American death metal lords Dying Fetus make their way from Maryland to the Maritimes on June 1. Dying Fetus is reported to play "the ultimate blend of death metal, hardcore and grind." The band has toured the world extensively and has an impressive roster of albums—they're here promoting their newest, War of Attrition. Aside from general awesomeness, an internationally famous band (at least in the underground metal scene) is almost guaranteed to blow your mind live. The show is a delightful mix of local and US superstars with Bloodshoteye (Ontario), Covenance (also from Maryland), Collapse (New Glasgow) and Amnesty (PEI).
I would go so far as to say it's a mini-metal-festival weekend, since Halifax's own Hellacaust and Defective Perception, along with Moncton-area outfits Discord and Rebecca's Grave, plus Uigg from PEI, all play the next evening at the Speakeasy. The show is free with a Dying Fetus ticket stub, $5 without. With such songs as "One Shot One Kill," "We Are Your Enemy" and "Kill Your Mother/Rape Your Dog" (all with videos on dyingfetus.com), you know this will be an eventful weekend.
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On June 2, Montreal's Dukes of the Archiopelago and There Were Vallys, along with locals Husband and Knife and Xian, distribute the tunes at Gus' Pub. Dukes of the Archipelago specialize in "fervent rock and roll, fiery lamentations, drunken hymns for the down and out." They write songs "with the heart of the forest floor and play them with the frenzied soul of the city." The band is promoting its first full-length album, Battles & Scars.
After a five-year hiatus from the venue, The Swell Guys bring back the Saturday matinee to Peddler's Pub on June 2 at 3pm. Ken, Alex, Pat and Doug had been playing the matinee for 23 years (just think about that for a second) before the hiatus and decided their Saturday afternoons could again be better spent making people shake a leg.
The Lifetime-starring Flip the Switch festival, scheduled for July2 at Alderney Landing, has been cancelled. Boo-urns!
Music, movies and money (oh my!)
The Atlantic Film Festival has announced a call for submissions for its fourth annual Music & Image CD compilation. Music and Image was created by the Atlantic Film Festival Association and the East Coast Music Association to help hook up awesome musicians with equally awesome filmmakers. The CD sampler is distributed/promoted to composers, arrangers, music supervisors, buyers and filmmakers at both the AFF and ECMA events. The deadline for submissions is Monday, June 4. Find details at: atlanticfilm.com/musicandimage.
If you've been alive and breathing you'll have heard that The Evens are coming to town on June 20 to North Street Church—$8 advance or $10 at the door. Doors open at 8pm, The Evens play at 8:30pm, and there are no openers, so if you're late, you'll miss it! Don't even try to say we didn't warn you. I am told there will be a Q&A/hangout with the band afterwards and maybe even a potluck, which sounds really sweet to me. I'll personally pay you $5 if you ask Ian MacKaye some stupid question about being straight edge. I'll pay even more if he rolls his eyes at you. Which you and I both know he WILL.
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