Goings On - week of Nov 29, 2012

It used to be a little more common to hear from dynamic garage-punk two-piece The Famines, but ever since frontman Raymond Biesinger relocated to Montreal, the band’s Calgary appearances have been fewer and farther between. That’ll just make it all the more special when they return to Broken City on Thursday, November 29, playing a sure-to-be energetic show alongside drummer Garrett Heath Kruger’s new band, The Allovers, and Lethbridge mainstays Fist City.

If you’d rather get all wacky with some experimental dance music, lab coat-adorned Halifax team Scientists of Sound will be bringing their out-there improvisational set to the Republik on Thursday, November 29, where they’ll be joined by punny locals Jung People.

Need a third option for Thursday night? Increasingly fun sports bar Costello’s is also hosting an intimate show with a whole bunch of side projects. Seahorse is a band that features members of The Poly Shores and Faux Fur, while Astral Swans is the project of Extra Happy Ghost!!! main man Matt Swann. Add No River frontman Cody Swinkels to the bill, and you’ve got a nice little evening ahead.

Arguably, however, there’s only one can’t-miss show in this week’s offerings, and that’s the hardcore punk rager hitting The Palomino on Friday, November 30. Edmonton’s own No Problem will bring many a pile-on with their addictive crossbreed of ’80s hardcore and anthemic street-punk, and they’ll be joined by equally energetic locals Spastic Panthers and Flaccid. It’s a relatively diverse lineup, and one that’ll all but guarantee some blood and sweat.

A decidedly different breed of local rock music will ease you into a new month the next night as garage rockers The Pygmies and The Nancees hit up The Palomino on Saturday, December 1 alongside alt-country heartthrobs No River. You’ll have just paid your rent, so you may as well drown your sorrows with whatever small change you have left.

When it comes to hyper-political, crazy technical Manitoba pop-punk, there’s really only one option — The Layaway Plan. Okay, I’m joking, it’s obviously Propagandhi. The trucker-hat wearing rockers will bring the sounds of their Failed States LP to the Republik on Sunday, December 2. It’s kinda like attending a G7 protest, except with more beer and less girls.

When I hear the name Clinton St. John, I can’t help but picture a hilarious hybrid of a horny former president and an ethereal, iconic, stained glass portrait of John the Baptist. My imagination aside, however, local singer-songwriter Clinton St. John doesn’t hang out with Monica Lewinski or eat locusts and wild honey. But he does make some enjoyable indie rock with his group The Sacred Chester Marching Band. They’ll perform at The Hub on Tuesday, December 4.

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