Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Indie Music 77 (22-26 Apr 2009).

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of inexpensive indie(ish) musical happenings in downtown Toronto, all for $10 or less. If I'm missing something you think I should list, or you have any comments, let me know. I star (*) shows that most interest me.

The weekly listings are shorter these weeks, as you may have noticed. I'm doing this out of a time-constraints, but it means a less intimidating list for most of you (and I know a less useful one for others). Anyways, change is good, right? And, in this case, necessary. So here goes. To make up for it, though, I've got some freebie music downloads mixed in with the listings. Enjoy!

Last week I caught Woodhands at the Phoenix. See my review for more on that show. On Sunday I heard some of Hamilton Trading Co.'s new album, and it sounds fantastic! I can't wait to get my hands (digital or actual) on the whole thing. After enjoying a bit of the Strumbella's set---a solid vocal- and string-heavy roots 7-piece band---I headed over to Rancho Relaxo where I was treated to the lovely Christina Maria, pop songstress Wendy Leung, a fantastic Boston band called The Main Drag, and the impressive debut of l'Affumer.

WEDNESDAY (22 apr)

PWYC Weds feat. Dancefloor Refraction, Thresh, and Higher Rites @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.

Wednesday Go Pop! feat. Christina Maria, Dean Lickyer, and Chris Caddell @ Supermarket, 9pm, pwyc.

* Ronley Teper's Lipliners @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

(23 apr)

*Canaille and Bush League @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Punk 4 Parkinson's Fundraiser feat. Walk Off The Earth, Endprogram, The Burnitdowns, Corporation, and Final Thought @ The Boat, 9pm, $7.

* Words Around The Waist (acoustic), Hobson's Choice, and Jaron Freeman-Fox @ Mitzi's Sister, 9:30pm (start), $5.

TWM presents The Sideshow Tragedy , Little Foot Long Foot, and Blanc & White @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7.

* Black Hat Brigade, Youth Group, and Bellewoods @ Lee’s Palace, 8:30pm, $8.

Download: Black Hat Brigade's “Zombie City Shake” (Fathers EP, 2009).

* Ridley Bent w/ Dustin Bentall, Mr. Rick & The Biscuits and Reuben DeGroot @ The Dakota Tavern, 9pm, $10.

FRIDAY (24 apr)

* The Oxford Hotel presents Jordan O'Jordan, Dave End, and Sarah D. @ The Oxford Hotel, 7:30pm, pwyc ($5).

Final Flammable Friday feat. International Turpentine, Edo Peled, and T.C. Folkpunk @ Renaissance Cafe, 9pm, pwyc.

The Soles @ Blue Moon Pub, 10pm.

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

* Beth In Battle Mode, Clouds (that look like things), and The Hey Now @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9:30pm, $5.

Download: Beth in Battle Mode's “A Little-Known Fact” (Hot Science, 2009).

* TWM presents Leonids, Chang-a-Lang, Half Baked, Cedar @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.

* The Ghost Is Dancing (CD release), Still Life Still, and Europe in Colour @ Sneaky Dee’s, 9pm, $7. The new album is fantastic.

Download: The Ghost is Dancing's “Rogues & Heroes” (Battles On, 2009).

Ninja Gun, Mike Hale, Julia Set Generator, and Junior Battles @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $8.

* The Rest (CD release), Ketch Harbour Wolves, and Amanda Zelina @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 7:30pm, $10. An extra $5 get you the new album.

Download: The Rest's “Sheep In Wolves’ Clothing” (Everyone All At Once, 2009).

Travis Porter & present Today I Caught the Plague, Children of Eve, Beyond the Shadows, and Big City Skyline @ Holy Joe's, 8pm, $10.

Stuck in the City presents Naysayer, Backtrack, Bad Choice, and Get Wise @ Annies on Queen, 9pm, $10.

SATURDAY (25 apr)

Jay Clark & the Jones w/ Big City Hicks @ The Press Club, 9pm.

* Mantler, Sandro & Band @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:30pm, pwyc.

Fourth Annual The New Grunge Unplugged feat. a whole lot of musicians @ The Cameron House, 9pm, $5 (or food donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank).

TWM presents Sandman Viper Command (CD release), The Antiqs, and Left of Zero @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

* Boxes & Bags' 50th Show w/ John Milner You're So Boss, Swamp Sex Robots, and Ruzan Orkestar @ Neutral, 9pm, $5.

Late Night Live feat. Battery Point, Northwest Division, and The Little Pilgrims @ The Silver Dollar Room, 10:30pm, $5.

SUNDAY (26 apr)

* Wavelength 460 feat. T H O M A S, Univox Choral Ensemble, and The Skeletones Four, hosted by Doc Pickles, w/ visuals by General Chaos @ Sneaky Dee’s, 9pm, pwyc.

* Muskox and Jeremy Strachan (solo guitar) @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

* Cage the Elephant, Hollerado, and The Job @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $8 (adv tix avail).

* Feuermusik @ Somewhere There, 6pm (early), $8.

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