Week-End Round-Up (June 10-12)
This heat is warming up the streets, but it’s the music that’s warming our hearts and melting our faces! Some great shows this weekend, and, like usual, the weekdays continue to showcase some great Open Mics and jam nights (check out our Live Calendar for all your mid-week events).
FRIDAY JUNE 10
Local indie pop darlings StereoGoesStellar releases their follow-up to their acclaimed self-titled debut with a new EP, Unstoppable, with an EP release showcase at The Blind Dog (671 Ouellette Ave.). This All-Ages show opens its doors at 7pm and SGS are joined by one of Windsor’s finest punk bands, Shared Arms, as well as former Yellow Wood multi-instrumentalist Tim Davidson. Admission is $10. You can also download the title track for free at their website.
The dark electro-acoustic stylings of Two For The Cascade make their return to the Windsor stage this Friday with a show at The FM Lounge (156 Chatham St. West, main level). Two For The Cascade are one of the few Windsor bands who let their music breathe by not playing every month, making their shows events rather than common place. Their haunting duets are enveloped by a layer cake of acoustic and electric guitars, E-bows, Moogs, keyboards, iPhones, drums and the only active Theramin in local music. They’re joined for this show by two newer acts – the soul/dub sounds of The Swillingtones and the lovely voice of Zarasutra, whose Emerging Artist piece on TWZ a few months back remains one of the most read articles we’ve done. Although they are principally original, Two For The Cascade have also become known for their heartbreaking renditions of some other songs, such as “The Bear” by My Morning Jacket, as captured one day at a band rehearsal.
Perhaps Windsor’s busiest and most successful metal offering of the past few years, Assassinate the Following, reclaims the legendary Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level) with a mighty line-up featuring Victoria, BC’s Unleash The Archers, Windsor prog-metallers Perpetuate and Strathroy’s Invitation to Die. Doors at 9pm for this great metal onslaught, with the first act (Perpetuate) kicking things off at 10pm sharp.
SATURDAY JUNE 11
Windsor’s latest prog-rock gods (is it just me or is prog making a serious comeback in Windsor right now?) King Misfit release their heavily anticipated debut CD this Saturday with a huge show at The Blind Dog (671 Ouellette Ave.). One of Windsor’s tightest and musically proficient acts, this show will be a wet dream for musical purists. Opening the show will be one of Windsor’s legendary metal acts of the past decade, Betrayer. Doors are at 8pm and the $20 ticket includes a copy of the debut CD.
Years of Ernest, one of Windsor’s finest pure rock and roll outfits, are gearing up for the release of their debut CD with a sneak peek show this Saturday at Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West). Playing cuts off their upcoming album, this supergroup (which features the talented folk singer Andrew MacLeod joining forces with Locusts Have No King members Leigh Wallace, Paul Loncke and Joey “Wiseguy” Desroches) never fail to leave a lasting impression, in your heart and your ears. Opening the show is the brilliant songwriting of Leighton Bain.
Coach & Horses bartender Nicole Wood is throwing a birthday party at her place of employment (156 Chatham St. West, basement level) that is an acoustic showcase featuring some of the burgeoning talent in the city’s singer/songwriter circuit, including Tony Coates, Acousticfire, Rayven Howard, Paul Jacobs and Nicole herself. Swing by for a birthday drink for a woman who not only slings a mean Irish whisky, but who has been a tireless promoter of not only the local metal scene, but local Windsor music in general. Happy Birthday Nicole!
Pop-punk rockers Pulp City Inn headlines a three band bill at The Dugout (300 Ouellette Ave.) that also features one of the city’s finest singer/songwriters, Dave Russell (whose bringing a few of his Precious Stones backing band with him), as well as a special set from Hamilton’s Matthew de Zoete, whose acclaimed songwriting has drawn comparisons to Nick Drake and Elliott Smith.
SUNDAY JUNE 12
Fresh off the hugely successful CD release for Set Faces to Stunned, Windsor’s horns o’ plenty The Nefidovs host a huge party at Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West) that also features Newmarket’s Stack and Large, London’s Stuck Out Here and Windsor’s own punk rogues The Rowley Estate.
The guys at Hardcore Church present another stacked line-up for the hardcore crowd at New Song Church (999 Drouillard Rd.). Kitchener’s Exalt headlines a monster of a show that kicks off at 3:30pm for an all-ages event that runs until 10pm. Cover is only $2 and also on the bill are Winds0r-Essex’s Faithful Unto Death, Hellraiser, Legions, This Ghost and apecassette as well as some other out of towners in Longshot (Ajax) and A Night in Paris (Mississauga, formerly Hawking’s Chair). Another jam packed line-up for a remarkable price.