By Josephine Cruz
Westward Music Festival returns this week, taking over multiple downtown Vancouver music venues over the course of four days, showcasing more than 100 artists across a plethora of genres.
Just how we like it, BeatRoute will be in the middle of all the action at the Imperial with some of the biggest names in pop, rock, R&B and beyond. Avoid catching a case of FOMO and check yourself into some of these top-tier shows while you can.
Joseph // Thursday, September 12
Named for their grandfather and a small town in their native Oregon, Joseph is made up of sisters Natalie, Allison and Meegan Closner. After a three-year hiatus, the trio is back with a slightly more vigorous sound that still retains their blissful folk-pop foundations.
Yukon Blonde // Thursday, September 12
Since forming in Kelowna in the late 2000s, Yukon Blonde has undergone a number of transformations. In between losing and gaining members, they’ve shifted away from their original folk-rock sound and found their footing with a harder-hitting, synth-pop-psych melange.
Phum Viphurit // Friday, September 13
Born in Thailand and raised in New Zealand since the age of nine, Phum Viphurit first found fame by uploading Frank Ocean covers to YouTube and has since parlayed his viral success into a legitimate career. His smooth vocals and acoustic guitar have drawn comparisons to Mac Demarco, who happens to be one of Viphurit’s biggest inspirations.
Owen Pallett // Saturday, September 14
There is perhaps no better place for multi-instrumentalist Owen Pallett to showcase his talents than in a live performance setting. His virtuosity on the violin and keyboard take centerstage when combined with a loop pedal and his ethereal voice.
WHY? // Saturday, September 14
Berkeley natives WHY? have a quirky history that includes internet-stalking their own fans in order to create songs about them. Their latest, AOKOHIO, is a visual album that tackles such wide-ranging subjects as family and social anxiety with avant-pop and hip-hop sensibilities.
Titus Andronicus // Sunday, September 15
While they’ve been around since 2008, this Brooklyn-based sextet has hit their stride with the release of their latest album, An Obelisk. Expect a rousing show to go with their refreshed, more aggressive punk style.
Westward Music Festival is Sept. 12 to 15. Check out westwardfest.com for more info.Joseph, MorMor, Owen Pallett, Phum Viphurit, Titus Andronicus, Westward Festival, Yukon Blonde