Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Indie Music 34.

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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.

Hi everyone. I was out of town Friday-Monday, hence the late listings. I only caught one local show last week: Woodhands et al. at Sneaks on Thursday. My oh my.

This week I'm looking forward to Dan Wolovick's Two Way Monologues's 1-year anniversary fest, happening Thursday through Saturday at Rancho Relaxo. All shows are $7 (or $10 if you want the compilation CD), and each features 4 bands. They should all be good shows. I plan on going to at least two of them. There are two chances to see The Priddle Concern this week, the new project from that guy from Treble Charger. And Aimee Mann is doing an in-store performance at Sonic Boom. She won't be back in Toronto until August. As usual, there are too many good things happening this weekend. I'll be show-hopping and missing out for sure.

TUESDAY (6 may)

Michael Holt w/ Tanya Philipovich & Lucas Stagg @ Graffiti's, 9:30pm.

Blues Fire @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Norglen @ 11:40, Guests @ 10:50, The Priddle Concern (CD release) @ 10:00, and Medallions @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, free.

Great Aunt Ida and Annelise Norohna @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

The Creaking Tree String Quartet @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm.

Pink and Black presents The Diabollocks @ The Bovine, 9pm, free.

Faith of a Martyr, Elissa Mielke, Astha, and Jay Spectre @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $7. This is a charity event.

Pitter Patter Nights presents The Yage Letters and Thee 9am Social @ The Boat, 9pm, $5. I think this will be a good show.

GoodSoundsGood presents Melissa Bathory, Dylan Murray, and Oliver Pigott @ Supermarket, 9pm, $6.

Still Soul, Kristin Laggasse, Darrelle London, Trick of Disaster, and Sean @ Smiling Buddha, 8pm, free.


Lisa Marie Kruchak @Graffiti's, 8pm.

Chris Warren & Band @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Brane, Outspoken, and Atropheed @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.

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

LAUGHstock presents District w/ Soul Rebel Sound, and The Erin Mills Trip @ Tiger Bar, 9pm, $5.

Pitter Patter Nights presents Isle Of Thieves, Cedar, and Lives of Many @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Ciara Adams w/ Decadent Rave @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm, $10.

Pat Robitaille w/ Aaron Garner and Dan Roth @ Supermarket, 9pm, $10.

THURSDAY (8 may)

* TWMFest Day 1 feat. Key Witness, Five Blank Pages, Numbers & Figures, and The Eatons @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7 (or $10 w/ CD). Sounds good to me.

Macro Fiesta w/ Brockway Biggs (AKA Pimp Tea) @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, $5.

This Note presents Ken Reaume, Nordic Nomadic, and The Youngest @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 9pm, pwyc.

Local Alternative feat. See Spot Run @ 11:40, Three Star Seed @ 10:50, Claypine @ 10:00, and Exley @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, $4.

* Murderecords presents Pony Da Look (CD release) w/ Camouflage Nights and DJ Finkelstein @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $7 (or $12 w/ CD). Yipee! PDL is so strange and so awesome.

Picturesound presents Bye Bye Bad Man @ Tiger Bar, 9pm, $5.

Alexandra Ribera @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $10.

Eiyn Sof w/ Naw and Double Suicide (Sandro Perri & Ryan Driver) @ The Central, 9pm, $5.

Sparks Music & Cool Planet Ent. present Vanderpark and SLAVE to the SQUAREwave @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $8.

Jay Spectre, aUTOBODIEs, Will The Circle, and tba @ Silver Dollar, 9pm.

Black Collar Thursdays feat. Our Father, Marr, and Breadfan w/ DJ Stu Dead of Playdead @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Hatchetman, Surface To Sound, and Amanda Kaye @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5.

Grüvoria with DJ David Dacks @ Supermarket, 8:30pm, $10.

FRIDAY (9 may)

* Aimee Mann (in-store) @ Sonic Boom, 6:30pm, free.

Bill Colgate and the Urbane Guerillas @ The Gladstone, 7pm, pwyc. These guys play every Saturday at the Dominion on Queen, 4-7pm. They are definitely worth checking out.

