Music Notes: Mar 17 – Mar 23

Corvus the Crow
Corvus the Crow

Corvus the Crow / Fri, Mar 18 (8 pm)
Corvus the Crow is a metalcore outfit from the prairies. It’s making its official debut with the release of Consumed By Flies. (Mercury Room, $10 in advance, $15 at the door)

Real McKenzies

Real McKenzies

Real McKenzies / Fri, Mar 18 (9 pm)
The Real McKenzies are back to help you celebrate St Patty’s Day (well, one day late) in typical Celtic-punk fashion. (Starlite Room, $21)

New Music Edmonton’s Now Hear This Festival / Fri, Mar 18 – Sun, Mar 20
It’s a double anniversary celebrating 30 years of New Music Edmonton and the fifth anniversary of the annual Now Hear This music fest. The three-day festival will feature performances from local, national and international artists. Other events include free lectures, panel talks and more. Visit newmusicedmonton.ca/now-hear-this for more information. (Holy Trinity Anglican Church, $50 – $80)

Chelsea Grin / Sat, Mar 19 (7 pm)
Remember the gashes the Joker had on the side of his mouth in The Dark Knight? Yeah, that’s a Chelsea Grin. It’s also the name of a deathcore band from Salt Lake City, which will be making a stop in Edmonton to perform its 2010 album, Desolation of Eden, in its entirety. (Starlite Room, $22)

Harry Manx / Sat, Mar 19 (7:30 pm) & Sun, Mar 20 (7:30 pm)
Poetic lyrics meets Indian-folk melodies, gospel and slick guitar blues.  (Festival Place, $38)

Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman / Sun, Mar 20 (8 pm)
Jonathan Richman has been around since the ’70s, when he fronted the proto-punk outfit Modern Lovers. These days, he’s been making the rounds doing solo gigs as a singer-songwriter performing humourous and insightful songs. Listen to “I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar” if you need a primer. (Starlite Room, $20)

MacEwan Percussion Ensemble / Sun, Mar 20 (7:30 pm)
For this performance, strings instruments—often dubbed the backbone of a symphony—will be given the spotlight. (John L Haar Theatre, $11.75 adults, $9 students and seniors)

Highkicks / Thu, Mar 24 (9 pm)
Some good ol’ rocking and rolling to be had when this Calgary-based outfit hits the stage. Bonspiel! will be the night’s appetizer. (The Common, Free)

The Offspring / Thu, Mar 24 (6 pm)
Winter got you down? (You have nothing to complain about, considering the warm temperatures we’ve been experiencing.) Well, Thaw at the Shaw hopes to melt any remaining snow patches with a one-day sweat fest featuring the punk sounds of the Offspring, Gob and Pigeon Park. Do your teenage self a solid and go to the show. (Shaw Conference Centre, $59.50)

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