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I go to too many shows a week, and when it comes time to recap my outings, I usually can't remember what I saw. But this week I pretty much stayed away from music, except for a lovely backyard shed show on Saturday and Wavelength on Sunday. I went from quiet folk to noise rock for those shows. Should do that more often.
What about you?
This week there's the usual assortment of good and I-don't-know on the listings. Scroll down for some suggestions, and press "play" to hear/download a handful of tracks from bands performing. I'm aiming to check out Vertiver on Friday---heck, it's free and not so far away, Steamboat's release party on Saturday, and Wavelength on Sunday. Katie Stelmanis and Diamond Rings! Lots of other good bets.
WEDNESDAY (13 may)
* Francis & the Lights w/ Mantler @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, free.
Download: Francis & the Lights, "On A Train" (A Modern Promise, 2008).
Cigarettes (Brad Casey) w/ Maggie Meyer @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.
Ronley Teper's Lipliners @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
PWYC Weds feat. Royal Manor, Slides, and Tundra Fun @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.
Inertia Entertainment presents Misery Index and Wetwork @ The Annex WreckRoom, 7pm, $10. All ages.
THURSDAY (14 may)
* T H O M A S (CD release) w/ Fraser Gielen, Donlands & Mortimer, Nancy & Co., Quiet Hooves, and Bird Names @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc ($10 for the CD).
Friends of This Ain't the Rosedale Library presents Sheila Heti (reading), Malcolm Sutton (reading, images), Alex Lukashevsky (music), and The Torrent (music) @ The Boat, 7:30pm, pwyc. Proceeds to the bookstore.
Michael Holt, Dave Celia, and Peter Murray @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
The Low Heroes, Moondog Uproar, Sea Of Gold & Burgundy, and Luke Nares @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $4.
* WreckingBall Entertainment presents The Speaking Tongues, The Skirt Chasers, and Knock Knock Ginger @ Clinton's Tavern, 9pm, $5.
Download: The Speaking Tongues, "Run to My Door" (Wild Sound, 2008).
TWM presents Rich Girl, l’Affumer, Agpak Mum, and Left of Zero @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.
Drunk Woman presents Honky Night in Canada feat. The Strumbellas, Sunbear, Christian D & the Hangovers, Soloman, Taylor Mitchell, and members of the Diableros and Proof of Ghosts @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9pm, $6. "Drunk Woman will perform a set of Sun Records classics by the likes of Johnny Cash, Elvis, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis."
Download: The Strumbellas, "Underneath a Mountain" (unreleased, 2009).
Francis & the Lights w/ Mantler @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $10.
FRIDAY (15 may)
* Vertiver (in-store) @ Sonic Boom, 7pm, free. All ages. Bring a donation for the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Francis & the Lights w/ Mantler @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, free.
* Pants & Tie, Golden Girls, and The Famines @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5
Pop Noir (dance party) feat. Picturesound (live) @ The Boat, 10pm, $5.
* Junior Battles, Horses, City Sweethearts, and Prevenge @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9pm, $6.
Beautiful Nothing, Audio To Mute, Winslow, and tba @ Annies On Queen, 9pm, $7.
The Jar Jar Par Party ("Space Costume Dance Party and Gungan Birthday Extravaganza") feat. 3 Guitaros, Sean Ward, Radius & Helena, and DJ Diana @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8pm, $7 (or $5 w/ space costume).
* Mean Red Spiders, Soft Copy, Sunbear, and Rat Tail, w/ DJ Tara White @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.
SATURDAY (16 may)
* The Stables (2 sets, as part of Dan & Terri’s rehearsal dinner) @ Rancho Relaxo, 9:30pm, free.
Hugh and Rosie's CD Release for "Even Kercy: The Latest Lucubrations of Hugh Oliver and Michael Rosenthal" @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 8pm, pwyc.
* Europe in Colour, Kinetic Stereokids, and The Craft Economy @ The Silver Dollar Room, 10:30pm (late doors), $5.
Download: Europe In Colour, "Last Flight to Paris" (Europe In Colour, 2007).
That's What She Said (CD release) @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 9pm, $8.
The Speakeasies, The Kramdens, Kid Coma, and Dancehall Free For All @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $8.
The Wilderness, l'Affumer, and The Lowercase @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, pwyc.
Download: The Wilderness, "The Bard" (CIUT live recording, 2009). Download the whole live EP here.
The Von Drats @ The Cadillac Lounge, 10pm.
* Steamboat (2 sets; EP release) w/ Andre Ethier, Sandro Perri, Mantler, Alex Lukashevsky, $100 (duet), and Doug Paisley @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm.
* Wavelength 463 feat. Katie Stelmanis, Emma McKenna, Braids, and Diamond Rings, w/ DJ Brad Ketchen, hosted by Doc Pickles, and visuals by General Chaos @ Sneaky Dee’s, 9pm, pwyc ($5-$10 sugg).
Video: Diamond Rings, "All Yr Songs" (live performance, filmed by Colin Medley).
The Calrizians and Luau or Die @ The Cadillac Lounge, 9pm, $5.
Download: The Calrizians, "Hernando's Hideaway" (Don't Let the Smooth Taste Fool You, 2007).
MONDAY (18 may)
Krallice (in-store) @ Sonic Boom, 5pm (probably), free. All ages. Bring a donation for the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Shoeless Monday feat. Yr New Friends, Forces, and The Vibe @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.
Mark Pesci presents Tyvek, So Cow, The Bang Bangs, and Magic Cheezies @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $10.
TUESDAY (19 may)
* Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Flowers Of Hell, The Superstitions, and In Support Of Living @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.
St. Dirt Elementary School @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.
Fred Spek's Camp Combo @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Room), 8:30-10:30pm, pwyc.
The Book of Gnomes @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.