Monday, April 28, 2008

Indie Music 33.

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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.

Over the Top Fest kicks off Thursday night, and continues through Sunday. All shows are all ages, and they should all be good. I will be out of town for most of the fest, but you can find me up near the stage for the Woodhands show on 1 May at Sneaks. Woo! I've listed some of the shows below; for all the details, check the fest website.

Have I mentioned recently that there are a lot of fantastic shows happening all the time in this city?! I'm missing some stuff from this list... if I have time later in the week I'll fill in the blanks. Go out and have fun!

MONDAY (28 apr)

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

Elvis Mondays presents My Psycho Ex, Steve Singh, GIRAGIRA.gif, Witch Ever, and Gemini 12 @ The Drake Underground, 9pm, free.

Shoeless Monday feat. The Human Statues @ 11:30, Liam Titcomb @ 10:30, and The Eradicators @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, free.

Groovy Mondays feat. Barry James Payne and Norm Liota @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Ryan Jewell w/ Og Horwood, Roman Pilates, and Man Made Hill @ Pete's Place (191-193 Dowling Ave., at Queen), $4.

Marsupial Mondays presents $100 and Owl Eyes @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9pm, $5.

* Pitter Patter Nights presents Horses, The Details, and Malcolm Bauld @ The Boat, 9pm, $5. Go to this! It will be awesome.

Baby Eagle w/ Guitar, Matt Shine, Pete Tremblay, and The Diamond Teeth @ Silver Dollar, $5.

Hooded Fang, Chariot Drama, and Freakuency Z @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5.

Monthly Songwriter Night feat. Coco Love Alcorn, Kaya Fraser, Marc Charron, w/ host Lindsay Ferguson @ Supermarket, 9pm, $10.

TUESDAY (29 apr)

Toronto Folk Singers @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 7pm.

The Dank w/ First Person Shooter, Left of Zero, and Les Parallelions @ The Boat, 8pm, free.

Micronauts w/ Mark Laver, Mike Smith, and Ali Berkok @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7pm, pwyc.

The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Downsview @ 12:00, Daniel Wesley @ 11:10, The Withouts @ 10:20, and The Forty Five Tension @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, free.

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

Marilee Yorston, Drea Nassader, and Carla & Steve @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

* Will Currie and the Country French (EP release) w/ Bellewoods and The Dress Whites @ Sneaky Dee's, $7 (or $12 w/ CD). All good bands, and at a good place. How can you go wrong?

The Mermen w/ tba @ Smiling Buddha, 9:30pm.

* Alli's Journey presents Kae Sun w/ Megan Hamilton, Steve Puchalski, Vanderpark, Dave Borins @ Supermarket, 9pm, $10. This is a benefit show for Alli's Journey.

WEDNESDAY (30 apr)

Aaron Lumley and David Prentice @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Muskox and Feuermusik @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

PWYC Weds feat. Halleluyah!, Secret Japanese Girlfriend, and Justin Chee @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.

Pitter Patter Nights presents Intransit, Vacuity, and Jordan Fine @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Crawling Quiet w/ Ashlea Jonesmith @ Smiling Buddha, 10pm.

The Love & Terror Cult, Yell the Burden, Akroid, and Gunnar Rapido @ Clinton's, 8:30pm, $5.

Slides (debut) @ The Velvet Underground.

Wombat Wednesdays presents Sandro Perri, Snailhouse, and Dan Goldman w/ DJ Samir Khan @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8pm, $6. I went to last week's WW, and had a lovely time.

Sheltered in Sound w/ Scott Cooper @ The Central, 8:30pm, $5 (or $10 w/ CD).

Troy Western w/ Myke Mazzei & The Mod Villains and Spacecraft 7 Lite @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 8:30pm, pwyc.

A Trophy Life w/ Touch Me Airborne Plague, Ryan Luchuk Band (final show), and Chad Doucette @ The Rivoli.

THURSDAY (1 may)

* Frantic City feat. The Primordials @ The Beaver, 10pm, free. Dance party!

Gravity Wave (acoustic set) @ Marylou Flamingo, 6pm. The band will play at 7:30 or 8pm.

NUDe as the NEWs feat. Mantler, Antler, and Heavy @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Local Alternative feat. Blurred Vision @ 12:00, Stone River @ 11:10, Jackfish River @ 10:20, and Remote Wonder @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $4.

Idle Tigers (CD release), Pants and Tie, and Katherine Sheng Morrison @ Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, pwyc.

* Quarry Records & Familiar Music present Megan Hamilton & The Volunteer Canola, Deromantic, Little Foot Long Foot, and Dave Borins @ Supermarket, 8pm, $5.

iNSiDEaMiND (12" release) w/ Colin Fisher, John Kameel Farah, and DJ sets by murr and Circle Research @ The Boat, 9pm, $10.

Black Collar Thursdays feat. The Groopies and C-Sexshuns w/ DJ Stu Dead of Playdead @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

HomeWreckords presents Big Ideas, Infighter, and Shortwave @ Clinton's, 8:30pm, $10.

Skate 4 Cancer feat. Shad, Matthew Johnston, Elephant, Lives of Many, and Farewell Cool Reason @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 8pm, free.

