Brian Banks

Editor and Founder, Music Vice Magazine. Writer. Photographer. Poet. From Scotland. Not Ireland. Proudly based in Toronto, Canada. Rock N' Roll Don't Pay The Rent... 

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Gig review and photos: Fast Romantics at The Habitat, Kelowna

May 7, 2017
Fast Romantics at the Habitat, Kelowna, 3 May 2017 - photo Brian Banks, Music Vice

Kirty and Matthew Angus of Fast Romantics, on stage at the Habitat, Kelowna Who: Fast Romantics Where: Habitat, Kelowna, BC, Canada When: 3 May 2017 In one word: Complete The Fast Romantics lived up to their name tonight in Kelowna, BC. Taking the stage sometime after 9pm, they let rip with...
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Wayhome 2017 line-up announced — Imagine Dragons, Frank Ocean, Lume to headline

February 13, 2017
Arcade Fire at Wayhome 2016 - photo Tia Wong, Music Vice

WayHome have announced the 2017 line-up with headliners Imagine Dragons, Frank Ocean, and Flume. Grammy Live Performance Award winners, Imagine Dragons, are joined by double platinum 2017 Grammy award winning Australian producer Flume. Meanwhile Wayhome 2017’s other headliner, Frank Ocean a 2013 Grammy award winner himself, refused to submit his latest two albums Blonde and Endless for this year’s Grammy Awards....
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Japandroids Announce World Tour

November 7, 2016
Japandroids at Lee's Palace, 23 June 2012 - photo Brian Banks, Music Vice

The boys are back in town! After a three years hiatus, Japadroids are coming back with a world tour. Having recently signed with Toronto indie super label, Japandroid’s new album Near To The Wild Heart Of Life will drop on 27 January 2017. Japandroid’s world tour kicks off in Mexico on 25 November. The...
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Contest: Win tickets to Keys N Krates Birthday Party in Toronto this Sunday August 27

August 25, 2016
Contest: Win tickets to Keys N Krates Birthday Party in Toronto this Sunday August 27

Keys N Krates are playing a special set this Sunday at Sunnyside Pavilion in Toronto. Embrace are throwing together the party down at Sunnyside, with their special guests Keys N Krates on a heck of a roll this summer with their current tour continuing until October with dates across the US and Canada....
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Photos: Wayhome 2016, Friday — Chvrches, Foals, Braids, Bombino

July 23, 2016
Chvrches at Wayhome, 2016 - photo Brian Banks, Music Vice

What: Wayhome 2016 Where: Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, Oro-Medonte, Ontario When: 22 July 2016 In one word: Scorching More Friday Wayhome photos with Chvrches, LCD Soundsystem and White Lung here!  © Brian Banks, Music Vice Share and discuss using the links below. Follow Music Vice on Twitter at @MusicVice. Long Live Indie. Brian BanksEditor and Founder, Music...
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Review: Yonatan Gat at Smiling Buddha, Toronto

July 18, 2016
Yonatan Gat at the Smiling Buddha, Toronto - photo Brian Banks, Music Vice

Who: Yonatan Gat Where: Smiling Buddha, Toronto When: 13 July 2016 In one word: Righteous Saying that Yonatan Gat is an experimental guitarist is like saying a Formula 1 grand prix car is quite fast. I didn’t know what to expect, but let’s clarify first that this definitely wasn’t Malmsteem. New York’s Yonatan Gat is unique enough...
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Review and Photos: Sunn O))) at Unsound Toronto, Luminato Festival

June 11, 2016
Sunn O))) at Unsound Toronto, Luminato Festival - photo Brian Banks,Music Vice

Sunn O))) on stage at Unsound Toronto – photo Brian Banks Who: Sunn O))) at Unsound Toronto, part of Luminato Festival Where: The Hearn Generating Station, Toronto When: 10 June 2016 In one word: Foggy © Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice Share and discuss using the links below. Follow Music Vice on Twitter at @MusicVice. Long...
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Review — HMS Morris and No Sinner at The Garrison, Toronto — CMW

May 7, 2016

No Sinner on stage at The Garrison during CMW 2016 – photo Nicola Prokop Who: HMS Morris, No Sinner Where: The Garrison, Toronto When: 6 May 2016 In one word: Hooked How hard is it to make a functional website and app for a music festival? Okay, Glastonbury have a slick one, but...
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Iceland’s Secret Solstice Festival Offers $1 Million Dollar Festival Ticket

April 6, 2016

Die Antwoord join Radiohead and Deftones as headliner’s at Secret Solstice  –  or is that $ecret $ol$tice  Icleland’s Secret Solstice has made a $1 million dollar ticket package available. And you thought Coachella was expensive! For $1,000,000 you get your own private jet, two private performances, access to luxury cars and...
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Eddie Vedder and Lana Del Ray to headline Ohana festival in California this August

April 4, 2016
Ohana festival

Eddie Vedder and Lana Del Ray have been announced as the headliners for Ohana – a new two-day music festival at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA. The artist line-up for Ohana also include Band of Horses, Cat Power, City and Colour, Mudhoney, X and Corinne Bailey Rae. Produced by...
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