Sunday, April 20, 2008

Indie Music 32.

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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, let me know.

It's back to normal for me. I stayed in during the week and then went to El Mo on Friday to see Oh No Forest Fires, and out-of-towners Via Audio and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. What fun that was.

There are some exciting things happening this week. See below for lots and lots and lots of suggestions. If I could go out every night this week, I would: Tranzac on Monday, Mitzi's on Tuesday, Tranzac on Wednesday, Rancho or the Boat on Thursday, Rancho or El Mo on Friday, Saturday I'll be show-hopping for sure, and Sunday I'd be at the Boat, though Sneaks will be fun too. There are also some afternoon in-stores this week you should know about.

MONDAY (21 apr)

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

Elvis Mondays presents The Priddle Concern, Don Vail, and The People Of Canada @ The Drake Underground, 9pm, free.

Shoeless Monday feat. Sun Brimmers @ 11:30, Summer Field @ 10:30, and Dawn Desmaris @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, free.

Groovy Mondays feat. Brian Gladstone and Erika Knight @ Mitzi's Sister, pwyc.

Marsupial Mondays presents Owl Eyes and Carnival Moon @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9pm, $5.

TUESDAY (22 apr)

* Earth Day Concert @ The Music Gallery, 8pm, free.

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

The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Flying Eyes @ 12:00, Playmaker' @ 11:10, Beautiful Unknown @ 10:20, and Shelter With Thieves @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, free.

Owle Bird and Danger Music @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

* The Jessica Stuart Few and Mint @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Pink and Black presents C'mon and Partytank @ The Bovine, 9pm, free.

Heavy Petting and Casual Licks @ Free Times Cafe, 9pm.

Tully Management Group presents Kae Sun w/ Miles Jones and Mrinda @ Supermarket, 9pm, $10.

WEDNESDAY (23 apr)

The Compulsive Ramblers @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

James Carroll w/ Andre Skinner and Arthur Renwick @ The Central, 9:30pm, pwyc.

The Centaurs @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc. "All improvised funk and groove with an electronic edge, featuring Josh van Tassel on drums and sampler, Dead Drouillard on guitar, Devon Henderson on bass, Joanna Borromeo on boards, and [Rob Piilonen] on flute and effects."

Honest I's, Empire Air, Remotely Controlled, and Clouds that Look Like Things @ Tiger Bar, 8pm, pwyc.

Pitter Patter Nights presents Alphabot! w/ The Liptonians and The Papermakers @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Vercity w/ Empty Chamber and tba @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm.

Spectrum, The Flat Planets, and Sevan Kelian @ Clinton's, 9pm, $5.

Michelle Titian @ The Cadillac Lounge, 9pm.

Band of the Month Club presents Radius & Helena w/ guests @ The Velvet Underground, 9pm, $5.

* Wombat Wednesdays presents Gentleman Reg, Bellewoods, and Great Aunt Ida, with DJ Samir Khan @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8pm, $6.

Jess Gardham w/ Linda M. and Daphne Darling @ Free Times Cafe, 9pm.

The Show (acoustic set) w/ State of Mind and Still the King @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $tba.

THURSDAY (24 apr)

* Peter Moren (w/out Bjorn and John; in-store) @ Soundscapes, 4pm.

Obviously Five Believers @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Michelle Rumball's Matinee @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5pm, pwyc.

The Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Deep Dark United @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Yellow Pills (dance party) feat. The Dress Whites @ Augusta House, $3.

Amy Pitt, Ida Maidstone, and James Everett (Metheus Bound) @ Free Times Cafe, 9pm, $5.

Pitter Patter Nights presents Yuka w/ Slap Back Mountain and Analog @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

City Roots presents Ronley Teper, Jay Linden, and The Good Lovelies @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $5.

Emma-Lee w/ Melissa Bathory and Arthur Renwick @ The Central, 8:30pm, $6.

Public w/ guests @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $6.

Black Collar Thursdays feat. Sean Ashby (CD release), The Conmen, and Hue w/ DJ Stu Dead of Playdead @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5. presents Diamond Teeth, Black Hat Brigade, and The Liras @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

Disfear, Trap Them, Living Darkness (final show), and Endless Blockade @ Sneaky Dee's, 8pm, $10.