Naturopathic Rock For Charity @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 8pm, $5.

Tambourine Magazine Showcase @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm.

Reid Jamieson w/ Annelise Noronha @ The Rivoli, 7pm, $10.

George Hewson (CD release) @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8pm, $tba.

The Books Elusive, The Hemingway Solution, and Dave Mansell @ Smiling Buddha, 8pm, $5.

* [OTTF] Woodhands w/ Bobby Birdman, Skeleton Me, and The New Bloods @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $10. Woodhands will be just back from their North American tour in support of their amazing full-length, Heart Attack. I'll be here! And I loved Skeleton Me when I saw him (Luke Lalonde from Born Ruffians) in December.

* [OTTF] The D'Urbervilles w/ So Many Dynamos, Oh No Forest Fires, and tba? @ Ukula, 8pm, $10.

FRIDAY (2 may)

Smoosh (in-store) @ Sonic Boom, 7pm, free.

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

Clara Engel and tba @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

PCP and The Cleef (debut) w/ DJ Troubleshhhhhhh @ Tiger Bar, 10pm, $5.

Rollin' & Scratchin' w/ Kidstreet, TMDP, DJ Chili P, and DJ Me @ Supermarket, 10pm, $5

Fitzroy Terrors w/ DC3 @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $8.

TWM presents The Job, Invasions, Leonids, and Diamond Teeth @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.

Pace the Stairs @ Clinton's, 9pm, $5.

The Sevenate, Sugar Coated Killers, and Nagasaki w/ DJ sets by the Darth Virgos AL911 & Billy Geek @ Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, $5.

Joe Hall & the Continental Drift @ Free Times Cafe, $10.

Methodology (EP release) w/ Mint and Joni NehRita @ Revival, $10.

Saidah Baba Talibah @ Trane Studio, 8pm, $10.

* [OTTF] The Wooden Sky w/ Rebekkah Higgs, and Major Grey @ Ukula, 8pm, $6.

* [OTTF] DD/MM/YYYY (7" release) w/ Revolution Love, and Shpilberg @ Whippersnapper Gallery, 8pm, $6.

[OTTF] The Ten Kens w/ Singer, Wye Oak, and Cloudland Canyon @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $10.

[OTTF] The Beginners w/ Will Currie & The Country French, and Laura Peek @ St. Stephen-in-the Fields Church, 7pm, $10.

OTTF Afterparty feat. Bush League and Eamon McGrath w/ DJs Dan Vila and Jeremy Finklestein @ Teranga, pwyc. The bands go on around midnight.

SATURDAY (3 may)

Tokyo Police Club (in-store) @ Criminal Records, 12:30pm, free.

Gillis Griffin Henderson @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 6pm, pwyc.

Sid Jackson & Fee Chee (The Modern Men) and End of the World 1969 @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 9:30pm, pwyc.

Holoscene and Epigram @ The Velvet Underground, 8pm, $5.

TWM presents The Antiqs, Vestaloynes, Burn Planetarium, and Boogie Infection @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.

Alternative Rock N Roll feat. Crush Luther @ 12:30, Low Level Flight @ 11:30, Magneta Lane @ 10:30, and Natasha Pasternak @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $8.

Cherry Bomb presents Scream Club w/ MC Nolan Natasha and DJs Denise Benson and Cozmic Cat @ Wrongbar, $8 (before 11:30pm, $10 after).

The Black Hollies and tba @ Silver Dollar, 9pm.

Partytank (CD release) and Midwives w/ DJ Vania @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Lights w/ Play Oliver and Chase the Light @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $5.

The Joys w/ The Voyd, The First Time, and Supernal @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $10.

[OTTF] An Albatross w/ Aa, and The Creeping Nobodies @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $10.50.

[OTTF] High Places w/ Huckleberry Friends, and Our Brother The Native @ St. Stephen-in-the-Fields Church (West Hall), 8pm, $10.

* [OTTF] Foxfire w/ Pas Chic Chic, Ruby Coast, and Elfin Saddle @ Whippersnapper Gallery, 8pm, $8. Even if the music isn't your thing, Foxfire is high-energy ridiculousness, in a good way. And Ruby Coast are fantastic, and they put on a great live show. (Just avoid the raucous teenagers in the front.)

SUNDAY (4 may)

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

Tom McCammon and Mantler @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5pm, pwyc. This is Tom, the 13-year-old you see at all the good shows you're at.

Gather Round feat. Absent Sound w/ Hamilton Trading Co. @ The Boat, 9pm, $5. HTC is so awesome!

* [OTTF] Wavelength 411 feat. Nadja, Peter and the Wolf, and Our Brother the Native w/ DJ Broad Jaw @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.

The WoodChopper's Association @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Dance Electric, Man with Target, U.T.I., and Please Standby @ Smiling Buddha, 8:30pm, $5.

Colors in the Air, Dirty Page, and The Gulls @ Kathedral, 7pm, $10.

Donlands & Mortimer (CD release) w/ The Magic, Boys Who Say No, and The Miles @ Reilly's, 8pm, $10 (or $8 adv). Fun!

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