Local funk/hard rock quartets The Elements and Late Shift will play their first (announced?) local concerts of 2015 when they rock The Rockstar Bar on February 21st, or next Saturday! Quietly announced on the Facebook event page on Saturday, this will be The Elements first non-acoustic show since opening for The Brains in November at the same venue, while we haven't heard of a show from the pageless Late Shift since that same month's Tiffany Maj benefit at Coch's Corner. Both bands have been working on original material in recent months (The Elements have been teasing 2 new originals themselves), so look for them among other surprises next weekend! Keep this show in mind, which will take place at 10:00 PM next Saturday with a 19+ age limit and no announced cover charge (but bring $5 just in case.) This sounds like a solid concert, so for more details, visit the above links!
Next up, here's the latest episode of Local2's music spotlight webseries Tuned with Donna Hopper, which was posted on Thursday! The lead story features an interview and performance footage from local all-female hard rock quartet The Danger Cats' set at The Rockstar Bar on January 23rd, though there's no footage of Haggith or Project 421, who also played that night. Their segment itself features Donna's interview with all four of the girls outside of the venue, with performance footage mixed in, which does sound good and on level with their shows from last year. The interview itself features discussion on how they formed, their surprising answer to how they've been received as an all-female band in a smaller city, and their songwriting process, while they also teased their upcoming VM Radio Battle of the Bands appearance and hyped a surprise of some kind as well. Good interview overall, and though the girls seemed a bit nervous, Donna kept things light and it turned out well!
As for the rest of the episode, the concert calendar segment doesn't mention any upcoming hard rock shows, while the ending performance video continues Tuned's recent run of videos from LopLops' 12 Musicians of Christmas event, with bloopers again concluding the episode. Definitely give the new Tuned episode a look at this link or above, as it's another entertaining installment, and stay tuned for more from Local2 this week!
Northwest's brand new Facebook page! Among other recent postings there (like pictures from an undisclosed holiday event that they played at), a video was uploaded from their set opening for Gob at The Rockstar Bar in October, which features the guys playing their song "Young & Wild" at the show, though it's not of the complete song. Filmed on the vertical cell phone camera angle, the video largely captures frontman Wayne Watkins and guitarist Greg Callaghan, but I won't fault the filmer for the static angle, as that was a densely packed crowd and stage, especially when you have three guitarists. Solid audio quality though, if very red visually, so give the new Northwest video a look below!
Finally, here's a video and related band search from Apocalypse Afterparty "songwriter" and Smeltzer/Fury alum Paul Stanghetta, as per the Musicians Wanted Facebook group on Thursday. Paul (Puablos Stancu on Facebook) shared this video from his girlfriend Amanda Brown of him drumming, which links to his search to join a band on drums rather than his usual bass roles, and while his past band work has largely leaned towards punk (apologies to The Fury), he's open to anything but "classic and bar rock." Some fans may also remember him from a drum turn at last year's Soo Band Roulette as well, and he demonstrates solid drum skill in the video! If you're interested, message him at this link or above, and give his clip a look below!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and this month's Defunct Local Band Profile soon! Thanks everyone!