Sunday, April 06, 2008

Indie Music 30.

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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.

It's been another rather full week for me, music-wise. I'm going to tone it down a bit---April is a bad month for us grad-student types, what with committee meetings and grading and other annoyances. That being said, I am going to the Great Hall on Tuesday for Jens Lekman (with Final Fantasy and Katie Stelmanis). If I've had a productive week, I'll want to be at the Horseshoe on Thursday and celebrating Entire Cities' CD release on Friday at the Niagara Legion Hall.

You know that I try to make this as accurate as possible, but because of when I put it out, things can change (and I can make mistakes and I definitely leave things out).

MONDAY (7 apr)

Angela Bower @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7pm, pwyc.

Shoeless Monday feat. October Sky @ 11:30, Birthday Boys @ 10:30, and The Torcus @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, free.

Elvis Mondays presents Royal So and Sos, The Human Statues, Mahogany Frog, Atlas Eyes, and The People of Canada @ The Drake Underground, 9pm, free.

Groovy Mondays feat. Matt Storch, D’arcy Wickham, and Outlaw Social @ Mitzi's Sister, pwyc.

Marsupial Mondays presents Owl Eyes @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 10pm, $5.

TUESDAY (8 apr)

Brock Gel @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm.

Pink & Black present Delinquints and The Toads @ The Bovine, 9pm.

Michael Louis Johnson @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Tele @ 12:00, The Imports @ 11:10, Telegram @ 10:20, and Honky @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, free.

Ronley Teper and Anhai @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Mothring @ Mitzi's Sister, pwyc.

Mike Glendon, Chris Fata, and The Alanna Brown Band @ Silver Dollar, 9pm.

Strawman Fallacy (final Toronto show), Akroid, and Siberia @ Smiling Buddha, 8pm, $5.


The Dodos (in-store) @ Soundscapes, 5pm, free.

Patrick Boyle Quartet @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Adverteyes, End of the World 1969, and Jessy Bell Smith @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Spanish Rock Night feat. Gardenias & SoulAdikts @ Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm.

HotBoxxx presents Opal Blue, Joel Geleynse, Frankie Whyte & The Dead Idols, Alana Kurtis & The Tumblers, Trailing, and Screen 3 @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $5.

Local Alternative feat. TNBT @ 12:00, Walk Off The Earth @ 11:10, Weybourne Project @ 10:20, and Stop Drop & Skank @9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $5.

Born to Busk, Mark Davis, and Katbandooo @ Clinton's, 7:30pm, $5.

Basement Arms w/ One Legged Step Child, Soup Kitchen Line Up, and The Hatchetmen @ The Boat, 9pm, $5. Recommended.

Band of the Month Club feat. Radius and Helena w/ The Disraelis and The Psycadelicacies @ Velvet Underground, 9pm, $5.

Swiss Dice w/ Peter Project @ Supermarket, 9pm, $5.

Blues Element @ C'est What, 9pm, $6.

Wombat Wednesdays presents The Silt, Alex Lukashevsky, and Isla Craig Band @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8:30pm, $6.

The Mission District w/ USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker) @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $7. The Mission District is a Montreal band, and a good one.

The Dodos w/ Ket Witness @ El Mocambo, 9pm, $8.

THURSDAY (10 apr)

Lots of good things to do tonight. Why are Thursdays always so awesome??

Electroluminscent, This Quiet Army, Millimetrik, and Whisper Room @ Mitzi's Sister.

Brent Tanemura, Brodie West, and Tania Gill @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

This Note feat. Ghosthands (Andre Charles Theriault) and Dark Bird @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

3rd Annual Acoustic Foodbank Fundraiser @ The Cameron House, 9pm, $5 (or a non-perishable food item). Performers include Douglas Adams (Fire Hydrant), Greg Shean (Static Lab), Ian Strung (Cold Dead Hands), Jeannine Dulac, Jon Sohn (Fire Hydrant), Louis Branchaud (Daddy Ashes) w/ Mihaela Dumitrascu, Matt Madill, Mick Srivastava (The Atomic Ravens), Nidhan Grewal (Fire Hydrant) w/ Mark Weston, Pixie Moonshine (Tripping Hazard), Reuben O'Dell Barkow (Remainameless), Ryan Murray (Cinema), Sumon Mukherjee (The Black Fever), and Tristan Campbell (Fine Motor Control).

B.A. Johnston w/ Saffron Sect and Brent Randall & His Pinecones @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

No Shame presents Pas Chic Chic w/ Steve Singh @ The Drake Underground, 8pm, $5. This is part of the Drake's Franco fest thing.

TWM presents Our History of Cowboys, Itchy Watery Eyes (feat. Dead Fucks), and Boxes & Bags @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

The Sevenate and Moon Violet @ Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm, $5.

