Conjunction Junction

Roche Uhntraal braids his hair for Willie.

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The reputation of the band set to open for Bedouin Soundclash this Friday is somewhat ambiguous at the moment, but that won’t last for long. Brampton’s The Junction signed with Universal this summer and will soon return home to finish work on their debut full-length. Bassist Matthew Jameson says the deal came about slowly. “It didn’t come out of nowhere,” he says, fresh off the stage from a show in Saint John. An A&R rep “had seen us a lot and had been coming to our shows for probably over a year before we got signed. In the beginning we weren’t ready. We just had to get better and better before we signed the agreement.” Rounded out by vocalist/guitarist Brent Jackson, keyboardist/vocalist Joel James and drummer Mike Taylor, The Junction will bring their danceable fortitude to the Marquee on December 2.

Making Contact

Christian rockers The Contact are now cross-country road warriors. After 31 dates across the country from St. John’s to Vancouver, frontman Geoff William says the band is thrilled to be back in more familiar surroundings. The band — including keyboardist Jordan Allen, drummer Mark Bergman, guitarist Tim Fifield and bassist Kamal Sampara — will treat fans to an acoustic performance of tunes off their first full-length Paralyzed from the Soul Up this Saturday at The Music Room. The show will be recorded for future release. “I think it’s a good challenge for us, we’ve worked on some stuff, translating it over to acoustic. And I think that particular venue just calls out for something more of an acoustic sound,” says William.

Highway men

Willie Nelson is on the road again, and on May 10 that road will lead to the Metro Centre. The outlaw country legend will bring the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band along for the ride. Details are forthcoming. If you were too young — or not yet born — to appreciate Nelson at the peak of his popularity, chances are you were hangin’ tough with New Kids on the Block. Jordan Knight will appear on January 17 at The Palace. Tickets are on sale now for $24 at CDPlus and the Alehouse. Also announced this week was The Trews, who will play the Marquee on January 27 and 28. Joel Plaskett also put tickets on sale for his heavily anticipated New Year’s bash at the Marquee. The Emergency will ring in what is already set to be an impressive 2006 with support from UK rock DJs Unemployable Welsh Scum. Hell will feature Two Hours Traffic and The Museum Pieces. Tickets are $30 (!) and available at Sam the Record Man, MusicStop and Frozen Ocean. Still absent from confirmation is Hot Hot Heat, looking more unlikely to follow through on rumoured plans to play the city in January.

Bandages on our legs for you: scene@thecoast.ca.

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