Monday, August 18, 2008

Indie Music 48 (18-24 Aug. 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.

Lots of shows for me this week. Went to SummerWorks music shows three nights, was at Rancho on Saturday, and the Boat on Sunday. Highlights included Flotilla (from Montreal), Megan Hamilton & the Volunteer Canola, the Diableros (!!), the RAA (!!), and Evalyn Parry. At the moment I am show'ed out. Too bad for me there are some good things on this week. I'm gonna take a nap, get some work done, and then think about going out again. You too, right?

I've starred some things below. Have a look. And let me know what I've missed.

MONDAY (18 aug)

Angela Bower (AKA Christine Bougie & Dafydd Hughes) @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7pm, pwyc.

Elvis Mondays presents Allie Hughes, Mamabolo, La Case Muerte, zhowndz, Labour Of, and The People of Canada @ The Drake Underground, 9pm, free.

Shoeless Monday feat. The Sweet Mack @ 11:15, For the Wolves @ 10:15, and Consumer Goods @ 9:15. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Groovy Mondays feat. Mandippal Jandu and The Wilkins @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm (start time), pwyc.

New Music Night feat. Gordon Easton, Jeff Beadle, and Yawn Temiseva @ Clinton's, 7:30pm, $5.

No Denture Adventure, Narcotized, Shades of November, DICE, Leviathan, The Fiction in Folklore, and Bite this Rip Off @ Kathedral, 6:30pm (start time), $10. All ages.

TUESDAY (19 aug)

Bitchin' Sessions (free improvisational music; three sets) @ The Gladstone Hotel (Art Bar), 8-11pm, pwyc.

The Phonemes and The Phrenologists @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 7pm, $5.

The Disco Kid @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

* The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Dog Day @ 11:40, The Stills (the surprise guest) @ 10:20, and Still Life Still @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Fred Spek's CaMp CoMbO @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

The Calrizians @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc. These guys play every Sunday at the Bread & Circus in Kensington Market, 3-6pm (except Pedestrian Sundays).

* The Pink & Black Attack presents Christian D & the Hangovers and The Sour Notes @ The Bovine, 9pm, free.

Showcho hosted by Derek Forgie, feat. Kathleen Phillips (comedian), Spencer Butt (spoken word), the Williamson Playboys, and Certified Healer @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc/$5.

Best of the Open Stage with Aveena Sams @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, pwyc.

* No Shame presents Great Bloomers, Conconquidore Truidore, and These Hands @ Silver Dollar, 8pm, $5. I'm planning on going to this.

Minotaur, Brandon Shantz, and Matt Henderson @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5.

* Pitter Patter Nights presents Olivier Jarda, Aaron Lozynsky, Locomotive 8, and Iain Nabil @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Eve Egoyan, Tilman Lewis, Nilan Perera, Ronda Rindone, and Joe Sorbara @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6.

Coco Love Alcorn, Sarah Noni Metzer, and Janine Stoll @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 8pm, $7.

Ko Kapches w/ Dylan Murray @ Supermarket, 9pm, $5.

WEDNESDAY (20 aug)

The Bill Grove Quartet @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

PWYC Weds feat. Rendezvous with the Kidnappers, Bill Murray, Sitcom, and Left of Zero @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.

Mandippal Jandu, Sarah Loucks, Daniel Roth, and Chisai Jackson (The Framework) @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, pwyc.

Arms & Sleepers @ 11:40, Late Night Sanity @ 10:50, Cure Gravity @ 10:00, and John Tayles @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, $4.

Christine Leakey and Dwight Shenk & the Slipper Orchestra @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, $5.

LAUGHstock presents Come Clean, Wishlist, Akroid, and Creeper @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Phusion @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm.

Hotboxxx presents Kris Newby, Scott Mandu, and 85 East @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $5.

* The Superstitions, The Books Elusive, The Lovely Killbots @ The Drake Underground, 8pm, $5. Solid local indie rock.

The AMBiENT PiNG's 9th Annivesary Show feat. Whisper Room (Aidan Baker [Nadja], Neil Wiernik [NAW], Jakob Thiesen [The Reversibles]), Pholde (Alan Bloor [Knurl]), Mara's Torment (Rik Maclean), w/ visuals by General Chaos @ The Central, 8pm, $6/pwyc.

Paul Newman's Open House @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6.

Unsung, The Womb, and tba @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $?.

THURSDAY (21 aug)

Nicole Christian & the Caravan @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

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

Stewart Lewis, Betty Dimo, Amy Campbell @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5/pwyc.

* Pitter Patter Nights presents Secret Japanese Girlfriend, We're for Barton, and What Seas What Shores @ The Boat, 9pm, $5. I kinda want to go to this.

Cosmic Granola @ Clinton's, 9pm, $5.

Black Collar Thursdays feat. Lifestory:Monologue, Sentient, Car Crash Eyes, w/ DJ Stu Dead of Playdead @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Morning Electric @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $5.

Echo-Riot and more @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5.

* Over the Top & No Shame present Jana Hunter, Metal Kites (John Tielli's band), Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez, and Pete Samples @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5. Folk show!

The Endless Blockade, Winters in Osaka, Eating Glass, and School Jerks @ Siesta Nouveaux, 9pm, $?. BYOB.

* Oh No Forest Fires, Modernboys Moderngirls, Everything All the Time, and Dinosaur Bones @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $5. Serioulsy good Toronto indie rock show.

Fatooth, THe WitHouts (CD release), Paul Leroux & band, and Sleep the Season @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.

PDF Format and others @ Silver Dollar, 8:30pm, $5.

