Monday, May 04, 2009

Indie music 79 (5-12 May 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.

Last week was nuts, music-wise. I went to see Baltimore's Ponytail on Wednesday night (also Romo Roto and Brides; review here). Thursday I was at Wrongbar for Green's Go CD release, and I loved their and The Magic's sets. The opener, Everything All the Time, had people talking, too. Must see more of them. Friday I caught Chris Yang and the marvelous Diamond Rings at Tranzac. (Check out Colin Medley's recent video of a Diamong Rings performance.) And then come Saturday it was time for another CD release show. This time, Great Bloomers's @ the Horseshoe, where I also enjoyed Sports: The Band (much improved over the past few months) and the one-time-only performance of Gavin Gardiner & the Cutting Edge. (Gavin's main musical project is The Wooden Sky.)

This week there's lots more great stuff to do. I'm looking forward especially to some quieter stuff at Delaware House Saturday night. Scroll down for tons of inexpensive suggestions, as well as a handful of song downloads to get you in the mood.

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.

Great Aunt Ida and The Book of Gnomes @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Ugly Stick, Endangered Ape, Hot Blood Bombers, and Deutsches Banks @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm.

* Wildlife, Rich Aucoin, and First Aid Kit @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

GoodSoundsGood presents Moulann, Dee Planche and Tanika Charles @ Supermarket, 9pm, $6.


PWYC Weds feat. My October, Hospital Grade, and Elk Face @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.

* Blacklung Curatorial Vol 3 feat. Isla Craig and Doug Hoyer @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

* I Have Eaten the City, Honest I's, Battleship Ethel, and Neil Cavalier (film) @ Cinecycle, 7pm, $5.

* The Disraelis, Chang-A-Lang, Amanda Rogers, and Old Seed @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Kevin Kane, The Two Twenty Twos, and Patrick Brealey @ The Rivoli, 8:30pm, $10.

THURSDAY (7 may)

The Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra and Karl Mohr @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

* Doug Hoyer, Jenny Omnichord, Mixylodian @ The Boat, 9pm, $5

TWM presents Mixylodian, The Liptonians, Julia Set Generator, and Owel Five @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.

* Heartbeat Hotel (ex-Mariposa), Romo Roto, John Milner You're So Boss, and Brame Face @ Tiger Bar, 9pm, $6.

Download: Heartbeat Hotel, "TVPO" (Transbastardized Orphan under a Harvest Moon, 2009).

* Trinket Trance presents Tripping Hazard (CD release), Wax Mannequin, Run with the Kittens, and Secret Public / Wonderful William's Philharmonic @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $7.

* Truth Explosion Magazine presents Arietta (CD release), The Junction, Tera Melos, and Cancel Winter, hosted by Serb Superb @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $7.

Download: Arietta, "Into the Deep" (Migration, 2009).

* White Whale 5 Year Anniversary feat. The Mohawk Lodge, Tusks, Octoberman, Poorfolk, and Eamon McGrath @ The Dakota Tavern, 8pm, $?

FRIDAY (8 may)

* The Oxford Hotel presents Matt Sajn, OK Vancouver OK, Katie Caron, and Slowly Slowdy @ The Oxford Hotel (117 Oxford St.), 7pm, pwyc. In the backyard, if the weather's good.

Alex Leggett and Zoe Sky Jordan @ The Velvet Underground, 9pm, $5 (or $2 w/ student ID).

* Pontiak and Wyrd Visions @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8-11pm, $5.

PDF Format, Battle Lava, TouchBoy, and Tetris Hold Em @ Bread & Circus, 9pm, $5.

Download: PDF Format, "We Shall Eat Krill" (This Is What It Feels Like, 2009)

* 84.85, Bombaman, and DJs @ The Boat, 10pm, $5.

TWM 41 presents Isle of Thieves, Born to Busk, and Luau or Die @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.

Picked On, U.T.I., and Sick Error @ Annie's on Queen, 9:30pm, $6.

* Machetes, The Hoa Hoa's, Les Gars, and Invasions @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9pm.

Right On Media presents Jay Spectre w/ Katie DuTemple & the Staytoughs @ Supermarket, 10pm, $8.

* Ketch Harbour Wolves, The O'Darling, and Wilderness of Manitoba @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $8 (adv tix are avail. from

Download: The O'Darling, "You're Directing" (A Nice EP, 2008).

SATURDAY (9 may)

Kidstreet @ The Mod Club, 10pm, $10. BUT, email infoATyyzrecordsDOTcom to be put on the guestlist for free entry. Don't be shy about this. (You just have to show up at the club before 11pm, when the band starts playing.)

* Snowblink, Evening Hymns, and The Wilderness of Manitoba @ The Delaware House, 9pm, pwyc.

Download: Snowblink, "Rut and Nuzzle" (Hibiscus & Rosehips Compilation, 2009).
Video: Evening Hymns, "Dead Deer" @ Wavelength, filmed by Colin Medley.

* Paul Linklater and Brent Randall & His Pinecones @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Download: Brent Randall & His Pinecones, "Bluebirds, Flowers and Other Things" (We Were Strangers in Paddington Green, 2009).

Elephant Stone (ex-High Dials) and Kevin Kane (ex-The Grapes of Wrath) @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8-11pm, $5.

Fire Hydrant (last show, 2 sets), Pick a Piper, and Henrietta Lacks @ The Cameron House, 9pm, $5.

Mark Pesci presents Urban Blight (record release), Waste Management, Omegas, Mad Men, and Bad Choice NYCTO @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $10.

* Muck & the Mires, The Primordials, and The Superstitions, w/ DJs Frantic Tim and Flipped Out Phil @ The Silver Dollar Room, 10pm, $10.

SUNDAY (10 may)

Tin Star Orphans and Boys Who Say No @ WhipperSnapper Gallery, 3pm, pwyc. All ages afternoon show.

* Marcel Aucoin and Michael Holt present the Piano Salon feat. Laura Barrett w/ Ajay Mehra (music), Michael (talk about music), and Bob Wiseman (piano) @ 786a St. Clair West, 7pm, pwyc. Feel free to bring food and drink to share. This is at the home of Ben and Kristin Mueller-Heaslip.

Download: Laura Barrett, "Nobody Cares About the Railroads Anymore" (Harry Nilsson cover).

* Wavelength 462 / We Are Busy Bodies presents METZ, Little Girls, and Pacific Trash Vortex, w/ DJ Skip, hosted by Doc Pickles, and visuals by General Chaos @ Sneaky Dee’s, 9pm, pwyc ($5-$10 sugg).

* Gather Round Season Finale feat. Hamilton Trading Co., Trevor Murphy, and Braxton Clover @ The Boat, 9pm, pwyc.

MONDAY (11 may)

* Mt. Royal, Rah Rah, and tba @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Download: Rah Rah, "Tentacles" (Going Steady, 2008).

TUESDAY (12 may)

Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Transwell, Robot Man, Cold Dead Hands (CD release), and Rival Boys @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

No Brigade, Revolution Love, This Is Picture, BingeNinja, and The First Seed @ Rancho Relaxo, 8:30pm, $5.

* Rah Rah, The Cheer, and Brent Randall & his Pinecones @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $5.


Paul said...

Must stop reading Jen's listings...too many good shows...brain going to explode...

historyjen said...

Yes, now with mp3s to really make your head explode! Some weekend nights I honestly just stay home because I can't decide which amazing show to go to. (This is different from staying home because I am tired and don't want to go out.)