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10 reasons why Narcity needs to get the fuck out of Vancouver »

“You know what a shit-barometer is, Bubs? Measures the shit-pressure in the air. You can feel it. Listen, Bubs. Hear that? The sounds of the whispering winds of shit. Can you hear it?” “No, I don’t hear anything.” “Oh, but you will, my sorry little friend, when the old shit-barometer rises, and you’ll feel it […]

A survey of great dance music coming out of Vancouver. Including DJ-Producer Pomo, Hybridity’s Malcolm Levy, and Blueprint’s Matt Owchar »

Despite constant reminders that the nightlife is better elsewhere, Vancouver is punching well above its weight class with respect to the electronic-music talent it’s producing. Sleepy Tom recently collaborated with Diplo and opened for Madonna. You can watch artists from the label-collective Mood Hut streaming to a global network of fans from their dingy Chinatown […]

Rambling about my stupid cattoo »

here is next week's cover story for the @georgiastraight. A photo posted by Michael Mann (@michaelmann) on Mar 19, 2016 at 8:19pm PDT It’s a good story. I swear! Read about my dumb tattoo here

Vancouver DJ Promoter Cherchez La Femme for the Georgia Straight »

@cherchez in the paper! A photo posted by Michael Mann (@michaelmann) on Feb 24, 2016 at 4:42pm PST “Why’d you call? To tell me my press release sucks?” a defeated-sounding Cherchez La Femme asks when the Straight rings her up. Even though the press release does suck—boasting the endearingly unprofessional subject line “Hi man here […]

EDM Producer Vanic for the Georgia Straight »

oh hey, my final edm article of 2015 in the @georgiastraight. nice guy from new west playing day 2 of contact fest at bc place. A photo posted by Michael Mann (@michaelmann) on Dec 24, 2015 at 3:08pm PST “Quite frankly, it weirds me out that you have 150,000 fans on Facebook,” I accidentally blurt […]

NYE at the Hotel Vancouver »

We just launched the website for New Year’s at the Hotel Vancouver. If you’d like to come, be sure to get tickets soon as this event always sells out.

SoManyDJs for the Georgia Straight »

this week i talked to rapper, dj, and twitter icon @chippyxnonstop for the @georgiastraight. #somanydjs A photo posted by Michael Mann (@michaelmann) on Dec 17, 2015 at 12:28pm PST Oh hey, I’m doing a bi-weekly Q&A with interesting local DJs in the Georgia Straight now. Click here to check it out or simply pick up […]

Odesza for the Georgia Straight »

this week in the @georgiastraight i previewed an act you've never heard of and have no hope in hell of scoring tickets to go see. A photo posted by Michael Mann (@michaelmann) on Nov 26, 2015 at 10:23am PST Seattle electronic act ODESZA’s story isn’t one of artistic woe. Its members met in university, jelled […]

Sleepy Tom for the Georgia Straight »

Sleepy Tom suggests meeting at an hour typically described as “ungodly” by those in the EDM community: 10 a.m. When he arrives at the JJ Bean at Davie and Bidwell, he’s decidedly unsleepy in appearance. He’s well-dressed and well-groomed, and there are no telltale signs like bloodshot eyes or the aroma of vodka and Red […]

Fall Eyewear Trends at Durants Sessions and Bruce in Gastown »

oh hey, i wrote that cover story on fall eyewear at durant sessions for this week's straight. A photo posted by Michael Mann (@michaelmann) on Aug 26, 2015 at 5:12pm PDT “Have you ever thought about getting your eyes lasered?” asks a friend with corneas so exquisitely curved they put the Fibonacci spiral to shame. […]

Dîner en Blanc and Ce Soir Noir Attendees are Equally Terrible »

image via facebook Fuck the federal election. Tonight’s the night you have to make the biggest, most important decision of the year: is it gonna be Dîner en Blanc or Ce Soir Noir? Well, for me the answer is the same as it’ll be on October 19. I’m gonna abstain and watch Netflix because I […]

Fan Mail about Taylor Swift and Angela Merkel »

this was delivered to the @georgiastraight office via homing pigeon. A photo posted by Michael Mann (@michaelmann) on Aug 20, 2015 at 2:20pm PDT

Discussing Pregnant, Naked She-Devil Statues on CKNW 980AM with Drex »

I snapped a photo of pregnant, naked she-devil sculpture across the street from my apartment, and immediately became rich and famous beyond wildest dreams. Read all about it in the Straight, CTV, Vancity Buzz, Vice, Buzzfeed, Death and Taxes,Dangerous Minds, and probably a few other places I missed. Thanks to Drex for having me on […]

Drake Fest 2015 »

At 1:20 p.m., the Squamish Valley Music Festival app sent out a push notification posing a question: You charged up for Day 2? You likely were if you immediately knew that was a reference to the Drake and Meek Mill feud that’s consumed our lives these past few weeks. For many, the whole Squamish Valley […]

Taylor Swift 1989 Tour at BC Place for the Georgia Straight »

Spending an entire evening with someone who won’t stop bitching about their ex isn’t something any sane person looks forward to. However, it’s different when that someone is Taylor Swift—the biggest superstar in music and probably the most powerful woman on the planet. I used that “probably” qualifier because Forbes disagrees and ranks her as […]

Pemberton Valley Music Festival 2015 review for the Georgia Straight »

finally found someone to produce my album. A photo posted by Michael Mann (@michaelmann) on Jul 19, 2015 at 7:33pm PDT There was a palpable sense of anticipation in the air as you approached the Pemberton Music Festival on Saturday for Day 3. Riding on the shuttle from Whistler to the festival, you passed a […]

Your EDM screencap of the deadmau5 cat story »

haha A photo posted by Michael Mann (@michaelmann) on Jun 25, 2015 at 7:18pm PDT

deadmau5 cover story for the Georgia Straight all about cats »

I recently wrote a cover story on deadmau5, which was all about cats, for the Georgia Straight. You can read it here or below. The awesome cover shot is by Rebecca Bissett You can make a strong case that deadmau5 is the most interesting figure in all of Canadian music, and the most recognizable […]

Beyoncé 101: The Best Thing I Never Had | Elective Magazine »

I wish they offered a class on Beyoncé when I was in university. True, I graduated before Destiny’s Child disbanded, but since the trio’s 1999 album The Writing’s on the Wall the writing was on the wall that Bey would be lionized in academia with 300-level Sociology courses in schools across North America. My term […]

Ariane Grande Honeymoon Tour review for the Georgia Straight »

If you’re an out-of-touch 35-year-old male, attending an Ariana Grande concert is great way to be confronted with your own mortality and irrelevance. Quite frankly, up until a few days ago I had no fucking clue who she was apart from what I’d gleaned from tabloid headlines. But apparently, while I was taking a nap, […]