this week in Ottawa: 03.19.07 - 03.25.07

Born Ruffians, died on a couch watching Search For The Next Pussycat Doll.

This weekend, Born Ruffians appear to be the main attraction in town with their pixy-like stage behaviour and tight pants that would probably be tucked into socks if they reached that far down. They've been through town a couple times recently, including a great-sounding (heavenly?) show at the First Baptist Church, where they also first made their self-titled EP available. For those who haven't heard it, maybe you should consider; you can grab an mp3 of the opening track below. This time around they'll be playing at Zaphod's with local noisemakers Fucked Corpse and tourmates We're Marching On, who kind of sound like every trick in indie-rock smushed together into a pasty somethingorother. That's either a good or a bad thing, but that's up to you to decide.. dial613 will only do so much of the legwork for you.

Also on Friday, locals Casey Comeau & The Centretown Wilderness Club anchor a neat night of country/roots/rock at Babylon, with other dial613endorsed locals Crowded Skies and Guelph's Violet Lyal.
Also of note, VJ Daisy will be there to provide some visual accompaniment in the form of "live video mixing" to the music; how this will go down, dial613 is completely unaware, but it's probably worth a looksee even out of curiousity. Even if it doesn't work out, the bands should be good enough to keep your feets a-stomping and toes a-tapping, which is either a good or a bad thing, but that's up to you to decide.. dial613 will only do so much of the legwork for you.

Two bands hot on the indienet circuit also stop by this weekend. On Saturday, (phe)Menomena come around, whose album Wet And Rusting kind of sounds like a punchline without a joke, or a dirty euphemism, although those could be one and the same. As well, West-coasting Canadians (and Asthmatic Kitty labelled) Shapes & Sizes play Sunday, and they sound pretty good. And if you're not all legworked out by now, you can decide yourself whether that is a good thing or a bad thing.

Where will you be wearing your hippest clothes this weekend?
To what joke is Wet And Rusting the punchline? Did the chicken cross the road because he was Wet And Rusting? Or maybe it's cheese that isn't yours?..

W 03.21
As The Poets Affirm* with The Dudes, at Zaphod's
-->As The Poets Affirm - Awake Chaos (website, myspace)
-->The Dudes - Dropkick Queen Of The Weekend (hheyyy!) (website, myspace)
Jason Collett, at Bar 1848 (at University of Ottawa)

Th 03.22
David Usher with NLX, at Zaphod's
-->David Usher - If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next (Manic Street Preachers cover, who knew?) (website)
Starvin Hungry with The Phantom Shifters*, at Babylon

F 03.23
Amos The Transparent* with Hoodlum, at The Black Sheep Inn
Born Ruffians with We're Marching On and Fucked Corpse*, at Zaphod's
-->Born Ruffians - This Sentence Will Ruin/Save Your Life (website, myspace)
-->4 tracks from a session at KEXP via i(heart)music
Casey Comeau & The Centretown Wilderness Club with VJ Daisy, Crowded Skies*, and Violet Lyal, at Babylon
The Country Boys, at Irene's Pub

Sa 03.24
Big Jeezus Truck* with The Shifters, at Barrymore's
Bloodshot Bill, at Irene's Pub
Caridad Cruz & Kubacua, at The Black Sheep Inn
Hilotrons* with Great Aunt Ida, at Babylon
Mackenzie MacBride & The Supermodel Syndrome*, at Avant-Garde Bar
Menomena with Land Of Talk and Field Music, at Zaphod's
-->Field Music - House Is Not A Home (website, myspace)
The Mighty Popo with Mansa Sissoko, at The Black Sheep Inn
Simply Saucer with Weapons Of Mass Seduction* and Four 'n' Giver*, at Babylon

Su 03.25
Meredith Luce* with Mail Nurse*, James Farr*, and Erika Werry (4pm), at The Black Sheep Inn
Shapes and Sizes with Castanets and Books On Books*, at Zaphod's
-->Books On Books - One Page At A Time (website, myspace)

* denotes local act

-->Moist - Resurrection (those lyrics don't actually mean anything, right?)

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