Friday, August 1, 2014

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (The Misfits), VM Radio Updates, And New Videos!!

Before we begin this post, we send our best wishes out to Mike Gingras and Wayne Kozeyah on the screenings of their short films "The Kid Who Made The Face" and "LemmaFest" at TODAY'S Soo Film Festival at The Soo Theatre in Sault Michigan, hopefully you guys get a great reception (for possible attendees, their films will be part of the 3:00 PM screenings!) Now, today's post features new concert videos, updates on an upcoming regional radio station, and first, here's a huge LOCAL CONCERT ALERT!!

New Jersey horror punk legends The Misfits will be hitting Sault Ontario on Thursday, September 18th for their first ever publically advertised concert in our area! Known for classic songs like "Last Caress", "Hate Breeders", "Astro Zombies", and "Scream" (among many others), The Misfits have long been a favourite cover choice for many different local bands, and now Jerry Only and company will finally be playing a public concert for Sault-area fans! Fitting an event of this scope, this will be a rare heavier concert at The Kiwanis Community Theatre Centre at 1007 Trunk Road (also the site of White Pines Collegiate), so metal and punk fans in the east end will like that convenience! For Black Flag fans, note that The Misfits' current guitarist is Dez Cadena, and they are known to cover some Flag originals live too! Local support will come from local punk/metal quintet (and ardent Misfits fans) Jack Spades, and this will be familiar territory for frontman & promoter J.D. Pearce, who has opened for The Misfits in Toronto with Frightlight, and has teased going on tour with them this September, so we'll have to see how that shakes out!

At least one more opening band has been teased on personal Facebook postings, though details haven't been publicized yet. Co-presented by J.D., The Sault Ste. Marie Arts Council, and VM Radio (more on them in a second), this concert will be ALL AGES (and licensed), an early 6:00 PM start time is advertised, and tickets will be around $35 (including tax) at the Kiwanis Theatre box office at the Station Mall (no word yet on other ticket locations.) For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! No matter which Misfits era you prefer, this is a huge announcement, and hopefully there's a fittingly big turnout next month, as this is shaping up to be one of the biggest local metal/punk concerts in our area this year! Stay tuned for updates!

Next up, remember how SooToday & Local2's parent company Village Media has been in the planning stages of launching a new local internet radio station named VM Radio? Well, some more public details have been released, so here's what we now know! According to their new Facebook page, VM Radio (whose logo is pictured) will actually be three separate stations, with one dedicated to rock music, one to roots music, and one for a mixture of other genres. Great idea, especially to ensure that specific music genres get sufficient attention and timeslots! A launch date is teased for at some point next month, but announcements relating to on-air programs, streaming formats, and on-air personalities have yet to be made. I have high hopes that VM Radio will fill in the Sault Ontario-produced radio gaps that have been vacant for too long, especially as we only have 4 Canadian FM stations, and only 2 are locally produced. I'm very excited to see how things develop, so stay tuned for updates on VM Radio as we hear it!

Closing with new videos, here's a bunch of clips from local hard rock quartet The Danger Cats' set at The Esquire Club last weekend! Uploaded to the girls' YouTube channel over the last few days, an attendee shot these clips of the band covering Blondie's "Call Me", the last half of The Runaways' "Cherry Bomb" & AC/DC's "Big Balls" (both part of one video with bassist Jamie Jaguar on lead vocals), and as embedded below, renditions of The Runaways' "I Love Playing With Fire" and The Scorpions' "The Zoo", so click each link to check them out! Inconsistent lighting, but the girls sound good on these covers, and they're shot at a good close angle to the stage! They're definitely coming into their own, and you can see more of that TONIGHT when The Danger Cats open for Late & Loud one last time(?) at The Rockstar Bar, though they'll have a special guest too, as former Sativa Rose singer Marisa Valois revealed on her solo Facebook page that she'll be joining them for a couple of songs. That should be interesting, so don't miss that TONIGHT, and here's The Danger Cats at The Esquire Club!

Finally, here's a newly shared Facebook video of local alternative hard rock trio The Pixo Control from one of their sets at Gusto's Bar & Grill at the Wellington Square Mall way back in April! This is of their cover of Nirvana's "Come As You Are", as filmed by attendee/Heavy North Entertainment owner Tyler St. Amour, and while it was only posted on his personal Facebook page at the time, The Pixo Control just shared it publically today. Aside from The Pixo Control's early 2014 shows here, Gusto's isn't largely known for heavier concerts, and with the video being dark and somewhat grainy, it's hard to get a sense of it's band setup, but there's a solid crowd, and the guys play a faithful energetic version of this Nirvana classic! Check it out below, and don't miss their set at The Emergency next Saturday!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for this month's "Where Are The New Albums?" post TOMORROW! Thanks everyone!

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