Your Weekend Roundup
The punk rawk invades The Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level) tonight with a huge bill full of angst and rebellion with a stacked line-up. Toronto’s The Swabs and Boston’s Pious Dogs headline a show that also features local punks The Rowley Estate and Suppressulant as well as new crustkings Repetitions.
On the complete other end of the spectrum, the smokey voice of Tara Watts is being showcased at The Gourmet Emporium (1799 Wyandotte St. East) tonight. Best known these days as part of the roots rocker ensemble The Locusts Have No King, Watts isn’t that far off from being one of the area’s most acclaimed solo performers and one of the most respected Open Mic hosts in the city. Her solo debut, About Love, was one of the best releases from Windsor in the past five years.
The Blind Dog (671 Ouellette Ave.) should be sold out once again when Edmonton’s STEREOS swings by for a return engagement. This show was originally slated to be done at Encore in Chatham, but for some reason it was shifted further down the 401 to the dear old Rose City. The line-up also includes Toronto’s Neverest, Vancouver’s Eric Solomon and Windsor’s own The Classix and The Tragedy of Miriam. This is an all-ages show, with doors at 6pm.
Local metal heavyweights Devilz By Definition have been on a meteoric rise since signing with Al Petrovich’s Yeti Agency, playing some amazing shows in Windsor and in other Ontario outlets. They’re headlining a massive testament of doom at The Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level) on Friday, playing Windsor metal ambassadors for a bill that features Chatham’s Davis Block and Greater Than Gatsby and St. Thomas’ 120 & The Fighting ’68s.
The FM Lounge (156 Chatham St. West, main level) throws a punk rock party that is sure to hit capacity early, as hometown heroes Orphan Choir return to headline a bill that also features Welland’s The Snips (formerly known as The Ceremonial Snips) and Woodbridge’s Permanent Bastards (who are playing the Barrie stop of this year’s Vans Warped Tour). These are three of Canada’s premiere punk combos who are in their performance primes. Expect this to be a sweaty and intense candidate for show of the year.
Not to be outdone, Phog Lounge (157 Univeristy Ave. West) brings in the amazing Young Rival from Hamilton. Originally known as The Ride Theory, Young Rival have toured the country relentlessly bringing their psychedelic tinged garage rock to major festivals and venues for the past few years (including headlining last year’s Phog Phest). The energy they exhume is infectious and overpowering. They’re being supported by Toronto/Niagara’s Elk, another garage rock outfit starting to make waves.
The Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level) features the return of Seven Out, the fantastic metal project that rose from the ashes of one of Windsor’s finest, Shot Down Stars. The rest of the line-up is equally impressive, with Shinje, Supressulant and Protect Ya Neck! rounding out the bill.
Milk Coffee Bar (68 University Ave. West) will be turning the volume up a notch with Meters To Miles returning to the downtown stages. This band, compromised of Windsor music scene veterans, are a rock solid tight unit who never fail to impress. They’re being joined by the incomparable George Manury to open the show.
Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West) returns to its “roots” with a show featuring more Canadiana alt. country stylings. New Country Rehab is a classic alt. country outfit from Toronto who are like a sweet combination of bands like Phog favourites Ox and Twilight Hotel, with traces of early Wilco. These guys also sound like the missing links between Windsor’s own Mr. Chill & The Witnesses and Lonesome Lefty. They’re being joined by Windsor’s The FourJury (pronounced ‘forgery’), an amalgamated project featuring members of The Hung Jury, FourLetterWord, The Vaudevillianaires and Surdaster, playing what can only be described as “Outlaw Blues Prog Country”.