By Alan Ranta
It’s that time of year when this most British of Columbia’s transitions from snowboarding to surfing, from what seemed like the eternal night of grey skies and soggy and/or snowy lawns to devastating drought and forest fires, but don’t let the beach and the heat win so easily. There are plenty of reasons to put on closed-toed shoes and duck indoors for a few hours. Here are just a few of them.
June 8 @ Celebrities
Having previously released singles for Skrillex’s OWSLA and Diplo’s Mad Decent, David Lee Crow dropped the most hardcore slab of headbanging bass music this side of Longwalkshortdock with his debut album under the name of Ghastly, The Mystifying Oracle. See him live and you’ll boosh your pants.
June 15 @ Celebs UG
New York-bred, Paris-based DJ Louisa Pillot crafts post-punk, industrial, electroclash-tinged productions, which serve up her psychologically intense vocals, certified to exorcise depression, anxiety, and drug abuse on the dance floor so you can grab recovery by the short and curlies, take care of yourself and have fun simultaneously.
Vancouver Jazz Fest June 22 @ Performance Works
Their name is cute enough to merit a listen to their SoundCloud. Once there, their distinctive brand of jazz, techno, hip-hop, dubstep, but mostly jazz outta be enough to get you to buy a festival pass. Imagine if Alarm Will Sound followed up their Aphex Twin album with a series of Bonobo covers, and you’ve got something close.
Natalia Escobar and Konrad Black
June 23 @ Open Studios
Columbia’s Natalia Escobar is a multi-disciplinary artist, who works with everything from sculpture and installation to photography and sound art, and her DJ sets reflect that well-researched experimental diversity, while Konrad Black is easily one of the greatest techno producers to ever have called Vancouver home.
June 28 @ Venue
I once saw dubstep mini-boss Rusko (known around Leeds, England as Chris Mercer) perform at the Commodore. Bought a three-chamber bud grinder with his name on it that I still use to this day. It ranks up there with my Primus zippo and Kid Koala oven mitts as the best piece of swag I ever copped from a merch booth. If he’s still selling them, it’s worth going just to buy one.