Monday, March 31, 2008

Indie Music 29.

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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.

Today (Sunday), I'm taking the day off. I've just had a marvelous 3-night-(indie music)-stand, and I really don't think it will be topped any time soon. Wow. This week I've got a few things to do that should be good fun (at the very least) and fun in a "holy crap" kind of way. On Tuesday I'm going to the Gravity Wave party at the Great Hall. (If you don't already have a spot on the guestlist, you're out of luck.) Thursday, Woodhands is releasing its full-length album, Heart Attack. The disk is fantastic, Woodhands shows are amazing, and I am very much looking forward to this (if not the trek out to Wrongbar). On Friday I'll be at Lee's Palace to go see Hamilton Trading Co. And I might just take the rest of the weekend completely off.

MONDAY (31 mar)

Shoeless Monday feat. Adder @ 11:30, Make Your Exit @ 10:30, and Di Thomas @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, free.

Elvis Mondays presents Danny Vix, Barn Owl, The People of Canada, Human Statues, The Champion Heartache, and Miss Scarlett @ The Drake Underground, 9pm, free.

Groovy Mondays feat. Alfie Smith and JP Reimens @ Mitzi's Sister, free.

Songwriter Series feat. Lindsay Ferguson, Dave Leary, Dave Gaudet, and Meredith Luce @ Supermarket, 9pm.

Marsupial Mondays presents Anna Linda Sidall, Colin Fisher, Katherine Sheng Morrison, and Olenka @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9pm, $5.

Bramwell & The Left Overs, Kevin Scott, and Jace P. & The Big People @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm.

The Salads, Obsidian, and Sons & Lovers @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $10.

TUESDAY (1 apr)

Pink & Black present Worst Case Ontario and Troy Sinister @ The Bovine, 9pm.

Isla Craig and Maria Kasstan @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. C'mon-Kypski @ 12:00, Crash Parallel @ 11:10, LLIONS @ 10:20, and Major Grey @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, free. Go to this to see LLIONS. It's totally worth it: they'll make your week!

Great Aunt Ida, Pamela Brennan, and Balderdash feat. Dan Goldman @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Stacey Burke and David Baxter @ Mitzi's Sister, free.


Brian Arcand & the Tramps @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm.

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

Secret Japanese Girlfriend and The Heartbeats @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

PWYC Wednesdays 1 feat. Guitar, Marco Fiesta, and Matt Bahen (Schomberg Fair, solo set) @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.

Ryan Clark, Roman Pilates, and tba @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, pwyc.

LAUGHstock presents The ORFS w/ YNF and Please Stand By @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Band of the Month presents Radius & Helena w/ We Love and The Rival Boys @ Velvet Underground, $5.

Wombat Wednesdays presents Metal Kites, Tusks, and Steve McKay & band, w/ DJ Samir Khan @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8:30pm, $6.

Braintoy (CD release) @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $5.

Teenage Bottlerocket, The Copyrights, The Vapids, and Roman Line @ Sneaky Dee's, $8.

* Blitzen Trapper w/ Fleet Foxes and Fox Jaws @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 8:30pm, $10 (or $8.50 adv).

In Perfect Cursive w/ Homefront @ Clinton's Tavern, 7:30pm, $10.

THURSDAY (3 apr)

The Von Drats and Christian D. & the HangOvers @ Mitzi's Sister, pwyc.

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

NudE as the nEWs feat. Sandro Perri, Gabe Levine, and Ken Reaume @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Rob Lutes w/ Scott Normandy @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm.

Sick Kids Fundraiser feat. William the Conquerer @ 11:30, Wednesday Finist @ 10:30, and Ministry of the Environment @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $5.

* Woodhands (CD release) w/ Jeff Woods & friends ("Magic and Mentalism"), and The Machetes @ Wrongbar, 9pm, $5.

Treestar w/ Streetlight Light, and Kathleen Turner Overdrive @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

Monotonix, Anagram, Metz, and LSdoubleDcup @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $7.

Get Bend Records presents The Micronite Filters w/ Cam Clark and Recroom @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Carrie Catherine w/ Alanna Stuart @ Supermarket, 9pm, $8.

