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CATCHING THE FEVER
The Goodluck Assembly has always championed the power of personal connections. When the band formed under the name Sojourn more than five years ago, they wrote lyrics about relating that would stick in your head. An array of guitar effects — reverb, delay — gave the tunes a lingering, spacey quality.
That tendency continues with Glowscape, the band’s CD released earlier this year. As part of their release strategy, the band hand delivered CDs to anyone who requested one in Ottawa and Toronto. It was a chance for the band members to get offline and in front of the people who listen to their music.
They’ll connect with fans again this weekend as part of FeverFest, a new event that focuses on independent music. It was co-organized by the Goodluck Assembly, along with Matthew Corbiere of the band Acres.
“We wanted to bring a bunch of local independent bands together that might not usually have the opportunity to play on the same stage, and just try to get a bunch of people out for a fun time in the sun,” Corbiere says. “It’s an excuse to throw a big party with a bunch of good music and good people.”
Opening the show will be 2009 Online World Beatboxing champion Julia Dales, followed by The Murder Plans, The White Wires, Monobrow, Brendan Flynn & The Terrible Liars, Winchester Warm, and Acres before headliners the Goodluck Assembly. Saturday, June 25. Noon. $15. The Barley Mow, 1060 Bank St. www.feverfest.ca
NoBunny: it’s a band of punks playing in underwear, leather jackets, and bunny masks. It’s quick, dirty, and fuzzy punk rock that Spin magazine describes as sounding like “Buddy Holly run through a blender.” Monday, June 27. 8 p.m. $8 advance. Babylon, 317 Bank St. www.babylonclub.ca
The Evil Farm Children: the trio get to bask in the glow of one of their garage rock icons when they perform with Gerry Alvarez of ‘80s Montreal band The Gruesomes. Alvarez will perform songs from his new solo CD Omega Tea Time. Saturday, June 25. Clocktower Brewpub, 575 Bank St.
MORE TO SEE AND DO
Accordion-playing chanteuse Marie-Josee Houle welcomes summer with a show at the Elmdale Tavern Thursday, June 23. Songwriter Dave Gaudet shares a bill with Sarah Hallman and Dave Norris Friday, June 24 at The Gallery, located beneath the Ecclesiax Church in the Glebe.