Music picks

3 music shows to see in Ottawa this weekend

The Nobodies and Babylon's Dark and Stormy night out are some of your musical options this weekend.

Jessa Runciman makes Ottawa Morning's weekly picks

New Swears have moved out of their semi-legendary Plymouth Street home and into Babylon nightclub for Saturday's "Dark and Stormy" event. (Courtesy New Swears)

The Nobodies at Pressed Café, Ottawa, 9 p.m. Saturday

The Nobodies' debut album "Kitchen Tapes" is only a few months old. (Courtesy The Nobodies)

Montreal duo The Nobodies are catchy and upbeat, but their album is a smorgasbord of sounds and styles, from garage-rock to more psychedelic territory.

One thing that's consistent is that Jared Jackel and Carson Ruhland are looking inward in their songs. With titles like, I Didn't Know AnyoneBut I Don't Wanna Be, and I Feel Fine, a lot of them have to do with being young, being on your own, and sometimes just stagnating for a bit while you figure things out.

That theme of establishing where and who you want to be might resonate in terms of the band itself; they formed in the fall, and their first release Kitchen Tapes only came out in November.

The album is a sturdy launch pad, though, and The Nobodies want that to speak for itself — hence drawing the attention away from themselves with a self-effacing name and a one-liner bio that reads, "Bios are biased."

You can meet The Nobodies this Saturday night at Pressed. They're playing alongside Moonfruits and Andrew Johnson. 9 p.m., $8.

New Swears at Babylon, Ottawa, 10 p.m. Saturday

For a while in Centretown, there was a party house on Plymouth Street that reached nearly mythical status.

The front door was hanging open a lot of the time, debris was all over the lawn, wild animals occasionally called it home but all kinds of people would show up to crowd into the basement of that house and see some great bands play.

There was a bit of an "end of an era" feeling when the guys living in the house moved out just before Christmas  but their band, New Swears, is still going strong.

They're headlining a show at Babylon on Saturday night for January's installment of Dark and Stormy, a monthly dance party without the dance music.

Boyhood and Average times two other bands from Ottawa's cassette-tape label, Bruised Tongue are on the bill as well, and Lefty McRighty is DJing10 p.m., $6.

Winchester Warm at the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield Que., 8 p.m. Saturday

Ottawa duo Winchester Warm have been field-testing new songs for their second album. (Courtesy Winchester Warm)

Another popular Ottawa band is headlining a show at the Black Sheep Inn on Saturday night.

Winchester Warm are folky and reflective, but with grit in the energy of their two-part vocals.

I know a lot of people around here who have gotten attached to the duo since their first LP Sky One Room came out in 2010.

Jonathan Pearce and Matthew Godin haven't released another one since then, but they've been testing out songs for an "upcoming album" at their shows lately, so you'll hear at least a couple of fresh ones this weekend.

Also playing Saturday's show are Wakefield's Farewell Davidson and, for a fun twist in the mood of the evening, dramatic psychobilly outfit Sick Sick Sicks. 8 p.m., $8.


Saturday, January 4

  • Moonfruits, The Nobodies, Andrew Johnson @Pressed Café. 9 p.m., $8.
  • New Swears, Boyhood, Average Times @ Babylon w/ DJ Lefty McRighty. 9 p.m., $6.
  • Winchester Warm @ The Black Sheep Inn w/ Farewell Davidson, Sick Sick Sicks. 8:30 p.m., $8.
  • Ottawa Valley Special @ Irene's Pub. 9:30 p.m., $5.
  • Lucky Ron @ The Lafayette. 4 p.m., free.
  • Mikey Chuck Rivers @ Avant-Garde Bar w/ Rulers of the Moon. 9 p.m., $8.
  • Shalabi Effect @ Raw Sugar Café w/ David Jackson. 8:45 p.m., $8.

Sunday, January 5

  • Brea Lawrenson @ The Black Sheep Inn w/ Tara Holloway. 4:20 p.m., $7.
  • The Birdie Whyte Show @ The Lafayette. 6 p.m., free.


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