FRIDAY (25 apr)

The Wayside Ramblers and Nic Oliverio @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

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

Kite Hill and Tin @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Jeanette Lee (full band) w/ Swedish Fish and Subculture Syndrome @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $10.

Yo Butter feat. Wordburglar w/ DJs Co-op and Mr. Sals @ Tiger Bar, 10pm, $5.

Max Woolaver @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm.

On The Verge w/ Tripping Hazard, Orange Fuzz, and A. F. Analog @ The Central, 9:30pm, $5.

Rude Mule presents The Unionist Ministers, Major Grange, and Little Foot Long Foot @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $5.

Catherine MacLelland, Dennis Ellsworth, and David Baxter @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9:30pm.

Rocking Out for Refugees feat. Hello Beautiful, Grand Am, Mikes Band, and Undadogg @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 10pm, $5.

Invasions, Vicious/Delicious, Jawbone, and Dave Picco & Jetset Motel @ Silver Dollar, 9pm, $6.

* TWM 15 presents Love Kills, Hojas Rojas, and Holoscene @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

Off White presents Teenanger w/ DJs Schramm and the Boner Dragon @ The Beaver, 10pm, $5.

No Shame presents TDMP, Mixylodian, and Kidstreet @ The Drake Underground, 8pm (early show), $5.

* Fox Jaws w/ 6ixty8ights and Elephant @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $5.

The Blakes @ 12:30, Foxfire @ 11:30, Songs From A Room @ 10:30, and Young Rival @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $8. Should be a good night out.

The Tom Fun Orchestra w/ Hamilton Trading Co. and tba @ Lee's Palace, 9pm, $8.

Albert Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult), Drunkula, and Dean Lickyer w/ DJ sets by the Darth Virgos AL911 & Billy Geek @ The Bovine, 9pm, $10.

SATURDAY (26 apr)

Several good bets tonight. I, for one, will be at Lee's and the Horseshoe.

The Hollows w/ Stephen Court @ The Central, 10pm, free.

Dawn 'n' Blueclover and Josh Cockerill @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Baby Eagle and Mandibles @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 6pm, pwyc.

Matt Paxton, Doug Paisley, and J. M. McNab @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

* No Shame presents Ghost Bees (CD release) w/ Fall Horsie and Timber Timbre @ The Drake Underground, 7:30pm (early show), $5.

MusicWorks presents CCMC, Feuermusik, I Have Eaten the City & Wyrd Visions @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8pm, $10.

Wang Dang Doodle (blues dance party) feat. Mississippi Grover @ The Boat, $5.

* Nif-D w/ Touble vs. Glue and The Creeping Nobodies @ Tiger Bar, 9:30pm, $7.

Ben Rose w/ Krista Hartman, and Andrea Rambo & Sean Pinchin @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $8.

* Indie Rock N Roll Spectacular feat. The Schomberg Fair (CD release) @12:30, Tin Bangs @ 11:30, Entire Cities @ 10:30, and The Cheap Speakers @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $8. This will be great!

The Outbred Inlaws, Tara Lee Combs, The Knifings, and Christian & The Hangovers @ Silver Dollar, 9:30pm, $8.

Lodown and Hammersmith w/ DJ Vania @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Blaire Reinhard & The Buffalo Builders @ C'est What, 10pm, $6.

* Born Ruffians, Miracle Fortress, and Slim Twig @ Lee's Palace, 9pm, $10. Finally!

SUNDAY (27 apr)

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

Eviction Party w/ Team Rocket @ High Art for the Low Down, 3pm.

* Born Ruffians (in-store) @ Soundscapes, 4pm, free.

Kyp Harness, Cleave Anderson, and Joan Bessen @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5pm, pwyc.

* Gather Round feat. The Details (acoustic set) w/ Hamilton Trading Co., Malcolm Bauld, and Lisa Kruchak @ The Boat, 9pm, $5. Yay!

* Wavelength 410 feat. The Magic, Museum Pieces, and Women in Tragedy, w/ DJ Music Is My Radar @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc. If you haven't seen The Magic, you need to.

The Debonaires and The Deborahs @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:30pm, pwyc.

Healing Power @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9pm. Bring snacks to share, watch a movie (9:30pm), and see/hear Wolfcow perform (11pm).

Quartet Abstract and tba @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm.

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