The Ocean Buried, Morre, Broken Sons, and Space Is For Stars @ The Annex WreckRoom, 9pm, $6.

The Prodigal Suns w/ The Expos @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $8.

FRIDAY (22 aug)

* Sunbear (Kate Boothman) @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 7-10pm, free.

The Hyena Dog Robbery, Mandeverest, and Bitter Harvest @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

The United Empire Loyalists @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Eric Chenaux, Chris Cogburn, Martin Arnold, and Ryan Driver (performing together) @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 9pm, pwyc.

* Idle Tigers and Hank Pine (of Hank & Lily) @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

* Thundercats 4 (dance party) feat. Boats! @ The Boat, 10pm, $5.

* The Darcys and Gabe Kastner @ Supermarket, 9:30pm, $5.

LAUGHstock presents Gunnar Rapido (CD release) w/ Villians, August, The Chronic, and PSB @ Siesta Nouveaux (HA4tLD), 8pm, $5. BYOB.

Curb Crawlers & Dmoney present Trouble & Bass (NY dance party) feat. Math Head (AKA Passions), The Captain, Sek One, and St. Mandrew @ The Drake Underground, 11pm, $5.

The Midways, Hillbilly Hellcats (Rockabilly from Colorado), The Walnut kids, w/ DJ sets by the Darth Virgos AL911 & Billy Geek @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Forthwall, Promiserun (CD release), and Tranquile @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5. Free CD for first 50 people.

TWM presents Jewelry Rat, Metz, Crack Mattress, and Dwarf Star @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6. Jewelry Rat is rad.

Tamara Miller, Daniel McKenzie, and Rossif Sutherland @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9:30pm, $6.

Dodger w/ Weybourne Project and DJ Dr Nick @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $7.

Balboa, Social Clash, and Mackenzie King (ex-Ontatio Power Generation) @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $8 ($5 w/ canned food). "Rocky" tribute night.

The Von Drats, The Reverb Syndicate, The Groopies @ The Cadillac Lounge, 9pm, $10.

SATURDAY (23 aug)

Oxford Hotel presents Peace, Loving (Boston, MA); Bass Toads vs. Double Dragon, and Rape Tiger; and Matt Sajn @ The Oxford Hotel (117 Oxford St.), 2-5pm, $5. Bring picnic things.

Country Saturdays feat. The Wanted @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 7-10pm, free.

The History of Petty Crime and Alison Burkett @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $?.

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

Grand Parade @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 6pm, pwyc.

Ken Reaume, JM McNab & Cam Malcolm @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

* Picturesound as part of Kensington Station (dance party) @ The Neutral, $6/$5 after 11:30pm.

* Hi-Hat Recordings/TWM Re-Launch Merger Party feat. Whale Tooth, Spookey Ruben (solo), Luxury Bob, Burn Planetarium, and Clouds That Look Like Things @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $10 ($7 before 10pm).

CoexisDance @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6. Improv dance and music.

Return of the Vinyl Tap Villains feat. Golden Girls, Atherton & PBrain, Klip Kuma & Homebased, and Prolific, hosted by Serb Superb @ The Boat, 9pm, $7.

Euphonic Sounds presents Monster America, Bombs, Volition Aire, and Polarcare @ Silver Dollar, 9pm, $7.

Bombing Neverland and Maddison w/ DJ Vania @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

* Birdweek, Sadie May Crash, and Revolvers @ The Mansion (157 St George St), 9pm, $5.

The Wreck of Zephyr, The Fiction in Folklore, Sleep For The Nightlife, and Hallowed Be @ Duffy's Tavern (1238 Bloor St. W), 8pm, $5.

Cactus, The Good Soldiers, and The Februarys @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $5.

The Scarlett Fever and The Flying Museum Band @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5.

* Woodhands w/ Lioness, Vitaminsforyou (DJ set), and Ukula DJs @ Burroughes Building (3rd floor), 8:30pm, $5. Adv tix avail. but I don't know if they are required. DANCE!

Buckets Of (CD release) w/ Sam Allemang (of Lunchmeat), and Maureen Littlejohn Sullivan (of The Lava Lamps) @ The Press Club, $5/$8 with CD.

The Human Statues, B & the North, and David Celia, hosted by Eric Toth of the Imponderables @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $8. Guaranteed fun.

Saigon Hookers @ 12:30, Waxmen @ 11:30, tba @ 10:30, and Half Past Four @ 9:30. Lee's Palace, $8.

Vilipend, Snake Mountain, The Illusive Mind Gypsy Crew, and Storm Their Shores @ Kathedral, 8pm, $10. All ages.

SUNDAY (24 aug)

The County Boys @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 6-8pm, free.

Gordon's Acoustic Living Room @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, free.

* Wavelength 427 feat. Pavlov's Dogs Orchestra, Maylee & Slippers Power Hop, and Cowlick @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.

FABRik RECordS Showcase feat. La Case Muerte, Boxes & Bags, Adopted Refugees, Oscar Brown, Chocolate Sunshine, and Ah! La Lettre, hosted by The People of Canada @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $3.

Shade, Jeremy Robinson, and Jack Harlan @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5.

Solar Crash @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 7pm, $10. Featuring music, arts, and etc. This is a charity event.


mike said...

Just a heads up that for The Stills show tomorrow night at the Horseshoe, according to the Horseshoe website The Stills still have the 10:20 pm slot but Dog Day are now going on last (@ 11:40 pm) and Still Life Still will be taking the early time slot at 9:15 pm.

historyjen said...

Fixed! Thanks Mike.

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