Spring has sprung and that means new music upon us. Three big CD release shows, plus an influx of national touring acts pepper another great month of live original music in Windsor. Here's a glance at some worthwhile musical excursions in April.
Friday April 1
The experimental pop sounds of Toronto's, BingeNinja, heads to Phog Lounge, joined by fellow Torontonian singer/songwriter, Matt Zaddy. Windsor's Lele Danger Band opens the show.
The infectious rockabilly cowpunk of South River Slim & The Skeletones light up the basement at The Dominion House, while on the main stage, it's a great lineup of heavy and weird. Local hardcore veterans, Worry and Dirt, team up with the soundscapes of In(Our)Finite Space and Buffalo thrash outfit CAIN. All ages show for only $7.
Saturday April 2
New indie folk outfit, Teenage Geese, (featuring members of the unquiet dead, Diane Motel and Luna Borealis) are releasing their debut album with a launch party at The Windsor Beer Exchange. Opening the show is Years of Ernest frontman Andrew MacLeod.
Over at the Dominion House, Windsor punk icons The Guitar Army are throwing their first annual IGGY FEST, a tribute to the music of Iggy Pop & The Stooges. They'll be joined by special guests from throughout the Windsor music scene paying homage to one of the most influential Detroit musicians on Windsor music of the past 40 years.
Sunday April 3
The twisted “freak folk” of Montreal's Swamp Wolf comes through Windsor tonight with a stop on his Laconic Bard Tour within the intimate walls of Phog Lounge. He's joined with Windsor's own David John Zelko (Better Weather, the hood., The Wanderlust Club) with a solo set.
Monday April 4
Montreal’s experimental post-rock outfit, Atsuko Chiba, have made Windsor a regular stop following a well received FAM Fest show a few years back. Tonight they hit the Dub en route to their U.S. Tour. They’re performing at The Windsor Beer Exchange where they’ll be joined by the triumphant return of the amazing electronic guitar duo, Learning.
Tuesday April 5
The quirky retro-pop sounds of Chicago’s, BLOOM, make their Canadian debut with a stop at The Windsor Beer Exchange. Doors at 8 p.m. and only $5 for cover. Nathan McNevin & The Silence Factory will be bringing the Windsor support.
Friday April 8
Windsor’s crusty folk punkers, Thick As Thieves, are back in action after a brief hiatus with a big show at The Windsor Beer Exchange. They’re joined by out of towners, St. Catharines’ Dirtfight and Quebec’s Cold Folks.
The gorgeous orchestral folk of St. John’s, Fog Lake, comes to Phog Lounge in support of last year’s beautiful Victoria Park. Toronto’s Marine Dreams joins the bill.
Saturday April 9
One of Canadian music’s true gems, the gifted singer-songwriter, Julie Doiron, returns for another intimate show at Phog Lounge. While best known as a member of iconic East Coast band, Eric’s Trip, Julie has crafted an amazing discography as a solo performer since the band’s demise.
Indie rock favourites, Huttch, return to the stage with an all-ages show at MacKenzie Hall. Doors at 7 p.m., tickets are available at Dr. Disc on Ouellette. $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Jubilee Ricciotti and The Brandy Alexanders open the show.
89X and Fork & Cork present a rock showcase at the Dominion House, led by those Cowboys in Cardigans, who are prepping the release of a new EP, Mammoth. They’re joined by Magnum Opera and the surging Autumn Kings.
The rock swagger of The Dirty River Band is going to be bringing the ruckus to the stage at Villains Beastro tonight.
Monday April 11
Former members of Straight Reads The Line have formed a new project, Anniversary, and these Hamiltonions will be headlining a huge bill at The Windsor Beer Exchange this Monday night. Musical comedian, Jason Rouse, from Los Angeles is also featured, as well as Hamilton’s Voltang, along with Windsor’s Sebastian Abt (from Huttch) and The Feedbacks.
Wednesday April 13
Montreal/Ottawa experimental pop artists, Future States, bring their eccentric sounds to Phog Lounge for a mid-week taste of the unique.
Thursday April 14
Windsor’s post-punk heroes, No Hands, (formerly known as Eraserhead) are back for another local show at Phog Lounge, joined by Toronto’s noise rock of Shahman.
Friday April 15
Windsor metal juggernauts, Gypsy Chief Goliath, drop their long awaited new album, Citizens of Nowhere, tonight with a monster show at the DH. These guys never disappoint in their live show and honest performances, and they’ve brought in Black Vulcan (members of Poughboy, Fiftywatthead, Blastphemy) and In(Our)Finite Space to warm up the show.
Toronto singer/songwriter, Lindy, has always been a Phog favourite, with a string of amazing sold out shows as well as slots on past Phog Phests. Find out why as he’s back for the first time in ages. While you’re at it, check out the opener, Roisin Tuohy. The Edinburgh songwriter has been calling Windsor home for a while now, but after this month we’re losing her to Toronto.
The Kingsville Folk Festival’s “Road To...” series has been bringing a lot of great folk artists to the area in preparation for the 2016 edition of the Festival itself. Tonight at The Bank Theatre (10 Erie St. South, Leamington), multi-East Coast Music Award winner and Juno nominee, Dave Grunning, from Pictou brings his captivating storytelling to Windsor-Essex county.
Thursday April 21
Speaking of Roisin Tuohy’s departure from the Rose City in May, tonight is her final Chan Bang jam session at Villains Beastro. A great communal circle of music with many local musical faves, it’s the perfect night to send off Roisin with a heartfelt thank you for her time with us.
Friday April 22
One of Windsor’s hardest working metal bands, Devilz By Definition, finally release their long awaited album The Devilution on the main floor at The Dominion House. They’re joined by Arcanum and Scorn so far, with promises of more acts to be added for a night of devilishly good metal.
Hamilton alt. rockers, Radio Free Universe, return to Windsor on the Premature Evacuation Tour with a stop at Phog Lounge, where they’re joined by Windsor’s My Neighbour My Neighbour.
Saturday April 23
London rockers, The Tracks, make their Windsor debut with a show at The Dominion House, where they’ll be joined by Nathan McNevin & The Silence Factory for local backup.
Sunday April 24
Denver, Colorado’s, The Living Deads, bring their psychobilly horrorpunk to Phog Lounge as part of their Canadian tour. Fans of Misfits and Horrorpops will be sure to enjoy this energetic duo.
Saturday April 30
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard this name, but Scott Warren (Vultures?, Lone Locust, Somatose) has returned with another installment of his majestic solo project, This Is War. Powerfully heavy in emotion and sound, this is going to blow your head off. Especially considering it’ll be confined to the walls of Phog Lounge.
East Coast singer/songwriter, Nudie, returns to Windsor for a show at Craft Heads. He’s backed up by a combination of bands that’s been tearing up Windsor the past few months: South River Slim & The Skeletones and The Hung Jury.
Windsor rock maestro, Dennis Cantagallo, (alias Jack The Lad) and his gang, The Dead Samaritans, are hosting a tribute to David Bowie at Villains tonight, where he’ll be joined by special guests from the Windsor music community in performing classic Bowie songs in tribute to the fallen legend.
If you’re looking for loud, then the Windsor Beer Exchange is your place to be, as The Heat Seeking Moisture Missiles make their return to the Windsor stage after a lengthy hiatus. They’re joined by another band who’s been MIA, the legendary power groove of Pitch Union, plus a couple new up and comers, Antioch and Black Eyed Susan.