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.
Who?Bahamas (with John K Samson) Where? The Orpheum When? Wednesday, November 11 Why? It's Bahamas. At the Orpheum. With John K. Samson. What more do I need to say?!
Who?Windigo, Sister Says & Owl Skowl Where? The Railway Club When? Sunday, November 8 Why? A coupla' Canadian indie bands to warm me up on a Sunday night is always welcome.
Who?Hey Rosetta! and Yukon Blonde Where? Vogue Theatre When? Friday November 6 aka TONIGHT! Why? It's my birthday tomorrow and I can't think of a better way to ring it in than with these two awesome bands. Come dance and sway the night away!
Okay, so I definitely fell behind this year when it came to album posts and reviews. But that's not going to stop me from subjecting you to yet another Best of 2011 list, which will be my favourite albums of 2011, in -- what else? -- haiku form. It's actually going to be less of a "best of" and more of a "personal favourite". I completely acknowledge that there may have been, technically, better albums this year; but some of those "better" ones I just couldn't get into for some reason *cough*Feist*cough*
So here it is. While the list is not numbered, it is in a vague order of "least-best" to "best", and I've included EPs as well as LPs because why not, that's why.
The King Is Dead by The Decemberists Back down to basics
Strong songwriting from Meloy
As you would expect
Beginning of the month means a quick look at some of the shows I am excited to see. I say "quick", but it's pretty stacked, so let's get to it. Here are the four I am looking forward to the most, and then a lot more below.
Imaginary Citiesat the Biltmore on November 24th.
I think I am most looking forward to. I saw them a couple times at the Folk Fest (see left, not my video), but one short set and a few workshops had me hungry for more. I am definitely looking forward to them headlining the Biltmore.
An Evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmerat the Vogue on November 6th.
I have only recently gotten into Amanda Palmer's music, but Gaiman is one of my absolute favourite writers, so whatever they are going for their evening together should be amazing.
Feistat the Centre for Performing Arts on November 18th
It's been way too long since seeing Feist, and while I feel like I should be more excited about this, Feist has never failed to be anything less than stellarlive, so this is bound to be good.
Death From Above 1979at the Commodore on November 20th and 21st
I never did get to see DFA1979 while they still existed, and I was very, very sad about that. This is a pricey one, but will it be worth it? Spoiler: probably yes.
Then the insanity begins next week with a huge decision, Dan Manganat the Orpheum or Elliott BROODat the Commodore, both on November 9th. Following that, Yukon Blondeat the Biltmore on November 10th, Arkellsare at the Commodore on November 11th and then Hey Rosetta!at the Commodore on November 12th. That is going to be some week.
We can't forget about the Peak Performance Project finale, featuring The Matinée, Current Swell & The Boom Booms at the Commodore on November 17th. I am definitely pulling for The Matinée, and while I am, admittedly, not a huge fan of the other two bands, it's sure to be one hell of a fun show.
The following weekend is pretty busy, too, with Maurice and Ciseauxat the Media Club on November 25th and all the Grey Cup festivities. I am most looking forward to November 26th which will feature The Belle Game, The Matinée, The Zolas, Hey Ocean! and Said the Whale. All in one night!
And wrapping up the month is an important show, the Movember Mo-Off. Featuring Redbird, Portage & Main and The Matinée (these guys again?) it's the end to the month long raising awareness and money to fight prostate cancer, by sporting 'staches. Which I am partaking in this year, and you can help by donating here.
Whew. All that, and I am positive I am missing some. This is going to be a busy month.