by Amber Goodwyn

So, the Junos came and went, and I wrote a grumpy blog post on Dog Blog (“I Have No Love For The Junos”, April 24). Lots of people had a great time, some people didn’t and others were completely unaware of the award show’s Regina tenure. Such is life.

Moving on: now that the season has finally changed (it has changed, hasn’t it?), a whole lot more touring bands are going to roll through town, so save your pennies and late nights for the warm-weather jam times! As always, show your support locally, too; lots of Regina homeshake is happening these next couple of weeks.


Olympia, Washington band Gun Outfit bring their eclectic brand of down-tempo, post-punk-infused tuneage to The Exchange May 12 and are set to share the stage with a slew of Queen City bands including hardcore-esque Bermuda Love, queer noise outfit Homo Monstrous, These Estates (which includes Prairie Dog’s John Cameron and Mason Pitzel), and Saskatoon’s The Faps. A measly $10 will get you in and the music will get you beautifully down.


Lace up your docs (8 hole? 10 hole? 20?!) or whatever and head out to The Exchange for a night of punk/thrash/punk-inspired garage and even ska, care of Harvest King Records’ Mayday 2013 party on May 3. CanPunk legends Dayglo Abortions headline, and the night is hosted by Royal Red Brigade. Edmonton’s Bogue Brigade will play too, and the evening includes lots of local rockers, including Black Thunder (yesss), Soiled Doves, The Skamunists, Birch Hills, and Robin and the Hairy Bats. Punk songwriting being the short form urgency it is, there will definitely be enough stage time for all eight bands, I’m sure. Um, doors open at 7 p.m.


On May 2, El Salvadorean classical guitarist and composer Ramsés Calderón will perform selections from his new album, “Cuerdas de la Historia” (Strings of History) at Artesian, a record he hopes will “bring awareness to the significance of Latin American composers within the ongoing history of guitar.” Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance (from Mysteria Gallery); $20 at the door.

In my ears: Zomes’ Time Was (Thrill Jockey)