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. Not one track from 2017’s Have a Spirit Filled! But that’s perfectly fine. If all music is folk music in the sense that it’s played by “folks”, then this is definitely jazz too, in the sense that it’s played by . . . okay, that analogy doesn’t quite hold up, but bear with me here.

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Emily Sutherland
Smash Boom Pow

Smash Boom Pow must be a patient band. How else to explain their sitting on the recently released EP 2’s songs for more than six years. Six! Imagine. . . But this patience should not be confused with apathy or lethargy; they’ve kept busy in the years since, releasing a smattering of singles, EPs, and a full-length record, 2014’s Do You Feel.

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Emily Sutherland
Bodies

In anticipation of their upcoming album the Victoria based indie rock group, Bodies, took the Chinatown Sessions to the next level. Bodies plays on the listeners ear, transforming complicated time signatures into raw, creep, indie rock. With massive chorus effects, Bodies brings out familiar 80’s tones, layered with savage guitar and rhythm arrangements that push on the sides of your temples with a soothing but horrid pressure.

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Emily Sutherland
Grapefruit Is Impossible

Grapefruit is Impossible is like putting mango in salsa: the addition of that sweet flavour to a powerful spicy aroma is tantalizing. Fusing jazz, hip-hop, funk and RnB, this Victoria bred sextet brings fresh rhymes to your ear holes. With light-hearted rap melodies that untangles your hair, and juicy instrumentation that turns flat-earthers to, well, funky flat-earthers, Grapefruit is Impossible keeps the scurvy at bay with a healthy dose of 100% vitamin Fresh, no pulp.

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Emily Sutherland
Vic Horvath

As the days get longer and the morning's just a little bit warmer, our urge to feel summer again is rapidly approaching. Moments of boot stompin’ and knee slappin’ are coaxing the sun to stay out just a bit longer. We’ve got a special treat to tie you off for just a few months.  
Vic Horvath of Calgary, Alberta (now residing in Victoria, British Columbia) exposes the beauty within dark times. Encompassing the folk/country genre, Vic draws from blues and indie writing styles as well, exercising their finger picking skills to produce jangly dirt kickin’ hits to soul stretching indie acoustic ballads.

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Emily Sutherland
Mystery Lover

There is nothing more mystical and warming than the feeling of someone out there loving you, even more so if you don’t even know them. Getting their message across the room inconspicuously, butterflies explode from your innards, it’s romantic, exciting (maybe scary) to have a mystery lover. To be congruous with each other but never having actually met. If you haven’t had this feeling before, well now you just may be in luck. Local Victoria indie rock group Mystery Lover can fulfill your every desire. Mystery Lover explores the realm energized emotion. Pulling from pop emo sounds and embellished, lyrically driven anguish. Mystery Lover dives off the deep end, their relatively new existence within the Victoria music scene and has sent waves throughout the community. Booking show after show, Mystery Lover is engaging, relative and outspoken.

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Emily Sutherland
Death Kart

A refreshing wave in Victoria's explosive music scene and quite possibly one of the most unique displays within the city (if that’s even possible), Death Kart is something out of the ordinary. From 80’s influenced pop tunes, to soul wrenching progressive piano ballads, Death Kart has the innate ability to to make a song fresh, interesting, chic even. Displaying affection towards a lyrical expression, Death Kart’s songs are something the listener can relate to, as well as fill themselves with the urge to dance the night away.

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Emily Sutherland
Inland Island

We had the great pleasure to have our friends from Montreal, Inland Island, visit Studio 549 while on the west coast leg of their tour. Poetic and fittingly open, Inland Island is upfront and honest to the listener. With Avalon Rossignol-Tassonyi on vocals and guitar and Ellan Belshaw on the drums, they draw on the push and pulls of the surrounding atmosphere, tackling issues in a messed up world and were we all fit within it. Inland Island is most intimate and engaging while sipping a cup of tea, contemplating your life goals.

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Emily Sutherland
Wept

Ah yes, the sweet serenades of troublesome existence and growing pains. Exploding into the mainstream high school hallways in the 2000’s, the emo genre took disc-mans by storm. But over the last decade, the emo statement has evolved into something more stylized. Hipsterized? Sterilized? Either way, Victoria’s very own emo group, Wept, remains true to all those weird fuzzy feelings. Hitting the ground running with their LP release ‘Dress Me Like I’m Yours’, Wept displays an affection towards, well, sadness. But it’s not all tears and red eyes! Wept brings in multiple listening textures that resonate with a broad range of audiences. If that’s not enough, all of these songs are brand new. So why not give them a whirl?

