So daylight savings ended this month, and we’re left with long, cold nights. One guaranteed way to keep warm and happy is heading to one of the upcoming concerts in Vancouver. This month, we get a good mix of every genre, including indie rock, hip hop/rap, and electronic.
Global sensation Rodriguez is in town for two nights, indie heartthrobs Mac Miller and Bahamas stop through as part of their tours, and A$AP Rocky brings The Rocky and Tyler show to Rogers Arena. Get excited, and get your tickets.
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Patty Griffin will make her triumphant return to Vancouver on November 2. Griffin released her ninth studio album “Servant of Love” in September to rave reviews – Rolling Stone magazine called the collection of songs “unshakable.” The singer isn’t exactly a household name but her tunes have been covered by some pretty famous folk (Kelly Clarkson, the Dixie Chicks and even Jessica Simpson have taken a stab at Griffin’s catalogue). Indie stars Darlingside will serve as the opening act.
American gospel/soul singer Leon Bridges is on fire – his debut album “Coming Home“ topped Billboard’s R&B Album chart in June and its title track was featured in an iPhone 6 commercial before becoming a “Top 10 Most Viral Track” on Spotify. Bridges’ musical style has been favourably compared to heavy hitters like Sam Cooke and Amy Winehouse, and he’ll be on the road promoting the album well into next summer with shows in Canada, the U.S. and Australia. Due to popular demand, Bridges will return to Vancouver on March 15 at the Orpheum Theatre.
With a number one album and a handful of hit singles under his belt, American rapper Mac Miller is poised to become a major star. And no one is more convinced of this than Miller himself, who recently said, “I haven’t even scraped the surface yet. I’m going to do much more than this.” Miller released his third disc “GO:OD AM” in September and every ticket purchased online for his show at the Vogue Theatre comes with a free digital copy of the album. Expect to hear hits like “100 Grandkids” and “Break The Law” in addition to material from Miller’s critically-adored mixtapes.
Recently named one of the 10 New Artists You Need to Know by Rolling Stone magazine, Tory Lanez is set to commence his “Swave Nation” headlining tour here in Vancouver. The 23-year-old Toronto rapper/songwriter/producer has been recognized for his mixtapes and his collaborations with RL Grimes, Meek Mill, and Sean Kingston (to name a few). Lanez’ debut album is expected to be released next year, but his growing fan base across the U.S and Canada is strong, and is known as SWAVENATION. Catch the wave when Lanez returns to Vancouver next week for a highly anticipated show.
The two rap superstars are no strangers to Vancouver; A$AP Rocky performed at this year’s Squamish Valley Music Festival while Tyler, the Creator headlined FVDED In The Park in July. Rocky is on the road promoting his moody masterpiece “At.Long.Last.A$AP” while Tyler will perform songs from this summer’s “Cherry Bomb” LP. Joining the guys are hip hop stars Danny Brown and Vince Staples, who Entertainment Weekly calls “an incredible storyteller” with an “unbelievable knack for remarkably intricate details.” A word of warning – the entire floor is general admission and if Rocky’s set at SVMF is any indication, be prepared for utter chaos. But who doesn’t love a little bit of chaos on a Tuesday night?
Norwegian dance-pop artist Mr. Little Jeans first broke into the music scene with her banging cover of Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs (aka one of the best covers you’ll ever hear). But when her album “Pocketknife” was released last year, she proved to be more than a one hit wonder. Mr. Little Jeans’ synth-pop rhythms mixes with her vocals for a perfect combination, and singles like “Runaway” and “Good Mistake” will make you want to get off your feet. Enjoy Mr. Little Jeans at a small, intimate venue while you still can.
Full disclosure, I love Bahamas. Toronto’s Afie Jurvanen won our hearts a while back – think “Lost in The Light.” Named Best Singer/Songwriter Album of 2012 by iTunes, Bahamas has released three very well received studio albums including his latest “Bahamas Is Afie.” The 2014 release was followed by a sold-out Canadian tour last winter – which included a Vancouver show at the Vogue. Having been lucky enough to catch Bahamas in Nashville, TN, earlier this year, I know where I will be on the evening of November 11.
Probably best known for the Oscar winning documentary “Searching For Sugar Man,” the Sugar Man himself will be in Vancouver playing two shows this month. The Detroit folk singer-songwriter known as Rodriguez has a wild story about his relatively unknown fame back in the ’70s, and his return/belated success has taken the music world by storm. Rodriguez’s Vancouver show was so popular, a second show was added. Although the first show is sold-out, at the time of publication, tickets were available for the second show.
It’s been a fantastic year for 21-year-old Ashley Nicolette Frangipane (aka Halsey); the singer scored a huge hit with “New Americana” and her debut LP “Badlands” opened at number two on Billboard’s Top Albums chart. Halsey describes Badlands as an “angry feminist record” but she doesn’t have much to be angry about these days – her tour is virtually sold out and tickets for her stop at the RIO Theatre are going for more than seven times their face value on StubHub. If you miss Halsey this time around, you’ll have another chance next month when she opens for Canadian superstar The Weeknd on his North American tour.
The name might not be familiar, but there’s a high chance you have heard his single “Waves.” And since its release, Robin Schulz has become a well-known name in the house/electronic scene. The German producer is currently touring his second studio album Sugar, which featured more of his production work, and less remixes. Either way, Schulz is a dance experience, and will be taking over Celebrities later this month.