Sound Seekers

SOUND SEEKERS: Shannon Rose riffs off Jon Bon, dancefloor fire at the Merc, plus Stompin’ Tom saluts, dub reggae and more

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Of all places to pull from.
Director Steve Matylewicz is taking inspiration from the Bon Jovi song “Wanted Dead or Alive” for Shannon Rose’s next music video for her song, “If We Come True.”

Photos: Shannon Rose: She’s not a cowboy on a steel horse ride. Photo credit: Mauricio Ortiz

It’s a bit of a head scratcher, because the musicians’ styles couldn’t be further apart. Rose is an Ottawa pop songwriter concerned with all life’s little moments, while the pride of New Jersey wants to blow stadiums apart with eardrum blasting rock songs.

To clarify, Matylewicz — part of Rose’s band The Thorns and her spouse — says he likes the video’s context. (If you haven’t seen it in a while, “Wanted Dead or Alive” takes highlights from a day in the life of the band).

He’s not so inspired by the video’s style of painted-on pants, teased hair, and dudes making cheesy guitar sex face. Rather, he’ll apply the concept to a day in the life of Canadian indie artist Shannon Rose. The video will show Rose doing musician things including a sound check, being interviewed by a music writer (I’ll be making a cameo) and playing a show.

The show segment will be filmed tomorrow night at Irene’s, where Rose is playing with opener Christina Martin. Be part of the video’s wide crowd shots and hear tracks from Rose’s recent release Seasons. Doors at 9. Cover is $10. More at the event’s Facebook page.

Four experimental-electronic artists expand the boundaries of the genre at the Mercury Lounge tonight. On the bill are a host of Montreal and Ottawa artists, including Andre and Michele, as well as a collaboration between installation artist Andrew O’Malley and songwriter Michael Glenwright.

Songwriter Ingrid Gatin amplified her cabaret tones by recording in a church in her hometown of Winnipeg. She refined her songs with producer/engineer Howard Bilerman in Montreal. See her tonight as Pressed as part of her cross-Canada tour.

Nick Catchdubs, head of DJ label Fool’s Gold, is at Babylon Friday.

Will “Quantic” Holland branched off from the Quantic Soul Orchestra and Limp Twins to produce more textured collections that move from jazz to soul to funk. His plans to release his 15th record later this year. Catch him at the Mercury Lounge for some dancefloor fire on Friday.

A gaggle of musicians gather to pay tribute to the late Stompin’ Tom Connors Friday at the Rainbow Bistro. Proceeds go to the Shepherds of Good Hope.

Gary Moore of Slim Moore and the Mar-Kays unveils his new dub reggae project, Ranking Yout and the Dub Pilots, Saturday at Ritual.

Fevers and The Good Luck Assembly  play the Black Sheep Inn Saturday. Both bands have new albums slated for release this year.