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.
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.
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.
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.