Sunday, April 13, 2008

Indie Music 31.

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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.

On Friday I went to a new venue for me (the Niagara Legion Hall) to celebrate the release of the Entire Cities' new album, "Deep River." All the bands/performers that played were great, and worth seeing again: Nils Endeloff (The RAA; I missed his set), Nich Worby, The Gravity Wave (band), Laura Barrett, Basement Arms, Casey Mecija (Ohbijou), and Entire Cities. Tuesday I saw and heard Katie Stelmanis (and Maya Postepski), Final Fantasy, and Jens Lekman. It's been a good week.

This week I think we should all give some love to the Tranzac. And there's a couple of in-store performances of interest. I'll probably be at Rancho on Friday and Saturday.

MONDAY (14 apr)

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

Elvis Mondays presents Dinosaur Bones, The Paper Makers, The People Of Canada, Boxes & Bags, and Still Life Still @ The Drake Underground, 9pm, free.

Groovy Mondays feat. Erika Werry, Selina Martin, and Lucas Stagg @ Mitzi's Sister, pwyc.

LAUGHstock presents Retro-Radio, The Kettle Black, and Remember Marksam @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5.

Marsupial Mondays presents Owl Eyes and Dead Love Triangles @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9pm, $5.

Troy Sinister & The Trailerpark Ghouls @ The Cameron House, 9pm, free.

Larry Tee @ The Social, $7.

Cloud Cult and The Forms @ El Mocambo, $10.

TUESDAY (15 apr)

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

The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Hundred Fold @12:00, Allie Hughes @11:00, and Virtue N Vice @10:00. The Horseshoe Tavern, free.

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

CaMp CoMbO w/ The Formula @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

The Johnnys and Rehab for Quitters @ The Bovine, 9pm.

Luke Sneyd, Jeff Beadle, and Emilio Fuentes @ The Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5

Kae Sun, High Plains Drifter, and The Mexican Standoff @ Supermarket, 9pm, $5.

Helen Carlson @ The Cameron House, 8pm, $5.

WEDNESDAY (16 apr)

The Slackers (in-store) @ Sonic Boom, 6pm, free.

Greg Hambleton and Hugh Oliver @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

PWYC Weds 2 w/ La Casa Muerte, St. Clair, and Bella Clava @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.

The Book of Gnomes w/ God's Gift to Yoda @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

* No Shame presents Evening Hymns, Jon McKiel, and The Boys Who Say No @ The Drake Underground, 8pm, $5.

Dirty Chinese Thieves, The Job and DJ Troubleshhh @ Chelsea Room, $5.

Pitter Patter Nights presents Your New Friends, Alanna Brown (EP release), and Matt Heidt Experience @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

The Scarlett Fever, Mark Feldman, and Aberdeen @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5.

May-Jun, Vanessa Johns, and Sarah Campbell @ Clinton's, 8pm, $5.

Radius & Helena, Hot Monogamy, and Bludwash @ The Velvet Underground, 9pm, $5.

* Wombat Wednesdays presents Etaoin Shrdlu, Sing that Yell that Spell, and L'embuscade @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8pm, $6.

The Framework w/ Sunriser @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $7.

Jerry Leger & The Situation w/ The Rattlesnake Choir @ The Cameron House (Back Room), $10.

THURSDAY (17 apr)

The Salarymen and The Church of Miss Walker @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

* Whatever Jailer, Jordaan Mason, and Sarah Dee @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc. Jordaan Mason was the guy who performed Neutral Milk Hotel's "Oh Comely" at the Drake a few weeks ago.

Rob Cappelletto Trio, Electroluminescent, and M. Mucci @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

* Pitter Patter Nights presents The Miles w/ Hush Money @ The Boat, 9pm, $5. The Miles: so young, so good!

Team Rocket w/ Eviction Party @ Tiger Bar, 9pm, $5.

Dopplehertz presents The Glamour w/ DJ sets by Doppleherts and Famous Players, hosted by Pink Mafia @ Wrongbar, 10pm, $5 (before 11pm, $10 after).

Local Alternative feat. Pelt (CD release) @ 11:30, Proxy Set @ 10:30, and Greedy Feedr @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $5.

Jenny Allen (The Fates) and Ken Tizzard @ Supermarket, 9pm, $tba.

