What a huge and busy week of music in Windsor-Essex last week, with the Home Coming Electronic Festival, Shores of Erie Wine Festival, The Bradford Helner Memorial…and that’s not including all the great shows put on at the various live music venues in town! A lot of great shows this week as well, including PhogPhest 3!
Tuesday September 13
Ottawa’s garage meets stoner rockers The Polymorphines hit Windsor as part of their tour, with a stop at the legendary Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level). Think if the Sonics met Queens of the Stone Age. Also on the bill are Waterloo’s The Wormwood Scrubs as well as a special reunion of Windsor act I Invoke.
Vancouver’s quirky indie pop outfit The SSRI’s play Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West) after a secret Monday house show. Joining them will be Windsor’s own Red Red Run and Space Vampire.
Friday September 16
The Magnificent Bastards, a new 70’s-punk influenced project featuring members of 70’s punk icons The Spy’s as well as The Vaudevillianaires, The Hard-Tops and Guitar Army, release their debut album with a release party at The FM Lounge (156 Chatham St. West, main level).
As some veteran punk rockers release their album downtown, one of the new breed – The Rowley Estate – unleash their anticipated album, albeit in the more DIY route. They’re throwing a house party to celebrate (1339 Hall Ave.), joined by friends The Nefidovs, Hellraiser, Ape Cassette, With Glowing Hearts and the debut of new metalcore band Always A New Day. Begins at 7pm and this BBQ is a BYOB affair. CD’s will be available for $8 this night (raising to $10 after).
EVL – one of Windsor’s hardest working and hardest to classify bands – brings their eclectic mix of hard rock to thrash sounds to the Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level) and are joined by London’s The Watershed Year, Chatham’s SUDS and Ghetto Blaster.
The gorgeous indie folk from Newfoundland’s The Mountains and The Trees return for another show at Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West) on their Canadian tour. Opening the show is eclectic cabaret folk of Hamilton’s Ben Caplan.
Erin Gignac (Dresden Sky), one of the area’s finest roots singer/songwriters, leads a Gospel Music Hour at Taloola Cafe (396 Devonshire Rd.) between 8 and 10pm.
Brazilian megastar DJ Tatiana Fontes hits the Boom Boom Room (315 Ouellette Ave.) for the night, continuing Boom Boom Room’s dedication to bringing world class electronica to Windsor.
Saturday September 17
One of the biggest indie events of the year is back for it’s third year, the 2011 installment of Phog Phest. Hosted in the side parking lot of Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West), Phog Phest hosts a nice blend of the best in Canadian indie music mixed with the best local indie. Headlined by ex-Windsorites and now international music darlings Elliott Brood, Phog Phest also features The High Strung (from Detroit, the first US act to play the festival), Winnipeg’s Grand Analog (who had to pull out last year but promised to return this year), plus locals What Seas What Shores, Explode When They Bloom, fiftywatthead (doing their new AC/DC cover set) and ASK. Following the live music portion outside, the Windsor Zene’s own Jamie Greer will be DJing a small after-party inside the bar.
The FM Lounge (156 Chatham St. West, main level) is throwing their own Phog Phest after party with a special show featuring the return of Surdaster to the stage. They’ve been on hiatus all summer prepping the release of their long awaited CD, which is almost upon us. Opening the show is the indie punk of Frontiers.
Milk Coffee Bar (68 University Ave. West) continues to house and nurture the city’s finest indie singer/songwriters with a showcase featuring Paul Jacobs (Get Bent) and Joey Strasburg (Earth at Night) performing solo sets.