You best be bringing your ear plugs to The Upstairs Club Friday night when blues rock quintet Black Tooth Grinn meet up with northside thrash group Stygian Sky. With guitars on ten, the somewhat unlikely pair may bring down the house, literally!
Black Tooth Grinn, of course, has been enjoying a wave of successful shows that date back to last year. The group has recorded both acoustic and electric tracks that are yet to be released while taking the stage around town to more than captive audiences. Stygian Sky, on the other hand, has shone brightly since debuting at Stoked for the Holidays last December. With nearly two years in preparation before their first gig, the band has had the bangers out a few more times at The Upstairs Club and a rare all ages performance in June.
Over at Governors Pub, Thursday night has a Charlottetown invasion as Colour Code hits the little room with Maccie Paquette, Simple the Prince, and Toronto’s KB & Simple. On Friday night, Halifax electronic/dance rock band Tupperware Remix Party heads to town and will headline a bill also featuring A.S.A., Danny MacNeil, and DJ Wobblefish. Closing out the weekend, Governors hosts Halifax based/Cape Breton bred Winston Wolf who will be playing alongside local indie rockers The Den Scholars and Summer’s on Vacation, which is the stage name for ex-Drowning Shakespeare drummer Chris Poirrier’s solo style.
Winston Wolf will be performing earlier in the day, as well, as part of Caper Radio’s live broadcast series. I had the chance to take in Breagh MacKinnon’s performance/interview this week and I have to say that these are improving each and every time out. Caper Radio’s Stefan MacNeil, who himself is a quite capable comedian, has taken the format to new heights with well thought questions and an endearing personality. Winston Wolf’s performance is at 2pm and you can check it out in person or on caperradio.com.
Track of the Week: “True Feelings and the Drug” by Everyone in Cars. The on again/off again sibling trio of Mike, Adam, and Carrie Ellen Gabriel perform far too infrequently to miss one of their shows. Their wonderfully unique sound, comprised of keyboard, bass, and drums, rocks like a thunderous stampede while showing stellar depth of songwriting. This track, from their debut release of the same title and captured here from a 2007 performance, stands out amongst many unforgettable tracks. Check them out on Friday August 26th at The Upstairs Club with Hash Jesus (Ian and Albert of Tom Fun) and my own group The High Tide.