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Cream 8 Year: Brazilian Carnival

CREAM Hair & Makeup Lounge celebrated their 8th year in the Okanagan on January 19th at Habitat in Kelowna. This year saw them inspired by the Brazilian Carnival, an annual festival traditionally marking the beginning of Lent (it’s actually happening right now!). The CREAM Team took the colour, costumes, excitement and fun of Brazilian Carnival and brought it to the Okanagan for a night of dancing, and we can never say no to a dance party.

Music by DOM, his song Jesus (VACATIONER Remix).

Rihanna – Stay (Greg Sczebel Cover)

Salmon Arm native and musician Greg Sczebel recently covered this song by Rihanna (written by incredible Nashville artist Mikky Ekko) while working in Nashville. He hopes you enjoy!

A-OK Giveaway! Tickets to Hannah Georgas, January 17th

Hannah Georgas

“I want to press reset,” Hannah Georgas sings in “Robotic,” a driving and purposeful song from her self-titled new album. And she’s done just that. A few years ago, when Georgas was first toting her guitar through the Vancouver music scene, she was known for her acoustic leanings. Then the more intricate production of her nascent recordings, in combination with her luscious voice, helped raise inevitable comparisons to Canada’s most favored musical export, Feist. But with Hannah Georgas, she’s found bold new ways to marry her essential singer/songwriter sensibility to elaborate studio soundscapes, while significantly upping the playfulness factor. It’s an album of rich, emotionally resonant synth-pop that isn’t afraid to walk a fine line between vintage new wave and contemporary ethereality, easily gliding from tongue-in-cheek come-ons to hauntingly emotional head trips. One thing you’ll never accuse it of being is robotic.

Heavy on the electronics, but not the electronica, Hannah Georgas harks back to a time when hookiness was the order (or New Order) of the day, and human emotions (or Human Leagues) ruled, even when the underlying textures tended toward the synthetic. Her principle cohort in this redefining effort was producer Graham Walsh, of the celebrated Canadian band Holy Fuck, who shared her desire to forge a sound that makes heavy use of pre-EDM keyboards. Hannah will be performing with our personal friends, The Belle Game.

How do you get in? Tell us why you want to go. Tell us in the comments, on our Facebook page, or Tweet at us. Maybe you caught Hannah her last time in Kelowna and just couldn’t get enough? We’ll pick two (2) people to win a pair (2) of tickets each who really, really want to go to this show and make some dreams come true! Contest closes Thursday at noon.

Where: Habitat (248 Leon Avenue, Kelowna)
When: Thursday, January 17th – 8:00 PM
For: 19+

“What’s on?” January 2013

Check out my newly revamped “What’s on?” show. Featuring a sampling of some of the best live music shows coming to the Kelowna area.

Lacarno @ the RCA
Sat, Jan 19th, 7:30pm,
Tickets: $30/$10
http://bit.ly/lacarnorcatickets

Phil Wichham @ Evangel
Thu, Jul 17th, 7pm
Tickets: $15
http://bit.ly/philwickhamkelowna

Peter Furler @ KCT
Sat, Jan 26th, 8pm
Tickets: $30
http://bit.ly/peterfurlerkelowna

Singalong Saturdays @ the P and Q (http://www.castanet.net/events/sing-along_saturdays/16977)
Saturdays, 8:30-11:30pm,
Jan 19th – March 16th, Hosted by Andrew Smith
FREE

For the full 5 minute show, please click here.

Trust Promo Video

We’re so excited to work in collaboration with top community arts & culture blog Oook.ca to bring you a great Toronto act! Trust will be playing at Habitat March 6th with ERAAS + local opener Little Jungles. Stay tuned over the next couple weeks as each month you’ll have your chance to win tickets to this great show from both of our blogs!

A-OK and Oook present Trust, March 6th

Trust PosterWe’re so excited to work in collaboration with top community arts & culture blog Oook.ca to bring you a great Toronto act! Trust will be playing at Habitat March 6th with ERAAS + local opener Little Jungles. Come the new year, you’ll have your chance to win tickets to this great show from both of our blogs so make sure you stay tuned in the coming months!

Trust is the alter ego of Toronto artist and Maya Postepski (also of the band Austra) and is signed to the Arts & Crafts record label. The pair met in late 2009, started writing songs together, and formed the band in January 2010.

In recent times, the electronic music scene has gone through a roadblock with many projects repeating the same style of 80s, darkwave, techno and EBM-influenced. The majority of bands that fall in this genre are starting to sound redundant and overly similar to one-another. Sometimes, a genre needs to reseed or take a step back in order to grow a new branch of innovating music.

Though Trust isn’t a new and innovating project setting the path of new music exploration, it does however, represent a unique mix of familiar electronic sound formulations from the past and present. And you know what? Trust does a damn good job of creating solid production with their debut album, TRST. The upcoming full-length is all-around impressive with a smooth display of emotive synth-dance music that exudes a sexy and mysterious vibe.

This may be ERAAS‘ debut album, but Robert Toher and Austin Stawiarz had been making dark, evocative music for years with the post-rock band Apse before moody, sinister sounds became fashionable again in the indie world during the late 2000s and early 2010s. While this latest incarnation of the duo’s music fits into that revival pretty well, they use enough of what they learned with Apse to make them more complex, and unexpected, than some of their contemporaries. ERAAS’ song titles distill dread and mysticism into their most symbolic representations, but that may be the simplest thing about the duo’s music. Even on interludes such as “Black House” and “Moon,” their post-rock background gives their sound a majestic expanse that’s as open-ended as it is massive. Along with drawing on their past, ERAAS also recall like-minded artists devoted to conveying darkness in their music in less than obvious ways: the atmosphere of general dread and loping percussion recall Liars in their “They Were Wrong, So We Drowned” and “Drum’s Not Dead” days, and some of the eerie frost of the Knife and Fever Ray can be heard as well. While the duo might still be learning how to balance all the things they can do well into a cohesive whole, ERAAS’ whispers and shadows offer a different and welcome take on dark sounds.

Little Jungles makes pop songs at heart. Noise for you soul. They’ll eat you alive with their sadness and longing. They’ll bring you down to lift you up. Hearts breaking over and over and over and over and over…

View Facebook Event here.
Get your tickets now.

Where: Habitat (248 Leon Avenue, Kelowna)
When: Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 – 8 PM
How Much: $8 Advance / $10 Door – Available at Mosaic Books (411 Bernard Avenue), Leo’s Video (2680 Pandosy St) & thehabitat.ca
For: 19+

Ballista – Bearsharktopus (feat. Adept and Shalina)

A few months back we featured a Teaser to the Official Music Video for local DJ Ballista’s upcoming “Bearsharktopus” and we recently heard from director Justin MacGregor that the video is complete! Check it out.

The Wild! – Road House

Pretty incredible video for “Road House” by The Wild! Some great production value and a few good-looking parties. Looks like it was filmed at the OK Corral and I’m not sure where else? Either way, 10K views in a week ain’t bad. Looks like the wild features Dylan and Luke previously of Bucknife.