Kinross hard rock quartet Banned are returning to the concert stage TONIGHT, just in time for a night of St. Patrick's Day live music! They'll be back at The Bird (a.k.a. Golanka's Bar) in Sault Michigan tonight for their first advertised concert in almost two months, as revealed on the band's Facebook page late Thursday night, and I apologize for the short notice, I only just heard about it yesterday. It's good to see Banned back, I was wondering where they've been over the last while! If you're looking for some St. Patrick's Day revelry with a heavier soundtrack in Sault Michigan, Banned at The Bird is about as good as it gets, so don't miss the show tonight! Details are admittedly scant, but the show should be at around 10:00 PM tonight with no cover charge and a 21+ age limit, but make room for green beer, and check the above links for more details! This sounds like a good time full of solid music and with the holiday setting, what better way to welcome Banned back to the stage? Go see them at The Bird TONIGHT, and for a preview, here's Banned covering Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" at their last show in January!
Next up, Sneaky Pete guitarist Mario Carlucci has posted some new solo performance clips onto his YouTube channel over the past three days! The newest is a slower instrumental with a nice groove named "Sequence 01 5" that'd fit a softer bluesy rock song pretty well, but I dig his upload from Wednesday named "Shut The Funk Up" more though! The title implies funk, and that's what we get in this funk rock number with more creativity and solo standout parts that add up to a very catchy and listenable tune! Neither of these uploads are videos, with only audio and an accompanying picture, but they're still worth listening to, so check them out at the above links, and here's "Shut The Funk Up"!
Thirdly today, here's three assorted shorter stories from the last little while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by artist, band, or concert name:
- Ex-Bring The Fallen drummer Travis St. Amour is looking for a singer for a new metal band he's part of (possibly a relaunched Unleash The Blackened Sky?) The start date would be late April, likely after Travis comes back from North Bay, and out of town shows are a goal for the band. If you're interested or want more details, reply on Travis' post at the Musicians Wanted Facebook group from this past Wednesday!
- A post on their Facebook page on Thursday implied that local extreme metal quintet Winkstinger have began recording sessions! Whether these are towards an album release of some kind or not is unknown at present, but a post on guitarist Jesse Cook's personal Facebook page mentioned that drum recording was done on Thursday with bass next. This is all news to me, but I'll keep you guys posted as more comes out!
- Tickets for April 7th's Ypres Metal Fest are NOW ON SALE! I'm 100% certain now, and you can pick them up at Northland Music, The Canadian Motor Hotel's front desk, or through promoter Rich Moreland or David Gold's sister Marie (contact links for both here.) Despite earlier mentions, I've heard nothing recent about tickets being at The Rad Zone, but I'll keep you guys posted if I confirm their availability there. GET YOUR TICKETS A.S.A.P.!!
And finally, I wanted to note a recent change to many local music-related pages that you guys may visit. Earlier this month, YouTube converted all channels on the popular video website to a new format that some users had already voluntarily began using. This is mandatory, similar to the MySpace layout changeover from November 2010, and if you had a lovingly created custom layout (or maintained one in lieu of the new format), it's mostly gone now. The background image (if you had one) will still be there, as will biography & channel details, but the pages now have a cleaner & simpler look that has less room for manipulation, though various layouts and page views still exist. No videos were directly removed from pages either with the changeover, so if any of yours were pulled, the new layout isn't why. As an example, see what the SMS' YouTube channel now looks like at this location. I picked a layout that let you guys see all recent uploads & various playlists up front like before, but info on what I've posted, liked, and subscribed to (along with channel comments) now have separate tabs. Other channels will look similar to this, and if you haven't logged into yours this month, it'll look pretty bare, so go make your channels look how you want again, and hopefully this new look will grow on us all!