The MusicNerd Files Edition #27


As we enter the last two months of 2013, there is no lack of bands pulling through southeastern New Brunswick before the new year.

The most action for shows is taking place at Casino New Brunswick, where the likes of John Michael Montgomery, ZZ Top, Styx, Hanson, Jimmy Rankin and the Tedeschi-Trucks Band will perform.

Of course, there is a lot happening at other key music venues in the city as well. Here is a rundown of a few shows that I would recommend checking out:

The Fugitives perform at Plan b Lounge, 212 St. George St., Moncton, on Sunday, Nov. 3. Show time is 9 p.m.

After more than eight years of touring throughout Canada and Europe, the last thing that Vancouver indie-folk collective The Fugitives wanted to do was to be back on the road. But after being offered the opportunity to make its latest record Everything Will Happen with producer John Critchley (Dan Mangan, Amelia Curran), the band just couldn’t say no.

“The main motivation behind going to Toronto was having the chance to work with John Critchley at his studio,” Fugitives member Brendan McLeod says. “We really loved the work he’d done with past acts like Dan Mangan and Elliot Brood, so we were excited by the potential of bringing these songs to him. We weren’t disappointed; we think he captured a great sound with the album.”

When not touring with The Fugitives, both McLeod and his bandmate Adrian Glynn remain active in other artistic pursuits. McLeod can boast of being a former Canadian SLAM poetry champion and is an award-winning novelist, while Glynn received rave reviews for his role in Chelsea Hotel , a play based on the works of Leonard Cohen.

In a roundabout kind of way, McLeod says that maintaining interests outside of The Fugitives ultimately helps serve the band: “When you’re working on creative endeavours, the best thing you can do for yourself is to stay inspired. By mixing aesthetic mediums we ensure we’re always refreshing our perspective, looking at different artistic approaches and how they vary and trying to bring the best creative strategies and solutions to our music.”

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Tim Hicks performs at iRock Nightclub, 415 Elmwood Dr., Moncton, on Friday, Nov. 8. Doors for the show open at 9 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 (plus taxes and service charges). Tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at 1-866-943-8849.

Fresh off a week of performing for Canadian troops serving in Afghanistan, Canadian country music star Tim Hicks is coming to Moncton.

The buzz behind Hicks’ career is palpable by both the industry and fans. His latest single ‘Buzz Buzz Buzzing’ was recently the most added single on country radio. This follows ‘Get By,’ Hicks’ debut gold-selling single, which spent 17 weeks as the bestselling Canadian country single on iTunes. With more than 1.3 million video views online, Hicks’ album Throw Down was the No. 1 selling Canadian album across all genres last week, helping make Hicks the Canadian country music success story of the year.

His upcoming show at the iRock might be your last chance to see the artist perform in such cozy confines.

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Plan b Lounge hosts Fast Romantics on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 9 p.m. Plan b is located at 212 St. George St., Moncton.

When it came to the making of its sophomore record Afterlife Blues , Calgary natives Fast Romantics simply went with the flow. Choosing to work again with producer Howard Redekopp (Tegan & Sara, Mother Mother), the rock group was considerably more relaxed while in the studio. As a result, Afterlife Blues came together much more easily than its debut, which resulted in a more confident sounding band. Formed in Calgary in 2008, the group has performed at prestigious festivals including SXSW, NXNE and CMJ in New York City. Its songs have found their way onto many television shows including Shameless, Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars.

Article published in the November 1, 2013 edition of the Times & Transcript