Thursday, September 10, 2009

Indie Music 96 (10-16 Sep 09).

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.

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Lots do to, as usual. The Junction Arts Festival is happening this weekend, with music on the main stage (Junction City Square) Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Select venues have extended 4am licensing for TIFF starting tonight. The Drake, Wrongbar, etc. And speaking of the film fest, there are City Sonic screenings happening at Yonge-Dundas Square. These short films are ones you'll want to see (at some point, anyway) if you're interested in the local scene. The full schedule is here.

No podcast this week once again (sorry!), but just click that handy "play" button on the bottom left-hand of your screen and you'll hear lots of good local musics without having to sit through my annoying chatter. Cheers!

THURSDAY (10 sep)

[JAF] Paul James (9pm) and Spider Jones (7pm) @ Junction City Square, free. All ages.

* The Wilderness of Manitoba, Erin Lang, and Tisso Lake @ Heartbeat (960 Queen Street W), 8-11pm, pwyc.

Download: The Wilderness of Manitoba, "Evening" (Hymns of Love and Spirits, 2009).

The National Shield, Will Austin, Slim Pickens @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 9pm, pwyc.

* Ali Berkok & Mike Smith @ Holy Oak Cafe, 10pm, pwyc.

Magic Cheezies, Holy Cobras, Man Made Hill, and J FM, w/ DJ iPod @ Teranga, 9pm, $4.

* Alphabot!, Sick Friend, Danger! Danger!, and Heartbeat Hotel @ Rearview Mirror, 9pm, $5.

Download: Heartbeat Hotel, "TVPO" (Transbastardized Orphan under a Harvest Moon, 2008).

Julie Rains (CD release) w/ Matt Henderson and Kosmonaut @ Bread & Circus, 9:30pm, $5.

So Sick Social Club and Final Trigger @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Andy Cotter, HKMW, and Zack Salsberg @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $5.

Massy Harris, The Volunteers, and The Billie Hollies @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, $5.

* The Fast Romantics, Secret Broadcast, and The Ascot Royals @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $5.

Download: The Fast Romantics, "Spooning the Gorilla" (The Fast Romantics, 2009).

Sugar Fight presents Owel Five & Corboe Housewarming Party feat. Toys are Just, Parkdale Crew Proper, DanceHall Free For All, and DannyT @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.

Les Badguys and Pure Finesse @ Clinton's Tavern, 9pm, $6.

Blues In D (11:40pm), Sunriser (10:50pm), In Uniform (10:00pm), and tba (9:10pm) @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $6.

Sean Jones, Goodluck Assembly Band, and Vanessa @ Supermarket, 9pm, $8.

Jia Harlow, Coal Mine Canaries, Bitter Candi, and Life Size Dream @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), $8 (or $5 w/ canned good).

* Young Galaxy (CD release) w/ Treasure Hunt @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $10. Later: DJ Andy Rourke (The Smiths) and AC Slater.

Hunter & Cook vol. 4 Launch Party feat. Horsey Craze, Josh Reichmann Oracle Band, Wet Dirt, and DJ Mikey Apples @ Wrongbar, 9pm, $10 (incl. magazine).

Mark Pesci presents Crucifist, Slaughter Strike, Mad Men, and Molested Youth @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $10.

FRIDAY (11 sep)

[JAF] Mr. Something Something (9:30pm), The Framework (8:15pm), and tba (7pm) @ Junction City Square, free. All ages.

Blue Peter (8:15pm), Burning Brides (7:15pm), and Tin Star Orphans (6:30pm) @ Yonge-Dundas Square, free. All ages.

* Gravity Wave, Sweatshop Hop, Inessa Frantowski (comedy), and Drew Smith @ Concord Cafe, 9pm, pwyc.

* Poor Pilgrim presents Ghost Bees, Alex Lukashevsky, Snowblink, Misha Bower (reading), and Jon McCurley (reading) @ The Toronto Music Garden (Queen's Quay W. b/w Bathurst and Spadina), 8-11:30pm, pwyc.

Download: Snowblink, "Rut and Nuzzle" (Hibiscus & Rosehips Compilation, 2009).

Honest I's, Absent Sound, Gordon Grdina Trio, and Buckets Of @ Imperial Pub, 10pm (start), $5.

Young Doctors in Love, Dan Bryk, and Tommy & the Tall Girls @ Bread and Circus, 9:30pm, $5.

Second Pass, Social Cyanide, Breadfan, and FrailFragment @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $10.

Scott Normandy Band w/ Sarah Burton and Canteen Knockout @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $10.

* Bradley Boy and Catl (two sets each, alternating) @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5.

The Assistants, The Davey Parker Radio Sound, Broken Bricks, and The Anderson Council @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9pm, $5.

Download: The Assistants, "Fiction" (Fiction, 2008).

Beautiful Nothing (12:30am), Live How You Live (11:30pm), Proxy Set (10:30pm), and guests (9:30pm) @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $6.

Mark Pesci presents The Box Elders, Mother's Children, Teenage X, and Mutters @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $8.

* Nadja and Picastro @ Tranzac (Main Hall), 8pm, $10.

