9 heavy shows, 0 false metal

The Wings of Metal festival is nearly upon us + more to see and hear at the bars and concert halls this weekend.

facebook (379x464)The big gig this week would be the Wings of Metal festival featuring the Skull (ex-Trouble), Holocaust, Blood Ceremony, Natur and a ton more is happening over the weekend at Katacombes. Unfortunately tickets for both nights have been sold out for the past couple of weeks. Fear not you tardy types, as there has been a recent Wings of Metal announcement for Sunday that you might be able to skim into if you’re nimble enough.

Thursday: If you are down with experimental fuckery you can catch this fine bill the peeps from Suoni per il Popolo have cooked up at la Vitrola. Get your swerve on to No UFOs with Geoff Mullen, J.S. Truchy and Bataille Solaire. 4602 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $8

If it wasn’t for the weighty Wings of Metal festival, the big pick would certainly go to the Norton Caravan of Stars night with Miriam, the original tub-thumper for the Cramps and A-Bone’s time-keeper, with the huggable duo of Mark Sultan (aka BBQ) and Bloodshot Bill’s new joint the Ding-Dongs, St. Louis’s Daddy Long Legs and Mr. Norton Records and A-Bone himself, Billy Miller, manning the wheels of steel. Fans of garage raunch are going to want to shake it like a bowl of soup tonight at le Belmont. 4483 St-Laurent, 9 p.m.

Friday: O.G. Pirate of the Lachine Canal Shaun Anderson is throwing his own birthday party at Pub Epoxy in his stomping grounds of St-Henri, featuring DJs Djanglebaby86, Dayeja Vu, Sanderson (that’s Shaun) and Kozz. Expect CCR and high-octane punk rock of the most fucked-up variety. 4210 St-Jacques W., 9 p.m.

A night of meat and potatoes punk rock can be had at Playhouse with the Bombs, the Jeepsters and ex-Inepsy DJ Chany keeping things charged GBH. 5656 Parc, 9 p.m., $5

If all of this punk rock shenanigans is just going to give you a headache, consider heading to the Mess Around night at Divan Orange, easily the best raw soul/R&B night in town. Definitely lace up your dancing shoes for this one. 4234 St-Laurent, 9 p.m.

Saturday: Original first wave Montreal punk rockers the 222’s will take another swing at the glam rock piñata at Piccolo Rialto with Paddle to the Sea and Arbor Glades. 5723 Parc, 9 p.m., $12/$14

Another show that is going to sell out quick will be local psych warlords Elephant Stone, launching their new record, The Three Poisons, with UUBBUURRUU at l’Esco. If you want to get into this one, you better show up before the street lights go on. 4467 St-Denis, 9 p.m.

Local Southern-fried bong-bubblers Eagle Tears are launching a record too (their debut) at la Vitrola but the added incentive would be to catch the psyched out jams of Toronto’s Biblical who are sitting in the middle slot. Opening will be the rootsy jangle of Sunfields. 4602 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $10 (includes vinyl!)

Sunday: For those of you who fugged up on snagging tickets to Wings of Metal, you can still catch the afterparty that was just announced at Katacombes. ADX will do another set on Sunday with the ballast-blasting support of Metalian, Spell and Chainbreaker. Death to false metal!


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