Artist Spotlight: Hawking

An interview with Hawking frontman Tom Vanderkam Until last year, the members of Hawking cringed at the term “radio-friendly.” With two feet planted firmly in their math rock origins, they refused to enter the mainstream of music for the sake of artistic integrity. This year’s creation of their self-titled EP seems to have changed that... Continue Reading

Going Global: South Korea and Japan

South Korea reconciles with Japan on Comfort Women At the end of December, Japan and South Korea made a historic deal on the matter of comfort women. Japan agreed to pay one billion yen ($12-million CAD) to victims and their families, and to offer an apology. In exchange, South Korea will agree to stop criticizing... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Failing Street

An Interview with Nik Pang of Failing Street You wouldn’t guess that geography would play much of a role in a pop punk band. However, Failing Street frontman Nik Pang has a fascination with maps and, “likes knowing where [he is], both literally and figuratively.” Since he began bussing around the city as a child... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: What it means to make it

An interview with singer-songwriter Tamara Seeley Solo artist Tamara Seeley is a recent addition to Vancouver’s music scene. She left her hometown in Australia to play shows in Los Angeles, Calgary and New York, ending her journey here, where she’s now working and residing. Back in Australia, Seeley performed the songs off of her five-track... Continue Reading

Going Global: Saudi Arabia and Iran

The falling out of Saudi Arabia and Iran The recall of Iranian and Saudi diplomats was not a question of how or why, but when. In this case, it was the execution of a Shi’a cleric in Saudi Arabia that broke the camel’s back. It was the death of Nimr al-Nimr, a Shiite cleric who... Continue Reading

Science Explained: Vegetarianism

The hunt for the right diet The food we eat has become a highly personal topic. Everyone has eating habits, and everyone has an opinion on your eating habits. Between the government food pyramid and the multi-billion dollar diet industry it is hard to navigate what nutrition information is helpful and harmful. Our fast-paced society... Continue Reading

Science Explained: Unsustainable Agriculture

Food for thought   When we think of climate change we tend to think about wasting power, taking long showers, landfills, oil drilling, fracking, and greenhouse gas emissions produced by transportation. There is a misconception that these practices constitute the most significant contributions to our warming planet. Animal agriculture is a controversial topic—the meat and... Continue Reading

Going Global: Burma/Myanmar and the Rohingya

Burma/Myanmar and the Rohingya Burma is a country with two names, calling it by one or the other can be a political statement in itself. Its other name is Myanmar, which it took after a military coup back in 1962. The military continues to rule the country to this day, but its grip may be... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Destructive Interference

Rock, Physics, and Butt Touches: An Interview with Destructive Interference Rock n’ roll and physics don’t usually collide—but they did for Destructive Interference, a four-piece band living on the North Shore. The group got the idea for their name while at practice, thanks to frontman Derek Lionas’ extensive scientific knowledge. “One day we were jamming... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Comfort

Empty Alone, Better Together: An Interview with Mason McMorris of Comfort Mason McMorris lives for the little things. It’s part of what gives Comfort an ambient and immersive sound, along with their signature three-guitar setup. McMorris, Conner Elmes, and Alex Kappel each play electric guitar alongside bassist Tristyn Ginter and drummer Austin Smith-Greaves. By the... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: The Plodes

Burping the Baby: An Interview with The Plodes “Our show is probably a quarter to a third standup comedy,” says Reid Blakely, frontman of Vancouver-based punk rock duo, The Plodes. According to drummer Gemma Goletski, “It’s semi-improvised. Sometimes I’ll just say some garbage and think, ‘Oh, that was okay,’ so I do it six more... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: The Jins

Three-piece guitar-driven rockers bring reinvigoration to Vancouver’s music scene If The Strokes and Nirvana had a one night stand and produced a musical superbaby, you’d get The Jins. Though their recently released, self-titled EP is only six songs long, listening to it guarantees enough raw shouts and body-shaking riffs to satisfy a garage, alternative or... Continue Reading
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Going Global: Viva la Catalonia Libra

Viva la Catalonia Libra Late last month, two pro-separation parties in Catalonia’s regional legislature won a majority of seats, 72 out of 135, but not an outright majority of the popular vote, which was around 48 per cent of the Catalan population. Catalonia, like the rest of Spain, votes with a representative system, meaning popular... Continue Reading

Going Global: Yemen’s Civil War

Yemen’s Civil War Yemen, at this moment, finds itself in a quagmire. In the southern part of the country you have Al-Qaeda, in the west you have Iran-backed Houthis, in the east and the south you have the former government and their loyalists. On top of all of this, you have bombing runs courtesy of... Continue Reading
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The “F” Word: Beyonce and Feminism

Beyonce’s Brand of Feminism The dark stage is suddenly lit. Light pours down towards the massive, capitalized white letters that together spell out “FEMINIST.” A silhouette of a woman stands proudly in front of the sign, locks blowing in the wind. She fiercely, heroically claims a taboo title. It is 2014, and Beyonce Knowles has... Continue Reading