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Emily Sutherland
Teenage Wedding

You are daydreaming on the moon, losing sight of the world in its constant state of revelation. How did it all turn out this way? And does it really even matter? Chilling in your Sunday slacks and misinterpreted actions, an echo emerges from a window. The walls become translucent, and calling back at you is Victoria’s dream rock group, Teenage Wedding.

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Emily Sutherland
Holy Hum

Feeling a little down? Maybe a bit transcendental? Well we have got just the ticket for your weeping eyes. Welcome to the world of Holy Hum. A transitional masterpiece, starring Andrew Lee, sets the stage for an emotional arresting performance with the release of his latest album All my Bodies.

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Emily Sutherland
The Prettys

With the world spinning into political turmoil, savage environmental conditions being reported far and wide, and just the overall absurdity of everything on the internet, it’s hard to figure out what to believe anymore. How do we choose what’s right? Who can we trust? How am I going to pay for my lunch? The answer to those questions is simple: some good ol’ fashion rock and roll! Time to dig out the dad rock sweater and brush up on your power slide, because we’re going all in with some of Vancouver’s finest, The Pretty’s.

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Emily Sutherland
Archaics

Soul jarring and mind-expansive, Archaics bring back the revolutionary era of the 60’s. They create a dazzling spectacle of a genre that is almost archaic itself, the iconic psychedelic rock. But it’s not the same stuff your parents grew up on. With so many twists and turns, Archaics flourish in the realm of the unpredictable, creating a sound that is bewitching, exquisite, and foxy that delves deep into your mind and keeps your thoughts itching for more.

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Emily Sutherland
Bad Hoo

Ferocious, wild, unhinged, if someone could just discover a way to use rock and roll as an energy source, Bad Hoo’s name would be stamped on every lamp, television, and whatever other appliance that takes D batteries. To give you a better understanding of what the Bad Hoo can do to your ears, just picture yourself in a fit of roommate fury, throwing old vacuum cleaners off the back porch, it’s the kind of music playing in your head at that time.

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Emily Sutherland
Bridal Party

Are you tired of your same old mundane routine? Need something to spruce up your life a bit? Maybe you’re thinking of a New Years resolution? Me too, that’s why I started taking Bridal Party. A daily dose can significantly help reduce urges to eat your kitchen, paint your partners teeth while they sleep, and shave designs into your own head. Basic human needs like taking a shower or doing laundry don’t seem so impossible anymore thanks to Bridal Party.

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Emily Sutherland
Looelle

Our first intimate set in the 549 ½ Studio, Looelle brings sweet, soulful simplicity, singing stories of love lost and found. Niloo Farahzadeh plays the chords, Ellen Trottier on the cajon, but the hardware is really just to back up to their vocal capabilities. Dynamic in nature, their voices define their sound. Lullabies to sooth your aching heart, grooves to make you move your hips, Looelle sparks the flame for a refreshing new taste emerging out of Victoria’s music scene.

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Emily Sutherland
Roy's Bag

Roy’s Bag brings back a hot summer era, that vintage 60’s surf culture that we only only see in the pictures. High waisted bathing suits swinging from side to side, twisting knees and screaming fans. Roy’s Bag is the epitome of the free expressive spirit cresting on the shores of the northern west coast. Barreling in from Tofino, they set the groove with their classic surf rock vibe and psychedelic elements.

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Emily Sutherland
Poor Baby

Awh, “poor baby!” Is this a term of endearment? Or perhaps related to that of an infants fiscal year? In either case the phrase protrudes condolences from a passerby-er or a creepy auntie. But should we really feel bad for the baby? For instance, Poor Baby, a garage rock octonary hailing from Vancouver, rocks the cradle like an earthquake blasting through the Earths lithosphere. They shatter this notation of the ‘poor baby’ with catchy tunes and heavy post punk head jerkers. How could you possible feel bad for the talented, malleable young human?

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Emily Sutherland
The Dog Indiana

Dogs, since time memorial has been tamed by man to be his best friend. However, wild animals can’t always can be tamed. The same can be said for the local Victorian garage rock trio, The Dog Indiana. A serious force to be reckoned with, their jarring riffs and high energy distortion yells at you till you fall to your knees and become a believer that rock and roll is in fact, not dead.

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Emily Sutherland