For the first time since Saturday, we have a post on the SMS that's not a monthly feature! With school and work back in play, this is often a slow month for news, but with Halloween creeping closer and closer, things will pick up. Today, we're tackling weekend concert previews for the most part, but first, here's a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT and related new video!
Local alternative/hard rock trio The Din will return to the stage on September 24th (one week from Saturday) when they open for local/Toronto indie rock musician Jesse Merineau at LopLops Lounge! This will be The Din's first show since launching their debut studio album at The Tech last month, and their first at LopLops since opening for Sulfur City in May, so if you haven't given in yet, come on down to the gallery & lounge next weekend! This will also be a rematch of sorts from the Speak Easy Battle of the Bands in March, where Jesse Merineau took first place and The Din came in second, so keep that angle in mind as well! Jesse is hyping this show as both his first formal headlining concert, and his last before recording his debut studio album, and while not metal, he's a talented singer/songwriter, so don't bypass him! No public word on if the dormant Caroline Divine will return as his backing band or not, like they did at the Speak Easy Battle, but 2/3rds of the band are confirmed attendees on the Facebook event page, so read into that however you choose.
Promoted by Jackson Reed at Ears & Eyes Online, this 19+ show has a $5 cover charge and a 9:00 PM start time. This should be an entertaining concert for alternative and indie rock fans, or those who loved the Speak Easy Battle, so check the above links for more details, and before we move on, The Din have a new video courtesy of their Facebook page! Another short comedic clip, this one has guitarist Tammy Hill observing that her bandmates have a drinking problem, before repeatedly asking what Mike and Brandan are doing during said binge, with a plug for the concert at the end. Cute video, if a little silly, but check it out below, and stay tuned for more from The Din!
Next up, let's move to previews of this weekend's currently announced hard rock concerts, starting with longtime Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison's latest three acoustic matinees at Gliss Steak & Seafood, as he'll be rocking out there TONIGHT, TOMORROW, and SATURDAY! Continuing his lengthy run of unplugged shows at the downtown restaurant, Tym should be in fine form to rock out (in a more reserved setting) once again this weekend, and remember that he has quite the extensive repertoire of songs at the ready! As usual for his long-term run at Gliss, there are no announced cover charges or age limits for this weekend's shows, but remember that this is a sit-down restaurant. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page, and here's Tym live a few years back!
In a brief detour to the Sault Michigan area, let's cover the return of Traverse City metal trio Scarkazm, who will rock The Northern Pines Lounge at the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Last seen at this venue in July, the Peril sister band have long proven to be a favourite out-of-town attraction at this Kewadin branch, and this weekend should see another solid weekend of metal and hard rock favourites! Unless there's a late announcement, this is Scarkazm's last concert weekend of the year in the E.U.P., so don't miss out, as they likely won't be back until 2017! However, Peril will be playing here for two more weekends this year, including at the Soo Kewadin in two weeks. Scarkazm will hit the St. Ignace Kewadin stage tomorrow & Saturday at 9:00 PM, both shows are 21+ events, and neither have age limits. Check the above links for more details, and here's a sampler of live Scarkazm covers!
Finally for today, we'll head back to Sault Ontario for the return of Montreal ska punk quintet K-Man & The 45s THIS SATURDAY NIGHT at The New American Pub! A fall show in Sault Ste. Marie from this fan favourite band is becoming a tradition of sorts, with this being K-Man and crew's fourth show here in as many autumns, and with their high energy original songs and "Ska-mones" tribute set, fans won't want to miss their local return on Saturday night, especially as they're touring in support of their new self-titled CD! Support bands will include Hamilton garage punk duo Artificial Dissemniation, whose minimalistic but hard hitting brand of punk should attract a nice audience this weekend, so don't bypass them! Opening the night are local funk/hard rock quartet The Elements in a reprise of their opening slot from last year's 45s show at The New A, and you know what a good fit they'll be as a result (especially via their frequent Sublime covers), so come early for the local action!
Promoted by Six, Two, Oh. (who also put on last year's K-Man concert), this "Ska Saturday" event has a $5 cover charge, a 19+ age limit, and a 9:00 PM start time. Whether you've seen any of the last 3 local K-Man & The 45s shows or not, this should be appointment viewing for punk and ska fans, as their shows are definitely a fun, fan-friendly experience, and make sure to bring extra cash to get their new album too! Check the official Facebook event page for more details, and here are the headliners live!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates in the coming days! Thanks everyone!