Jojo’s “Demonstrate” is a little boring

Jojo - Demonstrate

With the unwavering popularity of watered down pop dance tunes these days, you’d think that Jojo would jump on the bandwagon to try to save her career.

But no, she’s sticking with RnB — and the result isn’t quite successful.

“Demonstrate” has nice moments — and Jojo demonstrates vocal calisthenics here — but the song just lacks that something to be memorable. From the somewhat disjointed beat to the not-so-polished vocals, there’s just something very amateur about this track.

It’s nice to see Jojo sticking with RnB (she truly excels in this genre), but she will need something stronger than “Demonstrate” if she wants to grab people’s attention again.

No Doubt makes grand return with “Settle Down”

Settle Down - No Doubt

Doing anything but settling down, No Doubt is finally back, and it seems like they’re better than ever!

“Settle Down” is a funky, reggae-inspired pop rock track that only few bands can really pull off. The video is pretty fun, with lots of line dancing, colourful drums, big trucks, and quirky faces and movements. Gwen Stefani is perfection — from her skin, to her body, to her performance, this girl has everything going for her.

Not sure if this will make an impact on radio (No Doubt has been gone for too long), but I’m sure the track — and the  six-minute video — will be a huge hit with fans.

#MusicMonday: MS MR – BONES

MS MR - Marina & The Diamonds Vancouver concert

Last night, I went to the Marina & The Diamonds concert here in Vancouver. Full review of that coming shortly, but in the meantime, check out MS MR, the concert’s guest act.

MSMR rocked the Commodore Ballroom with their 80s-inspired, anthemic pop-rock songs. The band’s front woman has a great, raspy voice, and I love that their songs have an epic quality to it. Below, check out “Bones”.

Bones from MS MR on Vimeo.

Steam Whistle brings back UNSIGNED Vancouver

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

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.