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There are quite a lot of good $10-or-less shows on this week. I've starred only the ones that really appeal to me, but everything on this list is potentially worth checking out for a variety of reasons. If I had my way, this is what I'd do: Music Gallery show on Tuesday; show-hop between the Drake and the Ponytail shows on Wednesday; Thursday I'd go see the Sadies & John Doe at Sonic Boom, stop in at the Weather Station CD release, and then go to Wrongbar for Green Go; come Friday, I'd go see Chris Yang and Diamond Rings at Tranzac; Saturday, Great Bloomers CD release; and then on Sunday I'd have to start at The Theatre Centre, then decide between Wavelength or the strong lineup at Rancho. Ouff. Fantastic/hard choices.
What is you plan for the week?
Seriously, this week is amazing. Go out and enjoy a little part of it!
TUESDAY (28 apr)
St. Dirt Elementary School @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.
Drumheller @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
Winnebagos of Death w/ Quincy Le Palm, and The Runaway Catholics @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm, $5.
David Baxter w/ Dolly @ The Dakota Tavern, 9pm, $8.
The Music Gallery presents Mountains (drone duo from Brooklyn NY / Thrill Jockey Records) w/ Matthew “Doc” Dunn and Ayal Senior’s Spacechurch @ The Music Gallery, 7pm, $10 (or $5 for members, students, seniors).
WEDNESDAY (29 apr)
Granny Boots feat. Emma McKenna and The Torrent, w/ DJ John Caffery, and debut of videos for Final Fantasy, Kids on TV, $100, Katie Stelmanis, The Phonemes, Bob Wiseman, The Torrent, Hank, and The Pining @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Room), 7:30-10:30pm, free. “The videos were made by kids from City Alternative high school.”
Download: The Torrent, “Leopold Bloom” (Building Block Compilation 1, 2009).
PWYC Weds feat. Honest I's (w/ The Coyote Boxcar Fox Choir), The Ministry of the Environment, and Airheart @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.
Mark Pesci presents Teen Anger, Gardens (Detroit), DCT, and Magic Cheezies @ Sneaky Dee's, 8:30pm-midnight, $8. Afterparty @ Oddfellows (Queen & Shaw) starting at midnight. After the bands are done, What's Poppin' (dance party/DJ night) takes over at Sneaky Dee's, doors 11:45pm, free.
* Primary Colors presents Ponytail (Baltimore), Romo Roto, and Brides @ The Deleon White Gallery (1139 College, west of Dufferin), 8:35pm, $10.
Download: Ponytail, “Celebrate the Body Electric (It Came From An Angel)” (Ice Cream Spiritual, 2008).
* Valery Gore, B. Knox, and Evening Hymns @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $10.
THURSDAY (30 apr)
Everything is happening this Thursday. You can't not go out... unless you are paralyzed by indecision, which is possible.
* John Doe & The Sadies (in-store) @ Sonic Boom, 7pm, free. All ages. Bring a donation for the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Bluegrass & Old Time Thursday w/ Makita Hack & The Log Rollers @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7pm, pwyc.
Megan Hamilton w/ Eric Welton @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
Indie Credit 2 feat. The Wilderness, RecordBreaker, and Alright Alright @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5. Proceeds to Kiva.org.
Marianne Turner, Madelaine Slate, and Brian Passmore @ Holy Joe's, 8:30pm, $5.
In Support of Living, Picturesound, and Rich Girl @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $5.
* No Shame presents Green Go (CD release), The Magic, Everything All the Time, and OPOPO DJs @ Wrongbar, 9pm, $5.
Download: Green Go, "Fool Me Once" (Borders, 2009). And win tickets and a copy of the new disk here.
B'MO Crazy, The Lovely Killbots, and La Casa Muerte @ The Boat, 9pm, $5
The Champion Heartache, Deromantic, Wildlife, and Dave Schoonderbeek @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9pm, $5.
