver, musically, but also ethnically. This idea was at the forefront of the first two acts’ performances, and rapper Sam Lucia of Vancouver hip-hop duo So Loki was unafraid to address it. He began his performance joking with the crowd that he was probably the only black man there (to which many laughed), and then proceeded to welcome the community to the event. Though their set was short, they drew in the mostly Zolas excited crowd, and made an everlasting impression on everyone there, when they began to chant to the chorus to their last song, Liquid Luck.

Desi Sub Culture 3

Up next came Desi Sub Culture, consisting of a group effort aided by Horsepowar and Harj Nagra. Set to open up a sold out show in LA for Thievery Corporation later this October, their set was one which took the energy So Loki had made to the next level. The group took the stage, to first share their message with the crowd: one which addressed the lack of representation of brown people on stage in Vancouver, indicating that it happens in Surrey, but not enough in Vancouver. Their message was loud and clear as they combined elements of hip-hop, rap, trap, Punjabi folk music, and tabla rhythms. Richmond’s Horsepowar rhymed up a storm for the audience, who eagerly ate up her every word. Harj Nagra continued the excitement bringing people off their feet, and dancing until the dance floor became a mash of sweaty, happy people.

The Zolas 1

After two phenomenal openers, The Zolas began tuning up their instruments, fans eagerly awaiting, while adding their two new discoveries to their playlist. When they finally jumped on stage to perform, they were greeted with a screaming crowd, readily singing along to Freida On The Mountain. They ended off their set with the fan favourite Swooner, dedicating it to the late Tom Petty.

Louise Burns 1

The rowdiness was taken down a notch as Louise Burns set foot on stage, but the crowd listened attentively and danced to her more folky influenced vocals in a bed of 80’s instrumentals. She cooled off the evening a bit more, welcoming the night-time shivers to a swaying crowd.

Little Destroyer 1

After Louise, many people unfortunately left, missing one of the most electrifying sets performed that night: Little Destroyer. This is the moment at which, of course, my camera battery died. After 30 seconds of their set. Fantastic. Either way, they were fantastic. Lead singer Allie Sheldan thrashed about the stage, caressing audience members faces as she sang to them. Moving across the dance floor, singing and moshing with the crowd. During the last song, she climbed up to the back window behind the stage, looking like a lone wolf howling to the moon.

If you’re thinking of going to one of these after parties, it comes with the instruction to stay the whole time. Or else you’ll miss something incredible.

Tonight, sweethearts I M U R play the afterparty. Check out the full lineup here: http://do604.com/viff-live-oct-4

VIFF Afterparty: Day 1 Oct 2, 2017

Fortune Sound Club VIFF Afterparty Oct 2 2017

If you’ve been to Fortune Sound Club either to go clubbing or for one of the many unique shows hosted there, it’s standard to walk up the stairs and look at the comic-coated walls in the dim-light. For the beginnings of the Vancouver International Film Festival Afterparties, there is a difference: A truly well lit stairwell, opening up to a VIFF banner similar to what you’d see on a red carpet.

In the main area of the venue, VIFF jazzed it up by adding projectable art on geometric shapes reminiscent of the artwork used for this year’s edition of the festival.

Fortune Sound Club VIFF Afterparty Oct 2 2017 2

All of this is really cool, but the coolest part about the whole thing is that VIFF decided to take their event to the next level: by adding the afterparty to the festival, and encouraging those in the film industry in Vancouver, and Internationally, to see the incredible talent coming out of B.C.

Liinks 5

First up were Vancouver Island natives, Liinks – that’s with two i’s, yes – who, just last month opened up the Bishop Briggs show at Vancouver’s first edition of Westward Music Festival. An impressive on stage presence, lead singer Georgia moved around the stage fluidly, pumping up the crowd with each electronic beat.

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Arguably, most attendees were there for Port Moody based Sam The Astronaut, as the screams began as soon as they were alluded to by the host of the event. People crowded the stage to get close to the guys, vying for the lead singer Garrison Johnson’s attention, as he crooned along to their Blink-182 and The 1975 influenced instrumentals.

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Victoria folk group, Jon and Roy followed. Mixing a classic acoustic guitar and basic folk roots, as well as inviting a friend of theirs on stage to sing with them, their set was more reminiscent of the embrace of fall.

