This Saturday night marks a milestone for the Ottawa music scene. If you like heavy rock with a dynamic, orchestral bent, listen to Monobrow. The brain-bender of a band will release its self-titled debut (on vinyl, no less) at the show.
It’s a release from Meatlocker Records, led by scene guru Paul “Yogi” Granger. He’s a vertically integrated kinda guy, running a recording studio, a practice space, and a record label to facilitate production for upstart Ottawa bands. He’s also a sound tech at rock shows in the city and a general bringer-together of like minds. And he plays guitar in a number of bands, including in the heavy trio TokyoSexWhale, which has recently ceased to exist after a six-year-run.
“The good news is that — as is often the case with amicable break ups — you can bet that the end of TSW will herald the creation of three or four even better bands,” Granger says.
To that end, he says he’s working on a top secret unnamed project. Stay tuned. Ahead of that, you can hear Granger, along with pals Les Godfrey (Illuminati, Tchort) and Damian Sawka (Hilotrons), in his new band Djanguar. All bands — as well as another new band called Biblical — are on the bill this weekend. Saturday, April 9. 8 p.m. $8. The Dominion Tavern, 33 York St. www.tavern.ca
WHERE ELSE TO BE THIS WEEKEND
Like the grizzle of Tom Waits? Then check out Ottawa boy Andre Bluteau. He’s got pipes that’ll make fans of haters. Saturday, April 9. 9 p.m. $8. Raw Sugar Café, 692 Somerset St. W.
The Ethics and The Soiree — two bands that define the Ottawa sound, if there ever was one — play the downstairs club at the Clocktower Brew Pub. Saturday, April 9. 575 Bank St. www.bank.clocktower.ca
It’s the fourth annual Ottawa Opry. See rising stars Anders Drerup and Kelly Prescott, along with fiddle champ Louis Schryer, Ray Harris. Done up in the Grand old Opry style, the evening is hosted by Pat Moore & the Vinyl Frontier, with MC Garry Greenland. Friday, April 8. 8 p.m. $20. Library & Archives Canada Auditorium, 395 Wellington Rd.
NEXT WEEK: seven Ottawa acts will perform at All Together for Japan. The line-up includes Greg Harris, Wise, Young & King, The Polymorphines, Claude Munson, Lisa Poushinsky, Prufrock, and Train Jumpers. Wednesday, April 13. 8 p.m. The Rainbow, 76 Murray St. www.therainbow.ca