Weekly Round-Up (July 11-17)

Posted: July 11, 2011 by Windsor Zene in Previews, Weekly Round Up

Windsor has never failed to impress that a city with this size can continue to deliver a solid mix of touring national acts (and interesting ones at that) with a diversely rich cross-section of musical genres. It’s not often in city’s our size to be able to see such amazing talent from folk to heavy metal and with the degree of regularity that it occurs. This is something very distinct to the Windsor-Detroit region and is something we should all be proud of, supportive of and respective of. And this week has more of them as well!


Christian metal has always seemed like a bit of an oxymoron to me (but perhaps it’s because I remember the atrocity that was Stryper), but the heavier side of Christian metal and hardcore has done surprisingly well over the past years. California’s Impending Doom headlines a huge bill at The Blind Dog (671 Ouellette Ave.), an all-ages affair that kicks off at 6pm. Also on the bill are Alabama’s mychildren mybride, Texas outfit A Bullet for Pretty Boy, Ohio’s The Crimson Armada and Windsor’s own Faithful Unto Death (coming off a solid CD release at New Song Church) and newcomers Legions.


The Montreal whisky swill orchestra known as The Unsettlers hit Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West) for what will surely be a packed house. Check out the recent preview of the show for more details.


In anticipation of the weekend’s BluesFest, The Blind Dog (671 Ouellette Ave.) and the Windsor Bluesfest are uniting to showcase a free jam night starting at 8pm. Rumour has it some of the artists at this year’s Blues fest will be jamming as an early warm-up for the weekend’s festivities, and may be joined by some of the area’s top musicians.


Ottawa’s progcore metal kings Today I Caught The Plague hit The Blind Dog (671 Ouellette Ave.) headlining a great showcase of local metal including perhaps Windsor’s current kings of the Iron Throne, Assassinate The Following, the impressive young upstarts of Perpetuate, as well as the reliably strong Cyreene, Sirens & Serenades and Blackthorn City. Opening the show are newcomers Dead Mans Will.

If you’re into the slow groove swagger of bands like Sublime or Jack Johnson, you’ll dig Toronto’s The Unknown Culprits who swing through the city with a show at the legendary Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level), where they’re joined by George Xenophon and Mad Dog Tanner.

ASK makes their Windsor homecoming at Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West). With mainman Chad Howson relocated to Toronto, Windsor doesn’t get ASK as much as we used to (although the members all continue in other successful projects around town). Hard Sell opens the show.


Windsor’s cigarettes and alcohol swagger answer to BritPop bands like Oasis, The Verve or The Jam, the four piece called Bombs (which also calls Toronto home), return to Windsor for their only show of the year (following a sell out show at Lee’s Palace for this year’s NXNE) at The Dugout (300 Ouellette Ave.). There are few acts in town that live the rock and roll lifestyle as much as they do bring it to their live performances, but Bombs is definitely one of them.

Toronto’s The Womb hits the Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level) with a brand of 90’s inspired metal, alongside locals No Subject.

Detroit’s Car Parts are a quirky indie pop band who are self-described “Detroit Northern Soul” – which as strange as that sounds, makes perfect sense, as they sound like Motown’s answer to late 80’s Mod bands with just enough Detroit bravado. They’ll be playing at Phog Lounge (157 University Ave.).


Seems to be a week dedicated to out of town acts and the trend continues on Sunday with Toronto’s Victory, Sweet Victory hitting The Blind Dog (671 Ouellette Ave.) for an all-ages show at 5pm that also features Montreal’s Third Place, as well as stong local acts in Pulp City Inn, Beijing Bike Club and newcomers Empty Spaces and No Dice.


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