Black Collar Thursdays feat. Greedyfeedr and The Isosceles Project w/ DJ Stu Dead of Playdead @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

The Harold Wartooth, Luz Atomica, and The Best @ Silver Dollar, 9pm, $5.

Nevado Records Showcase feat. Elephant, Bass Lions, Seedy Ease, and Monster Show @ The Rivoli, 8:30pm, $6.

* Alternative Roots feat. Sunparlour Players @ 11:30, Hilotrons @10:30 (CD release), and Andy Swan @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $8.

Time to Rock w/ Oliver Black and Dean Lickyer @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $8.

Rock Plaza Central, Jetplanes of Abraham, and Gusto Basketcase @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $10.

FRIDAY (11 apr)

The Foolish Things @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5pm, free.

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

Bunny Brown @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

The Great Train Reverie @ Mitzi's Sister.

Capital Kill presents Murderquad, Serene Molestation, G.O.D., and The Donner Party @ Teranga, 8pm, $4 (or $3 w/ flyer).

Lindsay Fitzsimmons, James Kent, and The Boy From ET @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9pm, $5.

The Ben Hammond Four (CD release) feat. vocalist Zach Finkelstein @ The Central, 9:30pm, $7 (or $15 w/ CD).

Jewelry Rat (CD release), Tropics, and Terror Lake @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5 ($10 w/ vinyl).

Golden Girls (CD release) w/ Pink Dead Whale @ Tiger Bar, $5. I gotta go back to Tiger Bar at some point.

Sexy Krissy's Birthday feat. The Famous Monsters and The Outbred Inlaws w/ DJ sets by the Darth Virgos AL911 and Billy Geek @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

TWM presents Animal Clinic, The Coast Guard, That’s the Spirit, and Karma Controllers @ Rancho Relaxo, $6.

Dave & Chuck Show Party feat. Phil Allister, The Leathers, DBAS, Oklahoma Bomb Squad, Rehab for Quitters, 68 Pornomags, and Springloaded @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 8pm, $6 ($5 w/ canned food donation).

* Entire Cities (CD release) w/ Basement Arms, The Gravity Wave, Nich Worby, Casey Mecija, hosted by PDF Format, w/ DJ Moist Fowlette and guests @ Canadian Corps Legion Hall (201 Niagara @ King), 9pm, $7.

Alt Funk Rock N Roll feat. Run with the Kittens @ 12:00, Jay Spectre @ 11:00, and SCOBO @ 10:00. The Horseshoe Tavern, $8.

Magnolius w/ Guitar, Abyss, DJ Coco Bryce, and Style Movement @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $10.

Montreal ElectroCrunk feat. Thunderheist @ 12:00, Bonjay @ 11:00, and Vitamins For You @ 10:00. Lee's Palace, $10.

SATURDAY (12 apr)

The Weirdies and Satan's Candy @ Trash Palace (89-B Niagara), 3pm, $3.

The Superstitions, Shitt Hottt, and The Calrizians @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

The Stormalongs, Luz Atomica (final show), and The Merry Warners @ Cameron House (Back Room), 8pm, $5.

Portable Men, Mystery Guests, and Expos @ Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm.

The Weathermaking Challenge @ The Central, 9:30pm, $10.

* TWM 14 feat. Mark Berube & The Patriotic Few, Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra, and Whale Tooth @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7.

Sons of Butcher and Ditch @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

* The Weather Station, $100, and Sing Leaf @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 10pm, pwyc.

The 6ixty8ights, followed by Kensington Station @ The Neutral, 10pm, $6.

Alt Rock N Roll feat. Hoolie Snatch @ 12:30, Thomas Matheson @ 11:30, Rockafellers @ 10:30, and Stereo Hoax @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $6.

(weewerk) presents The Burning Hell, War Mannequin, and The Kettle Black @ Silver Dollar, 9pm, $8.

Josh Gabriel (CD release) @ C'est What, 10pm, $7.

Grand Theft Bus, Two Minute Miracles, and North Amorica @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $10.50.

Tribute to Bob Marley feat. The House of David Gang, Tonya P, Empress, Deeqa, DJ Chocolate, and Patrick Roots @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 9pm, $10 + canned food donation ($15 w/out).

SUNDAY (13 apr)

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

Hiccup Truck @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5:00pm, pwyc.

Wavelength 408 feat. Purple Hill, Raccoon Wedding, w/ DJ Wolfcow @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.

Sandbox @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:30pm, pwyc.

The Hormoans, Revolution Love, and The Dank @ Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm.

Gather Round feat. Hamilton Trading Co. @ The Boat, 9pm, $5. I finally saw HTC on Friday, and I thought they were awesome!


Anonymous said...

Regarding the Famous Monsters show on April 11, I just thought I'd let you know that this is their last show ever, so I'd really recommend checking it out.

andrew said...

okay, i love these lists...

now my free-time is going to be better heard