* TWMFest Day 2 feat. Beth in Battle Mode, Fox Jaws, Amos the Transparent, and The Coast Guard @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7 (or $10 w/ CD). Excellent bands. I heart Amos.

Audio Blood Zine presents Hot Monogomy, Dance Electric, Secret Public, and Ages Of Men w/ DJs Liquide Air and Positive Spin @ The Silver Dollar, 9 pm, $5.

* The Maylee & Slippers Sweatshop Hop III w/ Gravity Wave @ Tiger Bar, 10 pm, $5. Workout/dance party.

Local Alternative feat. A Primitive Evoloution @ 12:30, Purr @ 11:30, Bernadette & The North @ 10:30, and The Heavy @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $6.

Local Indie feat. Hamilton Trading Co. @ 12:30, Ethers @ 11:30, Spies @10:30, and Bare Teeth @ 9:30. Lee's Palace, $5. HTC at Lee's is something to see/hear. You gotta check them out.

The Mercy Now, Jerry Leger & the Situation, and The Papermakers @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm.

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

* Sandro Perri, Cry Rumble, and Lisa Bozikovic @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:15pm, pwyc.

Rayna, Cormac Cleary, The City, Space is for Stars, and Sundy Detox @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm.

The Peter Elkas Band and Zeus @ The Rivoli, $8.

Rob Szabo w/ Dave Martel @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm, $10.

Punch God presents Talixzen, Laf-O, Ghost Television, and m00nbASS @ The Concord Cafe, 10pm.

Unbelievers and Beyond the Fall w/ DJ sets by the Darth Virgos AL911 & Billy Geek @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Coliseum, Victims, Trashtalk, and Crossroad @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $10.

SATURDAY (10 may)

Teenage X and The Weirdies @ Trash Palace (89B Niagara St. at Bathurst), 3pm.

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

* No Shame presents The D'Urbervilles, The Details, and Sleepless Nights @ The Drake Underground, 7:30pm (early show), $5. This is where I'll start my evening.

* TWMFest Day 3 feat. Tin Bangs, The Schomberg Fair, Mark Berube & The Patriotic Few, and The Cheap Speakers @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7 (or $10 w/ CD). This is a great lineup. I will be here with my dancing shoes on.

The Maevens, Adam Faux, and tba @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm.

Simeon Ross (Infighter) w/ Craig Smith, Katelyn Dawn, and David Porteous @ C'est What, 10pm, free.

The United Steel Workers of Montreal w/ Ryan Shearing & the Ghost of Belle Star, and Canteen Knockout @ The Dakota Tavern, 9:30pm, $5.

Nina Nielsen, Kat Burns (Forest City Lovers), and Gavin Gardner (The Wooden Sky) @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9:30pm, pwyc.

The Weather Station w/ Audrey Brankley @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Les Kilt w/ Flying Eyes @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 9pm, $5.

Johnny Went Under (CD release) w/ First Person Shooter and ADA @ The Blue Moon, $7.

Jah Cutta @ The Rivoli, 8pm.

The Wilderness @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm, $tba. This is the start of their residency at the CH.

The Son Roberts Band w/ The Steve Strongman Band @ Silver Dollar, 9:30pm, $10.

Bombing Neverland and Beautiful Nothing w/ DJ Vania @ The Bovine, 9pm, $7.

Chinese Food, Everything All the Time, and Cancel Winter @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $7.

Elastocitizens w/ The Heavy @ Lee's Palace, 9pm, $10.

SUNDAY (11 may)

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

Gather Round feat. Idle Tigers w/ Hamilton Trading Co. @ The Boat, 9pm, pwyc. I went to one of these a couple Sunday's ago, and had a wonderful time.

Wavelength 412 feat. The Guest Bedroom, We Versus The Shark, and Orn w/ DJ Stephanie Michelle @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.

Michael Louis Johnson @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:30pm, pwyc.

The Nymphets w/ Tropics and The Sour Notes @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

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