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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

SXSW Review: Marina & The Diamonds, March 18, Lamberts

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Austin – Shows like Marina & The Diamonds on Thursday nights are the reason why SXSW is so damn fun. Playing in front of a packed crowd on the second floor of the bbq restaurant Lamberts, Marina Lambrini Diamandis absolutely enlighten and enthralled everyone with her show. It was completely awesome.

For some introduction, Marina and The Diamonds is basically Marina, a 25 year old Greek-Welsh singer songwriter and her backing band. They play extremely catchy, dare I say, anthem-ish songs that range from pop ballads to electro-pop numbers. Her album The Family Jewels will be out in the US in May.

Wearing a Planet Hollywood jumpsuit, Marina and the Diamonds took the stage after a lengthy soundcheck session and proceeded to deliver one of the best shows I’ve seen at SXSW. This girl can absolutely sing. She hit all her notes and delivered each song with great authority…yet there was a lot of playfulness to her stage presence. She would dance, pose, wink at people and just looked like she was having a blast. As a result, everyone was also having a blast. The setlist was what you expected, a collection of songs off her EPs and LPs, including sing-alongs to many of her hits including I Am Not A Robot and Hollywood. I was surprised how much better the songs sounded better live then on album, which is always a great sign.

What a show.

Marina and the Diamonds will be playing Fader Fort today and Perez Hilton’s party tomorrow.

SXSW Primers – Bands A to Z

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Toronto – Here is an A to Z list of bands playing at SXSW. I’ve even been kind enough to link each band to their respective myspace/website so you can check them out*. Apologies if I missed any letters, English isn’t my first language.

Antlers – I might see these guys again, although it’d be weird to see their depressing music in the clear afternoon light

Broken Bells – Danger Mouse + The guy from the Shins? Yes please. Will this album only kind of change Natalie Portman’s life?

Chew Lips – English dance-pop act has Josh blowing his load with each single they release. Might check them out.

Dr. Dog – Lo-fi folk band keeps on churning out consistently good albums. New album Shame drops sometime in April

Everybody Was In The French Resistance…Now! – I had no idea Eddie Argos (of Art Brut) had a new band. It has to be great. In Argos I trust.

Fanfarlo -They cancelled their show in Toronto in December. I now get to see this London band at a warmer venue. Awesome. Luna is an amazing track.

Gay Witch Abortion – I have never heard of this band, but look at that band name.

Holy Fuck – This time, when I see them, I won’t confuse this Toronto electronic act with Polaris winning Toronto hardcore band Fucked Up

Imaad Wasif – 24 Terrorist character or Canadian born Indian singer songwriter? Check out his show and decide.

Jj – Where did these Swedes come from? From Africa to Malaga was such a good chill tune, but their new album sounds more or less the same.

Kyle Lee – Is this a Chinese Texan hip hop artist? I don’t know, but he has an Asian last name so here’s hoping.

Local Natives – They impressed many people last year, a breakout album later, these guys are ready to rule Earth.

Marina and the Diamonds – I wrote about them already, but she’ll be very good live.

Neon Indian – Hipster ratio will be off the charts for this HRO fan favorite.

Orquestra Contempor̢nea De Olinda РBrazillian worldly music. Gotta check out some worldly stuff for Mark

Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Shoegazey throwback band played about a billion shows last year, I didn’t catch them then. I won’t make the same mistake again. Maybe.

Quest for Fire – No idea who they are but they are the first band with the letter Q in it I see. Clever marketing yo.

Russian Futurists – Had a blast seeing them at Wavelengths despite short set. Should have equal blast at SXSW despite short set.

Spoon – Austin’s favourite band open SXSW at Stubbs with what undoubtedly will be a great performance.

Toro Y Moi – One of the first big discoveries of 2010, this dude will bring some chilled tunes to Austin.

Ume – Frank from Chromewaves really enjoys this bands live set. Who am I to argue.

VV Brown – Wonderfully talented retro pop sounding VV Brown will bring what is surely a great set to SXSW.

Walkmen – 7 or 8 years later, I still love the song The Rat

Xx – They continually seem to have bad luck, hope these guys make it to SXSW

You Say Party! We Say Die! – BC band looks to build on the success of XXXX here in Austin. Laura Palmer’s Prom..what a song

Zeus - Arts and Craft band is about to hit the stratusphere with their debut (?) album.

*(it’s also really good for search engines)

SXSW Primer: Marina and the Diamonds

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Toronto – One of the acts I’m more excited about at SXSW is Marina and the Diamonds. Filled with witty lyrics about society, a wide range of musical styles and a soulful voice, her debut album The Family Jewels has been consistently in my rotation since came out on February 22nd. I’m pretty sure she’ll be pretty big sometime soon, so it’ll be nice to see her in a smallish venue before she reaches Lily Allen levels. Check out her new single, the cleverly written Hollywood.

Also, Spinner has an interview with Marina

So far, Marina and the Diamonds is scheduled to play Lamberts at 12:00 AM On Thursday