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The night was capped off by Vancouver’s Brasstronaut, who scored two of the films at the festival this year, and hinted during their set about scoring various TV shows coming soon. It was their first time performing in nearly a year for the public.

Tonight’s show features local loves, The Zolas, So Loki, Louise Burns, Desi Sub Culture, and Little Destroyer.

http://do604.com/viff-live-oct-3

 

Ben Folds Unfolds for the Paper Airplane Tour

Sept 30, 2017 at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver.

It was raining throughout the day on Saturday in downtown Vancouver, the occasional sun peaking out, but the beginning of the colder season was imminent. Those who were heading to the Vogue were well aware of the fact, and their evening was soundtracked by songs encompassing the whole idea of autumn: piano driven singer-songwriter tunes.

There was an announcement before Ben Folds took the stage and then, “One” by Three Dog Night began to play. The crowd was waiting, tapping their feet in expectation, and then burst into applause as Ben Folds took the stage in Vancouver for the first time in almost 15 years.

He opened the set with “Phone in a Pool”, making everyone laugh at each quip he made in the lyrics. He finally began chatting with the crowd after the third song, asking everyone to join in on a 4 part sing-along, which initially failed miserably, but not because the crowd didn’t try. He anointed it as a “practice session” before the “actual show”, to which the crowd laughed.

After the crowd’s attempt to harmonize with Ben, he invited the guys from Tall Heights to help sing “Still Fighting It” off the 2001 release Rockin’ the Suburbs. As they came on stage he joked that they didn’t have any instruments to hide behind, so all the sound would have to come out of their faces.

He launched into a few different stories, and then eventually his first set came to a close.

His second set is what made the show stand out so well from any other tour around currently: the Paper Airplane Request.

The Paper Airplane Request involved the crowd by encouraging attendees to launch paper airplanes onto the stage at the beginning of the set, with their requests on each piece of paper.

The stage was flooded with planes, and every which way Folds walked, he stepped on a plane.

The set was formed of 10 various planes on the stage, some of which were done in caution. Some were his own obscure tracks – like an old demo from the 90’s, and a song he wrote about 3 chords on only to later have margaritas with his co-writer instead of properly completing it – and others were covers – such as a rendition of Tiny Dancer by Elton John.

Before each song, he shared the story behind it. At one point, there was a request for him to play his cover of Dr. Dre’s “B*tches Ain’t Sh*t”, to which he responded with, rightfully so, by saying he wouldn’t play it anymore. Not because it was a filthy song, but because with the state of the USA, he didn’t feel it was the time to play it because it contained the “n” word. He continued to explain by emphasizing that it wasn’t over political correctness, but out of empathy, and if he were one of the few people in the audience that were not white, he wouldn’t appreciate it at this particular time.

He was applauded for his explanation, and continued on with the show.

He finished off with the song “Zak and Sara”, a tale about two people struggling to make others understand their mental health issues and come above the generic push and pull of everyday life. Definitely a way to end off one of the first real shows of fall.

Find Ben Folds on the internet:

https://www.benfolds.com/

A Life-Long Soundtrack Discovered at VIFF

For those in the music community, Clive Davis is a familiar name, regarded as one of the greatest influences on various genres of music over the past 60+ years. For those who were unaware of his influence, they were granted a detailed glimpse into his life through Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives at Vancouver International Film Festival. The film details his beginnings in Brooklyn, the musicians he brought success, and the stories of his discovered love for music.

Davis began his adventure into the realm of music after he completed a law degree at Harvard University. After Harvard, he began working in the legal department at Columbia Records, and eventually was made president of the company in 1967.

Going into the position, having no musical background whatsoever, he became invested in the artists at Columbia, but also followed the changing tide in sound, as Rock ‘N Roll took over. The first artist he signed was a result of attending the Monterey International Pop Music Festival in 1967, where he was blown away by Janis Joplin, and immediately worked to sign her a record deal. Not a bad first choice for someone who wasn’t invested in music at the time.

Other famous acts he signed later in his career, after moving to various labels under Columbia’s umbrella, included Simon & Garfunkel, Whitney Houston, Kenny G, Earth, Wind & Fire, Alicia Keys, TLC, and many others.

He was famously referenced in songs by Aerosmith in their track “No Surprize”: “Old Clive Davis said he’s surely gonna make you a star, just the way you are.”

