Vancouver band HEAD recently released their second concept album.

Dear Father”, HEAD’s 2nd concept album, continues the story of Alberta from their 2016 album, “Afraid to Sleep“.

“Dear Father” is the final chapter which unravels the sickness, and reveals the hold her abusive father had on her. Alberta, deeply infected by this damage, continues the cycle by bringing it into her own relationships, elevating her madness to a fever pitch…

The album was released a show at the Rickshaw in Vancouver at the end of April – check out some great photos from the show here.

Purchase the album here

You can catch HEAD live at the Second Floor Eatery and Bar on June 1st. Show starts at 8pm.

HEAD is Lyric, Stone, oD, The Phantom and Styxx, and have been described as  Hailstorm meets Evanescence meets Peter Gabriel and Nine Inch Nails.

HEAD was borne of the twisted psyches of misfits and outcasts. Their collective histories hint at the slightly skewed nature of the music.

Coquettish vocals; electro-slash guitars; mood altering keyboards; intoxicating rhythms laced with dark lyrics.

HEAD is rock, a little industrial, heavy, but melodic. Highly-charged, controversial and edgy.

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Six years ago, Dane Lloyd and Taylor Jones met at a rugby club charity event which lead to a musical collaboration.  The idea struck to go busking in Australia for the summer and eventually the duo secured work performing at tourist resorts.  The duo credit this boot camp experience — performing for hours, seven days a week for six months, occasionally to ‘challenging’ audiences, as preparing them to become working musicians. Upon returning to Wales the pair used the money they’d earned to self-release an EP which eventually led to them appearing on the The Voice UK.

Although Into The Ark didn’t win the grand prize, within weeks of The Voice ending, the band sold out a UK Tour and were offered several great support slots. The duo spent the summer of ’17 performing at festivals and headlining Velvet Coalmine in their hometown of Blackwood. Into The Ark also spent time on the road with their Voice mentor Tom Jones, not only as a support act, but joining the Welsh superstar during his set to duet on two songs each night.

This summer, Into The Ark are back performing at festivals while also starting work on their debut album. First however, they will be touring North America supporting their mentor-turned-cheerleader Tom Jones beginning May 1st in New York and ending in at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver on June 2nd.

Ahead of their debut album, the band have announced the release of the Valencia EP which will be available on June 22nd through Blackwood Records.

Recorded earlier this year in Valencia with Dani Castelar (Paolo Nutini/Emeli Sande), Into the Ark released first track ‘No Place Like Home’ from the EP on April 6 – a live favourite – which pays homage to their home of Blackwood in The Valleys of South Wales.


Recording the EP at a residential studio in the hills and orange groves above Valencia, was like a dream come true for the duo.

“We’d never spent proper time in a studio before, working with one producer,” says Dane. “The aim was to keep our sound as raw as possible, and that’s what Dani did. A lot of the songs were recorded live, old school, sometimes in one take. We had guests come in to jam, including some Spanish drummers. It was an incredible experience!”

Mastered by Pete Maher (U2/The Killers/Noel Gallagher/Lana Del Rey) and written by Dane and Taylor, the ‘Valencia EP’ is the perfect start to 2018 before they head back into the studio to finish of their debut album –due for release later this year.

The second track ‘Caroline’ which was released on April  27 is a rich soulful track that sours with Taylor’s heartfelt vocals and Dane’s swooning harmonies. This is followed by a track they wrote together whilst busking in their teens ‘Better Than Never At All’ on June 15.

Tour Dates supporting Sir Tom Jones


1                                      Bardavon Opera House – Poughkeepsie, NEW YORK

2                                      Sands Centre, Bethlehem, PENNSYLVANIA

4                                      Bergen Arts Centre, Englewood, NEW JERSEY

5                                      Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, CONNECTICUT

6                                      MGM National Harbor, Oxon, MARYLAND

9                                      Hippodrome, Baltimore, MARYLAND

11                                    Opera House, Detroit, MICHIGAN

12                                    House Of Blues, Chicago, ILLINOIS

13                                    House Of Blues, Chicago, ILLINOIS

16                                    Smart Financial Centre, Sugar Land, TEXAS

17                                    Majestic Theatre, San Antonio, TEXAS

19                                    Paradise Cove, Tulsa, OKLAHOMA

21                                    The Pavilion, Irving, TEXAS

24                                    Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA

25                                    Fantasy Springs, Indio, INDIO

26                                    The Bowl, Santa Barbara, CALIFORNIA

29                                    The Masonic, San Francisco, CALIFORNIA

30                                    The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CALIFORNIA 


1                                      Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WASHINGTON, 
2                                      Queen Elizabeth Theatre, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA


Childish Gambino Unveils 2018 North American Tour With Special Guest Rae Sremmurd (PRNewsfoto/Live Nation Entertainment)


LOS ANGELESMarch 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Today, GRAMMY, Golden Globe and Emmy-Award winning and multi-talented recording artist, actor, and producer Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino announced dates for his upcoming North American tour with special guest Rae Sremmurd. Produced by Live Nation in partnership with Wolf + Rothstein, the month-long outing will visit 13 cities across North America, kicking off in Atlanta on September 6 and wrapping in Vancouver on September 30. 

