The MusicNerd Files Edition #32

Whitney Rose performs at Moncton's Plan b Lounge on Saturday Apr. 5
Whitney Rose performs at Moncton’s Plan b Lounge on Saturday Apr. 5

A mix of the old guard and the new guard of music will pass through Moncton during the month of April.

Prog-rock inspired Kansas and the legendary Chubby Checker perform shows at Casino New Brunswick on April 11 and April 24 respectively while Canadian rock icon Bryan Adams performs at the Moncton Coliseum on April 30.

Canadian heavy metal band Protest The Hero storm Downtown Moncton’s The Caveau on April 8 while Moncton doom-rock duo Zaum will celebrate the end of an extensive run of shows through Quebec and Ontario at the same venue on April 26.

Here are a few other show highlights worth checking out:

Whitney Rose performs at Moncton’s Plan b Lounge (212 St. George St., Moncton) on Saturday Apr. 5. The show is an early evening show, starting at 7:00 p.m.

I had been hearing a lot of wonderful things about Prince Edward Island native Whitney Rose in the time after she released her self-titled debut record in November 2012. And while her record does a more than fine job giving listeners a glimpse into her pristine delivery of a classic country music sound (think Patsy Cline), nothing prepared me for the killer live show I saw her perform in Fredericton last November.

Accompanied only by guitarist Nichol Robertson (a killer player in his own right), Whitney effortlessly charmed the pants off the audience while showcasing her incredible vocal skills. Her dedication to replicating a long gone era of country music was simply immaculate.

Last year alone, she shared the stage with the likes of Dwight Yoakam, Reba McEntire and The Mavericks. Whitney goes into next weekend’s East Coast Music Awards with nominations for Rising Star Recording of the Year and Country Recording of the Year.

Glory Glory is scheduled to perform at the Tide & Boar Gastropub (700 Main St., Moncton) on Saturday Apr. 12.

After an all too long period of time, musical chameleons Glory Glory return to Moncton for a show on Saturday April 12. The trio’s show is in support of their newest EP, So Long, scheduled for release on April 8.

Mixed by Grammy nominated producer/engineer Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, Weezer), Glory Glory’s new EP sees the group drawing upon influences including new wave, dance and indie rock.

Once the group’s run of shows in the Maritimes wrap up, the group will be heading overseas to perform in the United Kingdom. Two of their currently scheduled dates including performances at the Great Escape Festival alongside other Canadian acts such as PS I Love You, Hannah Georgas and Pup.

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Bloody Diamonds perform at Plan b Lounge (212 St. George St., Moncton) on Monday Apr. 28. Show time is set for 9:00 p.m.

Halifax rock duo Bloody Diamonds kick off an ambitious 40-plus-show tour of North America with a show in Moncton towards the end of April. By the time mid-June rolls around, they will be deep in the Southern U.S. Since forming in 2011, the group has relentlessly toured throughout Canada, playing hundreds of shows in support of a full-length LP as well as a 7-inch single.

Article published in the March 28, 2014 edition of the Times & Transcript