Monday, July 21, 2008

Indie Music 44 (21-27 July 2008).

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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.

I went to a couple of shows during the week---Brad Casey, and the Schomberg Fair!! On Sunday I experienced three great sets by three totally different bands/performers at the church on the Toronto Islands. One of the bands was Muskox, who were crazy-good. See them for yourself this Saturday at Tranzac. (You don't even have to take a ferry to get there!) Catch Bruce Peninsula at WhipperSnapper on 9 August, or opening for Cuff the Duke at the Horseshoe on 22 August. Advanced tix are available for both shows . . . I recommend getting one.

I'm missing things on this list, I know. It can be difficult getting information on upcoming shows. So definitely let me know if something's amiss. I will fix it.

MONDAY (21 jul)

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

Elvis Mondays presents The People of Canada, Mamabolo, La Case Muerte, Alphabot!, and the Artful Vandelays @ The Drake Underground, 9pm, free.

Shoeless Monday feat. Cheers In Belfry @ 11:15, Perkins @ 10:15, and Sidharta @ 9:15. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Groovy Mondays feat. Joani Paige and The McDales @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

* Marsupial Mondays presents Kim Barlow (w/ Sandro Perri & Ryan Driver) and Mathias Tom (The Burning Hell) @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9pm, $5. I intend to be here.

Glass Tomb, Trancendental Rodeo, Ghostlight, Man Made Hill, Anamorphic Heat, Disguises, and Wolfcow @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5. This is a benefit show for Disguises' East Coast tour. Quote: "It's like the Lollapalooza of noise!"

Miles Jones @ El Mocambo, 10pm, $5.

Moglee, Battle Creek, Ben Wood, and Look! Centaurs @ Rancho Relaxo, 6:30pm, $5.

TUESDAY (22 jul)

Mike Davidson and friends cover the music of Thelonious Monk @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

* The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Daphne Darling @ 11:40, Chasing Sam @ 10:50, Holding Sky @ 10:00, and Beth In Battle Mode @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free. BIBM!!

Purple Hill & Rough Skeletons @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Pink and Black presents Crookedhook and The Tragedy of Mariam @ The Bovine, 9pm, free.

Tumblin Tuesdays with Tanya Philipovich and Lucas Stagg feat. Brad Casey @ Graffiti's, 8pm, pwyc.

* Sunbear (Kate Boothman) and Julie Fader @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Mike Butlin and Chloe Charles @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5/pwyc.

Sarah Blackwood (The Creepshow), Sarah Skellington, Ryan Karam, and the Heart Strings @ Supermarket, 8:30pm, $5 or pwyc.

Pitter Patter Nights presents The City and Rep By Pop @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Jojeto @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, pwyc.

* Film School, Terror Lake, The Harold Wartooth, and Huckleberry Friends @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $10 (or $7 adv).

It IS a Tumor feat. the Vicious Fishes, Aftermath, pbrain, and Serb Superb @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7. This is a benefit show for the Princess Margaret Hospital.

WEDNESDAY (23 jul)

* Keram, Anhai (CD release, performing w/ Nilan Perera), and Eric Chenaux @ The Rivoli, 9pm, free. This could be a very interesting experience. If not, heck, it was free and you're not far from other venues.

Kensington Hillbillys @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, free?

SCOBO presents Hump Night @ Graffiti's, 8pm, free.

Curtis MacDonald @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc. Also playing @ The Rex, 6:30pm, on Thursday.

PWYC Weds feat. La Casa Muerte, Burn Planetarium, and Kaleidoscope City @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.

* The Speaking Tongues and The Does @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

* Pitter Patter Nights presents The Ill Outfit, Doug Hoyer, and Henri Faberge (solo) @ The Boat, 9pm, $5. I'm thinking this is where I'll be.

Revolution Love, Fire Flower Revue, Kasper, and the Drunken Trees @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5.

New Music Night feat. Sideways, Sporadic Transit, and Gerald Rioux @ Clinton's, 7:30pm, $5.

Kate Weekes and Suzy Wilde & Ben Whiteley (& Jason Freemanfox) @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5.

May-Jun (CD release) w/ Sarah Campbell and More Than Breathing @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.

Mandeverest, Secret Japanese Girlfriend, and 122 Greige @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $5. SJG is Doc Pickles's (of Wavelength fame) band.

