Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Indie Music 103 (19-25 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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Since last Thursday I've seen the Diableros, Brian Borcherdt, Hooded Fang, the Wooden Sky, the Love Machine, Amos the Transparent, and the Rural Alberta Advantage. Not a bad outing, if I do say so myself. I also had one free beer, one free shot, one free CD. And I bought 2 band t-shirts. So there you go.

There are a few free in-store performances this week. My plans include the sold out RAA show on Friday, Two Hours Traffic on Saturday (LOVE), and Parlovr at Wavelength on Sunday. Lots more great options, of course.

The 416 Toronto Creative Improvisers Festival is on at the Tranzac this weekend. Ladyfest Toronto and International Pop Overthrow get started next week.

THURSDAY (19 nov)

Koushik (live, in-store) @ Sonic Boom, 7:30pm, free. All ages.

Crookedhook and Permanent Bastards @ Arbor Room, Hart House (U of T), 8pm, free.

Patrick Brealey w/ The Crooked Brothers @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9:30pm, pwyc?

Inyrdisk Showcase feat. Ghostlight, Huelepega Sound System, Cave Dudes, and Glass Tomb, w/ DJ Craig Dunsmuir @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Endcast and The Womb @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5. "Night of Terror- bands in the front horror movies in the back- 'METAL "CHICK" NIGHT' girls in metal shirts get in for FREE."

* The Strumbellas w/ The Sure Things @ C'est What, 9pm, $6. (Or come w/ a friend, and cover is $3 each.)

Groovetastic Entertertainment presents Intensive Groove feat. Other People's Friends, Alphabot, Intensive Care (CD release), Edgewater Hotel, and Broken Telephone @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7.

Download: Intensive Care, "Tales Of Sarah Jane, The Golden Horse" (Fairytales From The Island, 2009).

* Entire Cities (vinyl release), Dr. Ew (Drew from the Bicycles), and Tonka & Puma (members of Hooded Fang) @ The Garrison, 9pm, $?

Download: Entire Cities, "Talkers" (Deep River, 2008).

* Quest For Fire, Jeff The Brotherhood, Sports (members of Ladyhawk), and Songs From A Room @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $8.

Jason Bajada w/ MJ Cyr @ The Rivoli, 8pm, $8.

FRIDAY (20 nov)

Katie Stelmanis @ Toronto Public Library (Bloor/Gladstone Branch), 8pm, free.

You Say Party! We Say Die! (acoustic, in-store) @ Criminal Records, 8pm, free. All ages. Later that night, YSP!WSD! are playing at the Phoenix w/ Think About Life and Little Girls.

Download: You Say Party! We Say Die!, "Laura Palmer's Prom" (XXXX, 2009).

Steve Gleason w/ Anthony D'Amato (Cdn debut) @ Free Times Cafe, 9pmpm, pwyc.

Download: Anthony D'Amato, "Hank Williams Tune" (Shades of the Prison House, 2009).

wordPEOPLE w/ Christian Bridges, hosted by Mark Harris @ Vapor Central, 10:30 (start time).

Sweatshop Hop Residency feat. Sweatshop Hop w/ Scott Bouwmeester (from Wilderness of Manitoba), Inessa & Alanna (comedy), and John & Jenna @ Concord Cafe, 10pm.

Flashlight Radio @ The Dakota Tavern, 8pm (start time), $5.

Street Fever, The Zolas, and Hotel Royal @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $5.

The Royal Crowns @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5.

Cut Throat Kids, Killing for Friday, This is an Empire, w/ DJ Vania @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

The Cosmic Eyes w/ Witchways West and Ida Maidstone (from The O Darling) @ Smiling Buddha, 9pm, $5.

Farewell Cool Reason, This Is An Empire, Currents, and You Yourselves @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

The Black Rainbows, The Protozoans, and Picturesound @ The Silver Dollar Room, 10:30pm, $5.

Broadcast Zero, The Daily Times, Permanent Bastards, and Sick Error @ Hard Luck (812 Dundas St. W.), 8pm, $5. All ages.

Hostage Life (final show), City Sweethearts (7" release), and The Little Millionaires @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.

Survival Club (new party) w/ The Magic (live), and DJs Mikey Apples, DMT, DJ LP (of Corpusse), visuals by Liquid Hands @ Wrongbar, 10pm, $5 (before midnight). The Magic is awesome.

TWM presents Ginger & Irene, Tin Star Orphans (ex-Yonder), and Slides @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.

Download: Tin Star Orphans, "Slack-Jaw" (Yonder, 2009).

Native (Indiana), Whiskey Priest (final show), Creeper, The Love & Terror Cult, and Windows 95 @ Siesta Nouveaux (15 Lower Sherbourne), 8pm, $5-$10. All ages.

Alright Alright, Cartoons @ Rearview Mirror, 9pm, $tba.

* The Framework, The Paint Movement, The Jing Bang Show, and Young Empires @ El Mocambo, 9pm, $10.

* By Divine Right Record Release / Hand Drawn Dracula Anniversary Party feat. By Divine Right, The Tight Ship (double CD Release), and The Darlings @ The Garrison, 9pm, $tba.

