The MusicNerd Files Edition #2

It is hard to believe that we are already approaching the month of October. It is cliché to say but where exactly has 2011 gone?! Before long, everyone will be hunkered down for the winter. Luckily for music fans, neither rain nor sleet nor snow will stop the flow of musical acts from playing Metro Moncton. October is shaping up to be an incredibly busy month for music fans. Let’s take a look at some select shows taking place throughout the city next month.

* Chixdiggit performs with Kepi Ghoulie Electric and Blue Thunder Kuno at the Oxygen on Westmorland Street, Moncton on Thursday, Oct. 20. Admission is $15 at the door.

The first act I would like to highlight is Calgary’s favourite punk sons Chixdiggit. This will be their first Metro performance in almost six years. The band, formed in 1991, has long been a live favourite of Metro audiences with their snappy two minute punk songs but in addition to making the mundane sound interesting via song, Chix vocalist KJ Jansen’s stage banter between songs is worth the price of admission alone.

* Napalm Death performs at The Manhattan on Westmorland Street, Moncton, on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Tickets are $17 in advance, available at Spin-It Records and online at www.brownpapertickets.com Tickets are $22 at the door.

On a total different end of the musical spectrum, England grindcore metal band Napalm Death will be making its Atlantic Canadian debut in October. The group is generally seen as the fathers of the grindcore genre, an extreme style of music that incorporates death metal, industrial music and more into the mix. As of press time, few tickets remain for the band’s performance so I would recommend not delaying your ticket purchase if you are interested in attending.

* John Prine performs at Casino New Brunswick, Monday, Oct. 24. Ticket prices start at $54.50, available from the casino.

Legendary singer-songwriter John Prine will return to Moncton with none other than the Maritimes’ own Jimmy Rankin opening. Prine is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter who has had his songs performed by an impressive list of artists including Johnny Cash, The Everly Brothers and John Denver. Prine has been a tough cookie to pigeonhole in terms of the music he plays, delivering records that range from folk to rockabilly. Prine hasn’t been the most prolific artist since the turn of the century, releasing only one album of original material. The lack of new material hasn’t stopped the 65 year-old musician from touring, however. In addition to his upcoming Moncton date, Prine is booked solid throughout the United States for the remainder of 2011.

* Flying Fortress performs at Plan B on Sunday. Admission can be paid at the door.

One of Ontario’s noisiest but rockin’ duos Flying Fortress, will be hitting Plan B for a performance on Sunday. The group was formed by former members of the band Goat Horn and actually had their debut effort released by Moncton record label Superbob Records. The Fortress also has plans in the works for a new EP to also be released via Superbob in the not too distant future. Flying Fortress will also be supporting Moncton band Pervert at their CD release show that takes place tonight at Moncton’s Manhattan Bar & Grill.

* One Hundred Dollars perform at George’s Roadhouse in Sackville. Admission can be paid at the door.

Last but not least, I simply have to encourage all who can make the trip to Sackville to check out Toronto band One Hundred Dollars when they perform at George’s Roadhouse on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Not only was the band’s hauntingly beautiful record Songs of Man long-listed for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize, the country-influenced group has been earning almost universal praise for their live show.

Article publushed in September 30, 2011 edition of The Times & Transcript