Critic’s Picks: Oscar St. Records showcase, Nunsense, Shotty Horroh

MUSIC

What: Peach Pyramid, Kirsten Ludwig and Frontperson
Where: Rubber Boot Club, 1605 Store St.
When: Saturday, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $12 at eventbrite.ca; $15 at the door

Why: A showcase for bustling Victoria imprint Oscar St. Records, which is owned and operated by Kathryn Calder of the New Pornographers, this terrific triple-bill has a bit of everything for music fans. Peach Pyramid (the pseudonym of Jen Severtson) offers an insightful take on jangle-pop, while singer-songwriter Kirsten Ludwig specializes in a dreamlike swell built around her impressive voice. The harmonious indie pop made by Frontperson (a duo featuring Calder, who was recently named the City of Victoria’s new artist in residence, and Mark Andrew Hamilton of Woodpigeon) crowns this triple-bill with style. Highly recommended.

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MUSICAL THEATRE

What: Nunsense
Where: McPherson Playhouse, 3 Centennial Square
When: Friday through Sunday, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $35 from the Royal McPherson box office(250-386-6121) or rmts.bc.ca

Why: Now a community theatre and summer stock staple, Nunsense outdistanced its humble beginnings to become one of the longest-running productions in off-Broadway history. The Victoria Operatic Society is mounting three performances at the McPherson Playhouse starting Friday, adding to the ever-growing legacy of a musical comedy by creator Dan Goggin (who is also responsible for six Nunsense sequels) that has been translated into 21 languages with more than 5,000 productions worldwide.

MUSIC

What: Shotty Horroh with Dockside Green
Where: Lucky Bar, 517 Yates St.
When: Saturday, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $13.50 at Lyle’s Place and eventbrite.ca

Why: The month-long Canadian tour by U.K. rapper Shotty Horroh flies into Victoria somewhat under the radar this weekend, but don’t mistake his lack of visibility on the West Coast for a lack of talent. Horroh has drawn positive mentions for his debut, Salt of the Earth, and with a recent move to Toronto from his native Manchester, England, expectations are that his star will soon rise. The list of notable rap-rock talents is dreadfully thin these days, so Horroh might find himself at the top of the heap quickly.

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