Monday, November 10, 2008

Indie Music 59 (10-16 Nov 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.

This week I saw some old standbys and a few new bands that I've been meaning to see live for some time now. So, success! The Ruby Coast EP launch party at Sneaks was very much a party, with crazy moshing during their set and a floor-moving dance party during Green Go's. I would have preferred less threat of bodily harm (up at the front), but maybe that just makes me too old for rock 'n' roll. A fun night, for sure. On Saturday I went to see The Dunes and The Framework. I enjoyed the Dunes' hard-played rock music as well as the polished Brit-pop inspired set by the Framework, a band that can boast strong leading vocals from two members. And then over at Rancho Relaxo I caught most of the closing set by Archipelagos. Ah, strained, intense indie rock, how I love you. I missed the Bicycles' album release party, but caught a fun set earlier in the week at Soundscapes, so I got the pared down version of the festivities, I suppose.

If you're into jazz / new music of the jazzy sort, the 1st Annual NuJazz Festival is happening this week (13-15 Nov). I've got one show listed below; for all the details, check out

This week I'm off to Berlin, so the scene can enjoy a respite from my presence. What this means for you is no listings next week, though maybe Tyler will find himself a guest co-host---will it be you?---and bring you a special podcast. As for this week's podcast, I'll let you know once it's done and posted. Oh, and thanks to those people who got in touch about the Yawn Temiseva CD giveaway. I'll be mailing the disks out tomorrow. And speaking of free music, I've posted a few mp3s on my blog for you to take. I plan on doing this regularly to help promote local bands/performers. I've got tracks from some of my favourite bands: Provincial Parks, Green Go, and $100.

Finally, check me out on the internet. Eeek!

MONDAY (10 nov)

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

Shoeless Monday feat. Horses @ 11:15, Dean Lycker @ 10:15, and Henry Taylor @ 9:15. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Elvis Monday feat. Suzy & Ben, Start Select, Purrr, Human Statues, Skullians, and The People Of Canada @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, free.

Panic Density feat. Segger/Sexton/Van Seters @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm, pwyc.

Bryan Arcand w/ Danielle Braund @ The Cameron House (Front Room), 9:30pm, pwyc.

TUESDAY (11 nov)

** The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. The High Dials @ 12:00, Spiral Beach @ 11:00, The Golden Hands Before God @ 10:00, and Evelyn Room @ 9:00. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free. AWESOME!!

The Pink & Black Attack presents Fingerbanger, Hundred Hand Slap, and The Bag Ladies @ The Bovine, 9pm, free.

RCA Trio @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

GLUM - GLUM: A Remembrance Day Party & Show feat. Thom Gill, Ryan Driver, Steve MacKay, Fraser Gielen, and DJ Overindulgence Boy @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 8pm, free.

Peter Eastmure, Lisa Marie Kruchak, Owl/Eyes, Elissa Gallai, and Marcus Walker @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, pwyc.

Steel Guitar Jazz Project @ Cadillac Lounge, 7:30-10pm, pwyc.

Outbox Trio and The Jesse Malone Quintet @ Concord Cafe, 9pm, pwyc.

Luau Or Die @ Mitzi's Sister, 9:30pm, pwyc.

The Tres Bien Ensemble w/ Magna Cum Loud @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

The Done Me Wrongs @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, pwyc.

Sean Brown and guests @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $5.

Alpine Continuum, Guy Dallas, Blame Face, and Thomas Bey William Bailey @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5?.

The Strip (CD release) w/ Jay Pollock and Brian MacMillan @ Supermarket, 8pm, $5.

Sprinter w/ Barcelona @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Eugene Chadbourne, Christine Duncan, John Heward, Micheal Keith, Jean Martin, and David Sait @ Somewhere There, 8:30pm, $10.

Christian Weber, Chandan Narayan & Jesse Kudler, Black Soul & Christian Weber, and Joda Clément & Steve McFarland @ 48 Abell St. Unit 108 (Queen & Gladstone) 9 pm start, $10. Improv music.

WEDNESDAY (12 nov)

The Annex WreckRoom & IndieCan Radio present IndieCan Wednesdays feat. Mississippi Kings, Apollosdown, and Bombs @ The Annex WreckRoom, 9pm, free.

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

Brian Gladstone & friends w/ Wendell Ferguson @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, pwyc.

Scott McCord & the Bonafide Truth @ The Cadillac Lounge, 8-10pm, pwyc.

PWYC Weds feat. Serb Superb, The Wilderness, and Anna Sudac @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.

Steamboat Soul Review w/ Samir Khan @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

LAUGHstock presents Kiss the Messenger, Pace the Stairs, and Mr. Furious @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

The Von Ericks and The Disraelis @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $5.

