Thursday, September 17, 2009

Indie Music 97 (17-23 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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Much happening over the next 7 days. You'll have some hard choices to make!

(17 sep)

* Brian Borcherdt, Jose Miguel Contreras (By Divine Right), and Julie Fader (in-store) @ Criminal Records, 6pm, free. All ages.

* Deerhoof w/ Serengeti and Polyphonic @ Yonge & Dundas Square, 8pm, free. All ages. Part of TIFF.

Gentlemen Husbands, Monster Trucks, and Songs From a Room @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, free.

Download: Gentlemen Husbands, “Tapanga” (Something Along the Lines of “A Lesson in Unprofessionalism”, 2008).

The Histrionics @ Graffiti's, 9pm, free.

Laura Macdonald, Griffin Epstein, and Liv Carrow @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 7:30pm, pwyc.

* Hand Drawn Dracula presents Brian Borcherdt, By Divine Right, Off The International Radar, Julie Fader, and Josh Reichmann @ The Drake Hotel (Underground),8pm, $5 (or $10 after midnight). Later: Megasoid, and DJ Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck).

The Boogieman Jordon Daniel @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9pm, $5.

RanchaPalooza: A Tribute to Grunge w/ Recordbreaker, Protozoans, Ex~po, Santa With Muscles, The Discards, Yukon Cigar, Blood Rexdale & the Walls are Blonde, and Mondo Bizarro @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7. "Songs by bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Dinosaur JR, Stone Temple Pilots, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins & Matthew Sweet."

Stephanie Braganza w/ The Groove Suit @ Neutral, 9pm, $7.

The Organ Thieves and Orphan Choir @ The Bovine, 9pm, $7.

Heart of a Shark (CD release) w/ Ten Kens, The Sitcom, and Chun-li Fan Club @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $7.

* Black Diamond Heavies w/ The Speaking Tongues and Evelyn @ Velvet Underground, 8:30pm, $7. Adv tix avail.

Download: The Speaking Tongues, "Doctor Doctor" (Wild Sound, 2008).

Amelia Curran w/ “The Six Shooter Welcoming Committee” @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $10. Adv tix avail.

Download: Amelia Curran, "The Mistress" (Hunter, Hunter, 2009).

FRIDAY (18 sep)

Out of Order, The Bag Ladies, The Money Shots, The Rotten, and more @ Rearview Mirror, 9pm, free.

Kate Rogers @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

Emilie Mover @ Holy Oak Cafe, 10pm, pwyc.

* Pacific Trash Vortex (CD release) w/ Grasshopper, Terror Lake, and Broken Tree Fort @ Teranga, 9pm, $4 (or $6 and you get the CD too).

Madcowboys and The Pariahs w/ DJ Vania @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Spirits (CD release) @ The Hideout, 8pm, $5.

Eien Hi, Kind Heights, and 1977 @ HeartBeat 960, 8pm, $5.

North Lincoln, Junior Battles, Whiskey Trench, and The Roman Line @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.

Universe 326, fleeceelves, and Tin Star Orphans @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm (start), $5.

YYZ Records presents Madrid, Kidstreet, and Jeremy Glenn @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $5 (or $10 after midnight). Later: DMoney presents Edumacation 2nd Anniversary w/ DJ Fase and Bobbito. In the Lounge, DJ Lucie Tic and Dougie Boom.

* Steam Whistle Unsigned 11 feat. Machetes, Foxfire, and Little Foot Long Foot, w/ DJs The Rural Alberta Advantage @ Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremner Blvd), 8pm, $5. "100% of the door is donated to the Artists' Health Center Foundation. ( These shows have raised over $11 000 for the AHCF to help them help local musicians and artists!" More info here.

The Boojies w/ Thee Virginia Wolfes and MC The Wolfman @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 10pm, $5.

* The Stormalongs, Styrofoam Ones, Zeroes, The Eatons, and Krupke @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9pm, $6.

Clara Engel, Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, and Jaggery @ Labspace Studio, 8:30pm, $7.

* Modernboys Moderngirls (CD release) w/ Clothes Make The Man, Burn Planetarium, and Rikers @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $8 (or $10 and you get the CD too).

Fitzroy Terrors w/ Street 66 @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9:30pm, $8.

* Kazoo! & The Music Gallery present Le Cyc (a graphic novel bike opera performed live) @ The Music Gallery (197 John Street), 8pm, $10 (or $5 for members & students). All ages. The performance starts at 9pm. For more info, click here.

Stuck in the City presents Soul Control, The Endless Blockade, Haggatha, and Titan @ Siesta Nouveaux, 8pm, $10. All ages.

* No Shame 100 feat. Green Go, Ruby Coast, Pick a Piper, and The Skeletones Four @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $10. Help my favourites No Shame celebrate 100 shows!

Download: Green Go, "Brains for Breakfast" (Borders, 2009).
Download: Ruby Coast, "Neighbourhood" (Projectable Collections, 2008).
Download: Pick A Piper, "Yellowknife" (Pick A Piper, 2009).
Download: The Skeletones Four, "The Fish Rots from the Head" (live, Orangeville, 17 May 2009).

Patrick Brealey (CD release) @ St. Stephen in the Fields Church (103 Bellevue Ave), 8:30pm, $10.

Zoe Boekbinder (CD release) w/ Kay Pettigrew and Air Heart @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $10.

