10 shows to rock your face

Rock, punk and metal newbs and legends, plus a photo vernissage that fans of’ 1970s NYC punk won’t want to miss.

facebook (379x464)Record fiends won’t want to miss the goodies that can be found at brick and mortar wax shacks around town during this year’s Black Friday. Some local shops are stocking Record Store Day’s Black Friday titles, but the real gold can be found in their bins all year round. Get out there and stick the needle in the groove!

Thursday: Without a doubt, the big pick for tonight would be the rad punk rock/pop of ex-U.B.T./Rockhard trio Nobros, who’ve cooked up a night called “Babegang” at l’Esco. Opening will be Devora, Pale Lips and Crosss. Better get there early and keep your ears bent for the new Nobros demo. 4467 St-Denis, 9 p.m., $5

Friday: As I said in the November print edition of Cult MTL, the glitterati of the New York punk movement will adorn the walls of BBAM! Gallery. Fans of proto and first wave punk rock can’t miss this chance to peep gorgeous photos by Paul Zone, who’ll be on hand to sign copies of his new book Playground: Growing Up in the New York Underground ’71 – ’78. 3255 St-Jacques W., 7 p.m.

If you’re curious about the origin’s of Florida’s death metal movement, Orlando’s Death is most definitely the germ and in my opinion the leaders of the genre. Despite the death of leader and main songwriter Chuck Schuldiner, remaining members are honoring his memory under the moniker Death (DTA Tours) with solid support from fellow Flordian legends Obituary, with Massacre, Riverd of Nihil and Homewrecker. Le National (1220 Ste-Catherine E.), 7 p.m., $35/$40

Feel the darkness at la Vitrola, where ex-Zola Jesus and Cult of Youth’s Delphic Oracle plays with Brooklyn’s Blood and Sun, Havan and Besastzung. 4602 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $8

Local sloth rockers the Hazelles come out of hiding, with Groupuscule Skip Jensen and the krautrock of Tonnes at Brasserie Beaubien. 73 Beaubien E., 9 p.m., $5

Speaking of coming out of hiding, roots rockers the Sonny Best Band load up the pick-up truck and drive down to l’Esco. Straight outta Hudson! 4467 St-Denis

The big pick of the week would have to go to indie rock royalty Blonde RedheadClub Soda (1225 St-Laurent), 8 p.m., $25

Saturday: Ex C’mon guitar slinger Ian Blurton continues his rawk and roll mission with his new band Public Animal, with support from Windpisser and No Aloha. This will get messy. 4467 St-Denis, 9 p.m., $8

Wednesday: White Cowbell Oklahoma is still swinging and will be pouring their 10-gallon lids into l’Esco with local stoners Mountain Dust. Once saw the guitarist from W.C.O. play the guitar lead of “Sweet Home Alabama” with a shot glass on his dick. One of rock’s truly majestic moments. 4467 St-Denis, 9 p.m., $8

If you’re going to the Death From Above 1979 show at Metropolis on Thursday, you might want to lube up with their doc Life After Death From Above 1979 at Phi Centre. Director Eva Michon will be on hand for a Q & A after the screening. 407 St-Pierre, 8 p.m., $11.25


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