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 9 at 12pm local time at American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, March 6 at 12pm local time through Thursday, March 8 at 10pm local time.

Childish Gambino’s last live music production, “PHAROS,” was a runaway success in 2016. The highly-acclaimed performances took place in Joshua Tree, California, where Gambino debuted songs from his third studio album “Awaken, My Love!” The performances were recorded and later accompanied the vinyl release of the album, along with a VR headset and an app that allowed owners to access the “PHAROS” performances. The critically-acclaimed, certified gold album was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2018 GRAMMY Awards, while “Redbone” won for Best Traditional R&B Performance and received nominations for Record of the Year and Best R&B Song.

“PHAROS” returns this year to New Zealand on November 23, 24 and 25. More information and tickets are available now through the Pharos Earth mobile app


Thu Sep 06

Atlanta, GA

Infinite Energy Arena

Sat Sep 08

Chicago, IL

United Center

Mon Sep 10

Toronto, ON

Air Canada Centre

Wed Sep 12

Boston, MA

TD Garden

Fri Sep 14

New York, NY

Madison Square Garden

Tue Sep 18

Philadelphia, PA

Wells Fargo Center

Wed Sep 19

Washington DC

Capital One Arena

Sat Sep 22

Houston, TX

Toyota Center

Sun Sep 23

Dallas, TX

American Airlines Center

Wed Sept 26

Los Angeles, CA

The Forum

Thu Sept 27

Oakland, CA

Oracle Arena

Sat Sept 29

Seattle, WA


Sun Sep 30

Vancouver, BC

Rogers Arena

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Robert Plant has announced a new series of North American headline dates celebrating his acclaimed new album, CARRY FIRE. The dates, for which Plant is once again accompanied by The Sensational Space Shifters, begin June 8 in Atlanta, GA, and then continue through the month. Special guests on the tour will include Sheryl Crow, Jim James solo acoustic, Elle King, Seth Lakeman, Jon Langford, Los Lobos, and Lucinda Williams. The complete itinerary is below.

Spotify will offer special presale access to Plant’s biggest fans. A presale code will be sent out via email onMarch 7 at 10am ET/7am PT. Pre-sales begin Wednesday, March 7 from 10 am – 10 pm (local); local pre-sales follow on Thursday, March 8 from 10 am – 10 pm (local). Remaining tickets to most announced dates will be released to the general public on Friday, March 9 at 10 am (local). For complete tour details and ticket availability, please see Every ticket purchased online for Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters’ headline shows includes a CD or digital copy of CARRY FIRE (festival dates not included). Instructions on how to redeem the album will be emailed after ticket purchase.

Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters have only just wrapped up the sold out first North American leg of the CARRY FIRE tour, earning enthusiastic praise at every stop:



8 – Atlanta, GA – Venue TBD w/special guest Elle King

10 – Richmond, VA – Virginia Credit Union LIVE! At Richmond Raceway

w/special guest Elle King

12 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion w/special guest Sheryl Crow

13 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Stadium w/special guest Sheryl Crow #

15 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage w/special guest Sheryl Crow

17 – Chicago, IL – Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion w/special guest Jon Langford

19 – Vail, CO – Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater w/special guest Seth Lakeman ###

21 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre w/special guest Jim James Solo Acoustic

23 – Stateline, NV – Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena w/special guest Los Lobos

24 – Pasadena, CA – Arroyo Seco Music and Arts Festival

26 – Troutdale, OR – Edgefield w/special guest Lucinda Williams

27 – Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park Amphitheatre w/special guest Lucinda Williams

29 – Vancouver, BC – Vancouver International Jazz Festival


Vancouver based The Long War are to release their first album – Landscapes – on April 20th.

The band, which won last year’s CBC Music Searchlight award recently released the first single  “Breathe In Breathe out” from the album.

They have also performed the whole album as part of CBC’s First Play Live, so check that out here 

Check out our photos from the band’s performance at the CBC Plaza back in July of last year.



