Tuesday, May 3, 2016

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Cocaine Moustache), New Videos, And More Assorted Updates!!

Before we dive into our first news post of the month, I'd like to apologize for a missed concert, as local hard rock quartet Late Shift apparently returned to the stage on April 2nd at The Grand Gardens as the musical entertainment during the annual dinner from the Algoma Autism Foundation. This was a public event, but given Late Shift's lack of an online page, and the event's unfamiliarity for our coverage, it was off of our radar. Profuse apologies, we'd have plugged it had we known, but hopefully it was a huge hit in advance of next month's Ride For Autism! Now, we have some assorted news, new videos, and first, a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT, so here's what you need to know!

Six, Two, Oh.'s fifth installment of punk rock bingo will go down on Tuesday, July 12th at The New American Pub, and it will be a concert event with Vancouver hard/blues rock quintet Cocaine Moustache headlining in their local concert debut! Delivering a passionate blend of heavy soul that calls to mind bands like Clutch, Cocaine Moustache should deliver a strong set in July, and definitely check them out in advance of this summer show! Local support will come from the debuting Gianni Gagoots, an interestingly named new band who don't have an online page at present, but the Facebook event page says that they are "hard and heavy." Personal conversations with promoters confirm that their lineup includes veteran local punk drummer Frank McCormick and Late Shift guitarist Matt Sibilo, but we await full public details on Gianni Gagoots, so stay tuned for when we hear anything else! As for the bingo aspect, expect more irreverent prizes from art & clothing to books & music to win if you are the first with a line on your cards on July 12th!

Though not explicitly stated there, caller Brent Ellis (a.k.a. Buck Norris) is a confirmed attendee on the event page, and I imagine he'll call the bingo once again. Once again, this punk rock bingo installment with have FREE admission (but expect bingo cards to have a fee), this is a 19+ event, and a 9:00 PM start time is advertised. Unless there's a bingo event to be announced in the interim, we have two months to prepare for this one, and there's strong headliners and debuting openers to take in, so see above for details!

Next up, here's the third episode of Blood Shed Productions' "BreakinSh!tWithBloodShed" webseries, as uploaded to the Blood Shed Weekly YouTube channel on Thursday! This time, it's of Blood Shed artists destroying wooden boards and an end table, as once again set to songs by the label's metal acts (especially 3 minutes in.) Complete with slow motion replays, comedic voices, and even the first injury afflicted during this series (it's nothing gruesome, don't worry), this will satisfy Blood Shed fans who crave the destruction of inanimate objects, so give it a look below!

Also today, here's a new video from local alternative hard rock quartet Id Iota's Facebook page! Their first posting there since their LopLops shows last month, this is a sequel to their "slow mo" video of drummer Blair St. John from last month's Southern Ontario tour run, this time of Blair drumming in slow motion (though the brief clip ends with the footage in real time.) It's interesting to hear how his drum work sounds slowed down, so give it a look!

Finally for today, here's three assorted shorter news items from the past while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by artist name:

  • Santo Premoli of the Italian metal website Unpure reviewed local doom trio AlgomA's split EP with Saskatchewan's Chronobot, and you can check it out at this link (though you'll need a translator if you don't know Italian.) He scored the split with an 8/10, praising AlgomA's "Wall of sound" and both bands' sludge variants, so give the review a look if you want, but have a translator handy!
  • Local alternative hard rock trio The Din are indeed opening for The Pixo Control at the Sky's the Limit mental health fundraiser concert at The Tech THIS THURSDAY NIGHT, as per the band's Facebook page yesterday! Though organizers still haven't confirmed the full opening lineup, The Din had publically indicated that they'd be willing to play the event, but couldn't make the original audition date, so it's great to see that things worked out! Stay tuned for more on this special event in our weekend concert previews!
  • Local indie/acoustic solo artist Jacob "Shit Creek Survivor" Quarrell have been added as opening act for the Project 421/Eclipse concert at The Rockstar Bar on Friday, May 13th, as per Project 421 frontman Blair Burch on the Facebook event page on Sunday. Though obviously not a clear genre match, Jacob (like that night's metal bands) is affiliated with and records at PaperClip Productions, so he fits that way, and hopefully he entertains next weekend!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and previews on the site this week! Thanks everyone!

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