The MusicNerd Files Edition #15

As we enter the final two months of 2012, live shows continue to be a force of nature in Metro Moncton. In the next 28 days, the likes of Big Wreck, Theory Of A Deadman, The Sheepdogs, Burton Cummings and The Trews will be pulling through town. If you’re a music fan, Moncton is the place to be this month.

Here are some of the shows coming up this month that I consider to be highlights:

■ Death From Above 1979 with special guests PS I Love You perform at the iRock, 415 Elmwood Dr., Moncton, on Thursday, Nov. 8. Advance tickets are $30.49 while on the day of the show, the ticket price rises to $35.49. Advance tickets are available exclusively online at

The last time that Death From Above 1979 performed in Moncton at the now defunct Manhattan Bar & Grill, there were reportedly no more than 40 in attendance. The Toronto-based noise rock duo, comprised of Jesse F. Keeler and Sebastien Grangier, released their acclaimed studio record in 2004. You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine became a cult-hit of sorts bringing the band to stages all over the world as well as to the Conan O’Brien television show. The group acrimoniously disbanded in 2006 among reported creative differences but reunited for a series of shows in 2011 including an appearance at the Coachella Festival in California. While it remains to be seen if the duo will get to making a new record, I would suggest catching them at the iRock on Thursday night to see what all the fuss is about for yourself.

■ Erin Costelo performs at Plan B Lounge, 212 St. George Street, Moncton on Thursday, Nov. 15. The show starts at 10 p.m.

The last time that The Times & Transcript heard from Halifax’s Erin Costelo, it was during this past April’s East Coast Music Awards. At the time, she was preparing for the release of her next album and spoke excitedly about the shift in musical direction that the record would hold for her. We Can Get Over was finally released last month and boy, it was well worth the wait. An album steeped in the soul music of the ’60s, Costelo sounds as though she might have found her true musical calling on the record. Be sure to check out her Plan B show later this month to hear one of Atlantic Canada’s brightest talents for yourself.

■ On Friday, Nov. 16, Halifax’s Matt Mays will perform at the iRock (415 Elmwood Drive, Moncton). Advance tickets are $27.99, available exclusively at

Where has the time gone? Until the release of his newest record Coyote this past September, it had been quite some time since the world had heard from Halifax rocker Matt Mays. Not surprisingly, Coyote delivers on every shred of promise that Mays’ prior efforts held. Mays and his band are always a force to be reckoned with live. If you’re in need of a sweaty rock n’ roll show, I would recommend heading to the iRock in two weeks time and welcome Mays back to Metro Moncton.

Article published in November 2, 2012 edition of the Times & Transcript