Monday, October 13, 2008

Indie Music 55 (13-19 oct 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.

Happy Thanksgiving! I had a relatively quiet week, seeing as I was recovering from Pop Montreal. I saw Brasstronaut at Criminal Records---a cool 4-piece from Vancouver---and then went to Supermarket for the Oh No Forest Fires CD release show. Good bands, but the sound was dreadful and angered me. So much so that I may not go back there, not for a rock show.

This week go check out Lioness after you vote on Tuesday (Sonic Boom, 7pm, free), then end your evening at the Tranzac. Head back to the Tranzac on Wednesday for the Rural Alberta Advantage, or if you're feeling more energetic, check out the lineup at Sneaky Dee's. Thursday could find you back at Sonic Boom (Jay Reatard), then the Cameron House (for Roots), Tiger Bar (No Shame-style indie folk-pop), or the Horseshoe Tavern (indie pop-rock). Sneaks or Mitzi's should please on Friday, or, head to the Boat for more electro-dancy fare. There are a whole bunch of good things happening on Saturday, and a couple promising alternatives to Wavelength on Sunday night. And, of course, none of these shows will bankrupt you.

MONDAY (13 oct)

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

Panic Density feat. Aaron Lumley and Daniel Gaucher @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm.

Bryan Arcand and Gabe Nespoli @ The Cameron House (Front Room), 9:30pm, pwyc.

Groovy Mondays feat. Lucas Stagg, Andrea House, and Peter Tremblay @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Dan Goldman, Luxury Pond, and Partytime @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 8pm, $5.

Fake Problems, Roman Line, Orphan Choir, and Streetcore @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $10 ($8 adv tix avail).

TUESDAY (14 oct)

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

Tomboyfriend, as part of TINARS @ The Gladstone Hotel (Ballroom), 7pm, free.

The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Birthday Boys @ 11:40, Daniel Wesley @ 10:50, Paramount Styles (ex Girls Against Boys) @ 10:00, and Monsters Of The Deep @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Elvis Monday feat. Skullians, People Of Canada, Hyena Dog Robbery, zhowndz, Dear Mr. Halpin, and more @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, free.

The Pink & Black Attack presents Over Power and Delinquints @ The Bovine, 9pm, free.

Ugly Bug Band and Steve Ward @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

* Antler, Picastro, and Dora Bleu @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Willie & the Poor Boys @ Cadillac Lounge.

Nancy Silverman @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Run With the Kittens and Sky Shark @ The Cameron House (Front Room), 9pm, pwyc.

Best of the Open Stage with Marcus Walker, Sarah Calvert, Alanna Brown, Christine Tier, and Alicia Sales @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, pwyc.

Bryan Van Dusen (CD release) @ The Mod Club, $10 (incl. CD).

WEDNESDAY (15 oct)

Acoustic Espionage @ Silver Dollar, 6-9pm, free. This is a newish weekly songwriters open stage event, hosted by Tim Harrison and Noah Zacharin. Plus, "$3.99 Buffet with purchase of any Amsterdam product." Followed by High Lonesome Wednesdays w/ Crazy Strings (bluegrass music).

Granny Boots @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 7:30-10pm, free. Lineup tba.

The Annex WreckRoom & IndieCan Radio present IndieCan Wednesdays feat. Kenny Munshaw, Black Diamond Bay (ex The Dears), and Eamon McGrath @ The Annex WreckRoom, 9pm, free.

Jody Giesbrecht (from Saskatoon) and Jeremy Kenneth Kallistos vonRempel @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Laura Repo @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

PWYC Weds feat. Miss Scarlett, St. Clair, Blood Rexdale & the Walls Are Blonde @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.

Wellington Wellington's, Malcolm Sinclair, and Slapback Mountain @ Concord Cafe, 9:30pm, pwyc.

Don't Worry, Darlin' @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

* Wombat Wednesdays presents The Rural Alberta Advantage, The O'Darling, and Thom Gill @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 9pm, $5. This month's Wednesday shows at the Main Hall at curated by Kat Burns (from Forest City Lovers).

* LAUGHstock presents The Smile, Whiskey Priest, Hush Money, and Gunnar Rapido @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Black Olives, AntiTrust Division, and Snowblower @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5.

New Music Night feat. Blurring the Line, Jeff Beadle, and Mike Butlin Band @ Clinton's, 7:30pm, $5.

