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Riot Fest- Toronto Sept 19-20th

Riot Fest – The punk, rock, alternative, metal, and hip-hop crowd’s favourite festival of the Year is on this weekend. Besides Heavy Hitters taking the stages (Alexisonfire, WuTang Clan, Weezer, Motorhead, Rancid) we’ve got some suggestions for bands you might not be too familiar with, but are definitely worth taking the time to check out.

The OBGM’s Ladies and gentlemen...the Oooh Baby Gimme Mores...OBGM's for short. You may recognize them from a Budweiser commercial from about a year ago. These guys straight rip though. A four piece garage band from Toronto that's hectic and fuzzy. Pure punk rock with some keyboards/synth spice sprinkled on top. Their debut full length record was released almost a year ago to the day. Fire it up from the top... "Beat Up Kidz" is a sweet tune. I've only heard good things about their live show. They must be doing something right as they cracked the Riot Fest lineup this year! See them at 1:45pm on Saturday at Downsview Park! – Kris Gies

Wildlife – Describing themselves as “weapon- rock” Wildlife is ready to hit the Riot fest stage with their Catchy tunes – letting you know what it’s like to be young and reckless. Let these Toronto Natives start out your day Sunday on the Riot stage @ 12:10

The Dirty Nil – Playing full fledged Energetic Rock ‘n’ Roll these dudes are sure to put on a good show for you, Get your dance on when these dudes hit the stage with their in your face, guitar driven, fast tunes! They’re playing Saturday on The Radicals Stage @8pm

Foxtrot- Travelling all the way from Montreal – - Although not quite a hometown act, Foxtrot will surprise you with heavy electric pop sounds, you just may need a break from all those, heavy rock bands, and there’s no better way than checking out FOXTROT, Sunday on The Radicals Stage @1:30pm

Rarity – Saturday Sept 19 on the Radicals Stage @2:45pm Another Local, surprising your ears, and the Riot Fest lineup with their fantastic burrito eating abilities, amoung their obvious talents of playing you singable rock songs. Fitting in to the line up like seasoned veterans. Make sure to catch them on The Radicals Stage @ 2:45pm on Saturday Sept 19

-Courtney Chalapenko

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Debut Festival: Bay Area Vibez

The inaugural Bay Area Vibez music festival officially announces its 3-stage, 2-day music, arts and urban lifestyle festival being held at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland, California on Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th, with more than 25 artists to represent the line-up. The festival was created in celebration of music, art, diversity and the rich culture that mirrors the Bay Area and its unique characteristics.

The first round of artists to be released are Grammy©winning artist, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Nas, who has a #1 album on American Billboard top 200, eight time Grammy© winning artist/producer, Stephen "Ragga" Marley, Grammy© nominated Meshell Ndegeocello, #1 Billboard reggae performer Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, Jo Mersa; son of Stephen Marley, Fiji, Fishbone, Krooked Treez, Richie Spice, I-Wayne, Queen Omega, Ghetto Youths, The Courtney John Project, Black Am-I and the Oakland based fan-favorite band, Forrest Day, along with a few big surprises!

"...The eclectic mix is what constitutes the urban festival and represents the very nature of the Bay Area," says festival coordinator, Yurel Hassan Cooke. "The location is impeccable for an annual festival. With other surrounding fest locations as California Roots, Outside Lands, Reggae on the River and Treasure Island, the Bay Area Vibez seemed to fill a void on the map, and blending the genres for the Bay Area just felt right."

The water-lined breathtaking views of the city of San Francisco and the Bay Bridge have made Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland the perfect backdrop for this urban lifestyle festival. 

"Keeping the music alive for the next generations is key. Collectively, we need to support the creative flow of our children and open their eyes to a new world filled with creativity and a universal appreciation for diversity," says festival co-founders, an Oakland native; Tressa Wells, along with tour manager to Damian Marley, Albert "Pretty" Cooke.