Paul Newman's Open House w/ Evan Shaw, Michael Herring, Dave Fish, and Scott Thomson @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6.

We Are The Take w/ 6ixty8ights and The Darcys @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $8. Also recommended.

The Black Ghosts @ Wrongbar, 9pm, $10 (adv tix avail here:

THURSDAY (24 jul)

* King Khan & his Shrines (in-store) @ Sonic Boom, 7pm, free.

The Strap and Andy Butler & the 905s @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Kyp Harness, Cleave Anderson, and Joan Bessen @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Will the Circle @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

God's Gift to Yoda @ The Rex, 9:30pm, $5.

Collette Savard and Christine Tier @ Free Times Cafe, 8:39pm, $5/pwyc.

Chris Brown & Kate Fenner w/ Tony Scherr and guests @ Supermarket, 9pm. I'm guessing this is $5 or pwyc.

* The Musebox and Pitter Patter Nights presents Marienbad and TMDP w/ This is Picture @ Lee's Palace, 8:30pm, $5. Dance party!

Pitter Patter Nights presents The Cheap Speakers, Crosstown Rivals, and The Labour Of @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

* No Shame presents Slim Twig, Magic Weapon, and Mixylodian @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5. I need to spend more time with Slim Twig. Bizarre, but the kind of bizarre that is excellent.

Patrick Brealey, Wendy Leung, and Yukon Cigar @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9:30pm, $5.

RedToad Music presents Seven North, The Champion Heartache, Flying Eyes @ The Rivoli, 8:30pm, $5.

Allison Cameron Ensemble @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6.

Sickluded presents / Serving Charity Showcase feat. Blues Underdog, Revo Clik, Latin B Boyz, Sass Dance Company, and Nicole Scott, w/ DJ Shai @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 9pm, $8 (w/ canned food donation).

Bill Colgate & the Urbane Guerillas feat. Cam MacInnes w/ Denis Keldie @ The Dominion on Queen, 8:30pm, pwyc ($10 sugg.). The last time to catch Bill et al. this summer in Toronto.

Icy Demons, Put the Rifle Down, and Bocce @ Sneaky Dee's, 8pm, $10.

* Blocks Recording and Montreal Greatness presents Creeping Nobodies, Katie Stelmanis, Black Feelings, and Kickers @ Wrongbar, 8:30pm, $10 (or $8 adv).

Chris Assaad and Matt York Band @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $10.

The Artful Vandelays, Echo Riot, Looks Linear, Narcotized, Splitting Adam, and The Stormalongs @ The Reverb, 7pm, $10.

Paragon presents Killabliss and Second Pass @ The Bovine, 9pm, $10.

Global Rhythms Fundraiser feat. The Lesson, Summerfeldt, Death of Me, Lisa Sonshine & Brock Burford, and Elisha Alladina @ Clinton's, 8pm, $10.

FRIDAY (25 jul)

The Sweet Sixteens, First Base, and The Mans w/ DJs Minus Matt and Elaine @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Dan Tedesco and Tiger Lil @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7pm, pwyc.

Sandro Perri and The Gertrudes @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

The Mad Housewives @ Graffiti's, 9:30pm.

The Rizdales w/ Burnin' Ethyl @ The Dakota Tavern, 9pm, $5.

Karen La Rose (CD release) w/ Darin Yorstin @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8pm, $10.

Garen, Mark Ipek, and Sara Teitel @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5.

Pop With Brains 16 feat. The Vestaloynes, Bird Week, Hell Yeah Fuck Yeah (feat. Sloan's Patrick Pentland), Monsters of The Deep, and La Casa Muerte @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $5. Proceeds to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Supernova presents Russian Roulette, Purge, and Bitter Candi @ Clinton's, 8pm, $10.

Splitting Adam @ The Cameron House (Back Room).

Bobnoxious (CD release) w/ Glorious Disorder @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $?.

Murder City Sparrows, NikkisTrick, and tba @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $6.

Vilipend and Maximun RNR w/ DJ sets by the Darth Virgos AL911 & Billy Geek @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

* Dinosaur Bones, Black Hat Brigade, the Steve York Band, and Leh-Lo, w/ DJs MishMosh and Dick Nasty @ Supermarket, 9pm, $5.

