The Weekend Round-Up

Posted: April 7, 2011 by Windsor Zene in Previews, Weekly Round Up

Here’s a quick fly by of shows and events going on this weekend…

THURSDAY

The Locusts Have No King are at The Dugout (300 Ouellette Ave.) tonight, sharing the stage with their pals from Toronto, Dustin Jones & The Rising Tide. Kind of a Canadiana version of the Pogues or Dropkick Murphys (if they were more influenced by East Coast Celtic than Irish) or a rougher Spirit of the West, The Rising Tide blew the roof off last time through.

Venue Rock Parlour (25 Chatham St. East) is opening it’s doors tonight at 9:30pm. The brand new rock club – originally previewed right here a few months back – has yet to finalize plans for live shows (sounds they’ll be held back for more special event type shows), but it’s nice to have a fresh avenue to hear rock and roll on the heavier side at a club rather than the typical boom-boom-boom of Top 40 pop and dance clubs.

FRIDAY

The Blind Dog (671 Ouellette Ave.) once again hosts indie rock sensations Tonight.Tonight – these guys packed the place last time, which is no small feat considering the size of the room. Sure to be another well attended show. Also on the bill are locals The Greatest Invention (formerly Credible Witness), We Can Be Heroes and Hello Audio. This is an all-ages show and doors are at 6pm.

The legendary Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level) continues to be Windsor’s premiere venue for discovering metal and being intimately close to the musicians. Always a great place to soak in a vibe or simply get soaked by sweat or beer. This Friday features some true heavyweights as local metal giants Goliath return with Walkerton pals Odium, and further stack the bill with locals Reasons Lost, Weapon of Choice and Deathpoint.

Upstairs at The FM Lounge (156 Chatham St. West, main level), SixtyFirstSecond hosts a night alongside Awake To A Dream, Weirdonia, and Silver Glory. Windsor Zene’s own Lauren Hedges wrote a profile of the show earlier today.

Across the street at Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West), prog rock party dogs Surdaster return after a quiet few months (following an amazing opening set at The Capitol Theatre with Elliott Brood), with a few out of town acts rolling through. Freedom or Death and The Wilderness, both from Toronto, share the stage. Interesting pairing, as Surdaster embodies more of an organic dirty Southern Rock meets King Crimson prog, while the out of town acts are more melodic electronic.

New Song Chuch (999 Drouillard Rd.), which is perhaps Windsor’s most underrated venue, continues to bring some of North America’s biggest Christian (and non-Christian) hardcore acts through town for relatively inexpensive all-ages shows. They continue this trend on Friday, with Minnesota’s Venia (who are about to launch on a massive North American tour) and Toronto’s Uplift. Locals The Rowley Estate and We Remain round out the bill of this all-ages showcase. Doors are at 7:30pm.

SATURDAY

If dirty two piece blues a la The Pack AD or Hot Kid is something you can get down and sweaty to, Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West) is offering up another Canadian hidden gem making their Windsor debut, in Toronto’s Little Foot Long Foot.

The Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level) switches to a more traditional rock and roll evening (than their usual metal fare) on Saturday with Windsor’s own Mud Lions leading a bill that also includes Acousticfire and Sophist.

SUNDAY

Dave Russell & The Precious Stones return to the scene (and day of the week) of their previous sold out show with a Sunday show at The FM Lounge (156 Chatham St. West, main level). Opening the show are Oakville’s The Standstills and local singer/songwriter Justin Alexander.

Lots to do this week! See you out at the shows!

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