Shows This Week

Shows This Weekend – Sept 17, 18, 19 2010

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Toronto – Here are your weekend tips!

The Charlatans – postponed

One would find it funny that the Charlatans have once again delayed their show here in Toronto if not for the fact that it is for a rather serious matter. Drummer Jon Brookes collapsed on stage at the show in Philadelphia, and as a result, both Canadian shows have been delayed. Given that this has not been the best year for drummers collapsing on stage and the Charlatans past history (Rob Collins was killed in a car accident in the 90s) we can only hope that Jon Brookes is on his way to a speedy recovery. I had originally lamented the fact that the show got postponed, but obviously, bigger issues are at hand.

Still, the new Charlatans album – Who We Touch out on The End Records and here is the a new video for the single:

Caribou / Russian Futurists

The Phoenix, Sept 17

Also on Fridays packed bill is Caribou, the Ontario based electro artist who was here in May and according to our writer Sarah, put on an most excellent show. He’ll be in town to promote his 2010 release Swim. Opening up will be another Ontario act, the Russian Futurists, who me and Wade enjoyed tremendously at the Wavelength shows back in February. I know you are like the double rainbow guy right now and wondering “WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?” Well, it means that this show will be pretty damn good.

Caribou – Odessa by cityslang

The Russian Futurists – I’ll Be By Your Side by wavelengthtoronto

Stephen McKay

Sept 17, The Garrison

I don’t really know much about the lineup at the Garrison, other then a bunch of my new friends are excited about it. The show will be a cd release party for the artist known as Stephen McKay and the album is self titled. Steve McKay is from Toronto, Ontario. He has performed and recorded as drummer or whatever with the likes of Bruce Peninsula, T H O M A S, Timber Timbre and a handful of other great acts from the Greater Toronto area. Also on the bill is Hooded Fang, another band I know little of, aside from they too have a lot of fanbase here in the city. Basically, I’m useless. However, I did find this quote on their myspace page:

“Very emotionally powerful. I couldn’t understand any of the lyrics, but the music sort of made me think of some bipolar man trying to go as hard as he can because he knows that as soon as he comes down he’s going to kill himself… it was kind of weird how upbeat it was on the surface, but with these underlying hints of melancholy.” -Anonymous depressed fan

The show is only $3, so you can’t really go wrong. Like seriously, I had cravings for McDonalds this morning, I texted my coworker who I thought was going to be late going to work and asked him to buy me two hash browns. However, he was actually sick and it didn’t happen. BUT..that would have been 3 dollars.

Here is Stephen Mckay video:

STEVEN MCKAY – Andy’s House from Mitch Fillion ( on Vimeo.

David Bazan

Lee’s Palace, September 18

The last time I was at a David Bazan show, I was there to check out the opening act, Seattle band Say Hi to Your Mom. I was not aware that David Bazan was formerly of Pedro the Lion, a pretty popular indie band from Seattle when I was in University. I wasn’t really there for him, but I think the show was pretty good. This time, he is once again playing Lee’s Palace, and it will be good if you like some mellowish tunes.

DAVID BAZAN – Curse Your Branches by One Four Seven Records

That’s all the shows of interest this weekend…have a good one.

Shows This Week – Sept 13 – Sept 16

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Zeus, The Courthouse, NxNE 2009

Toronto – Here are some shows we are interested in this week, as there are more then a few shows for you to spend your hard earned money on.

Mystery Jets

September 13, El Mocambo

Playing a venue much smaller then what it would be overseas, english outfit Mystery Jets will surely put on an outstanding show Monday night at the El Mo. They’ll be I’m town to promote their latest effort Seratonin but it’ll be the older tunes such as Half in love with Elizabeth, Young Love and Alas Agnes that’ll get the best response. Kingston’s PS I Love You will open, and they are always good, despite being quite different sounding then the headliners. Their debut album – Meet Me At The Muster Station, drops October 5th.

Mystery Jets – Serotonin by cizmar

PS I Love You – Facelove by wavelengthtoronto

Jamie Lidell

Lee’s Palace, September 14

I’m a bit surprised that this bill got moved to the smaller Lee’s Palace from Opera House, but perhaps Jamie Lidell should not have brought his rock-soul movement back to Toronto a mere 3 months after the last time he was here. Still, if you missed the last show, you can catch Jamie Lidell Tuesday at Lee’s as he once again is in town to promote Compass, his 2010 release. As a bonus price, Canadian rockers Zeus will be opening. They can probably fill up Lee’s Palace on their own, so its kind of curious why they’d settle to be openers here. Still, they put on a really good show, according to those who have seen them a lot.

Jamie Lidell – She Needs Me by Roberta Carvalho

School of Seven Bells

Mod Club, Sept 15

Allison loved this Brooklyn trio when they opened for M83 sometime ago and now School of Seven Bells is back with a brand new album in the form of Disconnect from Desire. Check out their tense shoegazey meets something cool form of music Wednesday night at the Mod Club. 80s revival and quietly hyped band Active Child is also on the bill.

