Monday, March 17, 2008

Indie Music 27.

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of inexpensive indie(ish) musical happenings in downtown Toronto. I try to list as many shows here as I know about, though with a preference for listing those happening at venues I especially like, or featuring performers I know something about. This list is thus not comprehensive. In addition, I rarely list shows that cost $10 or more, and never ones that require advance ticket purchases. If I'm missing something or you have any comments, please do let me know.

There are good shows this week. I mean, of course there are. But come Friday you might have a hard time choosing.

MONDAY (17 mar)

St. Patrick's Day. You'll probably find green beer, drunken frat boys, and good Irish music in lots of places. For something different, go to the Tiki Room at Tranzac.

Elvis Mondays presents Exploding Band, Steve Singh, The People of Canada, Alphabot!, Ali Hughes, and Hallelujua @ The Drake Underground, 7pm, free.

Groovy Mondays feat. The Rosie Jones Band @ Mitzi's Sister, free.

Marsupial Mondays presents Isla Craig, Mike Smith, and Michael Liston @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9pm, $5.

TUESDAY (18 mar)

Good options tonight. I suppose it depends on what you want to do/where you want to be while you listen to good music.

Michael Louis Johnson @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5:30pm, $5.

The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Staylefish @12:00, Anti Q’s @11:10, Jet Black Stereo @10:20, and In Perfect Cursive @9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, free.

CaMp CoMbO @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

* The Jessica Stuart Few, FM Hi Low, and Moulann @ Mitzi's Sister, pwyc.

Pitter Patter Nights presents Barn Owl @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

WEDNESDAY (19 mar)

I'd camp out at Tranzac tonight if I were you. Or maybe check out what the deal is with the new Wednesday night album cover shows at Velvet Underground.

Lindi Ortega @ Supermarket, 9pm, pwyc.

The Lovely Killbots and May Jun @ The Cameron House (Back Room), pwyc.

Local Alternative feat. tba @ 12:00, Shadows In Red @ 11:10, The Terns @ 10:20, and Dammien Alexander @ 9:30 (Cd Release). The Horseshoe Tavern, $4.

Andy Swan @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

The Speaking Tongues w/ Catl (feat. David McMorrow) @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Altaira Ambient Night w/ dreamSTATE, Sleep Research Facility, Beta Cloud (Buffalo, NY), This Instrument, Ouroboros, Cauterwall, Toxia, Teratoma, Sighup @ The Renaissance Cafe, 8pm, $5.

Love You Live 2 feat. performances of Neil Young's "Live Rust" and The Who's "Live At Leeds" @ Velvet Underground, $tba.

Kate Fenner w/ Luther Wright @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $10.

THURSDAY (20 mar)

Two Foot Falls w/ Daylight for Dead Eyes and Jesse Labelle @ The Rivoli, 9pm.

Terror Lake, The Blooming Rosebuds, and Thousand Dollar Wedding @ Mitzi's Sister, pwyc.

Arkana Music @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Valery Gore @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc,

* No Shame presents Germans, Spookey Ruben, and Sky Shark @ Tiger Bar, 9pm, $5. Yes, Tiger Bar!

Winhara, Picture Sound, Alanna Brown, and The Tom Glenne 5.5 @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Tallships, Whale Tooth, Brett Caswell, and Ryan Karam @ Rancho Relaxo, $5. I have enjoyed Whale Tooth.

Mob Mentality @ Silver Dollar, $5.

Black Collar Thursdays feat. The G-Men w/ DJ Stu Dead of Playdead @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Yo! Butter long weekend hip hop dance party launch feat. Ghettosocks w/ DJs Mr Sals and Rob Nice @ Teranga, 10pm, $5.

Joe Sorbara's Other Foot First, Jean Martin, and Evan Shaw @ Somewhere There, 8pm, $6.

FRIDAY (21 mar)

(I think I'm breaking my own rules by starring 6 shows tonight, but, well, there you have it.) There is a lot of good stuff to do tonight. I'll be at the No Shame anniversary party, and once I've had my fill of cupcakes and dancing, will probably head over to Silver Dollar. But it's a difficult decision.

* Raveonettes (in-store) @ Sonic Boom, 6:30pm, free.

The Kensington Hillbilly’s, Meagan Marshall, and Coleen Hodgson @ Mitzi's Sister.

Bellewoods @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Matt Lipscombe and tba @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

** No Shame 1 Year Anniversary Party feat. The Winks, The XYZ Affair, and Green Go @ The Drake Underground, 7:30pm (early show with cupcakes!), $5.

* Chris Eaton (Rock Plaza Central), Key Witness, and Yonder @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

The Class Assassins and Dark Pearl w/ DJ sets by the Darth Virgos AL911 & Patrick Pentland (from Sloan) @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

* Pop with Brains 14 presents Foxfire, OPOPO, Eden Ants, and Idlers @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $5. I can confidently recommend Foxfire (Forest) and OPOPO. Not sure how they'll go down at the Rivoli, though. But if you go maybe the vibe will be better there.

Local Alternative feat. Chinese Food @ 12:30, Afterparty @ 11:30, Nightlife @ 10:30, and Slave To The Squarewave @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $6.

* The Primordials (LP release) w/ The Hi-Risers and The Blue Demons @ Silver Dollar, 9pm, $8. Yippee!

* Old Time Relijun, Rozasia, and The Racoon Wedding @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $10.

SATURDAY (22 mar)

I haven't starred anything tonight because I just don't know enough to know what's good.

National Keyframe Band, Horse, and Jenny Allen @ Mitzi's Sister.

The Vive Quebec Libres, The Blooming Rosebuds, Lucas Goldman feat. The Sleaze Poles, and Planet Creature @ Cameron House (Back Room), 8pm, pwyc (or $5).

Songs of Jennifer Castle and Josh Thorpe performed w/ Eric Chenaux, Jason Benoit, Allison Cameron, and Marcus Quin @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Easy Targets, The DGB, Two Scoops, Jay Spectre, and Left of Zer0 @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

C.C.Voltage and Delinquints @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

The Miles as part of Kensington Station @ The Neutral, $6. These guys are great. I have never been to the Neutral; maybe tonight I will go.

T.O. Heavy hardcore thrashers feat. Cursed (CD release) @ 12:30, Career Suicide @ 11:30, 50WattHead @ 10:30, and Living Darkness @ 9:30 w/ DJ Mark Pesci. Lee's Palace. $8.

Geoff Berner w/ The Phonemes @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 9pm, $10.

SUNDAY (23 mar)

James Lamb & Jess Hill @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5pm, pwyc.

Wavelength 405 feat Lioness, Syntonics, and Minisystem, w/ DJ K.P. Rollintine @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.

Gather Round feat. Hamilton Trading Co. @ The Boat, 9pm, pwyc.

The Mighty Gill @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:30pm, pwyc.

1 comment:

Quadb said...

I might be checking out Spookwy Ruben on Thursday night. I don't think I've ever been to Tiger Bar. Where izzit?