Sleepless sides

Chris McCluskey dishes the dirt.

Alt-rock orchestra The Sleepless Nights has returned to Halifax from Montreal with its first EP ready to go. The five-song record, titled Hang Up, was recorded over a few months between the Nova Scotia Community College and a home on Compton Avenue. Aaron Wallace hints the band is ready to blitz the Canadian market with the final product.

“There are a couple hundred copies and a bunch of those are earmarked for radio and label stuff,” he says. “We don’t really have any expectations, we just hope some people like it.”

The record is also being pushed for five bucks (less than iTunes!) to make spreading the band’s work easier. An eight-member collective of local talent, with Wallace in collaboration with members of The Maughams, The Superfantastics, The Establishment and others, the band features a pairing of every instrument.

“We’re excited by this release because it’s the first one to really represent The Sleepless Nights as it currently exists,” he says of the large, transient line-up.

So, go and get it! The Nights perform on June 23 in Hell with Shape and Cymbals as well as Oh, Beautiful! Majestic! Eagle!, while Pilate, Wintersleep and People in Planes entertain upstairs.

Pavilion skirmish

Alright, let’s keep it in perspective moms and dads. It has been almost two years since all-ages destination the Pavilion reopened, and the teen hangout had never witnessed what we all should have seen coming—the logical outcome of a steady concentration of teen hormones. On June 16, an evening showcasing six high school bands became a good old fashioned schoolyard fracas.

Pavilion honcho Chris Smith said over the phone late Tuesday night the brawl started well outside the Pavilion in the Common.

Although the Pavilion closed its doors the following evening to regroup, the incident was enough that the venue will be re-opened on June 21 with precautionary measures. Security will now be upped in combination with more police presence on the Common during Pavilion shows.

This and that

Continuing a string of stellar festival announcements for this summer, the New Glasgow Music Jubilee will provide a stage for some of the hottest talent in the province alongside that from other parts of Canada. Mobile returns after a sellout Marquee show, along with Default and emerging country star Aaron Pritchett. From home, the Joel Plaskett Emergency, Wintersleep and Meaghan Smith continue their heavy presence on Atlantic Canadian fest circuit. Tickets are available now at $30 a crack the entire festival, or $10 per day. Visit for more info.

For those of you daunted by a heavy travel schedule by now, tickets for the RheostaticsDave Bidini’s show on July 14 at Ginger’s are moving quickly, and Halifax-born Six Shooter Records artist Luke Doucet returns home for a August 26 engagement at Stage Nine. Tickets for the August 8 Dixie Chicks show go on sale Saturday, June 24 at 9am, for $78 a pop ($82 online). And finally, congrats to Luke Boyd for adding some class to the chaotic B-listedness of the MuchMusic Video Awards last weekend in Toronto. Enfield native Boyd, AKA Classified, picked up Best Rap Video for “No Mistakes.”

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