Nick Lyons

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Rifflandia: Snowblink and The White Buffalo

A mellow, though engaging musical fix courtesy of Snowblink and The White Buffalo

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The Head and the Heart

The Head and the Heart at Rifflandia

Three years ago, no one would have guessed that The Head and the Heart would be taking the main stage at this year’s Rifflandia

The Head and the Heart
The Cave Singers' Pete Quirk and Derek Fudesco at Club 9ONE9, Wed., July 18.

REVIEW: The Cave Singers bring mid-week revelry to Club 9ONE9

The ghosts of Rifflandia past and future take to the stage at 9ONE9.

The Cave Singers' Pete Quirk and Derek Fudesco at Club 9ONE9, Wed., July 18.
Cloudsplitter is playing a show Saturday, June 9 at The Fort Street Cafe with David P. Smith.

Show Preview: Music From the Shadows — Cloudsplitter

Cloudsplitter is playing a show Saturday, June 9 at the Fort Street Cafe with David P. Smith.

Cloudsplitter is playing a show Saturday, June 9 at The Fort Street Cafe with David P. Smith.
The Ramblin' Ambassadors are ramblin into Lucky Bar Friday, May 18.

ALBUM REVIEW: The Ramblin’ Ambassadors Ramble On

The Ramblin’ Ambassadors are playing Lucky Bar Friday May, 18 with Rich Hope and his Evil Doers and local legends Budokan.

The Ramblin' Ambassadors are ramblin into Lucky Bar Friday, May 18.
Brooke Gallupe as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, playing at the Metro Theatre April 19-21.

Jesus Christ Superstar shines

Rock Opera with all star cast makes its way to the Metro Theatre April 19-21.

Brooke Gallupe as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, playing at the Metro Theatre April 19-21.
David P. Smith is one of three musicians on the Death Ballad Love Tellers Tour, hitting Discovery Coffee (James Bay) Saturday, April 14.

The Death Ballad Love Tellers Tour

Victoria songwriter David P. Smith is one of three musicians on the Death Ballad Love Tellers Tour, stopping at Discovery Coffee April 14.

David P. Smith is one of three musicians on the Death Ballad Love Tellers Tour, hitting Discovery Coffee (James Bay) Saturday, April 14.
Bahamas (Afie Jurvanen) is playing Lucky Bar, Sun., March 25.

Shapeshifting With Bahamas

Canadian indie-rocker Afie Jurvanen’s solo project, Bahamas is coming to Lucky Bar Sun., March 25

Bahamas (Afie Jurvanen) is playing Lucky Bar, Sun., March 25.
Black Valley Gospel is releasing its self-titled debut at the Fort Street Cafe, Sat., March. 3 with Bonehoof.

Black Valley Gospel CD release

David Chenery’s latest project is set to release their extended musical meditation on the devil himself at the Fort Cafe Saturday, March 3

Black Valley Gospel is releasing its self-titled debut at the Fort Street Cafe, Sat., March. 3 with Bonehoof.
Vancouver's the Ballantynes are making their Victoria debut alongside The Chantrelles at Club 9one9 Saturday, Jan. 21.

The Ballantynes

Vancouver's The Ballantynes are making their Victoria debut Sat. Jan. 21 at Club 9one9

Vancouver's the Ballantynes are making their Victoria debut alongside The Chantrelles at Club 9one9 Saturday, Jan. 21.
Kudos go to Slam Dunk and their album'The Shivers' picked by Nick Lyons as the party album of the year for 2011.

Top local albums of 2011

Monday music writer Nick Lyons' top picks from Victoria's music scene this year.

Kudos go to Slam Dunk and their album'The Shivers' picked by Nick Lyons as the party album of the year for 2011.
Dan Mangan is playing a sold-out show at the Alix Goolden Hall Thurs, Nov. 10.

Dan Mangan’s better half

Singer-songwriter embraces the life of a touring musician

Dan Mangan is playing a sold-out show at the Alix Goolden Hall Thurs, Nov. 10.
Tessa Kautzman is returning to Victoria to play a show at the Fort Cafe Sat, Oct. 29

Tessa Kautzman

On Sat, Oct. 29, Kautzman will gather her Victoria band together to play yet another homecoming show at the Fort Cafe.

Tessa Kautzman is returning to Victoria to play a show at the Fort Cafe Sat, Oct. 29
Victoria's party punk darlings, Slam Dunk are playing the Norway House Saturday, July 2 at 7pm.

Shivers delivered by Slam Dunk

Victoria's party punk darlings play the Norway House

Victoria's party punk darlings, Slam Dunk are playing the Norway House Saturday, July 2 at 7pm.
The Pale King by David Foster Wallace hits bookstores April 15.

Banal IRS accountants are made completely fascinating

Wallace's patented mixture of humour and curiosity exposes itself as sublime

The Pale King by David Foster Wallace hits bookstores April 15.
Megan Boddy's unbound energy is indeed superhuman

Playing It By Ear

Megan Boddy’s band-ography reads like a who’s who of local talent

Megan Boddy's unbound energy is indeed superhuman
Cohen confidential

Cohen confidential

When Jon Cohen’s tour bus pulls into town this Friday, it will be a sight to behold. The bus is massive, capable of holding dozens of people with plenty of room for instruments in the storage bins underneath; the vehicle’s polished chrome and comfortable seats would make even the most established entertainers jealous. The bus, however, does not belong to Cohen — he will be pulling in on a Greyhound, his transportation of choice for the entirety of the tour thus far.

Cohen confidential