Thursday, February 19, 2009

Local Concert Previews and the Battle of the Bands Lineup Announcement!!!

My god, a post without a new concert to announce? Yeah, the streak ends tonight. But, I do have a bunch of updates, so here we go!

The chosen bands for the YMCA's Battle of the Bands on March 20th have been announced! And yes, there will be metal! Now, as I mentioned yesterday, Dirty Virgin are confirmed for the Battle. But, that's not all! Also confirmed are local metallers Sue Inside, and Operation: Killdozer, the new project featuring former Time of Ruin frontman Jason Bourcier! Aside from these bands, there's also four other announced groups. We have local indie band The Outside Lights, as well as three bands that I've never heard of. They are Waterslide, Dead Warriors (That's a promising name!), and Glass Statues.

If you guys know anything about these bands, let me know at! That makes seven competing bands, but the original plans for the Battle said eight. I dunno if they'll add a band or not, but for now, we have a full lineup! And just in case you forgot, this Battle of the Bands will be preceded by the original rock opera "Nothing To Do In Sault Ste. Marie"! The Battle itself starts at 7:35, followed by the awards at 10:15 PM! Admission is by donation, with all proceeds going towards YMCA Strong Kids!

Ok, now we will get to this weekend's local concert previews! There are three local metal shows this weekend, so let's start with the biggest one of all! Tomorrow night, at The Oddfellows Hall, death metal bands will rock the Sault! Your headliners are Sudbury-based death metal combo Upheaval of an Exorcist, in one of their many concerts in the Sault this spring! Support will come from Toronto death metal band Machine of Macabre, Newmarket based prog/death metal band The Memphis West (FYI, they're replacing Guttershark), and local punk bands Talk Shit, The Fury, and Good Morning Gorillas!

If you wanna check out an original song by Upheaval of an Exorcist, here's a video featuring their song "Quietus"!

This concert will take place tomorrow night at The Oddfellows Hall, with the doors opening at 6:00 PM! Tickets are NOT being sold anymore, they had said tickets wouldn't be sold the week of the concert. So, hopefully you have your tickets already in hand! It is being held in honor of the 19th birthday of Big Voiced Records' head Jeremy Hannah! And of course, for even more info on this show, head on over to the Facebook event page, or the write-up on SooToday!

As for the remaining two shows this weekend, we will now make the voyage to Sault Michigan, where Jager will rock The Sportsman's Lounge at Dondee Lanes tomorrow night and Saturday night! Both shows will feature support from The Mama's Boys, and both shows will start at 8:00 PM! Knowing Jager's songs and videos that I've seen online, they should put on some great performances this weekend! But don't take my word for it, check out this live video of them performing the Nickelback song "Figured You Out"!


I have more in the pipeline, including a couple possible new bands to add to the Local Metal Band Links, but I'll leave that for tomorrow! Have a good one, guys!

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