Thursday, November 12, 2009

Indie Music 102 (12-18 Nov 2009).

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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Last weekend I saw Woodhands and Junior Boys twice---see my review here. I've been enjoying the new Gravity Wave songs. This weekend I'm going to see the Wooden Sky (at Lee's Palace, details here) and maybe Amos the Transparent. I'm told Wavelength this Sunday is the best lineup of the month. Interesting... and I've never even heard of the bands on the bill. The Rural Alberta Advantage play an intimate in-store at Soundscapes on Tuesday, and then later that evening head to the Horseshoe for free performances by Arts & Crafts bands Zeus, Still Life Still, and the Most Serene Republic. Details about these and lots more great shows below.

THURSDAY (12 nov)

99 Lives - A Chiptune Dance Party feat. PDF Format, jefftheworld, and J Arthur Keenes @ The Ossington, 9pm, free.

Thursday Night Confidential feat. Airheart, Hibou, and Girl + the Machine @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 10pm, free.

Sarah Greene Pickup Band w/ Gord Light @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

I Have Eaten the City, Ghost Eye, and Rob Clutton @ Rearview Mirror, 9pm, $5/pwyc. Creative improvisations.

Snowblower and guests @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

* No Shame presents New Voices Night feat. Steve McKay, Catriona Sturton & the Penguins, and Abigail Lapell @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, $6. "[M]usic you didn’t know you couldn’t live without."

* Hue, The Job, My Shaky Jane (CD release), and Little Foot Long Foot @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $6.

* Colleen & Paul (full band), Nana Grizol, Paul Linklater, and guests @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $8?

Download: Nana Grizol, "For Things That Haven't Come Yet" (Ruth, 2010).

* Zeus w/ Moby Dick (feat. Andrew Scott from Sloan) and William Delray @ The Rivoli, 8:30pm, $10.

FRIDAY (13 nov)

Yawn Temiseva, LLIONS, The Soles, Nadjiwan, Dom Deluca, and Elf TV @ Not My Dog, 9pm, pwyc.

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

* The CFL Sessions w/ Jenny Omnichord @ Tranzac (Tiki Room), 10pm, pwyc.

Carney Byranik & The Heroes, Jeremy K. Rempel, and Icarus Had Wings @ The Cameron House, 10pm, $5/pwyc.

Dead Wife, Induced Labour, Play Guitair, and Toronto Beat @ Teranga, 9pm, $5. I never heard of these bands either. More info here.

Matt Paxton and Ben Somer @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $5.

Sin Dealer, Conflicted, and Symbiolic @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Planet Creature, Invasions, and Davey Parker Radio Sound @ The Silver Dollar Room, 10:30pm, $5?

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

* Krupke, B'mo Crazy, The Lovely Killbots, and Ex~Po @ Bread & Circus, 9pm, $5? Everyone who comes gets a Krupke slap bracelet. Seriously.

Download: The Lovely Killbots, "Little Shape" (Primrose Lane, 2008).



TWM presents The Idlers (CD release), the Outbred Inlaws, and Luau or Die @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $8.

* Right On! Media & YYZ Records present Vitaminsforyou (live band), Maylee & Pegwee Power, and DJs John Kong and Smilotron @ Supermarket, 10pm, $10.

* Primary Colors and Psst, FM present Japanther, Ninjasonik, Ear Pwr, and Life of a Craphead @ The Deleon White Gallery, 9:30pm, $10 (adv tix avail.).

The I Love You Toos (CD release) w/ Ronley Teper & her Lipliners @ The Music Gallery, 7pm, $15 (incl. entrance, a CD, and after-party at the Boat w/ DJs Sandro Perri and others).

SATURDAY (14 nov)

A / Collision (in-store) @ HMV Superstore (333 Yonge St.), 1pm, free.

* The Miles @ The Mod Club, 11pm (set time), $10. Email reachthemiles@yahoo.ca to get on the guestlist and get in for free. Don't be shy.

J. J. Ipsen @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Beautiful Disgusting Humans fundraiser show feat. The Wilderness of Manitoba, Dave Merheje (comedy), Manicorn (comedy), Romo Roto, and more @ 913 Bathurst St., 10pm, pwyc.

