The MusicNerd Files Edition #31

In-Flight Safety Photo By Scott Munn
In-Flight Safety Photo By Scott Munn

After a rather busy (and musical) month of February, things aren’t slowing down for Metro Moncton residents wanting to take in some live entertainment.

Here are a few show highlights taking place during the month of March:

In-Flight Safety performs at Moncton’s Tide & Boar (700 Main St., Moncton) on Saturday Mar. 8. Show time is 10:00 p.m. Their special guests for the show are Prince Edward Island band Coyote.

As they prepare to head to Austin, Texas to take part in the acclaimed SXSW Music Festival, Halifax’s In-Flight Safety are in for a busy 2014. This past January, the group spent some time in New York City with Gus Van Go (The Stills, Hollerado), mixing their next studio effort, currently titled Conversationalist.

The group’s new record is the follow-up to 2009’s We Are An Empire, My Dear, songs from which received airplay on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2. In-Flight Safety’s songs have also appeared in NBC television programs The Office and Chuck as well as ABC’s Rookie Blue and CW’s The Vampire Diaries.

I would dare say fans of the group’s melodic pop should be able to catch a new song or two when the group takes the stage at Moncton’s Tide & Boar next Saturday night.

Dany Laj and The Looks take the stage at Moncton’s Plan b Lounge for two nights: Monday Mar. 10 and Tuesday Mar. 11.

Montreal’s Dany Laj and The Looks might not have been the buyers for Moncton’s famed Castle Manor but it hasn’t slowed their enthusiasm for the building. With the influence of 70’s British rock and roll and infectious power-pop melodies running through their bloodlines, the trio has dubbed their most recent tour the “Sell The Castle Tour”.

The group’s pair of shows at Moncton’s Plan b are two of seven shows that the band will play throughout the Maritimes over the next week.

Atlantic Canada meets Central Canada on Thursday Mar. 13 when Halifax’s Adam Baldwin performs with Sam Cash and The Romantic Dogs at the Tide & Boar Gastropub, located at 700 Main St., Moncton. Show time is set for 10:00 p.m.

Two of the country’s best up and coming acts are coming together for a 13-date tour that stretches from Ontario to the Maritimes, touching down in Moncton on March 13. Each of the artists are bringing their respective new albums to the Tide & Boar’s stage.

Adam Baldwin has long performed alongside other musicians, including Matt Mays, but stepped into the spotlight late last year with the release of his self-titled debut EP. Baldwin supported Mays on a national tour late last year.

Although Baldwin has been writing songs for the last six years, it was his impending tour with Mays that finally got him into the studio last fall:

“It all came to a head this past September when I was getting ready to head out on tour as the opening act for Matt [Mays]. I wanted to have a record for people to take home with them at the end of the night and so three weeks before we were due to leave, I got into the studio and banged the songs off with some friends of mine. I just needed to literally be cornered like that before I got the motivation to just get it done,” Baldwin says.

Sam Cash and The Romantic Dogs were last in town late last year when they supported acclaimed rock band July Talk. The group’s sophomore record Stand Alone, Fall Together was released last September.