Candela Farm

Though the 'new age' movement might have done its best to sour us to the term genre defying, some groups are keeping the flame lit and proving that borrowing elements from a diverse set of influences can be done with style and taste. Seamlessly blending cinematic western sounds, lovesick rock and garage-pop, Candela Farm will always keep you on your toes.

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Emily Sutherland
Tobias Young

In a genre that seems always to be getting more and more quantized, polished, and packaged, Tobias Young’s brand of retro soul is a refreshing reminder that all you really need to make great music is a tight band and sweet songs. His dulcet voice almost makes you long for the sort of heartbreak that calls for listening to music like this on repeat, but whatever the state of your romantic life, Tobias’ music will make you feel pleasantly melancholy.

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Emily Sutherland
Swim Team

Swim Team are a three-piece band from Vancouver. Their albums are self-released and recorded. Currently they are recording their album “V”.

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Emily Sutherland
Palberta

In an industry that favors niche branding and subgenre packaging, Palberta is a difficult band to place. Their music is free and uninhibited in a way that makes it all their own. Often, Palberta songs are marked with a child-like communication — chants and lullabies are met with snarling tantrums, while their instruments coo and careen towards an often abrupt finish. Their playful approach to writing produces work that is as hyper-emotional as it is jarring as it is soothing and as loopy as it is sinister.

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Emily Sutherland
Merzbow and Balázs Pándi

For over thirty years, Merzbow (aka Masami Akita) has been the biggest and most recognizable figure on the international noise scene. Since 1980, he has released over 400 recordings, and has collaborated with various artists. There is no need to argue: Merzbow stands as the most important artist in noise music.

Balázs Pándi is a Hungarian-born improvisational and avant-garde, grindcore drummer, composer who has worked extensively with electronic and industrial musicians as well as jazzmen.

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Emily Sutherland
Kayla Briët

Kayla Briët is a 21 year old artist exploring themes of identity in multiple mediums of storytelling: film, music, and virtual reality. Through intimate live performances, she shares stories through wave-like vocals and live looping — mixing electronic beats with the strings of a Chinese guzheng zither and blending influences from her Chinese/Dutch-Indonesian heritage. In an experiment to preserve memories and emotions we humans project onto objects, she is currently creating a room-scale vr time capsule called “Trove.”

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Emily Sutherland
Elan Noon

To begin: Elan Noon is Keenan Mittag-Degala’s solo project. Let me immediately contradict that statement: When Keenan settled into the Chinatown loft in early March, he was joined by fellow Jons bandmate David Perry. These dreamy folks played through a set of dreamy jazz-folk, consisting entirely of new, or at least as-of-yet unreleased, Elan Noon songs.

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Emily Sutherland
Smash Boom Pow

Brothers Ulysses and Zane Coppard form the core of Smash Boom Pow, and were joined at Chinatown Sessions on a dreary evening in late March by touring bassist Adam Stothard. In the confines of the Chinatown loft, it’s clear the older songs have matured alongside the band’s approach.

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Emily Sutherland
Peach Pyramid

Fantastically whimsical, Peach Pyramid’s chorus-laden tones and angelic vocals hit you like a baby's kiss! Slip in the tape, fall back, give yourself over and sink your teeth into Peach Pyramid.

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Emily Sutherland
The Scrunt Brothers

As ‘family’ bands go, a two piece might not seem like a lot to work with but The Scrunt Brothers have volume and punch to spare. Clint and Chris serve up fun, catchy garage rock songs with plenty of old-school grit. If you like your duos to sound austere and plaintive then look somewhere else; This is music to rock out to.

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Emily Sutherland
The Belle Game

Lead by a voice that invites you in with her warm and sultry tones, The Belle Game offer a perfectly balanced mix of new aged indie pop and classic jazzy undertone that makes you excited for summer and festival season to begin. Their versatile and full sound can translate from an early evening sun soaked set on a crowded festival feild, to a dimly lit bar with just you and your notepad.  Either way, they make you feel you'd be content. Belle Game, I'd wait up for you.

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Emily Sutherland
Blue J

Charismatic, chill, and ‘kind of blue’, Blue J soars through today’s do and don'ts, relying on sheer gut feeling to play and enjoy in a world convoluted with streaming, downloading, and putting yourself out there. With stunning synth tones, droning bass lines, and calming vocals, Blue J emancipates the uneasy feeling inside all of us. Prepare yourself to delve into the beautifully arranged world of Blue J.

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Emily Sutherland
Subject

Froth rock, post punk, indie pop. Whatever you want to called it, Subject’s fast paced excitable sound hits you like a moldy shoe on a sunny afternoon. With sporadic guitar riffs and slamming drums beats, Subject is frantic and out there. Get ready to apply another layer of make-up cause this one is a face melter.

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Emily Sutherland