The Flamingo Presents

Rollin’ Trainwreck Live at Ocean Park Hall

A fundraiser for Penmar Community Arts Society

The Rollin’ Trainwreck is a bluegrass-country-rock inspired trio consisting of Jesse Burch, Philip Puxley and Phil Bell. They live to play music and they don’t get their name for nothin’!
Their live performances stand apart because of the trio’s organic on-stage style, showcasing their skills on the banjo, acoustic guitar and upright bass.
They are bringing it to Ocean Park Hall on Saturday March 3rd! Tickets $20 first drink included with advance ticket purchase.
This event will help fund the future of live music in Ocean Park with a 50/50 draw, a Tower of Beer, gift baskets and more to win! All proceeds to Penmar Community Arts Society, a national arts charity that fosters the development of live music and the arts in communities outside major metropolitan centers.
Support live music in your community and have great night out in Ocean Park with Rollin’ Trainwreck!
Doors 7:30PM 19+
Drinks $5
1577-128th Street, Surrey
Rollin’ Trainwreck

Booker T JONES at the Kay Meek Centre

At a young 73 years of age, Jones is still proving to be a musical innovator, something he has done from a very young age. Recognized as a musical child prodigy, Jones playing the oboe, saxophone, trombone, bass, and piano at school and organ at church.  By the time, he was in high school Jones was already a semi-professional musician, and proved to be the backbone of many events at his school.

Outside of school a paper route which happened to include the Satellite record store proved to be jumping board for his professional career.  It was a career that would start before he was even out of school.  Along with a clerk at the store, Steve Cropper, Al Jackson Jr. and Lewie Steinberg, Jones formed one of the pre-eminent soul bands of the 1960’s The MG’s. While still in high school Jones wrote one of the bands most successful tunes “Green Onions”.



Whilst Jones we proficient in many instruments it was the Hammond Organ that was to become his signature sound, and it is for this that he is still sought after as a musician to this day.

Over a career that has included performance as well as producing Jones has amassed a number of honours from his peers, critics and fans.  A Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient, he is also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame.

On 1 September 2017, age 72, Booker T performed live at the Royal Albert Hall BBC Proms with Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra in a tribute concert to 50 years of Stax Records alongside Steve Cropper, Sam Moore, William Bell and British artists Beverley Knight, Ruby Turner, James Morrison and Tom Jones.

Booker T Jones is performing at the Grosvenor Theatre at the Kay Meek Centre, West Vancouver on 2nd of February

I was extremely fortunate to live around the corner from a recording studio and to be chosen to have a paper route to make enough money to pay for the music lessons. I was one of the chosen few to have a job and to walk through the curtain at Stax Records was just an amazing thing for me to do at age 14.

Do you like great live music? Do you like FREE music? Then you are in luck.  Starting on July 7th the CBC kicks off the 8th Annual Musical Nooners Series at the Outdoor Stage at 700 Hamilton Street Vancouver.

Opening this year’s free shows is a double header, with Fake Shark kicking things off at 12pm, and then Said the Whale performing at 12:45pm

Other performers coming up through the summer include

  • BC reggae artist Buckman Coe (July 11th ), who recently supported Ziggy Marley as part of the Vancouver Jazz Festival
  • Wesli (July 13) and Melisande (July 14) wo will be part of the Vancouver Folk Festival
  • 2016 CBC Searchlight Winner – Desiree Dawson
  • 2017 CBC Searchlight Winner – rockers – The Long War


There will be rock, folk, soul, pop, and even something for the kids…

The series raps up with the funky Coco Jafro on August 25th

Roll on Summer

For latest dates and time always check back at While we do control the line-up, we can’t control the weather. Be sure to follow @CBCVancouver and #musicalnooners for updates and schedule changes due to inclement weather.


The 2017 Vancouver International Jazz Festival gets underway later this week, bring more than 1800 artists to the city for this annual music extravaganza.  As in past years, in addition to the headlining shows there will be around 150 free concerts in locations across the city, which means great music is within reach of everyone.

The festival runs from June 22 until July 2, and will be bringing a huge breadth of talent and musical styles to Vancouver.

Ziggy Marley will be at the Vogue Theatre – June 26th

Headliners this year include Seu Jorge, Thievery Corporation, Donny McCaslin Group and Ziggy Marley.

One of the highlights of the festival will be the Downtown Jazz Weekend, June24/25.  This event is located in the newly renovated locations in the grounds of the Vancouver Art Gallery and Robson Square. The redesign of the north Georgia Plaza will provide improved sightlines, and deliver a more comfortable listening experience for everyone.  In addition to the music here, the “music and arts village” will also be available, as well as a licensed bar.  There will be three stages at this location to enjoy the music, – Georgia Stage, Robson Stage and the Sounds of Youth Stage.  All the activities at these locations are free, come on down.

Five Alarm Funk will be one of the acts at the Georgia Stage on June 25th

For the latest details of all the events check out the Coastal Jazz website.


Atlanta Georgia based Heavy Metal icons, Mastodon, are teaming up with crowd favourites Eagles of Death Metal to pound some eardrums at the Orpheum later this year.  The two will be Closing out the North American leg of their tour on October 25th, before heading over for dates in the UK.  Given this, you know it is going to be a party.

Mastodon have just released their latest album Emperor of Sand. EODM’s last album was Zipper Down, but the band are adding a score for the movie Super Troopers 2.