Sunday, March 5, 2017

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Stiffler's Mom & Redundant), Plus New Videos!!

As we continue to clear out a recent glut of news and updates at the SMS, here's a new post for your Sunday morning! This is half devoted to new videos, one being a live clip and one that certainly isn't, but first, here's a pair of LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for the spring season!

Local party hard rock cover trio Stiffler's Mom will return to The Rockstar Bar for one night only on Friday, March 24th! Announced with an unusually good amount of notice, we first heard about this concert via this March concert calendar photo from singer/drummer Greg Simpson's promotional company (Choose) Maxx Entertainment's Facebook page yesterday, which also confirms that his country cover band Bone Yard will be playing each of the next three weekends beforehand at varying venues, so keep those in mind if you're a country fan. No word as of yet who's playing at The Rockstar Bar on Saturday the 25th (or why they're not doubling up that weekend), but Stiffler's Mom's fan favourite covers should keep things rocking all night in three weeks time, so don't miss out on the 24th! A 10:00 PM start time is advertised, you must be 19 or older to attend, and there's no announced cover charge. Check the above links for more details, and stay tuned for more from Stiffler's Mom!

Next up, the aforementioned Bone Yard will join local punk veterans Redundant and classic/hard rock cover quartet The 3 Day Millionaires at The Canadian Nightclub on Saturday, May 6th for a special fundraiser concert entitled Rock 4 Autism! The show is being treated as a kick-off event for the fifth annual Algoma Ride For Autism motorcycle rally (which returns in June), and attendees can pre-register for the rally at The Canadian that night, while all proceeds will be used to help buy sensory equipment for the Algoma Autism Foundation's Sensory Lending Library, so keep that worthy cause in mind! Redundant in particular are no strangers to Ride For Autism-related events, having played the rally's Family Fun Day each of the past three years, and it's great to see them playing their first announced show of 2017 in May, while the Millionaires (in their apparent Canadian debut) and Ride For Sight veterans Bone Yard should provide their own entertaining cover favourites as well in two months!

An oddly early start time of 8:00 PM is listed for Rock 4 Autism, which will have $10 advance tickets (sale details to be announced) and a presumed 19+ age limit. In a way, this is like a mini-sequel to Toystock, given that all three bands played the annual Christmas Cheer fundraiser last fall, and the guys' continued charitable natures is awesome to see, so don't miss Rock 4 Autism on May 6th, and visit the official Facebook event page for full details!

We'll close today with new videos, starting with yet another video from The Din's headlining concert at LopLops Lounge last month, as per their YouTube channel on Friday! The fifth of their videos from this show, this is the local alternative/hard rock trio's rendition of frontman Mike Haggith's solo song "Of Cars & Criminals", which is only played live occasionally and isn't on their studio album (though it is on "The Din Does Laundry".) The quality is precisely the same as their other videos from this concert, but it is a solid performance, and the staggered release of the videos means that each gets it's own spotlight, so I give them that! Check it out below!

Finally, here's a somewhat cryptic new video from newer local concert promotion agency Live705's YouTube channel on Wednesday, and it's a 19 second computer-animated clip of a futuristic lighted platform being turned on, with a previously unseen band logo in the center. The logo feels pasted on as an afterthought, but what does this video mean? The title implies that it's an "intro", but for what? Are they planning to have a title bug before future videos, or perhaps in concert with a screen? I have no idea, but give it a look below, and don't miss their next show at The Canadian on SATURDAY!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates as the week rolls along! Thanks everyone!

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