One of the most impactful moments of the film was the revelation of his sexuality, when he came out in 2013 as bisexual, after being unmarried since the mid-80’s. For many people within the LGBTQ+ Community, there is a lack of representation for those who are bisexual, so finding that one of the greatest influences on music is, was a moment that is cherished by many.

Overall, the film was a good adaptation of his autobiographical novel of the same title, and included incredible old footage of many legendary musicians as well as more recent interviews. It documented his life authentically, covering even those who did not achieve commercial success, and other scandals brought upon him by the press, such as the Payola scandal. The film gave an impressive overview of his life and role in music history.

Heartbreak At The News Of Tom Petty’s Passing

You know that sinking feeling in your heart that happens when you hear news? Like when you found out that Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) passed away in May? Or when you heard Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) committed suicide on Cornell’s birthday?

Today is a day marred with the sadness of another loss to our shared musical history: we’re sorry to hear that 66-year old Tom Petty has passed away after a heart attack.

According to TMZ, Petty was reportedly found unconscious, after suffering severe cardiac arrest late in the evening on Sunday October 1, 2017. He was rushed to hospital and put on life support, and later in the morning of October 2, the decision to take him off life support was made.

Petty had just wrapped up a tour in L.A. at the Hollywood Bowl on September 25, 2017. He stopped in Vancouver on August 17, and much before this tour, he told Rolling Stone that it would likely be his last tour, wanting to spend more time with his family after touring and releasing music for 40 years.

Well known for his own solo work, along with his many other roles in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, and the Traveling Wilburys, Petty gave everyone a life-long soundtrack. Songs like “Free Fallin’”, “I Won’t Back Down”, “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”, “You Don’t Know How It Feels”, and many other hits continue to inspire the music community.

Many artists on Evolution were influenced by the iconic Rock ‘N Roller, and shared their condolences and memories of Petty on Twitter.

Alana Haim, from the sister-trio HAIM tweeted her thoughts:

Jack Antonoff, musician in Bleachers, Fun., Steel Train, and music producer for Lorde, Taylor Swift, and many others, wrote a string of tweets:

There are people who become a part of your life-long experience, and there are people who define a generation; then, there are people who define generations. Tom Petty will continue to define generations, and his influence will live on vicariously through his own work, and continue on in the work of others.

Interview with Charlie Kerr, aka Matt and Sam’s Brother

We were given the opportunity to interview Charlie Kerr, well known for his work with JPNSGRLS. Charlie released an album under the name of “Matt and Sam’s Brother” back in April, a solo project he intends to keep with him the rest of his life, his reasoning being that he will “always be Matt and Sam’s brother”.

Charlie Kerr Matt and Sam's Brother May 24 2017 Live at Evolution 107.9 - Alexis Dayfoot - BCIT Radio

I was able to sit down with Charlie for an hour and bit, to discuss a wide range of topics including: pets, head injuries, touring, artwork, upcoming films “Ice Blue” and “Blackout”, the future of JPNSGRLS, and most importantly: his opinion and education on boy bands.

Matt and Sam's Brother at Evolution 107.9 - May 24, 2017 - BCIT Radio

Above: Alexis Dayfoot and Charlie Kerr at Evolution 107.9.

He also took the time to bring his guitar along and play a couple songs: an acoustic version of “This Means Nothing” and an unreleased track called “3AM Lullaby”.

You can find the full interview below, along with the two songs!

 

The Mama Project: An Interview with Emily Van Lidth De Jeude

Evolutionary Alexis Dayfoot caught up with Emily Van Lidth de Jeude, creator of the Mama Project, an art exhibit which features used bedsheets painted with images of mothers from different backgrounds.

The Mama project is set to appear at the Deer Lake Gallery in Burnaby BC, from May 11th to June 2nd, 2017. The grand opening being on May 13th!

You can listen to Alexis’ interview with Emily below!

Find out more about Emily online:
emilyartist.ca/
Find out more about the exhibit:
mamaproject.com/

Evolving 20 Countdown Week Three!

A fall for July Talk’s Beck + Call as K. Flay’s High Enough takes over the top spot!

A lot of new releases that have been taking over the charts worldwide, such as HAIM’s Want You Back. Toronto-based grandson makes his debut on our airwaves and our countdown with Bury Me Face Down. Peach Pit, another new addition takes over the end of our countdown for this week, keep your eyes – and your ears – open for Sadie Vadnais’ countdown next week!