Jeffrey Brothers Band and The Waxbills @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $5.

Virginia Dimoglou, Zachary Bennett, Anne Sutherland, Paul Kolinski, and Todd Harrison @ Free Times Cafe, 7pm (early show), pwyc.

Fighter/Lover and The Hey Now @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $5.

Paper Lions w/ The Emotionally Unavailable Mariners @ Supermarket, 9pm, $6.

Tyler Yarema and Marshall Dane @ C'est What, 9:30pm, $6.

Justin Heming (The Brown Hornets) Fundraiser feat. Planet Earth (3 sets) w/ "Tons of Special Guests" @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $10/pwyc.

Young Widows, METZ, Angram, and Citay @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $10. Avd tix avail.

THURSDAY (16 oct)

* Jay Reatard (in-store) @ Sonic Boom, 7pm, free.

Carly and Mark @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, free.

Club Django @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 8-10pm, free.

Frankie Whyte & the Dead Idols w/ Moore @ Rok Boutique, 9pm, free.

The Falling Trees, deadpanorama, Smurf Endorphins, and eesla @ Concord Cafe, 9pm, pwyc. Proceeds to the MS Society of Canada.

Michael Brennan (CD release) @ The Cadillac Lounge, 9pm.

Live Jazz Thursdays feat. Brian Seligman and Steve Ward @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm.

The Book of Gnomes and Mahogany Frog @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Sarah Loucks, Dustin Sendejas, and John Davey @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, pwyc.

City of Craft presents Sticky Fingers: Art Auction & Show feat. Gravity Wave, Vowls, Southern Charles, and PDF Format @ The Boat, 7:30pm, pwyc/$5.

* City Roots presents Marianne Turner, Nonie Crete & Eugene Rea, and Jadea Kelly @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $6.

The Mutaneers (CD release), BS101, and The Johnnys @ Clinton's, 9pm, $7 (incl. CD).

Bank Bue Sky and more @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $tba.

Greg Cockerill (CD release) w/ David Baxter & the Goners @ The Dakota Tavern, 8pm, $tba.

ADA, Slow News Day, and Rossif Sutherland @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $tba.

Darkside presents Night of Terror feat. Cities Between Us, Storyteller, and The Fallacy @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

FABRik Records presents FUnhUnT feat. La Casa Muerte, The Grass, Oscar Brown, Anna Sudac, and Ah! La Lettre (Gabi from Boxes and Bags) @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

* No Shame presents Forest City Lovers, Fall Horsie, and Stacey Lloyd Brown @ Tiger Bar, 9pm, $5. Get there early---this will fill up!

THE AMBiENT PiNG presents Impossible Structures feat. Little Oak Animal and Spacenoiz @ Renaissance Cafe, 8pm, pwyc/$6.

Andy Carey and tba @ C'est What, 9pm, $6.

Dreamscape Fundraiser feat. Scott Jackson, Relic, Scarlem D, and Mr. Blue @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 9pm, $7 w/ can of food.

Girls With Guitars Fest feat. Linda M., Belinda Brady & Lindsay Broughton, Elana Harte, Sara Kamin, and Robyn Dell'Unto @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $7.

* Vancougar @ 12:00, Sylvie @ 11:00, Said The Whale @ 10:00, and Awkward Stage @ 9:00. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $8.

Tenth Planet w/ Nathan Down @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $8 (or $5 adv).

No Official Capacity presents Abandon All Ships, A Flame In December, Synastry, Our Lady Of Bloodshed, and tba @ Kathedral, 7pm, $10. All ages.

FRIDAY (17 oct)

The Swinging Blackjacks @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 8-10pm, free.

"Caging Gods" Book Launch feat. Pace the Stairs, Turboturbo, and DJ Thugs&Jugs @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, free.

Little Brown Bat @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Joanna Chapman-Smith, Kate Reid, and Sarah MacDougall @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, pwyc.

Tim Gibbons @ Cadillac Lounge, 10pm.

The Daily Times (CD release) w/ Broadcast Zero, and The Deficits @ Clinton's, 8pm, $5.

Mohagany Frog, Battleship Ethel, and The Cleef @ The Boat, 10pm, $5. Dance!

Before the Flood, Little Foot Long Foot, and Shawn Clarke @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $5.

