Blog Profile / The Backstage Rider

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Archived Since:September 1, 2011

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Fear Satan: MOGWAI live in Vancouver (Photos/Review)

Apologies to Dr. Seuss but “it started in low. Then it started to grow.” Mogwai live at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom on November 25th began benignly then grew into a Cerberus of layered guitars, chugging drums and thrumming bass. But Stuart Braithwaite, Dominic Aitchison and Barry Burns took to the stage...

Fall Round Up: PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING in Seattle, INVSN, HAR MAR SUPERSTAR & AFGHAN WHIGS. (Including special mentions of Depeche Mode, Billy Bragg and Steve Earle)

Fall foliage and great gigs. Here's a round up of the best shows of September and October, starirng Public Service Broadcasting in Seattle, and Billy Bragg, Steve Earle, Depeche Mode, INVSN and the Afghan Whigs.

Photos/review: FUTURE ISLANDS live in Vancouver

A tired but "silly" and always-awesome Samuel T Herring lead his band of stonefaced men through a rowsing and crowd-pleasing gig at one two Vancouver shows at the Vogue Theatre, on September 24th. Check out the words and the photos to follow.

An Open Letter to James Murphy of LCD SOUNDSYSTEM on the Subject of His Recent DJ Gig

Went in with the best of intentions and the willingness to boogie down to a DJ set hosted by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. What'd we get instead? Insert disappointed 'Meh' emoji here

SYLVAN ESSO and JENN WASNER/FLOCK OF DIMES live in Vancouver: Photos

Occasionally, you need to cleanse your palate of toxic sludge. You need to shake off body aches and pains, politics and despair. You need to slide, like a jelly octopus, off your sofa, and leave everything behind. You need to go down the street to your local Commodore Ballroom, and...

Spooky Action! The JASON LOEWENSTEIN (of Sebadoh) Interview

15 years since his last solo album, Jason Loewenstein of Sebadoh is on the cusp of releasing his second LP, Spooky Action. Here he talks about what he's been doing all these years, and what he's observed about himself and life.

MIDNIGHT OIL – Music, My Memories and The Great Circle Tour Live in Vancouver [Photos/Video/Review]

Travel with me around a great wheel of my history and Midnight Oil's place in it. Or simply check out the portraits taken from their gig in Vancouver at the Malkin Bowl on June 2, 2017.

Check this out: more BACKSTAGE RIDER Art! Meet Marcus Collar

I've been fortunate over the years to have acquired some pretty rad BSR-inspired art. Marcus Collar from Napa, California, however, has upped the ante with this awesome cartoon of yours truly!

WOLF PARADE’in around town – plus clips of two new tracks!

Listen to two new Wolf Parade tracks and check out some pics from Night 1 of 3 in Vancouver at the Imperial on February 22.

With Apologies To WHITE LIES (Photo Gallery/Review

Accidentally plagiarising myself as I finally and definitely realize what it is I think about White Lies. Accompanied by photos from February 11 at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver.

Report Card: assessing the LEMON TWIGS

In which two young brother wunderkinds Lemon Twigs are assessed by adults much older than they, based on a single live show in Vancouver at the Commodore Ballroom in February.

In Photos: The DANDY WARHOLS bring Distortland to Vancouver

The Dandy Warhols kicked off their Distortland tour north of their border at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom on December 6. Here are teh photos to prove it.

Remembering the 90s: 20 Years of I MOTHER EARTH and Scenery and Fish

A nearly forgotten part of my 90s life was dedicated to bands like I Mother Earth. Back in October, the band launched its 20th Anniversary tour to celebrate its second album Scenery and Fish. These are the photos, and my IME story, from their October 14 gig in YVR.

Top 11 Videos by Musican/Filmmaker ADAM HARDING: DUMB NUMBERS leader shares the stories behind clips for SEBADOH, WARPAINT, SWERVEDRIVER, BEST COAST plus NEW! LOU BARLOW and more

Bet you didn't know that there's one guy behind some of indie rock's coolest videos of Warpaint, Sebadoh, Best Coast, Lou Barlow and Swervedriver. Here's the Top 11 favourite videos made by Adam Harding, filmmaker, and leader of the band Dumb Numbers.

Coming Back to Dependable, Epic DINOSAUR JR

You can depend on Dinosaur Jr to bleed your ears out in a great way, but you can't expect every show to be locked in, tight. September 30 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver was once such. Good to see old friends again.

First night nerves and new wave with PREOCCUPATIONS

Photos and review of the band formerly known as...meh, doesn't matter anymore. Preoccupations are back with a new album and a long tour ahead of them. Here are photos and a review of the band's first night, on September 28 at the Rickshaw Theatre.

Classic: ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN in photos

Echo & The Bunnymen returned to the live stage on September 24 at the Commodore Ballroom armed once again with cleverly twisted classics, thick accents, stiff hair and a plastic honey bear.

Two Steps, Twice: two nights of FOALS in Vancouver (Review & Gallery)

Foals wrapped their latest tour with two nights at a venue they have a long history with, the Commodore Ballroom. Here's a review of Foals' August 7 & 8 shows in Vancouver, with photos from night one.

Tragically Hip are saying goodbye forever. And I remember when I first said hello.

As the Tragically Hip embark on their last-ever tour due to singer Gord Downie's terminal brain cancer, I reflect back on the importance of this Canadian institution band.

Gallery: The World Needs More DEERHOOF

The world needs more Deerhoof. Via a review (of sorts) and a gallery of photos from their July 8 show in Vancouver at Fortune Sound Club, I'll explain why.

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