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Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers

Ben Caplan

John Carlow was at Lucky Bar to catch Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers, Twin Bandit and Taryn

Q&A with Carly Chatwin

Carly Chatwin


Name: Carly Christine Chatwin

Age : 24

Hometown : Victoria, Canada. (Born in Sudbury, Ontario & bounced around but Victoria is definitely my home)

Band: LINE TRAPS!!

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Rifflandia and Breakout West 2015

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Victoria-based photographer John Carlow captured Rifflandia and BreakOut West 2015. Here are his photos.

Rifflashback · Melissa Auf der Maur

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Fast Romantics

Fast Romantics

 

 

 

 

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Krissy Hall of Vancouver's Juvenile Hall

“I loved you in Cheers!” uttered a tongue tied 18-year-old Krissy Hall, when she met actor Woody Harrelson years back in Vancouver, British Columbia. Now in her young 30s, Krissy (Kristen) recalls this story with an infectious laugh followed with, “Really, it’s all I could think of!”...

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Q+A with Alyse Mervosh of the Hex Dispensers

Alyse Mervosh

I was a very quiet child through my teenage years, and not especially musical. I suppose it was somewhat of a surprise when, at age 15, I decided I REALLY wanted to play drums. My best friend, Erin, and I were getting into alternative rock and wanted to start a band. She picked bass and the drums really appealed to me. I guess it felt like a way I could finally be loud....

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Thunderpussy with guests at Sugar Nightclub

Thunderpussy

An enthusiastic crowd packed Sugar for a full card of local talent with Seattle’s Thunderpussy headlining.

Transitioning nicely with fast sets and strikes, the five bands served up a melting pot of blues, grunge, country and “nail 'em to the floor” rock-influenced sets. It was my first time seeing most of these bands. Malahat really tore up the stage. It was an experience watching Ben Smith slay guitar for two sets — he was to rejoin One Night Stand later in the evening. ...

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Jen Twynne Payne - The Courtneys

The Courtneys

There's a knock at the door of the meeting room in the Vancouver Public Library where I've been talking the past few hours with Jen Twynn Payne. We have been told to keep it down. Smiles and more laughing ensue albeit at a quieter volume. The 28 year old lead singer and drummer of The Courtneys has sat down with Tom Tom on a rainy afternoon in Vancouver BC Canada, prior to the band heading out on tour. In a conversation peppered with an infectious laugh, Jen chimes in on drumming, singing, Totoro, OMS, Mac Demarco and the interesting journey that led to her successful band...

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Photo Set: Pointed Sticks w/ BUM @ Upstairs Cabaret

It was a homecoming of sorts for both Pointed Sticks and BUM on June 12th, 2015. BUM's first live show was at Upstairs (known then as the rather infamous Harpos). For Pointed Sticks , it was 1979 when they made their Victoria debut; a three night stand at Harpos that ended after one show. They were shown the door being “ too punk rock."...

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The Waterboys Live at UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium

YYJ Rocktographer, John Carlow was at UVIC's Farquhar Auditorium on May 20th, 2015 to shoot prolific Celtic folk rock band, The Waterboys. The band is fronted by the legendary scottish musician, Mike Scott...

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Photo Set: River And The Road w/ Okisollo Sound @ Lucky Bar

The River and the Road

Fresh off the Saltspring Island Ferry our very own John Carlow raced to Lucky Bar for a night of soulful folk rock with The River And The Road, and Okisollo Sound on June 6th, 2015. Coincidentally this was The River and The Road's final tour stop of their cross country tour in support of their new record, "Headlights"...

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Photo Set: Great Lake Swimmers w/ Weather Station @ Alix Golden Hall

Great Lake Swimmers

John Carlow was at Alix Goolden Hall on June 3rd, 2015 to catch Toronto's Great Lake Swimmers bring down the house with their style of melodic folk rock. Opening up the night was actress Tamara Hope with her side project, Weather Station...

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Peter Brotzmann Live at the Copper Owl

 

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Jeff the Brotherhood: Live at Lucky

Jeff the Brotherhood

 

 

 

 

 

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Local Legends of Rock @ Argyle Secondary School

Core members of Canadian bands Prism and Headpins jammed a lively set in what appeared to be a sold out and much appreciated performance. Led by the seemingly unstoppable Al Harlow , the night was interlaced with stories, name dropping, a Q&A, and a raffle for a guitar signed by the night's performers...

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Fake It Till You Make It with Dana Dee

Dana Dee

Dana Dee of the band Poor Choices found this Janice Dickinson mantra to have some truth to it. Amused to be using the reference, she explained that by acting if you possess the qualities you feel you lack; eventually they will come to you...

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Steph Shaker

Stephanie Kowalewich is getting ready to head out on the road with her band Durban Poison. Looking at this 23 year Vancouver Island native, you wouldn’t think she could be the hammers of a band soon to generate a few sonic tsunamis on this tour of Canada’s western provinces. I spoke with Stephanie in January and February of this year about playing drums and what lies on the road ahead...

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Legendary: Penny Jo Buckner

Penny Jo

Penny Jo Buckner is a jack-of-all-trades artist. Whether she is being amazing behind a drum set or a host on a radio show, she does it well. Having started her musical career in her mid-adolescence, Penny has successfully made her mark by playing in various bands. I had the privilege to get to know a little more about Penny's journey...

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12: 34 Macey Budgell of Needles and Pins

I’m sitting with Macey Budgell, one third of Vancouver, British Columbia trio Needles & Pins, at her restaurant Budgies Burritos. Tucked away in the Mount Pleasant district of Vancouver, Budgies was one of the first vegetarian burrito places in town. I ventured over from Vancouver Island on this rain-soaked day to hang with Macey and talk about drumming in a band, have some incredible food, and to share some stories about life and music...

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White lung

Penny Jo

There’s no denying it: White Lung kick ass. All buzzsaw guitars, insistent snare and howled vocals, the Vancouver group has, in just a few short years, successfully fused the poppy and dissonant ends of the post-hardcore spectrum, equal parts Drive Like Jehu and Pretty Girls Make Graves. The average song speeds right by you, spitting obscenities with the siren on full-blast, daring you to try and catch up. White Lung’s new album, Sorry, is full to bursting with moments like those described above. Take “Bag”: in under two minutes, a skittering post-punk guitar scratch gives way to an eminently catchy chorus, vocalist Mish Way’s double-tracked vocals telling the listener “I want to warn you,” but before she can, a quick burst of dissonance closes the song out. It’s really exciting stuff...

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