If you’re not headed to one of the first-of-the-year festivals (Kootenanny is the 16-19th and Alluvium starts just one day later), rest assured, there’s plenty of in-town entertainment to keep your mind free of that pesky FOMO.
HOPSIN – MAY 6, FORTUNE SOUND CLUB
L.A. rapper Hopsin – perhaps as known for his diss-happy approach to the game slamming superstars from Lupe to Kanye, as for his white contacts and super classy lyrics (“I sag my pants until my ass shows / I even slap hoes, I’m an asshole / And your parents hate me cuz I love you / Tell ‘em I said ‘fuck you’”) – is still undeniably one catchy beatsmith, with more than 31 million YouTube views on the above-quoted tune “Sag My Pants.” His most recent single “I Need Help” wavers from electro to trap and uncertainly back, but on the heat of his last full-length Knock Madness, Fortune will be packed to the brim.
CHILDISH GAMBINO – MAY 11, PNE FORUM
Vancouver is the last stop on Donald Glover/Childish Gambino’s Deep Web Tour, a technological feat one could conclude is at least partially driven by Gambino’s mission to reconnect today’s ever-alone online generation. Reviews of the tour urge attendees to download the Deep Web app beforehand, so you can draw dinks on a gigantic screen and hit on that cute girl in front of the rest of the party before taking part in live action polls while Gambino performs (“This is making me feel: – Lost, – Some type of way, … ”)
THE GASLAMP KILLER – MAY 18, FORTUNE SOUND CLUB
Flashback to 10 months ago, when Brainfeeder’s Gaslamp Killer was nearly killed himself after he flipped his scooter heading down a hill, riding home from a friend’s place. Flash forward to today, where after such frolics as tube feeding, physical therapy, and the loss of his spleen, the Killer has managed to climb back even higher than his originally psychedelic levels, playing Moogfest and Coachella back to back just last month. William Bensussen is nothing if not a showman (not unlike his doppelganger, B.C.’s own Longwalkshortdock), and his last show at Lotus was one for the books – so with the long weekend in mind and a solid cast of local talent set to open (Self Evident, Dubconscious, Barlee, and the Can I Live DJs pegged so far), get your tickets today.
JACQUES GREENE & EVIAN CHRIST – MAY 29, SHINE NIGHTCLUB
Either artist could be the correct answer to the following Jeopardy question: “Who exploded onto the dance music scene in 2012, owning their genre and awakening a worldwide crew of listeners devoted and raptly eager to hear more?” An ingenious pairing of these incredible artists under one roof (plus Heartbeat(s), Project Pablo, and JaydaG) is under no circumstances to be missed.
By Summer Swanson