Rising Hard, Comping Zia, Spotlighting Squidhat

Mercy Music plays the SquidHat Records showcase on Jan 25.

Mercy Music plays the SquidHat Records showcase on Jan 25.

This edition of Soundscraper is mostly aimed at local bands that insist they follow my column. But first, I’ll share some notable underground rock shows for all you Soundscrapers who’d rather watch a concert than play one:

Over at Double Down Saloon, it’s a showcase weekend for homegrown indie label SquidHat Records, featuring only the best punk-rock, folk-punk and cowpunk bands—many of them signed to SquidHat, whose roster is bulging with Vegas groups. On January 24, the lineup includes Bobby Meader, Surrounded by Thieves, Sounds of Threat, Unfair Fight and Peccadilloes. On January 25, the bill includes Mercy Music (a.k.a. Brendan Scholz), Attack Ships on Fire, War Called Home, Strange Mistress and the People’s Whiskey. Both nights start at 10 p.m., and admission is free. More details at SquidHatRecords.com.

Local melodic-punk trio Shotguns N Gasoline will blow away fans at 5 p.m. January 24 at Eagle Aerie Hall (310 W. Pacific Ave.) in Henderson. The band released a full-length disc, Premium, this time last year, which somehow slipped my notice. I’m enjoying the album now, especially “The Captain,” with its big-hook chorus and tuneful guitar licks. Haven’t seen this three-piece live yet, so I hope they make as much racket as their album suggests.
Here are some opportunities for you guys and gals to triumph onstage, and on CD:

Zia Record Exchange is curating the eighth volume of its annual You Heard Us Back When local music compilation CD series. This one spotlights Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas bands, so let’s make sure we’re strongly represented, Sin City rockers! The deadline is March 3, and submission information is available at ZiaRecords.com. The CD’s release date is April 19, National Record Store Day. All proceeds go to charities. I’d better see Rusty Maples, A Crowd of Small Adventures and Mercy Music on this comp, or else!

Las Vegas groups have a few days left—the deadline is January 27—to enter Hard Rock Rising, a battle-of-the-bands organized by Hard Rock and ReverbNation. The top live ensemble travels to Rome to play the Hard Rock Live summer fest, all-expenses paid. (Runner-up gets $10,000 in new gear and equipment.) Local bands can register on the Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas Facebook page. Then it’s up to voting fans to say which groups graduate to the live-performance phase. A panel of judges reviews the band’s social content to determine the top bands. After fan favorites are selected, the onstage competition gets underway next month right at Hard Rock Live. More details at HardRock.com.

Your Vegas band releasing a CD soon? Email Jarret_Keene@Yahoo.com.

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