General Admission are set at $85 for 1-day passes, $160 for 2-day passes and $225 1-day VIP, or $400 2-day VIP passes, which include early entrance to grounds, special VIP viewing and lounge area, VIP beer and wine garden and select organic foods and snacks. Shuttle services will be available for convenient entrance to the festival. Parking passes are $29 per day. Festival hours go from 11am to 10pm daily. For more information, or to secure tickets, visit www.BayAreaVibez.com.





SUPERCRAWL - Top Gun Picks

Laura Cole: Laura has a knack for always staying in the news. She drops a hit record, wins awards, saves children's activities from banishment and most recently toured the East Coast. Oh yeah....and she just released a new single with Harvey Summers that was recorded in the United Kingdom. The sultry vibes ooze from this Laura Cole track as only she knows how to do. I dig the trumpet and of course the bass lines are the best. (The track features Laura Cole Band member Chris Charcios on the bass). Watch her video but more importantly go watch the Laura Cole Band at the TD Stage on Sunday at 3:15.

The Sadies: You probably know who the Sadies are already and if not...hopefully you like country, rock n roll, surf and garage rock perfectly blended. The Sadies manage to do it all. This Toronto band has been around for years, releasing a whole heap of albums and touring constantly. Maybe you've seen them rip it up at the Horseshoe on New Years Eve? Either way, they're playing Supercrawl on Saturday Night! 9 bells at the Hamilton Airport Stage!

Terra Lightfoot: Terra is a Waterdown gal who's playing music for years. She has had a successful solo career and is also a member of local favorites "The Dinner Belle's". She's known for her folk/country tunes and amazing voice but recently released a new record that shows that she is ready to rock! "Every time My Mind Runs Wild" has some straight rockin' tracks like "No Hurry" and "Never Will", the latter has been getting steady play on mainstream radio. She still shows off her softer side as the album rolls on but it's nice on the ears. Terra plays on Friday Night at the Hamilton Airport Stage at 9:15

The Vaudevillian: The Vaudevillian is one of the coolest acts around. They are straight outta the 20s. Pure rag time music that makes you feel you're in that exact atmosphere. Brendan on guitar and whatever else he can play while sitting there, Willow on washboard. They may have some guests join them at any time on stage as well. Maybe not even on stage...these folks set up and play wherever they want. I highly recommend their album "Salty Dog" and they'll be headlining the TD Stage at 10.

Pet Sun: Pet Sun isn't one of my favorite local band right now...they are one of my favorite bands right now anywhere. There is a definite buzz about them right now and it's mostly coming from their amps. They play loud and fuzzy and tight and headbangin'. They have released one single from their upcoming album. Its called "Never Quit" and it kicks ass. They've always had a doomier Stooges feel to me. Expect their debut full length album in October. Get to Supercrawl early and watch Pet Sun at 7 on the TD Stage. I hear the singer/guitarist Stephane likes to crowd surf....

-Kris Gies





Happy Fangs Black Map and El Terrible Play Bottom of the Hill - 9/12

The SF based heavy garage rock band, Happy Fangs will be headlining a show in San Francisco at Bottom of the Hill tomorrow night, September 12th. If you want to whip and bang your head (assuming people still head bang) to a night a heavy garage rock this is the show to attend. Black Map will also be performing some thrashy music that borders on metal. The post punk band, El Terrible will be rounding out the bill. How can you deny a Saturday night of music at Bottom of the Hill?!





Friends of Tricycle Records Compilation In Search of Music Submissions

The San Francisco based record label, Tricycle Records is in search of submissions for their upcoming compilation, The Friends of Tricycle Records Compilation. This will be the 5th compilation in the label's series. If you want to send your music to the label for consideration, go directly to their submission page!

http://www.tricyclerecords.com/friendssubmission/

The Friends of Tricycle Records Compilation is about building the Bay Area music scene. We are looking for new and/or unreleased songs from Bay Area / Northern California artists only. All genres accepted. This is offered as a free promotional download to help artists gain visibility in the local and national music scene. - Julie Schuchard Co-Founder Tricycle Records

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