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Ultimate Valentine's Day playlists: The smooth, the seductive, and the sappy

Spotify has given us the ultimate Valentine's Day playlists. The following musical collections contain soulful heavyweights, a few retro gems, and one or two sappy-sweet classics.

Vancouver thrash-punks Joyce Collingwood gear towards a jump

My interview with Vancouver thrash-punks Joyce Collingwood didn’t start out the way you would expect. We didn’t start talking about the new material they’re recording — or about the departure of...

Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2012: photos

The 35th annual Folk Music Festival is not to be missed: here are some gorgeous scenes from the event, which ends on Sunday.

Meet Vancouver's hottest hometown girl: Grimes, aka Claire Boucher

"Something very strange happened" to Grimes when she became an adolescent, Sandy Garossino, her mother recalls. “She changed into some kind of super-brain, exploring the internet all the time.”

Scissor Sisters lose a bit of their magic with new album Magic Hour

With respect, the Scissor Sisters are not ones to compromise their rainbow-tinted vision. The "Filthy, Gorgeous" hitmakers used a flexed male derrière as the cover of their last album, the...

White Lung melts faces with brand-new record Sorry at the Biltmore

Punk band White Lung is as beloved by the Vancouver scene as the smell of PBR. To anyone who attended the release party for their new LP Sorry, Thursday night at Biltmore Cabaret, it’s easy to see...

Zia McCabe ponders the mysteries of life, and The Dandy Warhols' new album

From performing naked, to releasing their own mixes of years-old records, to writing a “goth” album for their newest release, This Machine, The Dandy Warhols have become known for consistently doing...

Jonny Pierce of The Drums talks change, North America and Dolly Parton

Brooklyn indie-poppers The Drums will be hitting Vancouver in less than two weeks, at Venue on May 8. Everything about the band is classically simple, from their music, to their clean-cut American...

The Raveonettes rave on as usual on new EP Into the Night

It's business as usual for the Raves. But when that means visionary, velvet-black noise pop, who's complaining? Read on to find out why this Danish duo is so special.
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