Young Braised Black Sheep and plenty of pop-punk
It’s a half-secret that Calgary’s home to some truly inspiring up-and-coming electronic producers. Among them is Sergio Levels who’ll perform alongside Rusty Meeks Reggie Suave and Juicy Jamey at a night called Noir on Thursday March 13 at Habitat. Sounds sexy right? Well it is — the night will also feature some live congas and some sexy sexy saxophone.
On Friday March 14 Tubby Dog will be the place to be with an appearance from Zenned-out Vancouver rap performance artist Young Braised whose 2013 release Japanese Tendencies remains one of the most interesting and singular cassettes in recent memory. He’ll be joined by local chiptune chap Greyscreen (a.k.a. Kevin Stebner) and the charming synth sounds of Craig Storm’s Monroeville Music Center . Full disclosure: I helped book this show and will be selecting weird stupid YouTube videos on the big screen with my bud Carl Cassidy between performances.
Saturday March 15 presents a variety of options. Among them Mad Decent dance music duo Gent & Jawns who will bring their explosive tracks to the Hifi Club.
For a more local flavour you’d be wise to check out the LP release show for Calgary powerhouse Lab Coast . The indie pop champions have finally released their masterful album Walking on Ayr on vinyl and will celebrate at The Palomino alongside local synth punks Teledrome and garage act The Soft Option .
Saturday night’s also a good one for fans of a genre that’s near and dear to my heart — ’90s pop-punk. Legendary skate punk act Guttermouth a favourite of my high school’s biggest punk fan who was also an eyebrow-pierced McDonald’s manager will bring their anthems to The Gateway. Before you take a trip down memory lane however be warned: they’ll be joined by a folk-punk band from Vancouver called The Dreadnoughts who have released an album called Polka’s Not Dead .
For some poppy punk sing-alongs that have aged a hell of a lot better local hero and Chixdiggit frontman KJ Jansen will bring his affable charm to the Oak Tree Tavern on Saturday night for a set of solo acoustic Chix tracks. As if that weren’t enough he is promising some special surprise guests. Hopefully it’ll be the elusive chupacabra.
The pop-punk love-in continues through Sunday March 16 with yet another take on the genre as Pennsylvania popsters The Wonder Years hit The Den alongside Defeater Real Friends Citizen and Modern Baseball .
Over at Commonwealth Sunday night will see an appearance from legendary hip-hop act Black Sheep . The Queens New York duo had an impressive original run from 1989 to 1995 as part of the Native Tongues movement alongside A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. Five years later in 2000 they reunited and have been active ever since.