Battle of bands fi­nale is April 16

NIM­BUS: The Car­lines, Good­wood Atoms, Love­coast and Night Ar­gent make the cut

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The Nim­bus School Of Record­ing Arts has nar­rowed down its record­ing com­pe­ti­tion to four bands cho­sen from 144 sub­mis­sions.

The Fi­nal Four play­ing off for a sin­gle and other ca­reer boosts are The Car­lines, Good­wood Atoms, Love­coast and Night Ar­gent. The show­down is April 16 at the Roxy.

At a dif­fer­ent end of the spec­trum, Busi­ness Class Records, the field project of the Nim­bus School Of Record­ing Arts, presents its first Hump Bump Day at the Rail­way North Bar. This hopes to be a regular se­ries of hip hop packages. The first one presents Tom MacDon­ald, Shai Mate, Frak and Aye Town.

Ci­tyreal has its Pro­logue EP out Tues­day, which is — ahem — a pro­logue to the forth­com­ing al­bum, Lost In Van­cou­ver. Guests on the EP in­clude Swollen Mem­bers’ Rikka and Tonye Agan­abe.

Sylvi Mac Cor­mac and Chin In­jeti are among the mu­si­cians ap­pear­ing at the Strong Ses­sions Live. This is a chance to wit­ness the ac­com­plish­ments of mem­bers of VAMS (the Van­cou­ver Adapted Mu­sic So­ci­ety) and al­ludes to the com­pi­la­tion al­bum, The Strong Ses­sions. April 9 at SFU Wood­ward’s.

Weed’s North Amer­i­can tour starts Wed­nes­day at the An­ti­so­cial Skate Shop. Cur­rent sin­gle is Yr Songs from the forth­com­ing al­bum, Run­ning Back. The lat­ter is due April. 7.

Toronto’s Cole­man Hell is part of the ros­ter of Van­cou­ver indie, 604, which in turn has inked Hell to an in­ter­na­tional deal with Columbia.

Ram­pant Lion’s EP is Mir­ror Dis­tor­tion. The trio, which de­scribes its mu­sic as grunge­pop (which can be taken to mean Soundgar­den leav­ened with T Rex), plays the Rail­way April 17 and Joe’s Apart­ment May 30.

April In Paris, a cel­e­bra­tion of the Gypsy-jazz as pop­u­lar­ized by Django Rein­hardt, is back April 24-26 with, among oth­ers, The Hot Club Of Mars, Van Django and The Bills.

New Pornog­ra­phers’ singer Kathryn Calder is on the loose again with a new self-ti­tled al­bum out April 14, a new sin­gle Song In Cm, (as pen­sive as the key might sug­gest), and a gig April 18 at the Me­dia Club.

NEEDS re­leases its first LP May 12. The punk­ish band is at the For­tune Sound Club May 14.

On the re­bound from a re­lease on Net­twerk, The River And The Road has signed with Maple­Mu­sic. LP: Head­lights, due May 12.

The fi­nal­ists for the Wacken heavy metal fes­ti­val in Ger­many will be bang­ing heads at the Rick­shaw Theatre April 10.

While still at the Rick­shaw, the April 11 date by the Real McKen­zies will be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. It co­in­cides with the book launch of Un­der The Kilt: The Real McKen­zies Ex­posed.

We The City re-re­leases its al­bum, Vi­o­lent, sound­track to the trio’s ac­claimed movie of the same name. This caps a record­ing deal with the U.S. Tooth And Nail la­bel.

Yukon Blonde is tour­ing as the open­ing act for Nate Men­del of Foo Fighters. First sin­gle from the band’s forth­com­ing al­bum is Satur­day Night, whose pushy bass and lay­er­ing of key­boards is a de­par­ture.

Cd Of The Week

On its own terms, Rock And Roll Cir­cus is blues-lined rock and roll but, on first lis­ten, the in­flu­ence of The Faces is es­pe­cially ap­par­ent and can get in the way. The band comes clean with its sole cover, Ronny Wood’s I Can Feel The Fire from his I’ve Got My Own Al­bum To Do. The choice of song speaks vol­umes about Rock And Roll Cir­cus; the pres­ence of slide gui­tar, the light­hearted feel of some of the songs and the va­ri­ety point to The Faces and Woods’ sig­nif­i­cant role in that band. Rock And Roll Cir­cus doesn’t have a song­writer as good as Ron­nie Lane or singer as dis­tinc­tive as Rod Ste­wart, but few bands do. Damn, it has spirit and soul that man­i­fest them­selves on re­peated lis­tens and sug­gest that, given time to de­velop, Rock And Roll Cir­cus will find its own in­di­vid­u­al­ity. Un­til then, en­joy Scott Smith’s sear­ing gui­tar and the band’s re­fresh­ing re­minder of how good ba­sic blues­rock

can be.

Gigs

The Wild! and One Bad Son (greasy, dirty rock, Wed­nes­day, Roxy).

Ska’s The Ek­lixxxers with The Pon­derosas, Every­body Left and Cawama (CD launch of The Elixxers’ East Side, Thurs­day, Bilt­more).

World Mu­sic Fes­ti­val (Lo­carno, Haram, Tam­bura Rasa, Ku­tapira, Fri­day, Im­pe­rial Room).

Heavy metal band Merid­ius (Satur­day, 37 West Hast­ings).

Mike Edel (April 9, Bilt­more. New LP: In­dia, Seat­tle).

Just A Sea­son (April 10, Fox Theatre).

Pharis And Ja­son Romero (the Horse­fly B.C. duo sing songs from the new A Wan­derer I’ll Stay, April 10, St. James Hall).

Tower Of Song (Leonard Co­hen in­ter­preted, April 10, Cen­ten­nial Theatre, North Van).

Roy Forbes (April 11, Blue Frog).

Corben Mur­doch And Nau­ti­cal Miles (cel­e­brat­ing 10 years, April 24, Rus­sian Hall).

— RIC ERNST/PNGFILES

Grammy and Juno award win­ner Chin In­jetin is at SFU Wood­ward’s April 9.

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