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Tonight(friday) Hamilton get ready to Rock!

The Spades are playing Pepper Jack's with Jacome and Jon Brooks.

$6, 10pm

www.thespades.ca

Jon Brooks has a cool cd out called No Mean City. It's quite relevant to Hamilton. Below is a review from Exclaim.

"This is certainly no typical singer-songwriter release, as Toronto-based Brooks has one ambitious concept in mind. In his own words, No Mean City bears witness and indictment to the modern urban disaster as seen through Toronto’s example. A well-travelled troubadour (formerly leader of the Norge Union), Brooks had planned to write a novel about the city before deciding on a musical forum for his thoughts. The result is a highly literate, musically sparse work of true grit. Some tracks are totally solo — with Brooks supplying guitar, harmonica and harmonium — while others have subtle contributions from the likes of James Gray (Blue Rodeo), Dan MacDonald, and multi-instrumentalist/producer Pat Simmonds. The city Brooks knows is not that of the martini-sippers at the Drake or yuppies buying lofts, but he knows the streets walked by the downtrodden very well. The pawnshops on Church, the all-night coffee shops on Parliament, the cheap rooming houses — these are his characters, and he evokes them with real skill. “No Good†is a fine example: “Another dollar store toy drags tired mom and boy home under the flood of Parkdale’s red setting sun.†Over the course of its hour length, No Mean City and its pervasive bleakness can become hard work, but Brooks deserves credit for his bold ambition.

KERRY DOOLE

www.jonbrooks.ca

This weeks view had a feature on The Spades. http://viewmag.com/viewstory.php?storyid=4036

And if you haven't seen Jacome check out their my space and you may get a small taste of that "feel good" magic that awaits you. www.myspace.com/jacomeband

www.pepperjackcafe.com

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Aren't The Rising Sons on this bill too? The Spades website says so.

The Rising Sons consists of the three guys in The Spades joined by Travis Good of the Sadies. This project NEVER plays gigs, this is the third of a four-show run with no more shows booked. I have a gig tonight in Toronto or else I'd be there with bells on. Don't miss this show Hamilton!

Er, the city. Rather, the people therein. But Brian, if you're around, you shouldn't miss it either.

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