New Machine, The Evelyn Room, and Dead Sparrow Pie @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 10pm, $5.

Black Collar Thursdays feat. Summer of 92 w/ DJ Stu Dead of Playdead @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Antler, Sing Leaf, and Sandro Perri @ Renaissance Cafe, $7.

TWM presents Cancel Winter, Pass Kontrol, and Ryan Shearing @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7.

The I Spies, Galore, and Five Star Trailer Park @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 8pm, $8.

Revival Dear w/ Steve Strongman @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $10.

Alexandra Ribera w/ Joel Visentin and guests @ Clinton's, 9pm, $10 (or pwyc).

FRIDAY (18 apr)

Jenny Allen @ Gorilla Monsoon, 10pm, free.

The Chris Staig Band and Hamburger James @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

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

The Shady Character Revolution, Archaea, The Young Pale Horses, and Make Me Young @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm.

I Can Put My Arm Back On You Can't, Ancestors, Women, and L'embuscade @ The Press Club, $5.

Cyanide Kiss @ Clinton's, 9pm, $5.

Nastymix presents Eli Escobar @ Wrongbar, 9pm, $5 (before midnight).

The Womb (CD release), Georgian Skull, Single File to Freedom, and more @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5 (or $10 w/ CD).

* TWM presents OPOPO, Les Handclaps, The Primordials, and The Assistants @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6. Awesome, a dance party. I'll be here!

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin w/ Via Audio and Oh No Forest Fires @ El Mocambo, $9. Fun, fun!

* TO Indie Brit Pop Faves! feat. The Coast (CD release) @ 12:30, The Wooden Sky @ 11:30, The Ghost Is Dancing @ 10:30, and Mixel Pixel @ 9:30. $10 (or $8 adv). Great lineup!

Arya, Docile, and The Speakeasies w/ DJ sets by the Darth Virgos AL911 & Billy Geek @ The Bovine, 9pm, $10.

SATURDAY (19 apr)

* Laura Barrett (in-store) @ Sunrise Records, 4:30pm, free. Love her!

Broomfiller and Snowblower @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Griffith/Hiltz @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 6pm, pwyc.

* Shelby Lamb Band, Lisa Bozikovic, and Harvest Chant @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 9pm, pwyc.

Paula Perri, Perversion, Falling Trees, The Wilderness, and Michael Moone @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm.

Jim Armstrong & The Sonic Deli Band w/ Sleeps Six @ The Savannah Room, 9pm, $5.

First Person Shooter @ The Mod Club, 10pm, free (if you e-mail, and get there before 11pm).

The Hots w/ Daniel Ledwell (In-Flight Safety) @ El Mocambo, 9pm.

The Break Down and Lila Rose @ The Cameron House, 9pm, $7.

* BBQ (aka Mark Sultan), Teenanger, Used Kids, and The Weirdies @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $8. This is where I plan to be.

* Warchild fundraiser feat. Key Witness, Proof of Ghosts, Andre Charles Theriault, and more @ Silver Dollar, $7.

Anvil and Curses! w/ DJ Vania @ The Bovine, 9pm, $8.

Vonegut & The Slaughterhouse Orchestra @ Music Gallery, 8pm, $5 (students), $10 (members and seniors), or $15 (regular).

These Electric Lives, followed by Kensington Station w/ DJs Lawrence and Shit la Merde @ The Neutral, 10pm, $8. This is also an "official" Tokyo Police Club CD release party. You could win the album "Elephant Shell."

Lords, Sailboats Are White, Our Father, Die Brucke, and Akroid @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $10.

SUNDAY (20 apr)

Lazy Sunday Matinee w/ Jake Chisholm @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 2:30pm, pwyc.

Charlotte Cornfield and Ben Spencer @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5pm, pwyc.

Charlotte Cornfield w/ Ben Spencer's Funeral @ The Central, 8pm. I think these last two listings are correct. The internet is wrong and confusing sometimes.

Wavelength 409 feat. The Reveries and EiYN sOF w/ DJ Soulville USA @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.

* Canadian Electronic Ensemble (incl. Rose Bolton, John Kameel Farah, Larry Lake, Jim Montgomery and Paul Stillwell) @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:30pm, pwyc.

Michael Keith's Young Electric Warriors @ Mitzi's Sister.

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