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Last weekend started out folky, quickly got groovy-electro-like, moved to noise rock, and over to garage rock, then it was back to folk-pop, some more noise-jam rock, and finally ended with rock 'n' soul. How about you? This weekend and into next week I'm looking forward to lots of things, including brilliant free shows at Harbourfront.
THURSDAY (23 july)
* Diamond Rings and Kat Burns (Forest City Lovers) @ Delaware House, 7pm, pwyc. All ages. Bring BBQables to put on the grill. Afterward, a group will head over to the Wooden Sky rooftop show.
Michael Holt and friends @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
The Rosewoods, Gavin Slate, and more @ Holy Joe's, 9pm, $5.
Final Thought, Fire Life, Credible Witness, and My October @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $5.
Devil Eyes w/ Ancestors and Hurry Hard @ Velvet Underground, 8:45pm, $5.
Jeff the Brotherhood, Bathurst Queens, Teenage X, and Overpower @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $6.
* Burn Down The Capital presents The Shalabi Effect, Cousins Of Reggae, Normal Love, Broken Tree Fort, and Thrashed Genes @ The Boat, 9pm, $8.
* Shelby Lamb (CD release) w/ Sean Macdonald and Ian Woodhouse @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 9pm, $10 (includes CD).
Download: Shelby Lamb, "Roam" (Tudro, 2009).
The Official Cutting Edge Music Festial Pre-Party feat. William the Conqueror, tba, Monday's Fiction, Awakening State, and Ray Melana @ Supermarket, 8:30pm, $10.
* C. R. Avery, The Undesirables, and Leif Vollebekk @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $10.
FRIDAY (24 july)
* Delhi 2 Dublin @ Yonge & Dundas Square, 8pm, free. All ages.
* Jenn Grant (9:30pm) and Hey Rosetta! (8pm) @ Harbourfront Centre (Sirius Stage), 8pm, free. All ages. Excellent.
The Wet Spots @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8-11pm, $5.
* TWM 45 feat. Wordburglar (CD release), Toolshed, Jesse Dangerously, Peter Project, More or Les, and Fresh Kils (The Les Kils EP release) @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5 (before 10:30pm, $8 after).
* The Paint Movement, Michou, and Andrew Devillers @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $6.
Download: The Paint Movement, "Faults" (Our Eurythmy, 2009).
* Toronto SynthFest 09 Day 1 feat. Cobra Cut (DJ set), Golden Girls, Silly Kissers, Adolf Glitter, and Digits @ The Tranzac, 7:30pm, $7 for one day, $12 for both.
* WreckingBall Entertainment presents Bella Clava, La Casa Muerte, StereoGoesStellar, and The Dress Whites @ Bread & Circus, 9pm, $7.
Download: La Casa Muerte, "All The Wrong Moves" (La Casa Muerte, 2009).
* Clues w/ The Hoa Hoa's, Witchies, Gambletron, and Great Lenin's Ghost @ Silver Dollar, 9pm, $7.
Download: Clues, "Remember Severed Head" (Clues, 2009).
* Jon-Rae Fletcher w/ Ryan Driver @ the Imperial Pub, 9pm, $7.
No Borders (dance party) feat. The Superpowers (NYC Afrobeat) w/ Joanna Boromeo @ Supermarket, 10pm, $8.
James Finnerty (CD release) w/ Makita Hack & the Log Rollers @ Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $10.
SATURDAY (25 july)
* Amy Milan (9:30pm) and Gentleman Reg (8pm) @ Harbourfront Centre (Sirius Stage), 8pm, free. All ages. Amazing.
Broken Bricks (CD release) w/ guests @ The Monarch Lounge, 9pm, free. (The band wants you to dress up for this "black tie" event.)
Dog Is Blue w/ Edo @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
Download: Dog Is Blue, "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" (Bob Dylan cover; unreleased).
The Calzirians @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5.
Your Heart and Their Shallow Valley @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $5.
A Horse & His Boy, Matt Henderson, and E-Video @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8-11pm, $5. A Horse & His Boy had to cancel their appearance.
Career Suicide, Brutal Knights, Social Circkle, Acid Refluc, and Molested Youth @ The Poor Alex (772 Dundas St. W.), 9pm, $10.
* The Parkas (CD release, final show) w/ Whitebelt Octopus @ The Silver Dollar, 10:30pm, $6.
Download: The Parkas, "Don't Say No" (You Should've Killed Us When You Had The Chance, 2009).
