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The Simpson Brother’s Album Release Gig

Ahm, being a small town girl, it was not until as of late I have been discovering the East side of Vancouver.

Last night brought me to the cusp of Chinatown, a dive bar, ‘The Cobalt’

I remember attending Canucks Hockey Games as a child and as we left town my wide eyes of wonder would stare at The Cobalt as if it was the scariest place in town.

Give it a decade and my black ankle boots were one with the pavement, a flick of the wrist, STAMP, I was in.

The venue has an intimate Greenwich Village ambience sure to keep em’ coming back for more.

Simpson Bros

Nostalgia, innocence, and venue analyzation aside, my friends told me about local band, ‘The Simpson Brothers,’ twins celebrating their album release and birthday.

Vancouver is at a bit of a lull in the music department, but it was with The Simpson Brother’s a soulful pop was rediscovered. There is nothing like a fully loaded band, yes that is music, but old melded with new and filled a missing piece.

 Just as St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Paolo Nutini bring the funk, The Simpson Brothers are a contender; delivering a solid gig to a revived scene.

Latest Album, ‘Heavy Scars’ Available Now

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Leon Bridges Restores Faith

Photo Credit: Rambo

L E O N   B R I D G E S 

Just when all began to feel lost – along came Leon Bridges to lead us to the river of hope offering all thirsty souls a drink of possibility. In a modern day disposable society where anything seems to go and does, he restores faith in the human spirit. Our greatest wish for him is that he will always hold on to that sense of wonder that whispers deeply within, and began with those first steps such a short time ago in August 2014. His fresh presence is long overdue as he imprints on the hearts of  faithfulness.

Catch Leon Bridges in Vancouver Tues Novemeber 3rd 7:00 Commodore Ballroom

I feel like I’m paving out my own path.  People are very positive about what I’m doing and receiving it pretty well. I had one guy who told me “I love what you’re doing, but why don’t you do a little more funk?” And that’s not a bad thing, but that’s just not what I do. I’m more on the smooth side of soul. I’m coming from a Ginuwine and Usher background, slow and smooth songs. And that’s why I really connected to Sam Cooke, because he was just very smooth. It’s not like the James Browne types, which is all great stuff, but he was totally set apart from those guys.

a leon bridges guitar 

I had never thought of recording straight to tape before meeting [White Denim guitarist-producer] Austin Jenkins. I just wanted to record and get some songs down. When Austin first met me, he just said, ‘I love your sound, I want to record everything to tape and just really capture that 1950s/1960s sound.” The first session made me realize that this is what I need to do. It was such a good feeling being in the great room with all of the musicians, me and the backup singers in the same room, the musicians playing at the same time. You just really feed off of everybody’s energy and vibe. If you screw up the take, you do it again, you get the take and it’s good.

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ANA FREE- Portugal, London, LA

“Ana Free’s true zest for life and sympathetic heart, light the night to a new found soul with style and sass.”– Fresh Independence

Hailing from Portugal, finding roots in London, and currently exploring Los Angeles, Ana Free brought herself to life through the universal sensation YouTube.

It is apparent that songwriting runs through Ana Free’s veins, “I’m a songwriter at heart. The fact that I can sing is just an added bonus for what I love doing which is writing and coming up with ways to say what I feel and get it out. It’s a real therapy for me. I feel like no important chapter of my life is ever really closed or understood until I’ve “written” it out of my system.” She will fill you up and keep you real so come on and take a Free ride:

Learn more about Ana Free as we played twenty questions with her from one of our favorite places: Playa Del Carmen, MEXICO.

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