Buckets Of, Hot Kid, Dead Messenger, and Guest Bedroom @ The Savannah Room, 9pm, pwyc.

The Idlers @ Clinton's Tavern, 8pm.

Kingstar Legal, Annalog, and Yuka @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm.

Black Collar Thursdays feat. The Cockroaches and KC & The Moonshine Band, w/ DJ Stu Dead of Playdead @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Hotboxxx presents Haard @ 11:30, Brane @ 10:45, Captain Starr @ 10:00, Love Freak Dinosaur @ 9:15, and Pinto Publico @ 8:30. Lee's Palace, $5.

Secret Public, The Hunting Horns, and Marion Rahn & the Wayte @ Silver Dollar, 9pm.

Come As You Are Charity Event / Birthday Bash feat. The Lovely Killbots, Whale Tooth, The Danny Nix Band, DKs and Friends, w/ DJs tba @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), $7 (pr $5 w/ non-perishable food item).

VHS or Beta @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $10.

FRIDAY (4 apr)

The Screwed @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm.

Luckyfool, Strapless, and tba @ Silver Dollar, 9pm, $5.

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

The Ryan Driver Quartet @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

The Sleeping Kings of Iona, as part of Rollin' & Scratchin' Open Format Dance Party @ Supermarket, 10pm, $5

SuckerPunch! presents Black Hat Brigade, Styrofoam Ones, and Green Splat @ Teranga, 10pm, $5.

Supernal and Speed of Service @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Indie Pop/Rock feat. Wildlife @ 12:00, Hamilton Trading Co. @ 11:00, and Dregs of Society @ 10:00. Lee's Palace, $5. I'll be here.

The Eradicators, The Calrizians, and Christian D. & the HangOvers @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm.

* TWM presents Megan Hamilton & the Volunteer Canola, Northwest Division, Deromantic, and Ugly Bug Band @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.

Local Alternative feat. Hello Beautiful @ 12:30, A Fourth World @ 11:30, Hollow @ 10:30, and tba @ 9:30, The Horseshoe Tavern, $8.

Throw Me the Statue w/ Idle Tigers @ El Mocambo (First Floor), $10.

Sandro Perri and Nat Baldwin @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8pm, tba.

Duchess Says @ Wrongbar, 8pm, $10.

SATURDAY (5 apr)

The Matches (in-store) @ Criminal Records, 4pm, free.

No Shame presents Great Bloomers, Postcards, and Howl @ The Drake Underground, 7:30pm (early show), $5.

Fleece Elves w/ Saucer and The Holy Fathers @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm.

Owl Eyes & Ghost Bees @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9pm, $5.

Thomas @ Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm, pwyc.

The Hunting Horns and Jay Sad @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

How I Won The War, The Scene @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $6.

Arise & Ruin and Redeemer @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Punk & Ghettotech feat. Akroid @ 12:00, Gunnar Rapido @ 11:00, and tba @ 10:00. Lee's Palace, $5.

Cold Dead Hands, as part of Kensington Station @ The Neutral, 10pm, $6.

Plastic Crimewave Sound, The Creeping Nobodies, and Allo Caveman @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $7.

Alt Rock N Roll feat. Tenth Planet @ 12:30, Hail the Villain @ 11:30, Civil Uprise @ 10:30, and Drive Channel @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $8.

Rat-drifting presents The Reveries (CD release) @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 9:30pm, $10. Followed by a reggae dance party.

Fundraiser for the Toronto Humane Society feat. Arthur Renwick, Nicole Christian, Unadogg, and Flickershow @ The Savannah Room, 8pm, $10.

SUNDAY (6 apr)

Lazy Sunday Matinee with Alex Lukashevsky @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 2:30pm, pwyc.

Mantler and Jason Benoit @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5pm, pwyc.

* Wavelength 407 fear. Teenanger, Mahogany Frog, and Everything All The Time (CD release), w/ DJ Islamabad @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.

The Woodchoppers Association @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:30pm, pwyc.

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

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