LADYHAWKwith SHOTGUN JIMMIE & ASTRAL SWANS
Ladyhawk awakens in a trash-filled, "morning after" apartment in East Vancouver, British Columbia. Duffy, Darcy, Sean, and Ryan arise, pick up their instruments and head out into the heathen city, singing songs about life and love. They are rockers and dreamers -- still trapped in their apple country teenage minds, looking for girls and kicks, and mining their teenage quarries from the inside-out. Growing up together as the best of friends, Ladyhawk have stories that radiate with the presence of all four members. Their self-titled debut on Jagjaguwar is a stomping and sweaty ride through the Vancouver streets that they all know well, as viewed from the seats of a bruised and doorless Astro Van. In this ride, you can't help but feel that you will fall out and you will fall down, and your joints will all be sore at the end of the trip.
HIP-HOP KARAOKE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARYHOSTED BY APEFACE & ILL MOVEMENTS
We're going to be doing it up big once a month with hosts APEFACE and ILL MOVEMENTS.
The format for HHK is straightforward, and designed to create a positive environment for guests and performers alike. Starting at 10 pm, we run 'sets' of 4-5 people every 15-20 minutes with the DJ spinning in between to keep things poppin off. We want this to be an inclusive and un-intimidating event, that embraces more than the usual freestyle backpacker open mic type cats. We hope to get lots of these proper emcees out, but more importantly draw all the closet hip hop heads out to share that track they kill in the shower every morning. So rally your crew, get your shit together and come to a unique and super bumpin party.
Email HHK@commonwealthbar.ca for more info or to sign up.
COMMONWEALTH COLLECTORS CLUB
Commonwealth Collectors Club, is happening again featuring vintage clothing, local art, handmade jewelry, records and other interesting knick-knacks, our curated market has something for everyone; including most of the original vendors from previous editions as well as some new great talent. DJs will be spinning records and the bar will be serving up mimosa’s, so there's no better way to start off your Sunday! And with a portion of proceeds going to charity, it’s guilt free for your conscience.
BATHSwith YOUNG FATHERS & P.MORRIS
Three years ago, Baths dropped his startlingly beautiful debut, Cerulean. Released on Anticon, the record blurred the line between post-modern pop and the LA beat scene with devastating emotional clarity. Its tone was as celestial as its album title, taken from a shade of blue typically used to describe the sky.
Cerulean earned year-end “Best Of” recognition from Pitchfork and The Onion’s A.V. Club and established Chatsworth-raised Will Wiesenfeld as one of the finest young composers (and falsettos) in Los Angeles. His sophomore album, Obsidian finds him emerging as one of the most complete artists of his generation. As you might expect, the name hints at darker overtones. The mood is shimmering and pitch-black, the lovely blood flow has turned into lava.
SMALLTOWN SUNDAY BESTw/ SMALLTOWN DJS & SPECIAL GUESTS PLUS CARL CASSIDY
If your ears work, you can’t not have fun at a Smalltown DJs gig. That’s a scientific fact. Look it up. The Canadian duo’s uncanny ability to make crowds feel like schoolkids at recess stems naturally from their focus on maximizing fun for themselves.
For guest list info contact: email@example.com
PARQUET COURTS with GUESTSPRESENTED BY SLED ISLAND & COMMONWEALTH
Little was said about Parquet Courts’ debut effort, American Specialties. Released exclusively on cassette tape, the quasi-album was an odd collection of 4 track recordings that left those who were paying attention wanting more. A year of woodshedding live sets passed before the Courts committed another song to tape. The band’s first proper LP, Light Up Gold, is a dynamic and diverse foray into the back alleys of the American DIY underground. Bright guitars swirl serpentine over looping, groovy post-punk bass lines and drums that border on robotic precision. While the initial rawness of the band’s early output remains, the songwriting has gracefully evolved. Primary wordsmiths A. Savage and Austin Brown combine for a dynamic lyrical experience, one part an erudite overflow of ideas, the other an exercise in laid-back observation. Lyrically dense, the poetry is in how it flows along with the melody, often times as locked-in as the rhythm section.
PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS (EARLY SHOW)with DRAGON FLI EMPIRE
Los Angeles based People Under The Stairs, Double K (Michael Turner) and Thes One (Christopher Portugal) are the most successful fully independent hip-hop duo in the history of Hip-Hop. Since their initial full length release in 1998, People Under The Stairs have performed more than a thousand sold out shows, festivals and world tours spanning 6 continents and 40 countries.
With a pioneering DIY ethic, “The P” as they are referred to by their fans, have self-managed, produced and engineered 7 full-length albums and countless singles and side projects. The musical sensibility punctuating their unique brand of hip-hop has not only earned them the title “The Steely Dan of Rap Music” but consistent critical acclaim and numerous appearances on the Billboard Charts.
Their illustrious career includes an appearance on The Simpson’s 20th Anniversary Special, a John Peele Session at Abbey Road, and groundbreaking performances at key festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella and Bonaroo, the last of which was noted by SPIN magazine as “Simply the best performance of Friday… Period”. As part of their 10 year Anniversary World Tour in 2009, People Under The Stairs travelled to new continents with sold out shows in China, Brazil and Africa and continued to tour through 2010 with main stage plays at Outside Lands Festival, Governors Ball NYC and many others.
BAND OF SKULLSPRESENTED BY LIVE NATION & X92.9
More than ever before, there are two schools of musical success story these days. Those riding a wave of almost instant gratification based on a blog hit gone viral, a reality show win or a particularly canny advert sync. And those who have taken the more traditional approach: gigging and grafting and slowly building their arsenal into a formidable sonic weaponry.
Band of Skulls firmly fall in the latter camp, and ‘Himalayan’ – the group’s third long player – is an album indebted to years of polishing, perfecting and whittling their skills into a core that packs an immediate and inimitable punch.
Breaking out of the blocks as Band of Skulls in 2008, having initially played together under a different guise for the previous four years, the Southampton trio, formed of Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals), Emma Richardson (bass, vocals) and Matt Hayward (drums), first began to pique interest with the call and response vocal interplay of early single ‘I Know What I Am’. A debut, 2009’s ‘Baby Darling Doll Face Honey’, shortly followed alongside a host of glowing reviews praising the record’s dangerous, dusky charms and glam sensibilities. With impressed comparisons to The Kills and The Duke Spirit, NME labeled the record, “so deliciously evocative, it’s like taking a hike to The Joshua Tree”, while Clash described the debut as, in turns, “seductive”, “catchy” and “raunchy”.
From the Blog
Thursday 2/2 at 7:00PM
w/ DJ HEEBZ & APEFACE
Friday 2/3 at 7:00PM
w/ DISORIENTAL (upstairs) & TEDDY CELEBRATION (downstairs)
Saturday 2/4 at 7:00PM
w/ IVAN RANKIC & DJ HEEBZ (upstairs) & ROY LT (downstairs)
Sunday 11/3 at 7:00PM
with CARL CASSIDY & TUBBY BURGERS