Show Alert: Bend Sinister In Detroit

Thurs., Mar 27
PJ's Lager House ~ Detroit
With Ronny Tibbs & the 305s and Six and the Sevens

Dan Moxon (photo: Russ Gordon/N2D Images)
It's been a long standing policy on N2DS2W not to compare bands to other bands. So we're not exactly fans of the "if you like this (more famous band) you'll like (this less famous band)" game.To us, it borders on insulting ("Congratulations on being unoriginal!"). And does anyone really want to just listen to bands that all sound like each other?

But (you knew that was coming, right?), sometimes it's really hard NOT to make comparisons. And sometimes bands channel an influence so well it transcends the derivative and the tribute and rightly earns their own identity.

So yes, when you listen to Vancouver's alt rock/pop chameleons Bend Sinister, you'll hear Supertramp. You'll hear Queen. And on their second full-length album Animals, you'll hear some pretty scorching Motown soul and even a hint of gospel. You'll also hear Dan Moxon's powerhouse vocals and keyboard backed by Joseph Blood on lead guitar, Matt Rhodes on bass and Jason Dana keeping time on the drums. Listen: "I Got Love," from Animals.

Screen Alert: Border City Music Project Premiere

Thurs., Mar. 13 (film begins at 7)
Capitol Theatre ~ Windsor
$15 advance, $20 at the door

Is it about the homogenization of commercial radio by corporate conglomerates? How we're blinkered by smartphones, oblivious to the real world around us? The assault on our senses from 24/7 noise? A tale of the relationship and musical influence of two cities?

Join the debate when Jon Gillies' documentary, Border City Music Project debuts at the Capitol Theatre. "The goal of the film was to start a conversation," said Gillies at a press screening of the film last week held at the Walkerville Brewery. "It's originality is its vulnerability."

Co-produced by Dusty D'Annunzio and permeated with a "get off my lawn" attitude, the film is nonetheless well-edited and shot. It has captivating historical clips and great interviews with everyone from local Windsor musicians to Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad) and rock guitarist Dick Wagner (both associate producers of the film), Richie Hawtin (techno DJ Plastikman), comedian and WTF podcaster Marc Maron and  linguist Noam Chomsky.

In addition to the screening, filmmakers and contributors will be on hand for a Q & A session, followed by a live jam with Dick Wagner, Mark Farner, Dusty D’Annunzio, Josh Zalev, Jon Gillies, Phil Whitfield and more.

Jon Gillies

Dusty D’Annunzio
For more details, visit or the Facebook page event page.

Photos: Russ Gordon/N2D Images

Show Alert: The Pack A.D. Engage Pontiac

Fri., Mar. 7
The Pike Room @ The Crofoot ~ Pontiac, MI

Maya and Becky are back, just north of the former chicken processing facility that has produced their latest album 'Do Not Engage.' Jim Diamond - Ghetto Recorders (catl) has once again nailed it, wider in range than before, but still a welcome explosion of sound to your ears.