* $100 (CD release), Rick White, and Doug Paisley @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $8. $100 will play two sets: first, they'll play the album; second, they will be joined by the Pauls, Lullabye Arkestra, Will Kidman, the Youngest, Partytime, Mrozowski, Slick McCoy & Julie Faught, and Matt Mason. I'm planning on going to this show.

Skateboard Canada presents Jagerstock w/ Kathleen Turner Overdrive, Latefallen, and tba @ Lee's Palace, 9pm, $10.

Film Jam 10 feat. Streetllight Light, Everything That's Fly, Oriana, Automatic City, and Anonymous D, hosted by Skye Collyer & Jeremy Johnson @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 10pm, $10 (or $8 w/ canned food). "As always there will be art, video games, pop corn, films and DJs throughout the night."

SATURDAY (26 jul)

I'll be at WhipperSnapper, and then Sneaky Dee's for Miracle Fortress, Think About Life, Ruby Coast, and Adam & the Amethysts ($12)!

* The Never Ending Dance Party feat. Northamorica, Maylee, and Pink Dead Whale @ Mitzi's Sister, 9:30pm, pwyc.

Shannon Hoff & Band @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 6pm, pwyc.

* The Weather Station w/ Muskox and Anna Linda Siddall @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc. Oh my. You really need to go to this if you are at all into pretty, quiet folk, or unfolk-unjazz-experimental
-instrumental amazingness.

The Makepeace Bros. @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $?

Genetic Angry, Teenanger, School Jerks, and tba @ The Badcave (393 Margueretta), 8pm, $5. BYOB. Anyone been to a show at this house before?

* ALL CAPS! presents Colourbook, Brides, and Cobras Cobras Cobras @ WhipperSnapper, 6pm (early show), $6. I'm going to start my night here. I've been promised great music.

* The Salingers (last show ever) @ 12:30, Bellewoods @ 11:30, Jane Vain & The Dark Matter @ 10:30, and Adam Bell @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, $6.

(weework) presents The Priddle Concern, Krista Hartman, H-Burns, and Charlotte Cornfield @ Silver Dollar, 8pm, $8. The Priddle Concern is the new project by that guy who was in that band from before . . . treble charger.

Son of S.O.U.L. presents The Coolout w/ Son Of Soul and DJ Serious, and performance by Joni NohRita @ The Rivoli, 10pm, $5.

Hyena Dog Robbery, Splitting Adam, and The Belle Jars w/ DJ Vania @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

TWM presents Animal Clinic, Cursed Arrows, the Primordials, and tba @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6. The Primordials are infectiously fun. Infectious in a good way, I mean.

* The Framework and Ketch Harbour Wolves @ The Drake Underground, 9pm, $tba. A couple of good local bands I have yet to see. The Underground is a nice spot to see/hear music.

Wax Mannequin w/ Tripping Hazard and Richard Laviolette @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $10 or pwyc before 10:30pm.

Calicose (CD release), Permanent Bastards, and Typo @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $10 (or buy the $7 CD and get in for another $5).

The Annual Jack Daniel Get Shitfaced Party feat. Broomfiller, Rademaker, R.E.D., Lisa Smith Powerhaus, and DJ Frygirl @ Kathedral, 8pm, $10. Doubling as James Ratch's 60th birthday bash.

SUNDAY (27 jul)

Daniel Jamieson NYC Quartet (open jam session) @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5pm, pwyc.

Pete Johnston's See Through Trio @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Healing Power feat. Not the Wind, Not the Flag @ The Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9pm (set time), pwyc.

* Wavelength 423 feat. Proof of Ghosts, Cobras Cobras Cobras, and Colourbook @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc. I think I just need to always * WL shows. Because, really. I don't know about you, but I inevitably have a great time.

Deadbeat Dads, the People of Canada, and Carlo Atherton & pbrain (The Leathers)@ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $1. Last Deadbeat Dads' show for a while.

FABRik RECordS presents FUnhUnT 10000 Watt Head (w/ Grasshopper), Roy Lieberman Rock, and tba @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $3. "Proceeds go to FABRik for the upcoming CD Comps comin out in August!"

Olivia McLean, Alistair Bundale, and Genevieve Rainey @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, $5.

Derek Shirley & Justin Haynes @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6.

Ariel Pink, Chairlift, Romo Roto, and Andre Charles Theriault @ WhipperSnapper, 7pm, $10 (or $8 adv).

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