* Optical Sounds presents Back to Cool Party 2009 feat. The Hoa Hoa's, The Disraelis, Planet Creature, The Peelies, and DJs @ Rolly's Garage, 6:30pm-midnight, $10.

* An Horse w/ Rich Aucoin @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8-11pm, $10 (adv tix avail.). Later: DJ Benzi, Willy Joy, and 84.85.

Shit La Merde / Fuck Faces (DJ night) w/ DJs Dave La Merde, Dougie Boom, Andrew Ross, Syntonics, Romo Roto (live), and more @ Wrongbar, 10pm, $5 if you email Dmoney.RSVP[at]

SATURDAY (12 sep)

* [JAF] Justin Rutledge (9:30pm), Jason Collett (8:15pm), and The Beauties (7pm) @ Junction City Square, free. All ages.

Real Cops and Husbands @ Press Club, 9pm, pwyc.

The Key Frames w/ Jacques & The Shakey Boys @ The Cameron House, 9:30pm, $5/pwyc.

Mother Murder, Higher Rites, and Bravestation @ The Silver Dollar Room, 10:30pm (late show), $5.

Latefallen and The Nightmares @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Two Foot Falls w/ P.C. Keez and Day Time Theft @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $5.

* Vitaminsforyou (live), Sports: The Band, and Boys Who Say No @ @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $5 (before midnight; $10 after). Later: More Proof DJs and CFCF.

Download: Boys Who Say No, "No I Won't" (Boys Who Say No, 2009).

TWM presents Parks & Rec, The Wind Whistles, Ryan Masters Band, and Paper Tiger @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.

Purple Orange (12:30pm), Cousin Dog (11:30pm), Get Down Sound (10:30pm), and The Runaway Catholics (9:30pm) @ Lee's Palace, 9pm, $7.

Friends of Yryapu Benefit Show for the Clemencia González School (Yryapu, Argentina) feat. The Stormalongs, Maylee Todd, Hugh Oliver & Michael Rosenthal, Jeannette & Dave, Ghalib & Gapski, and Tom MacCammon, w/ surprise guests @ Teranga, 7pm, $10.

Busdriver w/ Abstract Rude @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $10 (adv. tix avail.).

SUNDAY (13 sep)

* Wavelength / Burn Down the Capital present WL 480 feat. Transcendental Rodeo Mothership, Gordon Grdina Trio, and Huelepega Sound System, hosted by Doc Pickles, and visuals by General Chaos @ Sneaky Dee's, 10pm (late start), pwyc ($5-$10 sugg).

The Beauties @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5.

Grade Scool presents On Bodies w/ Tonka & Puma and DJ set by The Poors @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

The Yage Letters and The Constants @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

The Sketchersons present Sunday Night Live! (comedy), hosted by Sweatshop Hop (Maylee Todd & Will Whitwham), w/ The Wilderness of Manitoba @ Comedy Bar, 9-11pm, $8.

MONDAY (14 sep)

* Elvis Mondays (year's best) feat. La Casa Muerte, The Whole Entire Universe, Mamabolo, Christina Maria, and Gira Gira Gif @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, free. Later: DJ Your Boy Brian.

Download: La Casa Muerte, "All The Wrong Moves" (La Casa Muerte, 2009).

The Wind Whistles and Paper Tiger @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Download: The Wind Whistles, "Judo" (Animals Are People Too, 2009).

TUESDAY (15 sep)

* Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Moneen (11:30pm, CD release), The Junction (10:15pm), and Solitary Sun (9:15pm) @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Download: The Junction, "My Love Was There" (Another Link In the Chain, 2009).

Fred Spek's Camp Combo @ The Cadillac Lounge, 9pm-midnight, pwyc. (Every Tuesday in September.)

* Paperbag Records Showcase feat. Rock Plaza Central and Winter Gloves @ @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, $7.

Download: Rock Plaza Central, "(Don't You Believe the Words Of) Handsome Men" (At the Moment of Our Most Needing, 2009).

Burn Down the Capital and Mark Pesci present Ty Segall, The Mantles, City Sweethearts, and Ancestors @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $8 (adv. tix avail.).

WEDNESDAY (16 sep)

* Antlers & Anchors, The Youngest, and T H O M A S @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

* PWYC Weds feat. Ryan Shearing & the Ghost of Belle Star, Jay Sparrow, and Mint Julip @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc ($5 sugg).

Wednesdays Go Pop! feat. The Speakeasies (11pm), Jackfruit (10:15pm), and tba (9:30pm) @ Supermarket, 9pm, pwyc.

tba (11:40pm), Adder (10:50pm), Boy In December (10:00pm), and Dress Rehearsal (9:10pm) @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $4.

And, though it's not < $10, but worth mentioning... * Bearsuit Turns Two feat. The Coast, The Meligrove Band, Girl & the Machine, Brent Randall & his Pinecones, Emma-Lee @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 7:30pm, $12 (adv., $15 at the door). Listen here.

Download: The Meligrove Band, "Our Love Will Make the World Go Round" (Planets Conspire, 2005).

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