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I'm going to have to make a few changes to the text above. You may have noticed that my listings have gotten shorter over the past few weeks. I'm not able to devote the time compiling these things that I used to. I think this is sad, but I've had a good run, and so although I still want to put out some suggestions each week, I will miss things. If you have a show you want me to list, definitely send me the details so I can be sure to include them. And, as always, I'll accept music for podcast play.
Last week I only got out to one show, but it was a good one: Megan Hamilton & the Volunteer Canola's CD release at the Rivoli, which also featured Olenka & the Autumn Lovers. The din from the chatty crowd was distracting during Olenka's set, unfortunately, but Megan et al. rocked things up, playing the new record from start to finish, and closing off with an older tune for the encore. I nice night; I only wish the noise from the bar didn't travel so easily to the stage. Ah well.
Here's what I'll be choosing from this week. Scroll down to find a few downloads thrown in:
WEDNESDAY (15 apr)
Ben Spencer, Bramwell Park, and Sarah Burton @ Graffiti’s Bar & Grill, 9pm, pwyc.
PWYC Weds feat. The Shotgun Wedding Band, The Wilderness of Manitoba, and The Magnificent Sevens @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.
Andrew Hunter @ 11:40, Stone River @ 10:50, Peaceful Soldier @ 10:00, and Chris Gauthier & The Wolves @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $4.
Stuck In the City presents Braindead, Black Birds, Molested Youth, and Death Adders @ Siesta Nouveaux, 7-11pm, $8.
THURSDAY (16 apr)
Manitoba Music feat. Oldfolks Home, The Details, and Tele @ The Rivoli, 8pm, free.
The DoneFors w/ Nick Zubeck @ Not My Dog, 10pm, pwyc.
Hopeful Monster w/ Larry Thomas @ The Local, 9pm, pwyc.
Broken Tree Fort fundraiser show feat. Slim Twig, Broken Tree Fort, Wet Dirt, and Trudy Poot @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.
Download: "Young Hussies," the new single off Slim Twig's forthcoming full-length, Contempt! (2009).
TWM presents B’MO Crazy (album release), Ninja Funk Orchestra, Sounds Like BS, Hush Money, and hosted by Anna Sudac @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.
Horses, The Little Millionaires, B.A. Johnston, and Hijack Delta @ Sneaky Dee’s, 9pm, $7.
The Framework, Senor Kasio, and Afterparty @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 9pm, $10.
Awesome New Republic, Styrofoam Ones, Dawn of Humans, and Sam Bradley @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, $10.
DD/MM/YYYY (record release) w/ Metz and Black Feelings @ Lee’s Palace, 8:30pm, $10. (Admission includes a copy of the new album, Black Square.)
Download: "Infinity Skull Cube" (DD/MM/YYYY, Black Square, 2009).
FRIDAY (17 apr)
At Odds With Even, Kosher Dill Spears, and The Stepfathers @ The Imperial Pub, 9pm, pwyc.
Tommy and the Tall Girls, Anna Sudac, Bitter City, and Errand Boy @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
The Pack A.D., The Speaking Tongues, and Orangutan, @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8-11pm, $5.
Download: "Bang" from The Pack A.D.'s Tintype (2008). This is a brilliant song.
Thee Diet Pills, Lunchmeat, Terror Lake, and Plastics Inc @ The Silver Dollar, 9pm, $5.
Pop Noir (dance party) w/ Uncut @ The Boat, 10pm, $5.
Catl and Bradley Boy (2 sets each, alternating) @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5.
Saddle Up! (dance party, 2nd yr anniversary) @ Canadian Corps Hall (201 Niagara St.), 10:30pm, $5.
Natasha Watermam (CD release) W/ Dane Hartsell, The Rosewoods, and Mandippal @ The Rivoli, 8:30pm, $8.
BBQ (aka Mark Sultan), Box Elders, Pirate/Rock, and City Sweethearts @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $10.
Woodhands w/ The Carps, Creature, Golden Girls, and Famous Players @ The Phoenix, 8pm, $10. Win tickets to this show and grab free music.
SATURDAY (18 apr)
Record Store Day feat. Slim Twig, Lullabye Arkestra, Sunparlour Players, Gentleman Reg, Green Go, Hooded Fang, Steamboat, Little Girls, and DJ Shit La Merde @ Sonic Boom, 4-9pm, free. Bring a donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Record Store Day feat. Great Bloomers (7pm) and Chris Eaton (from Rock Plaza Central, 6pm) @ Criminal Records, free.
Record Store Day feat. Josh Reichmann / Oracle Band and others @ Sunrise Records (336 Yonge St.), free.
Terror Lake, Deaglan, and Husbands @ The Press Club, 9pm.
Octoberman, Sister, and Samir Khan @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
Vitaminsforyou (CD release) w/ Stop Die Resuscitate, and Politique @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8-11pm, $5. Followed by Lipstick, Cherry (dance party).
Download: Vitaminsforyou, “B4U (Stop Die Resuscitate remix)". V4U is playing with a full band these days, and they're just back from tour.
Hold a Grudge, Eating Glass, Bad Choice, and Molested Youth @ 751, 9pm, $5.
The Sound of Sea Animals, Dinosaur Bones, and Broken Bricks @ Canadian Corps Hall (201 Niagara St.), 9pm, $5.
Base War 16 feat. Times Neue Roman, Alias, Geoff Snack, Errol, and DVSN @ Z (812 Dundas St. W), 10pm, $7 (or $5 each for groups of three of more).
No Official Capacity presents Monarque, Csejthe, and Adversarial @ The Annex WreckRoom, 7-10pm, $8.
TWM 39 (and 2nd year anniversary) feat. La Casa Muerte, The Love Machine, Whale Tooth, and Burn Planetarium @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7.
Download: Whale Tooth's "Hibernation Song" (Whale Tooth, 2009).
Late Night Live feat. Electrick Empire w/ Commandeers and Dolls @ The Silver Dollar, 10:30pm, $6.
Friendly Rich & the Lollipop People w/ Mary Milne @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8pm, $12 (or $10 adv).
SUNDAY (19 apr)
Hibiscus & Rosehips Tea Party Fundraiser / CD release feat. Owl Eyes, Erin Lang, Snowblink, Luxury Pond, The Youngest, and Jesse Smith @ The Resistor Gallery (284 College Street, 2nd floor), 1–6pm, $8. All ages. Free for kids. There will be a arts, crafts, and a bake sale, in support of The Hibiscus Fund for Hope, a lymphoma cancer charity. For more information on this project, check the website. The album is fantastic.
Hamilton Trading Co., The Strumbellas, and HTC album listening party @ The Boat, 9pm, pwyc.
L’Affumer, The Main Drag, Wendy Leung, and Christina Maria @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.
Wavelength 459 feat. New Feelings, Flowers of Hell, and Snowblink, hosted by Doc Pickles, w/ visuals by General Chaos @ Sneaky Dee’s, 9pm, pwyc.
Marcel Aucoin and Michael Holt present the Piano Salon feat. Kristin Mueller-Heaslip (music), Anya Yushchenko (talk), and The Scott Marshall Jazz Trio @ 85 Armstrong Ave., 7pm, pwyc. Feel free to bring food and drink to share.