Fidget (video release) @ Annex WreckRoom, 7pm, $5. Live performance at 9pm.

The Ambassadors @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, $5. 8-piece funk band.

Yesterday's Ring and Jo Snyder, w/ DJs Scott Wade & Betty B. @ Soybomb HQ, 10pm, $5. BYOB.

Voodoo Bunny (EP release) and Mass Assembly @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

Robert Hedge (7" release) w/ Ben Rough and Jacqueline Rendell @ C'est What, 9pm, $6.

* MV + EE w/ Layne Garrett, Michael Keith, and Ptarmigan @ Teranga, 9pm, $7. Matt Valentine & Erika Elder return to Toronto, playing with Doc Dunn and Mike Smith.

* TWM 52 feat. Amos the Transparent, The Love Machine, Rival Boys, and Michou @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $8. Amos just won themselves a $25,000 music prize.

Download: Amos the Transparent, "Lemons, aka BigFishLittlePond" (My, What Big Teeth You Have..., 2009).

Ben Stevenson & Band w/ Tanika Charles and Michael Rault, and DJ Eon Sinclair (Bedouin Soundclash) @ Sneaky Dee's, 8pm, $10. Followed by the Shadows of Motown dance party. Soul all night long.

Vaudeville Whores, Garaga, Jen Simpson, and The Shanks (CD release) @ Polish Combattants Hall, 6:30pm, $10. Includes CD. Polish buffet available from 8:30pm.

SUNDAY (15 nov)

Magnolia w/ Caitlin Burgess, Sweet Peas, and Duncan Davies @ C'est What, 8pm, free.

Kristin Mueller-Heaslip @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.

* Wavelength 489 feat. Young Flux, 'It It, and Vollmar, hosted by Doc Pickles, w/ visuals by General Chaos @ The Garrison, 9pm, pwyc ($5-10 sugg).

MONDAY (16 nov)

Elvis Mondays feat. Tommy & the Tall Girls, Gay, Pink Moth, and more @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, free. Free food, too.

TUESDAY (17 nov)

* The Rural Alberta Advantage (in-store) @ Soundscapes, 7pm, free. All ages. The RAA is the hottest Canadian band of 2009 according to this poll.

* Nu Music Nite 16th Anniversary Show feat. The Most Serene Republic, Still Life Still, and Zeus @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free. Yes! Free!

Download: Still Life Still, "Pastel" (Girls Come Too, 2009).
Download: Zeus, "I Know" (Something Awesome, 2009).

Allie Hughes, Brooke Manning, and Princess Century (Maya Postepski) @ The Cameron House, 9:30pm, pwyc.

Andrew Allen and Christina Maria @ Supermarket, 8:30pm, pwyc.

Honky Night feat. Drunk Woman, the Caraways, and GatesGatesGates @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9pm, $3?

Donlands & Mortimer (double set) @ C'est What, 9pm, $5.

Gildon Works and Ava Luna @ The Boat, 9pm, $5. Says Keith Hamilton: "Gildon Works is a danceable shoegaze rock outfit featuring members of Ted Leo/Parmacists hailing from Philladephia and decending on Toronto for their Canadian Debut. Ava Luna is an electro-punk soulful pop act like nothing I've really encountered while booking in the city. They are making their Toronto debut with this not to miss set."

WEDNESDAY (18 nov)

PWYC Weds feat. Arman's Frozen Peas, Garbageface, and The Alter Kakers @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.

Wednesdays Go Pop! feat. Revolvers, Parlour Steps, and Michael Bernard Fitzgerald @ Supermarket, 9pm, pwyc.

Koushik w/ Vowls, and DJs Tony Phatak and Joe Shampoo @ The Garrison, 9pm, $10 (adv tix avail.). Koushik will be doing a free in-store performance at Sonic Boom on Thursday, 7:30pm.

3 comments:

T.O. Snob said...

Keep up the great work Jen. I love what you're doing!

historyjen said...

Aw, shucks, thanks! nice to hear :-)

jefftheworld said...

Hey, I see my name on that there list.

This blog seems to be quite cool.

...not just because I was mentioned...