It’s not too late, Vegas rock bands! Zia Records is still accepting submissions for its annual You Heard Us Back When music compilation before midnight strikes on March 8. The series is in its seventh volume and, according to a press release, the company has sold more than 5,500 copies. If you’re in a band, drop off a CD of your music at either of the two Zia stores in Las Vegas or send tracks digitally (preferably via an FTP-sharing site so you can submit high-quality files). Don’t forget to complete a submission form, accessible at ZiaRecords.com/CustomPage/1482. Extra coolness: Proceeds from compilation sales, like every year, go to a nonprofit charity. The album will be released April 20, National Record Store Day.
In last year’s edition (Vol. 6), local bands seemed, to my mind, underrepresented; the compilation also offers music by bands from Tucson and Phoenix. So let me take a moment to ass-prod the following groups that haven’t yet made an appearance in the series: Mercy Music, the Dirty Hooks, Demon Lung. As one of my all-time favorite bands, Blue Öyster Cult, once sang: Don’t miss the deadline, darling/It’s almost the deadline, darling/I couldn’t live if it happened to you. Vegas, represent!
More good news: I confirmed with Seth Hyman, president and CEO of Negative Progression Records, that his Boston-San Francisco-New York label signed local up-and-coming metalcore quintet Scream the Lie for a one-album deal with options. “They defy their youth by writing complex guitar riffs and intricate rhythms that are evolved well beyond their years,” Hyman says. “The band has the potential to be selling out venues all over the U.S. in time.” Let’s see if Scream the Lie makes good.
Postponed show alert: San Francisco blues-rock quartet the Stone Foxes were set to stun Backstage Bar & Billiards this week, but the concert has been rescheduled for June 7. OK, awesome live music actually happening this week: 8 p.m. March 8, British piano-based alt-rock band A Silent Film unspools at Hard Rock Café on the Strip with Gold Fields and Royal Teeth. If you crave the widescreen majesty of Coldplay and Snow Patrol, this show should butter your popcorn. Finally, ’80s hard-rock/glam-metal band Kix kicks off an evening of fist-pumping music at Fremont Street Experience 9 p.m. March 9 on the 1st Street Stage. The band has radio hits, but my favorite tune is the obscure yet exquisitely titled “Bang Bang (Balls of Fire).” Hey, don’t laugh: Kip Winger co-wrote it!
Your Vegas band releasing a CD soon? Your girlfriend might swear it’s good, but she’s biased. Email Jarret_Keene@Yahoo.com for an honest opinion.