Sunday, November 23, 2014

Toronto concerts announced this week: Foo Fighters, Decemberists, Ride

  • Destructo, The Hoxton, Jan 16
  • Ting Tings, Mod Club, Jan 19
  • Marilyn Manson, Sound Academy, Feb 2
  • The Districts, Horseshoe Tavern, Feb 18
  • Break Scene, Danforth Music Hall, Feb 21
  • Hundred Waters, Lee's Palace, Feb 26
  • The Dodos, Horseshoe Tavern, Mar 3
  • The Decemberists w Alvvays, Massey Hall, Mar 30
  • Damien Rice, Massey Hall, Apr 11
  • Six Organs of Admittance, Horseshoe Tavern, May 4
  • Ride, Danforth Music Hall, Jun 2
  • Foo Fighters, Molson Ampitheatre, Jul 9

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Playlist Of The Week: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

In honour of this week's slush-fest, here's some songs by 'snow' artists to pour salt in our collective open wounds.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Find: Menage

For those who like: Band Of Horses

What would it sound like if Dave Pirner hooked up with Lucinda Williams to start playing power pop?  I'm glad you asked.  It would possible sound like Toronto's Menage.

Watch "Love Song" here:

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lyon: "Cut Me Loose"

Much-hyped Toronto electronic artist Lyon is giving away a new single.  She's keeping her momentum flowing with "Cut Me Loose".

Listen to/grab it here:

TV On The Radio: "Seeds" (album review)

Some of the greatest works of art come out of loss.  The flood of emotion can inspire artists, particularly musicians, to reach new heights.  That's the hope many had when TV On The Radio announced that they would be releases Seeds, their first album of new material since band member Gerard Smith succumbed to lung cancer three years ago.

Alas, sometimes tragic loss results in leaving those closest to the deceased to be set adrift.  That's really what has happened with the new record.

A hazy veil is cast over much of the record, as though the band don't know how to proceed and simply retreat to what they know best.  As a result there is a startling lack of emotion on the record.

Kinnie Starr: "Save Our Waters" (video)

Veteran Canadian singer Kinnie Starr has a new video.  It's the political statement "Save Our Waters".  It's worth watching even if I don't agree with it in the slightest.

Watch it here:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Little Foot Long Foot: "Woman"

Toronto power trio Little Foot Long Foot have just dropped a new EP, Woman.  The band have been kicking ass with soundtrack placements and are poised to blow the doors wide open.

Listen to it here:

Little Foot Long Foot play a CD release show at Cherry Cola's in Toronto on December 6th.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

This week in Toronto concerts: Lucinda Williams, Interpol, Johnny Marr, Bob Dylan

It waits to be seen whether Bob Dylan can atone for his nearly-universally panned last Toronto gig tonight and tomorrow at the Sony Centre.    Interpol tackles the Kool Haus on Tuesday.  The Smith guitarist Johnny Marr hits the Danforth Music Hall on Thursday to promote his solo album.  That same night Lucinda Williams is at Massey Hall.

...also this week:
  • Tei Shi, Nov 17
  • USS, Nov 17
  • Anberlin, Nov 18
  • DD Dumbo, Nov 18
  • Electric Youth, Nov 18
  • He Is Legend, Nov 18
  • A$ap Ferg, Nov 19
  • Dream Police, Nov 19
  • Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Nov 19
  • Nils Frahm, Nov 19
  • Alyssa Reid, Nov 20
  • Hank & Cupcakes, Nov 20
  • Jenn Grant, Nov 20
  • Kira Isabelle, Nov 20
  • Bear's Den, Nov 21
  • The Blind Shake, Nov 21
  • Buck 65, Nov 21
  • Julian Casablancas, Nov 21
  • Les Sins, Nov 21
  • Moist, Nov 22
  • New Politics, Nov 22
  • Sick Of It All, Nov 22
  • The Oh Sees, Nov 22

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Toronto concerts announced this week: New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Gang Of Four

  • The Main Squeeze, Horseshoe Tavern, Dec 3
  • Common, Kool Haus, Dec 11
  • Four Year Strong, Opera House, Jan 8
  • The Devil Makes Three w. Joe Pug, Opera House, Jan 14
  • Zola Jesus, Drake Underground, Jan 22
  • Machine Head, The Phoenix, Feb 2
  • Spandau Ballet, Massey Hall, Feb 3
  • New Pornographers, Danforth Music Hall, Feb 4
  • Black Veil Brides, Danforth Music Hall, Feb 15
  • Swans, The Phoenix, Feb 20
  • Cannibal Corpse, The Phoenix, Feb 24
  • Bryan Adams, Air Canada Centre, Feb 28
  • Gang Of Four, Lee's Palace, Mar 9
  • Taking Back Sunday, Danforth Music Hall, Mar 13
  • OK Go, The Phoenix, Apr 7
  • Jose Gonzalez, The Phoenix, Apr 13