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Why? at the Biltmore Cabaret

Why at the Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver

Why? at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, March 2 2013. Kirk Chantraine photo

Photos – Why? and AustroNautilus at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver March 2 2013

– photos by Kirk Chantraine

WHY? played the Biltmore Cabaret Saturday night. The band is on tour for its fourth album, Mumps, Etc.

AstroNautilus, aka Minneapolis alternative hip-hop artist Charles Andrew Bothwell, opened.

Why? was founded in 2004 by Berkeley, California artist Jonathan “Yoni” Wolf. Wolf had been using “Why?” as his stage name since 1997.

In 2004, Yoni Wolf enlisted his older brother Josiah, Doug McDiarmid, and Matt Meldon and formed Why? (the band).

They released their debut album Elephant Eyelash in 2005. The alternative hip-hop/indie-rock band followed up with second album Alopecia. They released “The Hollows” as the first single.

In 2009, Why? released their third album Eskimo Snow.

Austronautilus with Why? band Vancouver

AustroNautilus at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver March 2 2013. Kirk Chantraine photo

According to the Why? Myspace page, Mumps, etc. “is a meticulous work of morbid fascination and offbeat romanticism …Though there is a mysterious sickness (perhaps of the mind) that lurks about these thirteen songs, one might also imagine the title as describing the musically swole state of these three Midwestern men as they bring their sound into glisteningly buff focus. Yoni Wolf, brother Josiah and Doug McDiarmid are in the pocket, the unbreakable rock core at the center of a spinning ball of sonic kaleidoscopie. And all the things we love about them are still true: the grinning sun-warped choruses, that jangly Western lope, those confessionals cut with wry wit and crude details, set dancing down the odd knots of complex poetic daisy chains. It’s just that … well, all of it sounds better than ever this time around.”

More Why? at the Biltmore photos:

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Kirk Chantraine

About Kirk Chantraine

Kirk Chantraine is a Canadian photographer and software developer currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He graduated from Vancouver Film School for 3D Animation in 2004 and has been working in the Visual Effects industry ever since with companies such as Electronic Arts and Disney. Over the last few years Kirk has exhibited his photographic works in San Francisco and Vancouver. A music aficionado and vinyl junkie, Kirk shoots live music and performance at an inhuman pace across North America for The Snipe News , along with landscape and portraiture. If you're buying: gin-and-tonics. He is @kchantraine on Twitter.
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