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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MS MR at the Phoenix, Toronto — Gig review

September 20, 2013
MS MR at Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, 17 September 2013 - photograph Brian Banks, Music Vice Magazine

Who: MS MR Where: Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto When: 17 September 2013 One Word: Reserved MS MR are an electronic pop duo from New York City. The band have an arty website and Tumblr page, and profiles on all the main social media platforms. More importantly, they are touring a lot — currently, vocalist...
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Toronto had a field day at Arts & Crafts Field Trip

June 11, 2013
Broken Social Scene at Field Trip - photo Brian Banks, Music Vice

What: Field Trip music festival Where: Fort York Garrison, Toronto When: Saturday 8 June, 2013 In One Word™: Celebration If you missed last weekend’s Field Trip music fest by Arts & Crafts record label, then you missed out on a unique experience. Upon arrival at Fort York & Garrison Common at...
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10 Reasons To Go To Canadian Music Fest 2013

March 18, 2013
Charlotte Church

Charlotte Church… ! Canadian Music Fest (a.k.a. the music festival part of Canadian Music Week), is go! CMW/CMF kicks off this week, from Tuesday March 19th until Saturday March 24rd in Toronto. Here are 10 reasons why you should care. 1. Charlotte Church Charlotte Church, “the Voice of an Angel”, is...
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Osheaga’s Brit-packed 2013 line-up revealed – tickets and pricing info

March 11, 2013
Osheaga 2013

 Claps all round!  New Order will headline Osheaga with The Cure Montreal called… She’s asking to party. Yes, here it is, the line-up for Osheaga 2013 in Montreal: It’s all looking a bit Brit-packed! The Cure and New Order are joined by stadium sell-outs Mumford and Sons, plus three of the...
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Coachella 2013 Line-up Revealed

January 24, 2013
Coachella 2013

The line-up for the 2013 Coachella music festival in California has just been announced: Incredible. So, who fancies a road trip to California in April? © Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice Internet link: Coachella Share and discuss using the links below. Follow Music Vice on Twitter at @MusicVice. Long Live Indie.  ...
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Field Trip! Broken Social Scene will return for one night at Arts & Crafts anniversary festival

January 14, 2013
Arts & Crafts Field Trip poster

Anyone down for a Field Trip? Canada’s biggest independent record label Arts & Crafts turns 10 this year, and to celebrate Broken Social Scene will return for one night only for an indie all-star  music festival in Toronto on Saturday, 8 June. Also on the Field Trip bill are Feist, Bloc Party,...
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs announce new album Mosquito — and unveil atrocious artwork

January 14, 2013
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito

Good news: Yeah Yeah Yeahs are set to release a new album, Mosquito, on 16 April. (Hurray!) The release of the fourth album was announced by the New York City band today with this teaser video: And the bad news… here is the cover art for the new Yeah Yeah Yeah’s record, Mosquito:...
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Contest: win a Lomography Colorsplash camera

January 14, 2013
Lomography Colorsplash camera

A sample shot from the Colorsplash camera: photo credit Lomography Photography is fun! Digital photography has changed our world, but nothing beats the old school cool of printed pictures. Photographs of the awesome moments, people and places you encounter in life are just made even sweeter when you use a film...
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Yacht Club and Digits at Polyhaus, Toronto – Gig review and pictures

January 6, 2013
Feast in the East #21: Yacht Club - art by Natascha Malta

The Gig: Feast in the East 21 concert series with Yacht Club, Digits, Beta Frontiers, Miss Elizabeth Where: Polyhaus, Toronto, Ontario When: Friday 4 January 2013 In One Word: Nerdfest How often do you go to a concert and see a girl at the front dancing her ass off while sketching...
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Not another album of the year list

January 6, 2013
Japandroids - Celebration Rock

Top albums of 2013: Japandroids – Celebration Rock Trust – TRST The Men – Open Your Heart Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania Lana Del Ray – Born To Die Ceremony – Zoo Dirty Projectors – About To Die Django Django – Django Django Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon Father John Misty – Fear...
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