Friday, February 3, 2017

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Pseudo & Tym Morrison) And New Videos!!

Keeping things moving on the SMS, here's another new news post, which is half devoted to new videos, and half to LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS, one being SHORT NOTICE! Here's what you need to know!

Local acoustic hard rock singer/guitarist Tym Morrison will have one more show this weekend, as he'll make his debut at The Barrelhouse Wine & Whiskey at 476 Queen Street East TOMORROW NIGHT! Profuse apologies for the short notice, this event was only just announced via it's Facebook event page last night, after our weekend concert preview post went up. This show brings Tym back to a Queen Street location years after his old Bottoms Up Lounge & Foggy Notions runs ended, and if you're not familiar with The Barrelhouse, it's a tapas appetizer-centric restaurant that opened last spring in the former Embers Grill/Ming's Buffet location, with the restaurant sharing ownership with both Embers and the former Chicago Cookshop, where Tym played a one-off show in 2015. The Barrelhouse has hosted live acoustic musicians and DJs almost since opening, including local hard rock band alums Greg Beharriel and Jim O'Leary on multiple occasions.

It'll be interesting to see how Tym does there TOMORROW, and while The Barrelhouse is unfamiliar for our coverage, think of all of the venues that we didn't typically cover before Tym played there (in a weekly arrangement or not), so give this one a look if you're free TOMORROW NIGHT! This show takes place after his previously announced Gliss show at a more regular 10:30 PM start time, I'd assume this is 19+, and while there's no announced cover charge, remember that this is a restaurant. Check the above links for more details, and here's Tym live!

Next up, here's one more new concert announcement, as Six, Two, Oh. are uniting punk and rap for an intriguing hybrid concert at The New American Pub on Tuesday, February 21st! The punk portion of the night will include the local debut of Toronto punk trio Pseudo, whose energetic, upbeat, and lyrically varied blend of sounds should pique the interest of local punk fans in attendance! The same can be said for local alt-punk quartet A Dire Setback, who will make their New A debut in just over two weeks' time, and they should be on form following their January Jam set last month as well. This concert will be bookended by rappers, with the adveritsed headline act being Peterborough doom rapper Garbageface, while fast-rising local rapper Mikey Thomas will kick things off. Both are solid rappers, with Garbageface's industrial tinged sound a nice diversion from the genre norm, so keep both in mind come the 21st! This show has a $5 cover charge, 19+ age limit, and 9:00 PM start time. Visit the official Facebook event page for more details!

Six, Two, Oh. have been no strangers to merging disparate genres in some of their New American concerts (remember the ones with comedians last year?), so if you have an open mind or a wide range of musical appreciation, this show should be up your alley, especially with two talented punk bands and rappers each to take in! Stay tuned in case there's updates!

We'll close today with new videos, starting with a new performance video from Banned frontman Alex Traynor! Eric Cairns of Third Cinema Productions filmed this video of the Kinross, Michigan product performing an instrumental passage for the second annual Frozen Cherry Jam & Hot Licks Guitar Competition, a Traverse City-based competition between regional guitarists, notably sponsored by Northern Michigan classic rock station KLT (their Petoskey simulcast at 98.9 FM gets fringe reception here.) This competition is unique compared to what we see in the Twin Saults, with four music professionals judging two solo guitarists at a time in individual head-to-head guitar solo battles, where they are limited to sets of 97.5 seconds (why so specific? KLT's home station is 97.5 FM.) The winner will win a new guitar and studio recording time, while prizes will go to the top 6 guitarists when all is said & done.

The event proper takes place on February 18th & 25th in Traverse City, but will Alex compete? We'll apparently find out over the weekend, but he performs strongly in the video, so check it out below, and we'll let you know if he's selected to compete at the Frozen Cherry Jam in two weeks!

Finally, here's a new "Throwback Thursday" by Sault Ontario alternative hard rock trio The Din! Posted yesterday to their Facebook page, this came from the writing sessions for The Din's debut CD "Give In To The Din" early last year, and the 56 second clip is quite random and freeform in nature, with the band even admitting that "we don't know what it is" (though look for "La Cucaracha", believe it or not.) It's a fun watch, and more of a loose look at their songwriting sessions, so give it a look below!

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

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