Monday, February 16, 2015

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (The Cover Up), Telephone & Address Updates, And Much More!!

With a new week upon us, let's keep the news rolling, so what's in store today? Upcoming album updates, some unique new videos from bands on each side of the border, and leading off, a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT, so here's what you should know!

Three local punk/alternative bands will share the stage THIS FRIDAY at The Rockstar Bar, with newer local punk(?) quartet The Cover Up headlining! In case you don't know, they are the new band from Rising Tide frontman Dustin Jones, ex-Lion Ride guitarist Marco Pedalino, Late Shift bassist Clint Wilson, and Room 206 alum Mike Yorke, and while I don't think they have an online page yet, you may remember them from December's Tidal Records Christmas concert, and I believe they more or less replaced the similar Wing-Its. Strong lineup, and it will be interesting to hear how they do in their second public show! Clint's old indie/punk band Northwest will also return to The Rockstar Bar on Friday for their first show of the year, and they should put in an entertaining set of their own! This concert will be opened by rising young grunge/alternative trio The Pixo Control in their first ever Rockstar Bar appearance, and fresh off of opening for Treble Charger, you know they'll be riding high on Friday night!

Announced on The Pixo Control's Facebook page yesterday after earlier personal Facebook posts by performers, this show has a likely 10:00 PM start time, no announced cover charge, and a 19+ age limit. For more details, visit the above links! This sounds like a quality concert for punk and Tidal Records fans, so keep it in mind for THIS FRIDAY, and remember, The Elements & Late Shift rock The Rockstar Bar themselves on Saturday night!

Next up, here's the latest from local grunge/lo-fi punk solo project Telephone & Address, who have revealed more on their next studio album! Yesterday on their Facebook page, project mainman Chris Shoust revealed the physical album cover (pictured) and track listing for their next CD "Rust Orchid" via new photos, so what do we know? The artwork doesn't reinvent the wheel from his last few albums (cardboard packaging, silkscreened art), though this likely won't be the exact artwork for digital copies on Bandcamp. Physical CDs are only available in a limited print run of 50 copies like usual, but what songs are featured? In listed order (and yes, half of them are titled by a number), the included tracks are "One", "Abstract Poem", "Factory Song", "Slow Timed No Time", "Five", "Looking Glass", "Seven", "Eight", "Nine", "Traffic", "Eleven", "Twelve", "Thirteen", "Plumbers", "Sunrise", and "Sunset", three of which have been previewed on Soundcloud.

Planned to be an experimental rock album (and possibly all instrumental), a release date is yet unannounced for "Rust Orchid", but for reference, last year's "Need Not Apply" was launched at a Telephone & Address concert, so might we be on wait for his next one? We'll keep you posted, but find out more on "Rust Orchid" at the above links!

Also today, here's a new Facebook video from Sault Michigan classical metal trio Theatre of Night, as shared from keyboardist Craig Harrison's personal Facebook page yesterday! The 33 second video is of Craig writing new drum parts for an new original song using a computer program (remember, original drummer Greg Giles left last year), and while it's not representative of how the full song will sound, it's a nice preview and sounds well written! Give it a look below, and hopefully we hear more soon!

Lastly today, we were going to share a new video from Kinross, Michigan hard rockers Banned on here that they shared on their Facebook page from a personal account, but for me at least, it's not viewable (it might have privacy settings so non-friends can't see it.) In it's place, here's a brief new video from the aforementioned Pixo Control's Instagram page, which the guys have teased will include more teasers into their debut CD's recording process. This video is extremely brief, but it captures some of the goings-on backstage at the Treble Charger concert last weekend, giving us a unique look at a different aspect of a local concert (including a cameo by The Lake Effect's Jay Case, a British accent, and shots of the food.) Give it a look below, and stay tuned for much more from The Pixo Control in the coming weeks, including their Bare episode!

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That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes this week! Thanks everyone!

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