SATURDAY (21 nov)

* Lullabye Arkestra (in-store) @ Sonic Boom, 7pm, free. All ages. "We kindly suggest you bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank and a $2 donation to get one of our kickass posters!!! All proceeds go to the Friends for Life Bike Rally."

Chris Cogburn, Bonnie Jones, Liz Tonne, and guests @ Heartbeat (960 Queen St. W.), 8pm, pwyc.

Lovely Picnic 002 feat. Likewise Vultures, Tonka & Puma,a nd Orang Pendek @ The White House (377 Landsdowne Ave.), 8pm, $5/pwyc. "Lovely Picnic is a bi-monthly concert series focused on creating an inclusive and accessible environment for new bands, musicians and artists. Less performance and more dialogue; show and tell with a friendly, receptive audience. For LP 002 we'll be adding free food (and maybe some hot beverages) into the mix. Also, some of the bands will be playing in the garage outside the house -- so come hungry and dress in layers!"

Taisuke, We're For Barton, Joanna, Scrap Gold, The Donefors, and Ryan Karam @ Duffy's Tavern, 9pm, pwyc.

* The Wilderness of Manitoba w/ VIVIV (Ken Reaume) @ Holy Oak Cafe, 9pm, pwyc.

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

The Silt @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.

Alistair Christl & Big Ass Cracker @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5?

Ash Lee Blade (CD release) @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.

The Big Go-Go!Go! Show! Featuring: The Boojies, Luau Or Die, and The Sisters of Mersey @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, $5.

Earthroots Fundraiser show feat. Mantler (feat. members of Steamboat), Emilie Mover, and DJ Scott Cudmore (Bring it on Home) @ The Magpie Tavern, 9pm, $5.

* TMW 53 feat. Pick A Piper, Corduroy, and Ace Kinkaid @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.

Peter James Project and Ashley @ Neu+ral, 9pm, $7.

* Bonjay (live, EP release), Poirier, and Valeo @ Teranga, 9pm, $8.

* Two Hours Traffic, Sports: The Band, and The Darcys @ The Garrison, 9pm, $10 (adv, $12 door). All ages.

The Hots (final show) @ The Mod Club, 11pm (set time), $10. But email to get on the guestlist and get in for free... as long as you're there before by the time the band starts.

Sheena Grobb w/ Allison Lickley, Zoe Sky Jordan, and Colleen Dauncey @ C'est What, 9pm, $10.

* Bit Your Tongue 2 feat. Lucky Dragons, Corpusse, Nif D, Feuermusik, Castlemusic @ The Centre Of Gravity, 1300 Gerrard E, 9pm, $10 (adv. tix only).

SUNDAY (22 nov)

Magnolia w/ Carlie Howell Avec Band @ C'est What, 8pm, free.

* Wavelength 490 feat. Parlovr, Provincial Parks, and Young Mother (debut), hosted by Dic Pickles, and w/ visuals by General Chaos @ The Garrison, 9pm, pwyc ($5-$10 suggested).

Download: Parlovr, "Pen to the Paper" (Parlovr, 2009).

Gather Round feat. Hamilton Trading Co @ The Boat, 9pm, pwyc.

Young Doctors in Love, All My Hocus Pocus, Jennifer LFO, Gay, and Tommy and the Tall Girls @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.

MONDAY (23 nov)

Elvis Mondays feat. Whale Tooth, Chinawoman, Nadia, The Stormalongs, Steve Prickett, and The People of Canada @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, free.

TUESDAY (24 nov)

Nu Music Nite feat. Deadly Hopefuls, Future History, Blackie Jackett Jr., and The Royal Ascots @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.

The Pink & Black Attack presents The Class Assassins and Detroit @ The Bovine, 9pm, free.

Donlands & Mortimer w/ Yuka @ C'est What, 9pm, $5.

WEDNESDAY (25 nov)

* Malajube (in-store) @ Sonic Boom, 7pm, free. All ages. "We kindly suggest you bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank and a $2 donation to get one of our kickass posters!!! All proceeds go to the Friends for Life Bike Rally."

Download: Malajube, "Porte disparu" (Labyrinthes, 2009).

Maylee Todd w/ Andrew Scott and guests @ The Red Light (1185 Dundas St. W.), 10pm.

Ladyfest Toronto 2009 Launch Party hosted by Elisha Lim, feat. music by Nolan Natasha, Airheart, Sarah Mangle, plus spoken word, films, and burlesque @ The Gladstone Hotel, 7pm, free. "We will be accepting donations of non-perishables for the food bank at Ernestine's Women's Shelter at all Ladyfest Events this year."

* Ian Blurton w/ Huron @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $7.

PWYC Weds feat. the Thundermonks, A.M., and Field Assembly @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.

Old World Vulture, Elk @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.

Daniel Greer, Thelonious Bajcar, Amnesiac Jack, and Matt Noris @ The Rearview Mirror, 9pm, $5.

Worldly Savages, Extinct or Alive, The Blind Cats, and Ola Roks @ The Poor Alex (772A Dundas St. W.), 9pm, $7.

International Pop Overthrow feat. Cut Throat Kids (8pm), Alright Alright (8:30pm), Terribly Empty Pockets (9pm), Calling Wendy (9:30pm), Jane’s Party (10pm), Ramona (10:30pm), and See Spot Run (11pm) @ The Rivoli, 7pm, $10.

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