The MusicNerd Files Edition #9

Spring is in the air and in the various music venues throughout Metro Moncton. May looks to be a busy month with shows for people of all musical tastes.

Casino New Brunswick has a number of shows taking place in May including Tony Orlando (May 9), Charley Pride (May 19) and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on May 26.

Punk legends The Supersuckers are playing two shows at the Manhattan Bar & Grill on May 4 and 5 while heavy-metal band The Black Dahlia Murder visits the Manhattan on My 27.

Here are some of my picks for can’t miss shows in May:

■Carleton Stone is scheduled to perform at Plan B Lounge, 212 St. George Street, on Sunday, May 13.

Cape Breton’s Carleton Stone continues to promote his acclaimed self-titled 2011 release. Produced by fellow Canuck Hawksley Workman, Stone’s songs have been hailed as being “smart, pop-country energy” with clever hooks to spare. Stone performed a flurry of shows at this past month’s East Coast Music Week, including at the Cape Breton Embassy show at the Crowne Plaza and a buzz-worthy performance at the ECMA Members Lounge which took place at the Delta Beausejour. Stone recently returned from a songwriting excursion to Los Angeles and Nashville where he had the opportunity to write with fellow Caper Gordie Sampson. You should expect to hear big things from Stone in the future.

■ Marta Pacek performs at Moncton’s Plan B Lounge, located at 212 St. George Street, on Tuesday, May 15. The show starts at 9 p.m.

Born in Poland and raised in Australia, folk songstress Marta Pacek has seemingly lived in all corners of the world. Pacek, currently touring in support of her upcoming record Rebel Baby, due out internationally on May 8, Pacek called Toronto home for approximately four years before deciding to settle down in New York City when not on the road.

Pacek’s has earned comparisons to legendary singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Stevie Nicks. She co-produced Rebel Baby with Jason Mercer (Ani DiFranco & Ron Sexsmith) and emerging artist Peirson Ross. The record features 27 world-class musicians including a couple of Canadian connections in alt-country artist Justin Rutledge on backing vocals and Jerome Godboo (Phantoms) on harmonica.

■ Kalle Mattson plays at Plan B Lounge on Thursday, May 17. Admission to the show is $10 and restricted to those 19 years of age and older.

Three years can mean a world of difference. Take for instance Kalle Mattson. In their early days, Mattson and his band have evolved from a Bob Dylan influenced act to a full-on experimental folk-rock quintet. Mattson’s new five-song EP, Lives In Between, will be released on May 1 and serves as both a precursor and a preview to a new record that he will be completing later this year. Since its release in Nov. 2011, Mattson’s music video for Thick As Thieves has received almost 1,000,000 views to date, depicting the history of the world using stop-motion animation. What is perhaps even more remarkable about the video is the fact that it was created for only $250 in materials and received coverage by media outlets including Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, Much Music, Yahoo, and CBS News, among others.