Ever since last July’s already legendary Tragically Hip show at the Erie Basin Marina, fans have been awaiting the return of the Arkells, the Hamilton, Ont.-born band responsible for that gig’s fiery opening set. Those power-pop savvy "punters" will get their wish today (Feb. 18), with not one, but two, Arkells shows in our town.
First, the band will convene at 3:30 p.m. today (Feb. 18) in Record Theatre (1800 Main St.) for a free acoustic in-store performance. You would be well-advised to check this out -- primarily because it will be an intimate, in-your-face encounter with this exciting young band, and also because Record Theatre has stocked import copies of the Arkells’ most excellent sophomore effort, "Michigan Left," which is not slated for stateside release until April.
Once you’re sufficiently pumped up, prepare for the evening’s main event -- an Arkells headlining slot at 7 p.m. in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), with opening sets from Hollerado (great name!) and Wildlife. Tickets are $15 advance, $18 day of show (box office, www.Tickets.com).
If you happened to have missed out on the Arkells’ opening set for last summer’s T-Hip show, head over to www.Arkells.ca, where you can stream "Michigan Left" and also sample the band’s full-length debut, 2008’s "Jackson Square."
-- Jeff Miers