Fans of the Rheostatics were disappointed this week by the surprise cancellation of their two reunion shows Wednesday and Thursday (December 5 and 6) at the Horseshoe.
Dave Bidini has been apologizing profusely on Facebook and Twitter for the last-minute decision to pull the plug. Word is, singer/guitarist Martin Tielli's crippling performance anxiety, a problem he's long struggled with, is behind the decision.
RIP Motor X
Veterans of the 70s Toronto punk scene were saddened by the death of drummer Mike "Motor X" Anderson of the Viletones. While the band never achieved the fame of the Sex Pistols or the Ramones, they were very influential. Anderson's driving beat was vital to their best-known song, Screamin' Fist, which is built on just two chords and the raw energy of his rhythms.
Lula Lounge 10th anniversary
The popular Dundas West live venue celebrates a decade of great Latin, jazz and world music with a compilation CD called Lula Lounge Essential Tracks, featuring songs by Jane Bunnett, Luis Mario Ochoa, Roberto Linares Brown, the Puentes Brothers and many more. Check out the release party Friday (November 30) at (where else?) Lula Lounge.
Reggae singer King Selah of the House of David Gang has at least two reasons to be cheerful this week. Not only has his band just released a new album, Reggae Warrior, but he's also making his debut as a superhero in new graphic novel (and concept album) The Future Prophecy. The launch party for the project hits Virgin Mobile Mod Club Saturday (December 1), with performances by the House of David Gang and the book's other local musical superheroes and villains.