Gigs Of The Week: October 02 - 08, 2015

Every Friday 3am Revelations give you our picks for some of the fantastic live shows happening in and around our city of Vancouver.
There's much more going on all the time, which you can check out in our concert calendar.
What are you seeing this week? Let us know in the comments below.

Kirk's Pick

Who? Braids
Where? The Cobalt
When? Friday, October 2nd (tonight!) 
Why? For one thing, Deep In The Iris has become one of my favourite albums of the year thus far. For another thing, I have somehow never seen Braids live before. Really eager to change that.


Christine's Pick

Who? Cover Up For The Planet
Where? Biltmore Cabaret
When? Wednesday October 7
Why? JP Maurice is holding a charity show with Vancouver bands covering other Vancouver bands. Performers include Head Of the Herd, The Matinee, Bestie, Savvie, Jasper Sloan Yip, The Wild Romantics, Goodwood Atoms, Mindil Beach covering songs by Mother Mother, Yukon Blonde, Gay Nineties, Said The Whale, Black Mountain, Bend Sinister and more. It's like the original version of One Night Stand! Plus, how awesome is that poster (says the girl who took the photo).

Jessica's Pick

Who? Patrick Watson
Where? Commodore Ballroom
When? Monday October 5
Why? If you want to feel chills, appreciate soft and delicate music, and be amazed at string wizardry, this is the place to be. Come support the tour for his latest release, Love Songs for Robots that will inevitably leave you breathless.

The 2011 Polaris Short List

It's that time again; the people at the Polaris Music Prize have announced the short list of the ten albums in contention for the "best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales, or record label". This year the prize money has been bumped up to $30,000, and for the first time each of the other nine albums on the short list will receive $2,000. Any album (more than 30 minutes/8 tracks long) out from June 1st 2010 to May 31 2011 is eligible. 
Past winners have been Final FantasyHe Poos Clouds (2006) Patrick WatsonClose to Paradise (2007) CaribouAndorra (2008) Fucked UpThe Chemistry of Common Life (2009) and KarkwaLes Chemins De Verre (2010) and the big gala announcing the winners goes down on September 19th.

So let's see how this year stacks up, shall we? Here they are, in a vague order of the ones I personally want to win least to most.

House of Balloons
The Weeknd
New History Warfare Vol 2: Judges
Colin Stetson
Tigre Et Diesel

Long Player Late Bloomer
Ron Sexsmith
Creep On Creepin On
Timber Timbre

Feel It Break
Native Speaker

The Suburbs

Hey Rosetta!


I think this year I have only listened to half the albums in full, so I can't really give too many opinions so far. The Weeknd is the only one on the list that I have just not liked; "not my thing", maybe. Colin Stetson, I just don't get. I mean, I understand the musicianship behind it, and if there is indeed no looping, it is impressive, but I just can't get into it. Maybe if I listen to the full album I will appreciate it more. Both Timber Timbre and Austra I like okay, but need to listen to more. Braids I want to like a lot more than I actually do. Arcade Fire seems to be the "lock" to win, which is exactly why I think it won't. Polaris has never been predictable in the past, why start now. Hey Rosetta! and Destroyer have both been among my favourite albums this year, so those are my top two picks. It would be great if Hey Rosetta! won, but I would love to see Dan Bejar take it.
If nothing else, it is going to be an interesting couple of months, for debate and music listening. I may revisit this post closer to the date when I have more time to digest the list and listen more to the albums in question.