By Brian Baker
There’s no hesitation in Dita Von Teese’s voice when responds to a question she’s obviously been asked before: How does she get into the huge martini glass? The burlesque vedette will issue a modest laugh, and respond, “I’d like to tell you, I do a big backflip, but I don’t.” No, it’s actually a little three-step, Swarovski crystal staircase that’s hied off stage once her performance begins.
By Tyler Hodg
Since its inception in 2008, Big Music Fest has been synonymous with delivering a weekend filled with performances by major acts, which over the years have included The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Bryan Adams, and last year’s insanely awesome headliner Aerosmith. This year is no different, as Big Music Fest is once again on track to prove that southern Ontario truly “rocks”! Big Sugar, Jane’s Addiction, and Soundgarden will all give performances that will undoubtedly make this weekend one to remember.
By Tim Murr
I’d guess I have about ten films that are deeply important to me on an emotional level. They’re not necessarily all deep movies, but they are all films that represent very specific times and very specific situations, both good and bad. They are films that I can watch over and over and be transported back to a time and place and vividly relive a certain state of mind and/or heart.
Jaws is one if those films. I was four when I saw Jaws and Jaws 2 on cable. I watched it multiple times before I turned five, which is when my parents divorced. So for me, watching Jaws always takes me back to a time when the world didn’t feel like it was ending everyday. (A feeling that never went away, but evolved from fear to anger to bitterness.)
Canadian Music Week 2015, or CMW, has been around for 33 years. This year’s CMW runs from May 1 to 10, and there are over 1,000 participating bands. That sounds overwhelming, but thankfully the CMW schedule page is searchable by date, venue, and band to make it easier to plan out who you want to see, where, and when.
There is an embarrassment of riches this year in terms of music. Here are my suggestions for what you should check out at this year’s CMW.
By Tim Murr
Hardcore architects and Canada’s Clash, D.O.A., are on their farewell tour! They hit the road on August 29 and have now reached the East Coast (tour dates below)
D.O.A., along with Black Flag and the Dead Kennedys, created hardcore punk in the late ’70s/early ’80s. Always outspoken leftist agitators, D.O.A. have spent their career standing up for various political causes and performing benefit concerts.
Sudden Death Records will be releasing a definitive double live album, Welcome To Chinatown, which includes songs from the band’s entire history.
Hats off to Joe and the boys; it’s been a great run!
You can keep updated by checking the band’s website.
September 17: West Chester, PA; The Note
September 18: Washington, DC; Black Cat
September 19: Pittsburgh, PA; 31st Street Pub
September 20: Louisville, KY; Phoenix Hill Tavern
September 21: Columbus, OH; Rumba Cafe
September 22: Indianapolis, IN; The Melody Inn
October 9: Hamburg, Germany; Hafenklang
October 10: Kiel, Germany; Schaubude
October 11: Eindhoven, Netherlands; The Rambler
October 12: London, UK; Boston Arms
October 13: Leeds, UKvBrundell Social Club w/ Chelsea
October 14: Glasgow, Scotland; Audio
October 15: Nottingham, UK; The Dog House
October 16: Paris, France; TBA
October 17: Lyon, France; Warm Audio
October 18: Milano, Italy; Lo-Fi
October 19: Bologna, Italy; Freakout Club
October 20: Luzern, Switzerland; Sedel
October 21: Nuremberg, Germany; TBA
October 22: Dresden, Germany; TBA
October 23: Wroclaw, Poland; Alibi
October 24: Warsaw, Poland TBA
October 25: Gdansk, Poland; B-90
October 26: Tampere, Finland; TBA
October 28: Wormerveer, Netherlands; De Groote Weiver
The Cybertronic Spree
Photo © Paul Hillier Photography
FanExpo Canada 2013 runs from Thursday, August 22 through Sunday, August 25 this year. The annual four-day event is crammed with stuff to do and see across multiple fandoms, like anime, comics, gaming, horror, science fiction, and now, sports. It can be a little overwhelming to plan out your days.
My favorite part of FanExpo is always Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear, but with so much to choose from, there’s always a bit of crossover. I’ve come up with my Top Ten Picks of this year’s FanExpo, which I think will satisfy all of your fandom-related urges.
New this week on Popshifter: Lisa calls The Conjuring one of the best movies of the year; Brad takes a look at Antiviral, My Amityville Horror, Swamp Thing, and The Incredible Melting Man, all out now on home video; Ricky wants to go to a strip club in Hell if they’re going to play Demon Queen’s Exorcise Tape; Jemiah is impressed with Into The White with Rupert Grint; Chelsea hopes The Hot Flashes does better on home video than it did in theaters and suggests Los Nuggetz for garage rock fans who are looking for something they haven’t yet heard; Melissa calls Intoxicated Man 1958 – 1962 a tantalizing glimpse into the early work of Serge Gainsbourg; and I am touched by the music documentary A Band Called Death and amused by the new video from Big Black Delta, “Money Rain Down.”
Do you like rock en español and boats? If so, we have just the show for you. Summer Splash Concert Cruise Series recently announced a show featuring a pair of Latin alternative artists with serious skill, vision, and creativity. Popshifter will be giving away a pair of tickets to a lucky New York reader. Keep reading for more details!
New this week on Popshifter: Ann celebrated Pride Month with a review of Hirsute Pursuit’s Tighten That Muscle Ring; Julie thinks that Dave Davies’s I Will Be Me is mostly excellent; Cait takes umbrage to the word “twee” in her rapturous review of The Three O’Clock rarities compilation The Hidden World Revealed; Lisa has some offbeat suggestions for Fourth of July movies; Jeff time travels with Tesla’s Real to Reel; I recommend Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me for fans and not-yet-fans; Paul gifts us with a beautiful, touching article on the significance of music; and an anonymous contributor has some stern words for convention (non)attendees.