Your Weekly Round-Up (May 27-29)

Posted: May 25, 2011 by Windsor Zene in Previews, Weekly Round Up

One of the quieter weeks we’ve had for touring and original bands in recent months, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some biggies going down. Here’s a look at what’s coming through or happening in Windsor this weekend.

FRIDAY MAY 27

Vancouver’s pop-punk darlings and Black Box recording artists Living With Lions are touring the country in support of their brand new disc, Holy Shit!, and that includes a return visit to Windsor and The Blind Dog (671 Ouellette Ave.). Living With Lions have been causing all kinds of controversy due to their Bible-themed (and not in a flattering light) new release. Apparently it was recorded on money from FACTOR (Foundation Assisting Candian Talent On Recrodings, a Canadian grant that helps pay for production of CDs, etc.) and when Candian Heritage Minister James Moore discovered the government had just helped fund an album that mocked the Bible, all Hell broke loose (apparently, LWL has given back the FACTOR money). Rochester, NY’s Such Gold is on the road with them, and for this show, locals With Glowing Hearts, Hellraiser and Frontiers are warming up the stage.

Windsor metal giants and CDN recording artists Shinje make a return to the dungeon of the legendary Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level). Always a packed house as these guys have become one of Windsor’s most important metal bands without as much of the fanfare of most. Montreal’s President opens the show with them.

Milk Coffee Bar (68 University Ave. West) continues to be one of the city’s finest nurturing grounds for singer/songwriters, and this Friday continues that magnificent tradition. Port Colbourne’s Beth Moore and Guelph’s Jordan Raycroft headline a night of story and song at the intimate Absinthe cafe, joined by Toronto’s Graydon James & The Young Novelists and Windsor’s own multi-instrumentalist Kevin Echlin.

Waker Glass, one of the surprise stars of last year’s FunnelFest, exploded with a couple of great shows following and then disappeared on a self-imposed hiatus to work on their heavily anticipated debut album. While they’re still hard at work in the studio, they’re popping up briefly to breathe and, luck enough for all of us, a quick show before they dive back down to the audio recording depths. Intimately compacted into Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West), they’re being joined by Barrie’s Brett Caswell & The Marquee Rose.

Tyburn Tree has been a force on Windsor’s metal scene for years now, following the release of 2008’s impressive Parliament of Trees. They will also be the headlining the second show at the new Villains Beastro (256 Pellisier St.) on Friday. In a somewhat odd pairing, they’re playing with quirky indie pop veterans The Tyres, who must be close to finishing their long awaited debut disc…

SATURDAY MAY 28

Barrie’s Brett Caswell & The Marquee Rose (who pull into town on Friday for an opening gig at Phog) expand for a headliner spot at The Dugout (300 Ouellette Ave.). Joining them will be Windsor’s latest rock supergroup Years of Ernest (featuring acclaimed singer/songwriter Andrew MacLeod, teamed up with The Locusts Have No King‘s Leigh Wallace, Paul Loncke and Joey “WiseGuy” DesRoches), who are on the verge of releasing their debut album by summer’s end.

90’s Grunge seems to making a strong comeback in some of the newer acts and the line-up at the Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level) is a testament to that. Windsor’s own Olympia, Dr. Altenhof and Planet World team up for a 3-band bill of melodic riffs and strong grooves for a triple threat of dirty rock and roll. Olympia is releasing their new EP More at this show (which includes as a bonus, their previous Welcome To EP).

This Man Tells Stories is the side project of Beijing Bike Club‘s David John Zelko. He’s putting together the debut release for TMTS, but in the meantime, he’s headlining a showcase at Milk Coffee Bar (68 University Ave. West) that also features Tony Coates, Rayven Howard, Acousticfire and The Birds of Paradise.

SUNDAY MAY 29

Winnipeg’s power-pop darlings Sons of York bring their Strokes and Weezer influenced sounds to Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West) for a special free show, joined by Windsor’s State of Us.


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