Explicit Fantastic (80s glam party) feat. MCs Sweatshop Hop w/ Henri Faberge & the Adorables, Kids On TV, and Melleefresh, plus DJs Vaneska and Spydabrown @ Metro Theatre (677 Bloor St. W), 9pm, $10 (before 10pm, or $15 after). Free drink ticket with admission.

SATURDAY (19 sep)

Shortwave @ The Mod Club, 11pm (showtime), $10. Get on the guestlist for free entry.

* Dwight Schenk farewell show feat. Slipper Orchestra, Basement Arms, Ronley Teper & her Lipliners, and The Slipper Orchestra @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm (start), pwyc. Drinking and dancing in the Tiki Room w/ DJ Chambers @ 8pm.

Download: Dwight Schenk, "Ready for Judgment Day" (Natural Disasters, 2008).

Cool Dad w/ The Wilderness and Tin Star Orphans @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm, pwyc.

Download: Cool Dad, "Lookin' For A House" (Delaware, 2009).

Alex Grantham, Matthew's Dominion, Mitch Clark, Julian Hackquebard @ 460 Spadina, 9pm, $5 (one free beer included).

Moore and Faith of a Martyr @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

* Pop Montreal presents Hooded Fang, Silly Kissers, The Miles, and Makeout Videotape @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $5 (or $10 after midnight).

* TWM 49 feat. B.A. Johnston, Horses, and Windom Earle @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7.

* The Hoa Hoas, Elephant Stone, and Michou @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $7.

* The Bon (7" release) and Catl @ Trash Palace, 6:30pm, $8 (incl. 7"). BBQ from 6:30-8pm. Bands at 8 and 9pm.

Download: Catl, "Pickup Killed My Ford" (¿Adónde Vas? A Ningún Lado, 2009).

Mardeen (EP release) w/ All Day Driver and Nate Kreiswirth (Cancel Winter), 9pm, $8.

* Japandroids, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, and Brides @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $12 (or $10 adv tix avail.).

The Woodchoppers Association et Jah Youssouf @ The Music Gallery, 7pm, $15 (or $10 member, $5 student & senior). Performance starts at 8pm.

SUNDAY (20 sep)

Sing-a-Long Sundays w/ Steve Singh, feat. Lincoln County Social Club @ The Drake Hotel (Lounge), 9pm, free.

Santa with Muscles, Matt Bahen, Megan Hamilton & the Volunteer Canola, Boiled Weiners (sketch comedy), and The Understudies (sketch comedy) @ Rancho Relaxo, 8pm, pwyc. Megan Hamilton and Ben McLean's (Showcho) going-away party.

Wavelength 481 feat. Grand Trine, Magic Cheezies, Cousins, Rat Tail, and Popeye's Golden Theory (Cuba), hosted by Doc Pickles, and w/ visuals by General Chaos @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc ($5-$10 sugg).

The Beauties @ The Dakota Tavern, 10:30pm, $5.

* Growing, Slim Twig, and Carl Didur @ The Boat, 9pm, $10 (or $8 adv).

Download: Slim Twig, "Phantasm Inquest” (Contempt!, 2009).

Machetes, Scarlett Fever, Cadillacs & Cadavers @ Neutral, 9pm, $10/pwyc.

Benefit Concert for and Save Darfur feat. Ev O'Lution, The Little Black Dress, Dave Borins, Stacey Kaniuk, Logiq @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), $10.

MONDAY (21 sep)

Shoeless Monday feat. Beta Porn (11:15pm), Alter Kakers (10:15pm), and You Call Yourselves Soldiers (9:15pm) @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

This is Awesome @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7pm, pwyc.

Burn Down The Capital presents Daniel Francis Doyle w/ Pace The Stairs, Women In Tragedy, and Cousins @ The Boat, 9pm, $7.

TUESDAY (22 sep)

Pink and Black Attack presents Maximum R'n'R and Caution Inc @ The Bovine, 9pm, free.

* Book launch for Canuck Rock by Ryan Edwardson, with guest panelists Bernie Finkelstein and others @ Soundscapes, 7pm, free. All ages. [Not music.]

Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Rosewoods (11:40pm), Vicious Guns (10:50pm), Dustin Bentall (10:00pm), and Holly Andruchuk (9:10pm) @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

Fred Spek's Camp Combo @ The Cadillac Lounge, 9pm-midnight, pwyc.

Sue & Dwight (CD release) feat. Kevin Quain (bass/piano), Adam Warner (percussion), Shelley Coopersmith (strings), Kim Cole, and Michelle Rumball (background vocals) @ The Cameron House, 7pm, $10. Adv tix avail.

WEDNESDAY (23 sep)

* Sunparlour Players @ Yonge & Dundas Square, 12:30pm, free.

Elvis Monday [sic] feat. The Stormalongs, The Albertans, Heartbeat Hotel, Broken Bricks, and The People of Canada @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, free.

PWYC Weds feat. Good Citizens, Rep by Pop (CD release), and My Son My Son @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc ($5 sugg).

Cold Dead Hands, A Northern Drawl, and Elos Arma @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $4.

Clocktet @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

The Sheepdogs @ The Dakota Tavern, $5?

Urban Preacher w/ Brute Force Romeo @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 10pm, $8.

Springsteen's 60th Birthday feat. Craig Martin & the Superchargers playing classic Springsteen @ The Cadillac Lounge, 9pm, $10.

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