* Ten Kens (CD release), Chang-a-lang (formerly the Salarymen), Whale Tooth, and Sunriser @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.

No Other Way, Hammersmith, and Blood Runs Cold, w/ DJ sets by the Darth Virgos AL911 & Billy Geek @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Toronto After Dark Film Festival Opening Party feat. Rue Morgue, Circus of the Damned, and DJ Shannon @ The Annex WreckRoom, 10pm, $5 (free with movie pass).

leftover daylight @ Arraymusic Studio (60 Atlantic Ave., # 218), 9pm, $10 or $6. Details here:

TWM presents Pale Horses, The Broadcast, Picturesound, and Radio Revival @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.

* Vancoucar, The Bon (debut), Terror Lake, and The Blooming Rosebuds @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm (start time), $6.

Mother Mother @ 10:00, Dance Yourself To Death @ 9:00, and David Martel @ 8:00. Lee's Palace, 7:30pm, $8.50 (adv tix avail.).

Five Star Trailer Park (tour kickoff), The Matavaras, and The Hypocrites @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $10.

SATURDAY (18 oct)

Country Saturdays feat. Joanne Mackell & the Paradise Rangers @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 6-9pm, free.

Nudie & the Turks @ Cadillac Lounge, 10pm.

Left Of Zero, Sitcom, and Those Damn Kookies @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Lucas Stagg w/ Paul Macleod @ The Dakota Tavern.

The Hot Five Jazzmakers @ C'est What, 3pm (start time), $5.

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

Patrick Boyle @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 6pm, pwyc.

* Nick Rose and Tacoma Hellfarm Tragedy @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Heather Chappell, Guy Smagghe, and Lis Soderberg @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5/pwyc.

* The Oxford Hotel presents Jordaan Mason, Basket of Figs, Paleo, and Whatever Jailer @ The Oxford Hotel (117 Oxford St.), 8pm, $5. BYOB.

Diemonds, Skull Fist, and Rackshot @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

The Hoa Hoa's, Gettysburg, Pirate/Rock, and Meinblues @ Silver Dollar, 9pm, $tba.

* TWM presents Megan Hamilton & the Volunteer Canola, Ryan Shearing & the Ghost of Belle Star, A Sea of Gold & Burgundy, and Patrick Brealey & the Knives @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.

* Fox Jaws, The Hots, and Brett Caswell @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $tba.

* Crystal Antlers, Sports: The Band, Vomit Mountain, and Hot Friends @ Teranga, 9:30pm, $8.

Terrorhorse w/ Mortify, Dismata, and Kneedeepinthedead @ Siesta Nouveaux, 7pm, $8. All ages.

* sBACH, The Guest Bedroom, and Huckleberry Friends @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $10 ($8.50 adv tix avail.).

Summerside, Awake & Dreaming, Life in Sound, and Use as Directed @ The Annex WreckRoom, 5pm, $10. All ages.

* No Shame Presents Hexes & Ohs (CD release) w/ Europe In Colour and Everything All The Time @ The Velvet Underground, 7pm (early show), $10 (or $8 adv).

Eclectic Minds w/ live performances by RevoClik Artists (BLVD, Diaz, Dre, and ThaVoice), True Notion, Funksway, Killaz, and Fyahorns & The Brigade @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $10 (or $5 adv).

Arkana Music w/ Avi Granite 6 @ Concord Cafe, 9pm, $10.

SUNDAY (19 oct)

Sheesham & Lotus @ Mitzi's Sister, 3pm.

Michael Brennan @ Graffiti's, 4-7pm, pwyc.

Scotty Campbell @ Cadillac Lounge, 4-7pm.

The Red Eyed Boys @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 5-8pm, free.

The Riderless @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7pm, pwyc.

Marie-Josee Houle @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 7pm-midnight, free. French cabaret.

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

Wavelength 435 feat. Antler, Rough Skeletons, and Ghostkeeper @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.

* Canaille, Transcendental Rodeo, and Thrashed Jeans @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Greg Cockerill @ Cadillac Lounge, 9pm.

Toronto After Dark Film Fest presents The Zombie Walk After Party feat. The Von Drats @ 5:30, The Rock Ons @ 8:30, and Skulls @ midnight. The Annex WreckRoom.

Hungry Ghost Festival, The Kettle Black, and Persona @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Boxes & Bags, A Balkan Singing Group, and Anna Sudac @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

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