Alphabot!, Tonka & Puma, and The Elwins @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $5.

The O'Darling w/ tba @ The Concord Cafe, 9pm, $5.

Soul Rebel Sound w/ tba @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5.

We Are The Take w/ Sean Jones and more @ Supermarket, 9pm, $5.

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

Rachael Bawn, Sex Butler @ Neutral, 9pm, $7.

Jonah Kanter (CD release) w/ Louise Kent @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 7-10pm, $10 (or $5 adv at All ages.

THURSDAY (13 nov)

Chris Cawthray Trio @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 6:30-9:30pm, free.

Neil Young Tribute @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, pwyc.

Live Jazz Thursdays feat. Gord Hyland Quartet @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm, pwyc.

Trinket Trance presents Tripping Hazard, The Micronite Filters, and Cold Dead Hands @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm (start time), pwyc.

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

* Leif Vollebekk and Samuel Markus @ The Press Club, 9pm, $5.

* Pitter Patter Nights presents Jordaan Mason & the Horse Museum, Hamilton Trading Co., and Robert Hedge @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

THe WitHouTs (CD release) w/ Sleeps Six & The Horse You Rode In On @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.

Josh Cockerill and Jadea Kelly @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $5.

FABRik RECordS presents FUnhUnT feat. Blood Rexdale & the Walls are Blonde, The Eatons, Roy Lieberman, and Robocopp @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

* Green Splat, Whatever Happened to Corduroy?, Make Your Exit, and DJ Caff @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $5.

Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra presents "Brush Wood" w/ James King, Little O, and Mark Martyre @ Clinton's, 8pm, $6.

Monarch Avenue, Broken Bricks, Sintia, and Carmine @ Smiling Buddha, 8pm, $tba.

Paper Lions w/ The Waking Eyes @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $tba.

Darkside presents Night of Terror (bands + movie) feat. The Roman Line, The Leftovers, The PG 13's (members of the Riptides) @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Gettysburg, Gentlemen Husbands, and The Weathermaking Challenge @ The Silver Dollar, 9pm, $tba.

Bernadette & The North and Skinner @ C'est What, 9:30pm, $6.

Three Chicks on Tour feat. Lynzie Kent, Allie Hughes and Natasha Pasternak @ The Rivoli, 8:30pm, $10.

* Parkdale Potluck Cookbook presents Raise the Dough, a Fun-Raiser feat. Anagram, Metz, DCT, The Pauls, and DJ Wes Allen @ Wrongbar, 9pm, $10 (or $8 w/ donation to the Daily Bread Foodbank).

Lee Harvey Osmond @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $10.

Hotboxxx presents The Underdogs Showcase feat. Red Light Riot, Kong, The Broken Lyre, Thank the Academy, Adam & Evil, and Melanie Peterson @ Reverb, 7pm, $10. All ages.

FRIDAY (14 nov)

The Curries @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 7-10pm, free.

Abstract Thought Event Promotions presents Three Fold Unity, The Broadcast, Thank the Academy, St. George Circus, and Metheus Bound @ Smiling Buddha, 7:30pm, $7.

Ryan Driver Quartet @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Julian Fauth @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, pwyc.

Prosad (trance sitar) @ Concord Cafe, 8pm, pwyc?

Les Frotteurs w/ Shelby Lamb @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, pwyc.

Clockwise (CD release) w/ The James Clark Institute @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm, pwyc.

* Sleepless Nights, Wax Mannequin, Proof of Ghosts, and Trike @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5. This is not the right order of bands.

Maximum R'n'R, Drunkula, and Crack Kills, w/ DJ sets by the Darth Virgos AL911 & Billy Geek @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

The Hey Now, Make Me Young, and more tba @ The Silver Dollar, 9pm, $5 or $6, apparently.

Jay Clark & the Jones @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5.

Earls of slander, Les Parallelions @ Blue Moon (Queen/Broadview), $5.

* French Horn Rebellion, Gravity Wave, and Donlands & Mortimer @ WhipperSnapper Gallery, 10pm, $5. All ages.

* TWM presents Alistair Christl, The Locusts Have No King, and Mint Julip @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6. Excellent.

* The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival presents Opopo, Radius & Helena, and Kite Operations @ The Rivoli, 9:30pm, $10 (or $7 for students and Reel Asian ticket stub holders).

* Lioness (EP release) w/ Stop Die Resuscitate, DJ Jaime Sin, and DJ Micket Apples @ Wrongbar, 10pm, $10.

Glendale One and Lushus @ Cadillac Lounge, 8pm, $10.

