Sure Things: Your guide to this weekend's best shows

Extreme metal, New Brunswick punk, chamber music and...Bow Wow?

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I partied with Death Valley Driver once. They overturned the coffee table and filled it with chips. - PATRICIA BOURQUE
  • Patricia Bourque
  • I partied with Death Valley Driver once. They overturned the coffee table and filled it with chips.

Thursday June 4

David R. Elliott Album Release w/Freemansons, River Jacks David R. Elliott releases his first self-produced studio album, crafted from seven years of songwriting. The roots-influenced album features an exceptionally eclectic mix of eighties college rock, fifties pop, noise and punk. A labour of love. Gus' Pub, 2605 Agricola Street, 9pm

Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound CD Release Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound have had a busy year. The six-piece soul/funk outfit has played countless shows at just about every venue in the city, and now they’re releasing their debut album, featuring the sublime single Puppet/Choppin Block. Special guests include Erin Costelo, Jessie Brown and Kendra Breen. The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, $10, 9pm

Friday June 5

The Tasty Wangs, The Graboids, The Odd Socks, Primenine, The B+ Players It's Adrian's fuggan birthday! The Rockin' 4 Dollars dude/Grapplin' Graboid alter-ego/amateur pyrotechnician celebrates in style and in vanity for the fifth year running, with a handful of local acts and The Tasty Wangs, Saint John's finest and greasiest. In lieu of a music vid, here's the absolutely batshit promo. Gus' Pub, 2605 Agricola Street, 9pm

Nap Eyes, Monomyth, Old and Weird, Heaven For Real Nap Eyes are the unpretentious, honest-to-goodness alternative folk heroes that the city needs and they’ll make you sway like it’s the sixties. All the bands on the bill are taking off on tour shortly after the show, so catch ‘em while you can. The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street, 9pm-2am

Saturday June 6

Forged In Vinyl Grand Opening w/Napalm Raid, Versifist, Thaumiel Forged in Vinyl is Halifax's first record store dedicated solely to underground extreme metal. The grand opening party also serves as a wicked all-ages metal show. Bring the kids! Pro Skateboards, 6451 Quinpool Road, free, 6pm

Death Valley Driver w/Dischord, Hero's Last Rite, Orchid's Curse PEI face melters (and ECMA winners) Death Valley Driver are the big sell for me on this four-band, four-city tour. Their brand of contemporary metal mingles with classic rock influences for a sound that’s punishing, complex, and at times, nearly playful. This show comes with a bonus, too: Orchid’s Curse’s prodigal bassist Kevin Mombourquette has returned from the west coast and he’s playing (another) retirement show. Gus' Pub, 2605 Agricola Street, 9pm

Bow Wow Bow Wow isn't so Lil' anymore. The little fella we knew and loved now stars on CSI: Cyber and tortures rap fans the world over by not releasing the album he promised five years ago. Take a trip down memory lane with my elementary school jam. The Marquee Ballroom, 2037 Gottingen Street, $20-$60, 10pm

Sunday June 7

Scotia Festival of Music Gala When the extreme metal hangover wears off, hit up the closing party for Scotia Festival of Music, the world's best teeny-tiny chamber music festival. Scott St. John and Sharon Wei will be performing Benjamin's Romantic Fantasy and it's going to be off the chain. Sir James Dunn Theatre, 6101 University Avenue, $50, 2pm

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