Originally published in CVV Magazine on September 28, 2015
1. The Arkells covering Chromeo’s “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”
Canadian indie-rockers The Arkells played Chromeo’s huge summer hit “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” while filling in for their headlining slot in the park on Friday. Frontman Max Kerman took a video of the crowd saying “Get better Dave” to send to Dave 1 of Chromeo, who was unable to make it because of a stomach illness. After starting a dance party with “Jealous,” The Arkells went straight into their own summer radio hit “Leather Jacket” to close their headlining set. Class move guys.
2. Plants and Animals at The Metro Theatre
Plants and Animals played a late-night show at The Metro Theatre in the early hours of Saturday morning, but people wouldn’t stop leaving during their set. One guy even high-fived the lead singer on his way out, to which he replied, “Just stop leaving.” “Please stay,” they told the receptive audience still in their seats, before pouring into more of their cavernous experimental-indie sound.
3. Modest Mouse’s headlining set at Royal Athletic Park
Saturday drew the biggest crowds to Royal Athletic Park for a day featuring the likes of Neon Indian and Kiesza in the tent, culminating in a grandiose main stage headlining set by Modest Mouse. As the crowds grew and people became restless and pushy, Modest Mouse tore through the classics of their off-kilter brand of indie rock, holding a spell over the park and reaching a climax with sing-alongs like “Float On” and “Lampshades on Fire.”
4. Kytami’s homegrown blend of folktronica at Phillips Backyard
Local “violinist extremist” Kytami whipped the crowd into a frenzy Saturday night at her Phillips Backyard set, the last stop on her most recent tour. Blending electronic and hip-hop influences, Kytami plays the violin over heavy beats with a live producer and MC. At a decidedly more electronic Riff than years’ past, her Saturday night set provided a taste of Victoria’s local electronic flavour.
5. Julian Casablancas and the Voidz “one show tour”
The final day of Rifflandia 2015 treated attendees to the likes of Hollerado, Emancipator—an electronic duo from Portland, Oregon, rapper Joey Badass, and Julian Casablancas from The Strokes with his new band The Voidz. Casablancas came out hunched over, singing sideways into the microphone, and told the crowd this was their “one show tour.” “Our promoters rolled us out of bed for this one,” he said, before ripping into some of the new material with his psychedelic new band.
6. What So Not at Distrikt
Okay, it wasn’t part of Rifflandia, but if the festival on a whole was decidedly more electronic this year, What So Not’s show at Distrikt on Thursday really showed them how it’s done. Dubbed the “voice of the ADD generation,” What So Not’s remixes of some of the hottest songs of the summer, including some of his own like “Jaguar” and “Touched” had Distrikt bumping into the wee hours on a Thursday night. For those who went to Rifflandia as well, it capped off the end of a great week of live music.