Steam Whistle brings back UNSIGNED Vancouver

by KC Claveria | Filthy Pop | Vancouver Pop Music blog

UNSIGNED Vancouver

Steam Whistle UNSIGNED is an ongoing concert series that showcases Canada’s indie music talent and develops the community’s future. Last January, UNSIGNED made its debut in Vancouver, and this summer, it’s coming back!

On Thursday, July 26 2012, three independent bands, and special guest DJ Jonny Grayston of East Van Soul Club, will take over the stage in Vancouver at Biltmore Cabaret. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are only $5 at the door with 100% of proceeds going back to the community through Solidarity Rock, an artist run organization working to partner musicians, artists and creative people in Cuba, Canada and beyond.

For more info, visit the UNSIGNED Vancouver Facebook page or the Steam Whistle website.

Here’s some information about the bands:

Acres of Lions

Acres of Lions is a pop-rock band based in Victoria, BC. Their music is lyrically-driven and influenced by early 90’s emo bands such as The Get Up Kids and Jimmy Eat World. Acres of Lions have been selected by Music BC as one of the ‘Top 20 Bands in BC’ two years in a row. Their album Collections was released in 2011, featuring ten brand new tracks that take the band’s sound in a more pop influenced direction. The first single, “Reaction”, was mixed by legendary engineer Mike Fraser and has been added to the playlist of several radio stations across Western Canada.


Rococode is an evolving band of four Vancouver musicians. They have been working hard to bring fans into their world through a collective desire to make “adventurous, badass and meaningful pop music”. Their debut album Guns, Sex & Glory is a little bit dark. A little bit playful. A little bit scary. A little bit thoughtful. All whipped together with the help of great friends such as Mother Mother’s Ryan Guldemond (co-producer), Andrew Braun (co-producer), engineer extraordinaire Shawn Penner (Mother Mother, Hannah Georgas, Elias) and mixer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Polyphonic Spree, The Walkmen).


Familia is a pop/rock/soul group who met in their Maple Ridge, BC, high school jazz ensemble. Cody Hiles (drummer) and sister Tamara Umlah (lead singer) quickly took notice of Dwight Abell’s (bass) unconventional style in rehearsals.Realizing their mutual desire to create a new brand of pop music, the friends formed Familia in 2004. In 2007 they traveled to Thailand to volunteer and teach music in orphanages. The change of scenery inspired the honest and stirring material that would later appear on their debut album “Golden Lies”. Soon after the 2009 release, Familia was invited to compete in the 2009 PEAK Performance Project as one of BC’s top 20 emerging artists. Familia has an eclectic style and sound which marries “North American Indie Rock”, “British Pop Rock” and “Gospel/Soul”. To date, they have shared the stage with Ryan Dahle, Hey Ocean, Yukon Blonde and Faber Drive to name a few. Familia is currently working on a highly anticipated sophomore release and are anxious to bring their new brand of pop music to the world.

“Hanging On”, Ellie Goulding’s new single, is incredible

by KC Claveria | Filthy Pop | Vancouver Pop Music blog

Ellie Goulding - Hanging On

Has it really been two years since Ellie Goulding released new material? I still hear “Lights” all the time!

It’s cool to hear new music from this English singer-songwriter. “Hanging On” is not what I expected, but that’s okay because this single is incredible. The song starts off slowly, with Goulding doing a bunch of vocal calisthenics. And then the chorus hits and  — BAM! — you’re hit with drums and infectious beats.

The song is electronica, but not really. I’m not sure if I quite get what Tinie Tempah is doing in the track (it seems out of place), but that’s a minor flaw because “Hanging On” hits all the right notes everywhere else.

Ellie Goulding is giving the single away for free (presumably for a limited time). Check out her tweet below for more info.


The Killers is back with “Runaways”

by KC Claveria | Filthy Pop | Vancouver Pop Music blog

The Killers - Runaways - single cover

Despite a long break, The Killers hasn’t lost it.

The Last Vegas-based rock band just released “Runaways”, and it is fantastic. From Brandon Flowers’ unique vocals to the marching band-esque instrumentation in the chorus, this single distinctly sounds like a track from The Killers.


Frank Ocean’s TV debut on Jimmy Fallon a resounding success

by KC Claveria | Filthy Pop | Vancouver Pop Music blog

Frank Ocean

Less than a week after opening up about his sexuality, rising RnB vocalist Frank Ocean visited Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for a stunning performance.

Backed by the Roots, Ocean performed “Bad Religion”, a song from his debut album Channel Orange. The performance had so much emotions and conviction, and his vocals were right on.


#MusicMonday: Tara Priya – “Rollin’”

by KC Claveria | Filthy Pop | Vancouver Pop Music blog

Describing her music as a mix of Motown and pop, Tara Priya is an emerging singer-songwriter originally from San Francisco.

Tara went to Columbia University, graduated after 2 years to pursue a singing career, moved to LA, played a bunch of festivals like SXSW (2012), and won a few songwriting contests. She won the 18th Annual Billboard Song Contest for “Rollin’”, a fantastic song that is both vintage and modern. I totally love it! Check out the video for the song below.

For more info, check out Tara Priya on Bandcamp.

Current obsession: Emeli Sandé

by KC Claveria | Filthy Pop | Vancouver Pop Music blog

Emeli Sandé - Our Version of Events

Some of the most exciting pop stars these days are coming out of the UK. Adele led the pack last year, but in 2012, artists like Marina and the Diamonds and Emeli Sandé are making waves.

Sandé’s Our Version Of Events is the UK’s biggest selling debut of 2012, and it’s not hard to see why. From the delicious lead single “Heaven” to the gospel-tinged “River”, Sandé shows a level of musicianship and artistry that hasn’t been seen in the RnB scene for a while.