Friday February 5
Vancouver hip-hop star Madchild stops in Windsor on tour for his upcoming new album, Underground Monsters. This is one of the biggest hip-hop shows of the past few years in Windsor, at The Boom Boom Room (315 Ouellette Ave.).
A loud night of balls to the wall heavy rock as two newcomers unite for one's EP release. Part of the Plan unveil their new EP along with local faves Magnum Opera, with Traverse Town opening the show at The Player's Club (1530 Langlois Ave.)
Saturday February 6
Blues bad boy South River Slim has multiple alter egos, either solo or part of his VooDuo. He unveils his third concurrent project, the rockabilly blues rock of The Skeletones, featuring former Spy and current Guitar Army frontman Dale “Elad” D'Amore on lead guitar. The new group debuts tonight at The Windsor Beer Exchange (493 University Ave. West).
If you're craving it loud tonight, head down to the Dominion House Tavern (3140 Sandwich St.) as local heavyweights Dirt lead the charge along with Becomes Astral (Guelph), Here Comes Bigfoot (Ottawa) and local veterans Hell Is For Other People.
Friday February 12
Start the night off with dinner at Rino's Kitchen & Ale House (131 Elliott St. West) where Charlie Righteous will be performing an early set at 7pm. Righteous is the nom de plume of local Charles Benn (thelovedepartment, TUG), a damned fine storyteller.
London's pop-punk badgirls The Alcohollys have definitely fallen in love with the Rose City the past year, with an increase in frequency of visits. They're at Villains Beastro (256 Pelissier Ave.) tonight, joined by local support from Help and Black Eyed Susan.
Former Credible Witness frontman Walter Senko is gaining some steam in the roots ensemble Border Patrol these days, but he's still performing solo. This bright young songwriter is performing a piano night at The Windsor Beer Exchange.
Saturday February 13
A special Valentine's Day edition of Scene & Heard takes place upstairs at Villains Beastro, with an intimate performance and Q&A with Edinburgh (now Windsor) songwriter Roisin Tuohy. Amidst the music and conversation will be art showings from some of Windsor's leading female artists (line-up being finalized at press time).
Great night of heavy diversity at The Dominion House Tavern tonight, with Arcanum, in (our) finite space, Siren Phase and Devilz By Definition. Great cross section of music this night, from thrash metal to experimental electronic.
Vancouver singer/songwriter Sarah Jane Scouten brings her Appalachian chamber folk through Ontario at winter and stops at Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West), where she's joined by one of Windsor's finest musical finds in Max Marshall.
Cloverjoy, the indie pop outfit fronted by Adam Gilchrist (Butterfield Gateway), returns to the local music scene with a show at Villains Beastro (main floor level), with Foxtronic.
Wednesday February 17
Early 2000's pop punk legends Simple Plan from Montreal are back and on the road for their brand new album, Taking One For The Team. They stop in Windsor tonight at the Olde Walkerville Theatre (1564 Wyandotte St. East), with local indie rock sensations Huttch opening the show.
Saturday February 20
Been a few years since Vancouver's Yukon Blonde has played Windsor, but they have a new record out with On Blonde and they're touring the country with Minnesota's ON AND ON. They play tonight at The Capital Theatre (121 University Ave. West). Tickets are still available at Phog Lounge for $15 advance or $20 at the door.
The sultry swagger of rock veterans The Dead Samaritans will be rocking the stage at Villains Beastro.
Phog Lounge houses some interesting sounds, as the psychedelic indie pop of Ottawa's Lush Buffalo and the punk rawk of Clarington's Tijuana Jesus.
Sunday February 21
Some of the local music scene is trying to raise money and give back to one of their own tonight with The Night For Mike at The Windsor Beer Exchange. Michael Barnett of local post-rock outfit Meandergreen was recently in an accident that left him injured and without transport. Local promoter David Tidwell is throwing a charity show to raise money to help Michael through this rough time financially with a show featuring Hamilton's Downstream, London favourites KING PIN and Markham's Riot Acts. This is all ages event, with tickets available for $5 advance or $10 at the door.
Thursday February 25
Kitchener folk singer Richard Garvey makes the trek down the highway for a show at Phog Lounge tonight on a bill that also features local folk darlings Allison Brown and Kitchener's Uncle Dan.
The road to the Kingsville Folk Fest is underway, with a unique performance from BC folk outfit Fish & Bird, a band that was “raised on equal parts roots music and Radiohead”. Show is being held at The Bank Theatre (10 Erie St. South) in Leamington, with advance tickets for $20.
Friday February 26
Great night of music kicks off at Rino's Kitchen & Ale House with the incomparable voice of Tara Watts for an early dinner and music event at 7pm. Great way to start the evening.
David John Zelko (Better Weather, The Wanderlust Club) and Zara Dureno (Zarasutra) are finally unveiling the long awaited EP from their “bedroom folk” project the hood with a release party at Phog Lounge tonight.
If you're itching to dance, Soul Brother Stef – the Maschine-mixing madman alter ego of The Walkervilles' Stefan Cvetkovic – is doing his funky thang over on the west side at The Dominion House.
Saturday February 27
For the past two years, Nathan McNevin has been wowing the local music scene and mainstream audiences as the frontman for blistering rock sensations SieraSlave, but he's got a new project he's focused on, Nathan McNevin and The Silence Factory. This new rock quartet has been gaining momentum quickly and they're releasing their debut EP tonight at The Olde Walkerville Theatre, joined by El Mi Sho & The Hombres and The Autumn Kings.
The Windsor Scene, Windsor Independent, and Villains Beastro present the fifth edition of Scene & Heard, a totally unique night in Windsor's creative arts scene. Combining the best in local visual art and live music, S/H creates a unique interactive experience, as local journalist, promoter and musician Jamie Greer and local artist, designer and promoter Christy Litster unite to showcase the Windsor-Essex creative arts scene. live interviews & Q&A's with the artists and featured musicians, with a "VH1 Storytellers"-esque storytelling telling session with a featured musical act, who closes out the night with a short set of live music. Tonight, it's local singer/songwriter David Zelko (Better Weather, the hood, The Wanderlust Club) performing songs from his repertoire, paired with local artist Melanie Janisse Barlow.