The PiNG presents The Cruelest Month feat. Flowers of Hell, Beta Cloud, and visuals by General Chaos @ The Renaissance Cafe, 8pm, $6.
* The Weather Station (CD release) w/ Isla Craig & Muskox, Snowblink, Weird Weather, and Lisa Bozikovic @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8pm (early), $8 (or $15 gets you the CD too).
* Quick Fix presents Immaculate Machine, Will Currie & The Country French, The Elwins, and DJ Shit la Merde @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $10.
FRIDAY (1 may)
* Out of This Spark presents Diamond Rings, Chris Yang, and M.S. @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
Friends Explode present Room Party (dance party) feat. DJ Hi Mom w/ Tom Croozbeh and Animal Monster @ The Boat, 10pm, $5.
Rollin' & Scratchin' presents Parallels, TMDP (DJ set), and Smilotron @ Supermarket, 10pm, $5 (b4 11pm).
Barzin (CD release) w/ Olenka & the Autumn Lovers and Octoberman @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $6.
* TWM 40 feat. Black Diamond Bay (CD release), Make Your Exit, and The Dress Whites @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $7.
* Mark Pesci presents The Goodnight Loving, White Wires, The Bitters, and Little Girls @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $8.
SATURDAY (2 may)
Marienbad @ The Mod Club, 10pm, $10. You'll get in for free if you e-mail the band ahead of time and show up by 10:45pm: marienbad.musicATgmailDOTcom. (Don't be shy about this.)
Ramblin' Rose, Kyp Harness, Marquis de Amberfish, and Ruth Jenkins, w/ hosts Bo Green and Yawn Temiseva @ Renaissance Cafe, 9pm.
Clara Engel and Buligan / Jurgensen / Lewis @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm, pwyc.
SunnyLane Records Monthly Saturday Night Ramble presents Andrew DeVillers and Dog Is Blue @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
Download: Dog Is Blue, "Alligator Song" (Makes Ghost Noises, 2009).
Two Foot Falls, Vanderpark, and Left Side Drive @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $5.
Sunlit Ambush and Tenth Planet @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, $6.
TWM presents Cool Dad, Cut Throat Britva, The Rhythm Method, and Witch Ever @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.
* No Shame presents Great Bloomers (CD release), Sports: The Band, Gavin Gardiner & the Cutting Edge, and Modernboys Moderngirls @ The Horseshoe, 9pm, $10 (or $8 in adv).
Download: Great Bloomers, “Speak of Trouble” (Speak of Trouble, 2009).
Ex~po and Tiger Lil (Susan Hutcheson) @ School (70 Fraser Ave.), 9pm, $15. Fundraiser for the Weekend to End Breast Cancer (Princess Margaret Hospital).
SUNDAY (3 may)
* Wavelength 461 feat. Josh Reichmann Oracle Band, Cursed Arrows, and Stop Time, w/ DJ Tapedeckbros, hosted by Doc Pickles, and visuals by General Chaos @ Sneaky Dee’s, 9pm, pwyc ($5-$10 sugg).
Download: Josh Reichmann Oracle Band, “Agoraphobia” (Deerhunter cover).
* SummerWorks Festival 2009 launch party feat. Bob Wiseman, Nils Edenloff (from The Rural Alberta Advantage), and Foxfire @ The Theatre Centre (1087 Queen St. W., side door), 7:35pm, $5.
* Construction & Destruction, Mathias Kom (from The Burning Hell), and Mint Julip @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.
EndProgram (tour kickoff) w/ Mr. Plow @ Annie's On Queen, 9pm, $7.
MONDAY (4 may)
Alarianis @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm, pwyc.
Parkas, The Cheap Speaker, Parker & Seville, and P.S. I Love You @ Supermarket, 9pm.
TUESDAY (5 may)
* Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Bella Clava, Boxes & Bags, Tin Star Orphans, and The Balconies @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.
GoodSoundsGood presents Moulann, Dee Planche and Tanika Charles @ Supermarket, 9pm, $6.