School of Seven Bells – Babelonia by VagrantRecords

She Was A Vision by Active Child

Jesse Malin

Sept 15, Horseshoe Tavern

Even though Collective Concerts made it perfectly aware it may not happen, the fact of the matter is that Jesse Malin is a friend of Bruce Springsteen and well, with TIFF and all, if Bruce was to show up somewhere….

Jesse Malin and the Saint Marks Social – Burning The Bowery by RockSoundMagazine

The Dirty Projector

Sept 15, Opera House

Remember 2009? Man, what a year, the Dirty Projectors skyrocketed into the indie stratosphere and Dave Longstreth and his trio of ridiculously hot singers were everywhere. Stillness is the Move was the soundtrack over in Prospect park and fuck, even Jay-Z and Beyonce were attending their concerts. Fast forward to 2010 and the Dirty Projectors aren’t even playing a sold out Opera House show. The internet moves fast, I guess. Still, Bitte Orca was a wicked album and they apparently have a new one dropping just in time for Christmas season, so a trek out to the East end to check out this Brooklyn band is a pretty damn good idea.

The Dirty Projectors – Stillness Is The Move by Xanaxd

These are the shows during the week that we are interested in, for our weekend picks, tune in on Thursday or Friday.

For something completely different and unknown (even to us, but we got the email, so why the hell not), check out:

GAROTAS SUECAS (Sao Paolo, Brazil) w/REVOLVERS, TROPICALIA – Tix $8 at Rotate This, Soundscapes – Doors, 8:45 pm. The Silver Dollar

Shows This Week(end): Sept 10 – 12

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Toronto – Have no plans this weekend? Well, then, here are some shows for you to go to.

Glitch Mob

w/ MartyParty
The Mod Club, 722 College Street
Doors 10PM / 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $15.00 (plus s.c.) at, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record

Los Angeles electronic trio The Glitch Mob will definitely bring the party to the Mod Club Friday night in promotion of their 2010 release Drink The Sea. It’ll be a late show, so make sure you get your drink on before hand, or play seven bucks for a bottle of Steamwhistle. Your choice. Also, prepare to dance.

We Swarm – DRINK THE SEA – Out Now by The Glitch Mob

The Dø

w/ Allie Hughes
Mod Club, September 11

The Dø are a French-Finnish duo that have a fairly un-googleable name and a penchant for quirky pop tunes in the styling of Thao Nguyen. It might take awhile to get used to Olivia Merilahti’s voice but once you do, you are taken through a nice sugar coated musical journey. It’ll be a good fun time at the Mod Club on Saturday. The opener, Alli Hughes, is someone we have written about already.

The Dø – On My Shoulders by eMarc

Most Serene Republic

September 11, The Horseshoe

At one point a few years ago, The Most Serene Republic was supposed to be Arts and Craft’s next big thing. It didn’t quite work out that way, but the Milton band is back with a new EP Fantasick Impossibliss that is released off a new label – Home of the Rebels, but still is distributed by Arts and Craft, so take that for what you will. The showcase Saturday will probably be a cd release party or something.

most serene republic – leipzig by leftyletty

or you can do what I will do, which is watch about 12 hours of football.

Shows This Week – September 7 to September 9

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Toronto – What a weekend. The start of September means a lot of things – back to school, the beginning of cold weather, NHL training camps, the start of NFL… It also means the start of an awesome concert season. Let’s take a look at the shows that hold our interest this week. This will be a two parter because there are SO many shows going on. I am also feeling very lazy.

Marina and the Diamonds

Sept 8, Opera House

To say I was impressed at Marina and The Diamonds showcase at SXSW would be a vast understatement. She pretty much crushed the show. It was so good. I’m not expecting that show to be replicated on the large stage at the cavernous Opera House, but I am sure she’ll put on a good show regardless.

Marina And The Diamonds – Hollywood (Acousti?) by apelzin

Check out her new video:

Vampire Weekend/Beach House

Sept 7, Molson Amphitheatre

The large Amphitheater seems like an odd space for two bands whose music seems best suited for indoor venues. This will be Beach House‘s third visit to Toronto this year and we enjoyed their March show. I’ve also enjoyed Vampire Weekend each time I’ve seen them so this show should be pretty good. There are still plenty of tickets available, so if you are feeling spontaneous, go see them.

Beach House – Zebra by mattpoco

Vampire Weekend – Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac Cover) by duncan_sprks

Efterklang / Buke & Gass

Sept 8, Lee’s Palace

Buke and Gass is a band that made some serious headlines at the ALLCAPS festival on the island last month and they are back in support of Danish band Efterklang on Wednesday. I am quite curious as to how their home made instruments turn out (buke – modified baritone ukulele and gass – guitar + bass hybrid). I guess Paul will have to let me know.

Buke and Gass – Medulla Oblongata by rocksteddie


Sept 8, Sound Academy

I’ll be the first to admit – I know very little about Ratatat. I know they do a few remixes and I may or may not have heard the song Seventeen Years. However, they are playing the dreaded Sound Academy, so that means many people know way more about them then I do – including Sarah, our fearless Sound Academy braving writer who will be attending the show. I would expect a good electronic show, followed by about 1/2 hour of wandering and fighting with other people trying to get a cab to go home afterwards.

Ratatat-Wildcat by Azursystem