The MusicNerd Files Edition #29

Rose Cousins photo by Mark Maryanovich
Rose Cousins photo by Mark Maryanovich

As we recover from the holiday season, we ease into 2014 with a smattering of shows throughout Metro Moncton. Here are a few highlights of what is happening:

Helix and Honeymoon Suite perform at Casino New Brunswick (21 Casino Dr., Moncton) on Saturday, Jan. 11. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $19.99 plus taxes and service charges. Advance tickets are available at the Casino Gift Shop, by phone at 1-866-943-8849 and online at casinonb.ca.

It will be a retro revival of sorts at Casino New Brunswick on Jan. 11 when Honeymoon Suite and Helix perform. Both bands rose to national prominence in the ’80s when Muchmusic and MTV both actively played music videos.

Originally formed in 1981, Honeymoon Suite could do no wrong in the early part of their career. Their 1984 self-titled debut record spawned numerous hits, going on to sell more than 400,000 copies in Canada. The group’s success didn’t stop there, however. They embarked on a series of headlining tours while also supporting the likes of Billy Idol, Bryan Adams and more. Their most recent release is 2008’s Clifton Hill.

For many of us who grew up in the 80’s, Helix’s “Rock You” is a staple from the era. Of course, Helix is bigger than that one song. The hard rockin’ band, led by the charismatic Brian Vollmer, will be performing in Spain later this year and has a new album, Bastard of the Blues, in the works as well.

Rose Cousins is scheduled to play the Riverview Arts Centre (400 Whitepine Rd., Riverview) on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available at Jean Coutu (438 Coverdale Road, Riverview), Frank’s Music (245 Carson Drive, Moncton) and Sobeys (1160 Findlay Blvd., Riverview)

Chances are when Prince Edward Island native Rose Cousins arrives in Metro Moncton for her show at the end of January, it will be a vastly different environment from the land Down Under where she had spent virtually all of December. The Juno Award-winning artist toured Australia behind the release of her acclaimed record, We Have Made A Spark. The album has brought Cousins wide critical acclaim, earning her a spot on NPR’s Top 10 Americana and Folk Albums of 2012 while also getting mentions from USA Today, Oprah Magazine and Entertainment Weekly.

Here at home in Canada, Cousins is equally loved, having won a pair of Canadian Folk Music Awards, six East Coast Music Awards, three Nova Scotia Music Awards as well as three P.E.I. Music Awards.

Northcote and Dave Hause perform at Plan b Lounge, located at 212 St. George St., Moncton, on Tuesday Jan. 28. Show time is 10 p.m.

Northcote is the name under which singer-songwriter Matt Goud performs. He released his self-titled sophomore record via the Black Box Recordings record label earlier this year. The record highlights his ability to incorporate his diverse musical background, which happens to include punk, soul and the blues.

Goud’s show-mate, Dave Hause, was the front man for The Loved Ones but since embarking on a solo career, he has had the good fortune of backing up Social Distortion and The Gaslight Anthem. His newest album, Devour, was released this past fall and blends the unlikely musical worlds of folk and punk rock.

Article published in the January 3, 2014 edition of the Times & Transcript