* Toronto SynthFest 09 Day 2 feat. OPOPO, PDF Format, Henrietta Lacks, Guy Dallas, and Alpine Continuum (members of Vowls) @ The Tranzac, 7:30pm, $7 for one day, $12 for both.
Download: PDF Format, "We Shall Eat Krill" (This Is What It Feels Like, 2009).
TWM presents Leonids, Wildlife, and Recordbreaker @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.
* No Shame presents The Burning Hell, Sports: The Band, and The Pining @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.
Download: The Burning Hell, "The Berlin Conference" (Baby, 2009).
Download: Sports: The Band, "Cast Lots" (s/t EP, 2008).
* Quest for Fire, Chylde, Saffron Sect, and Wyrd Visions @ Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $8.
Arise for Order, Affinity, Easy Sleazy, and Fancy Girls Market @ Lee's Palace, 9pm, $10.
* Calvin Johnson w/ Andre Charles Theriault @ Heartbeat (960 Queen St. W.), 8-11pm, $5-$10 sliding scale. All ages.
Primary Colors presents Chinese Stars, Tinsel Teeth, Magic Cheezies, and Brides @ Bread & Circus, 9:30pm, $7.
SUNDAY (26 july)
Youth Crime and The Beestings @ The Rearview Mirror, 3pm, free.
* The Dears @ Harbourfront Centre (Sirius Stage), 3pm, free. All ages.
* Laura Barrett @ Harbourfront Centre (Redpath Stage), 4:30pm, free. All ages.
Download: Laura Barrett, "Robot Ponies" (Earth Sciences, 2008).
* Wavelength afternoon show (part of P.S. Kensington) feat. Lullabye Arkestra, The Guest Bedroom, Cloak'ed Claw, Mindbender, Danger Bay, and Isla Craig @ Augusta Ave., south of College St., 3-7pm, free (weather permitting). All ages.
Download: The Guest Bedroom, "Stranglehold" (Treading Water/Blowing Smoke, 2008).
Download: Isla Craig, "Birds In Flight" (Isla Craig & The Continental Drift, 2009).
* Wavelength 473 feat. Jon-Rae Fletcher (w/ full band), Flotilla, and Great Bloomers, hosted by Doc Pickles, and visuals by General Chaos @ Sneaky Dee’s, 9pm, pwyc ($5-$10 suggested). Great lineup!
Download: Flotilla, "A Thousand Jacobs" (One Hundred Words For Water, 2009).
Download: Great Bloomers, "Speak Of Trouble" (Speak Of Trouble, 2009).
CANCELLED * The Burning Hell, Maybe Smith @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.
* Steamboat (3 sets) feat. Andre Ethier and more @ The Dakota Tavern, 10:30pm, $5. This is the last Steamboat Sunday of the summer.
MONDAY (27 july)
* Elvis Monday feat. Kaleidoscope City, Mamabolo, Kalle Mattson, Saskatoon Guitar Destroyer, and The People of Canada @ Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, free.
Download: Kalle Mattson, "Hall Of Oats" (Whisper Bee, 2009).
TUESDAY (28 july)
* The Junction (in-store) @ Criminal Records, 6pm, free. All ages.
* Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Songs from a Room, The Grates, Library Voices, and Too Many Sisters @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.
Download: Library Voices, "Step Off the Map & Float" (Hunting Ghosts & Other Collected Shorts, 2008).
The Octopus Project and Modernboys Moderngirls @ Lee's Palace, 8:30pm, $10 (adv tix avail for $8.50). The bands are on at 9pm and 10:15pm.
Download: Modernboys Moderngirls, "My Baby Says Boy, Don't You Ever Go" (I Might As Well Break It, 2009).
The Sarah & Jeff Show w/ Ryan Karam @ Supermarket, 9pm, pwyc.
Shane Koyczan & the Short Story Long @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 7:30pm, $10.
WEDNESDAY (29 july)
* PWYC Weds feat. Buck Starball, The Famines, Your Pretend Boyfriend, and Jay Sparrow @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.
Creekwater Junkies, The Change, December Flood, and Dovetail Band @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $4.
Les Badguys, Vanessa Legassi, and Wolf J McFarlane @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 7pm, $5.
* Zeus w/ The Golden Dogs @ The Dakota Tavern, 9pm, $7.
Download: Zeus, "I Know" (Something Awesome, 2009).
Treestar w/ A Science Primitive, Time Brings Change, Streetcore, and Freedom Thirty-Five @ The Kathedral, 7pm, $10. All ages.