Alfred Hermida

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My passion for music started with my first single, Blondie's Heart of Glass. Musical tastes shaped by The Smiths, New Order and My Bloody Valentine, And I have a fondness for trance.

U2 kicked off their Innocence + Experience Tour with a stunning mix of music, showmanship and technology at the Roger’s Arena in Vancouver on May 14, 2015.

The band relied heavily on tracks from the new album, Songs of Innocence, for the first half of the show. But they didn’t disappoint fans, throwing in classics such as Where the Streets Have No Name and With or Without You. U2 even played their first single in Canada, Out of Control.

The show ended on I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. As the band walked from one end of the arena to the other to exit, The Edge mistepped and took a tumble. Fortunately, he walked away with only minor scrapes.

Set List:

“The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)”
“Out of Control”
“Vertigo”
“I Will Follow”
“Iris (Hold Me Close)”
“Cedarwood Road”
“Song for Someone”
“Sunday Bloody Sunday”
“Raised by Wolves”
“Until the End of the World”
“Invisible”
“Even Better Than the Real Thing”
“Mysterious Ways”
“Desire”
“Sweetest Thing”
“Every Breaking Wave”
“Bullet The Blue Sky”
“Pride (In the Name of Love)”
“The Troubles”
“With or Without You”

Encore

“City of Blinding Lights”
“Beautiful Day”
“Where the Streets Have No Name”
“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”

Do It Again Royksopp and RobynThe mini-album, Do It Again, by Röyksopp and Robyn is simultaneous a delight and a tease.

While some artists are tempted to release albums without the time constraints of vinyl or even a CD, this five-song collection is frustratingly short, coming in at around the 35 minute mark.

It is a tantalising taste of their Do It Again 2014 tour of Europe and North America, which kicks off in Spain on June 13.

The five tracks on Do It Again span the spectrum of dance music. It is as if Röyksopp and Robyn had decided to show the world that Scandinavian can do dance music better than anyone else.

From the undulating, understated 10 minute opener to the thumping rhythms of the title track to the chilled soundscape of Inside the Idle Hour Club, Röyksopp and Robyn display an uncanny ability to capture the zeitgeist of electropop.

Sometimes collaborations between artists that are stars in their own right can result in one overshadowing the over. Do It Again is unusual as it doesn’t sound like a Röyksopp album featuring Robyn. Or a Robyn album produced by Röyksopp.

The Norwegian electronic music duo have collaborated with the Swedish pop singer in the past. Röyksopp produced Robyn’s track, None of Dem, from her 2010 album, Body Talk. And Robyn lent her vocals to Röyksopp’s 2009 single, The Girl and the Robot.

Despite the range of styles, Do It Again is a cohesive collection of tracks. As Robyn said recently, “It started to feel more like a band thing than songs for a Röyksopp or Robyn album.”

The effect is a dance album that sounds at once familiar and new. If only there was more of it.

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