The NuJazz Festival and Do Right! Music present The Souljazz Orchestra w/ DJ John Kong (Do Right!) @ Supermarket, 10pm, $10.

The Ryde, Audio to Mute, Adam's God, Bombs, Asleep Behind The Flame, and others @ Reverb, 7pm, $10. All ages.

No Official Capacity presents Engineer, Cauldron, The Womb, Skullfist, and Demonthrone @ Savage Garden, 8pm, $10.

Waldron Entertainment Launch Party feat. Green Go, Sule, and Famous Players (DJ set) @ Hard Rock Cafe, 8pm, $10.

orphanAID feat. Playdeaf, Prodigal Sons, and Patrick Carneiro @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $10 (or $5 w/ non-perishable food item).

SATURDAY (15 nov)

* The Sam Roberts Band (in-store) @ Sonic Boom, 3pm, free.

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

Country Saturdays feat. Michael Brennan and Steve Briggs @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 6-9pm, free.

The Dustbowl Thieves @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 6pm, pwyc.

John Tielli (acoustic) @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 8:15pm, pwyc.

SnöwBlöwer and Zurg @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, pwyc.

Phusion @ Concord Cafe, 9:30pm, free.

Yawn Temiseva (CD release) w/ Kyp Harness @ The Press Club, 9pm, pwyc.

* The Weather Station, The Owle Bird, and The Gertrudes @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Trudy Artman, Frank Patrick, Rob Pilch @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5/pwyc.

Lion Ride and Saigon Hookers, w/ DJ Vania @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Burn Planetarium or Dancehall Free For All @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $5. Followed by Lipstick, Cherry (DJ Pammm) @ 11pm.

* Evan Dickson and Trevor Coleman present This Is Exploding feat. Animal Monster, The Cleef, and DJ set by OPOPO @ Habesha Club (875 Bloor St. W.), 9pm, $5. With "show and tell for grownups," "conversations with smart people," and prizes and free stuff. "Something different."

* Out of This Spark presents Timber Timbre, Evening Hymns, and Ryan Driver @ WhipperSnapper Gallery, 8:30pm, $5.

* $100 and Steamboat (2 sets each) @ The Dakota Tavern, 9pm, $5.

Two Foot Falls (CD release) w/ PC Keez @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $5.

Hollowphonic, followed by Kensington Station (dance party) @ Neutral, 10pm, $6.

Marianne Turner, Carmen Elle, Sarah Melody, and Eve & the Ocean @ The Savannah Room, 9pm, $7.

The Donefors and Emma-Lee @ C'est What, 10pm, $8.

The Drop Dead Pinups, Suicide Kings, and Gosford @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $8.

CANCELLED Burn Down The Capital presents Plastic Crimewave Sound, Djin Aquarian, Mondo Drag, Almost Blue Sunshine, and tba @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $8 (adv tix avail.).

* Casio Tone for the Painfully Alone, Concern, and tba @ 6 Nassau, details tba.

* Toronto Bands Care Music Showcase feat. Whatever Happened to Corduroy?, Waxmen, Turn Off the Stars, and The Kevin Kerr Trio @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 9pm, $10 (or $ w/ canned food donation).

Rock for a Cause feat. Cambridge Affair, Last True Gentlemen, and Captive @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $10 (or $7 adv).

Left of Zero @ The Mod Club, 11pm (start time), $10. E-mail the band to get on the guestlist and get in for free.

SUNDAY (16 nov)

Jeremy Singer @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 2pm, pwyc.

Liquidaires @ Mitzi's Sister, 5-7pm, pwyc.

Shai Locke and Luke Vasjar @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5-7pm, pwyc.

Makita Hack & the Logrollers @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 5-8pm, free.

Morgan Tobias @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 8-10pm, free.

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

Chris Yang, Griffin Epstein, Diamond Rings, and Party Time @ The Oxford Hotel (117 Oxford St.), 7pm, pwyc.

PWYC Sunday feat. Silver Speakers, Courtney Lynn, Elise LeGrow, and Nika Smith @ Rancho Relaxo, 8:30pm, pwyc.

Wavelength 439 feat. Isla Craig, Tusks, and Trike, w/ DJ The Return of the Zig Zag Wanderer @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.

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

Drive-In Massacre, Christian D & the Hangovers, and Gunsmoke @ Cadillac Lounge, 9pm, $6.

Violet, Farewell to 44, Pushing Up Daisies, Crown & Coke, Metropolis, and Flatline Endings @ Reverb, 6pm, $10. All ages.


nowhere said...

You're missing the Slim Twig/Masia One/Winter Gloves/Gentleman Reg show for free at the library with one of those tickets from SS.

Have fun in Berlin.

historyjen said...

blast it, you're right! thx!!