Sunday, December 21, 2014

Toronto concerts announced this week: St Vincent


  • Heat, Drake Underground, Jan 14
  • Alvin Risk, The Hoxton, Jan 22
  • Jmsn, Drake Underground, Feb 19
  • Glasvegas, Mod Club, Feb 22
  • St Vincent, Danforth Music Hall, Mar 4
  • Milo Greene, Horseshoe Tavern, Mar 8
  • Kalin & Myles, Mod Club, Mar 18
  • Ibeyi, Drake Underground, Mar 27
  • The Mowgli's, The Garrison, Apr 10
  • The Devil Wears Prada, Danforth Music Hall, Apr 13
  • Shlohmo, The Hoxton, Apr 16
  • Diana Krall, Massey Hall, May 22 & 23

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Playlist Of The Week: Christmas

We're rapidly approaching the arrival of Kris Kringle so a Christmas playlist is in order.  So here ya go.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Find: Divine Hammer

For those who like: '90s indie rock

Straight from way-off exotic Toronto comes Divine Hammer.  The quartet, named after The Breeders song, released their album The Dead Planet earlier this month.

Listen to "Dying Alone Never Sounded So Good" here:

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bethea: "Where Have You Gone?" (Christmas music)

Bethea is a Toronto-based singer/songwriter who has one EP under her belt.  She recently recorded and released what she dubs 'the unmerriest Christmas song ever'.

Listen to it here:

Best Of 2014: Songs

It's always tough to pick your favorite songs.  Much of what comes out on top depends on the mood you're in.  Here's my list, focusing on the tracks I've listened to this year the most frequently:

20. "Rimbaud Eyes" Dum Dum Girls
19. "The Devil Is All Around" Shovels & Rope
18. "Archie, Marry Me" Alvvays
17. "Love Me Like I'm Not Made of Stone" Lykke Li
16. "Keep Swinging (Downtown)" Sloan
15. "A Love Song To The City" Kalle Mattson
14. "Shit Shots Count" Drive-By Truckers
13. "You Bet Your Ass" Sallie Ford
12. "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You" The Hold Steady
11. "High Tonight" The Supersuckers
10. "Hey Mr. Grey" Bob Mould
9. "11:11" The Arkells
8. "Birth In Reverse" St Vincent
7. "Slow Show" Coeur de Pirate
6. "Trap Door" Stars
5. "Sexy Socialite" Chromeo
4. "Hot Tonight" Tokyo Police Club
3. "Digital Witness" St Vincent
2. "Brill Bruisers" New Pornographers
1. "Riptide" Vance Joy

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Best of 2014: Canadian Albums

It's a mix of newcomers and usual suspects who top my list of Best Canadian Albums for 2014.  I recommend you check out all of these if you haven't already:

20 Alvvays Alvvays
19 Prairie Cat Who Knows Where To Begin?
18 Death From Above 1979 The Physical World
17 Frazey Ford Indian Ocean
16 Rival Boys Animal Instincts
15 Sloan Commonwealth
14 Steve Adamyk Band Dial Tone
13 New Pornographers Brill Bruisers
12 Tokyo Police Club Forcefield
11 PS I Love You For Those Who Stay
10 Stars No One Is Lost
9 Timber Timbre Hot Dreams
8 Kalle Mattson Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold
7 Shawn William Clarke William
6 Emily & the Mainlanders Landlines
5 Arkells High Noon
4 Coeur de Pirate Trauma
3 catl. This Shakin' House
2 Dinner Belles The River and The Willow
1 The Balconies Fast Motions

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Albums to look forward to in 2015

With nothing coming out for the rest of the year, it's a good time to look forward to what we can expect in 2015.

Jan 13

  • Dan Mangan + Blacksmith
  • Panda Bear
  • Justin Townes Earle


Jan 20

  • Belle & Sebastian
  • The Decemberists
  • Hanni El Khatib
  • Marilyn Manson
  • The Sidekicks
  • Sleater-Kinney
  • The Waterboys


Monday, December 15, 2014

The Hold Steady @ The Horseshoe, Dec 12 (live review)

Craig Finn - Dec 12
In celebration of the Horseshoe Tavern's 67th birthday, The Hold Steady pulled in for a four night stand at the intimate venue.

The jam-packed club erupted when Craig Finn (fitted with a bright blue tie that read 'Happy Birthday') and crew rushed the stage.  After a few hellos they tore through a handful of blistering guitar rock tunes from Teeth Dreams, the band's latest studio album.

This week in Toronto concerts: Bleachers, Alvvays, The Rural Alberta Advantage

We're coming to the Christmas break, so live music is slowing down in the city.  However, The Rural Alberta Advantage play Danforth Music Hall on Thursday.  '80s throwback Bleachers play The Phoenix on Friday.  Saturday will see break-out band Alvvays play the Opera House.

...also this week:
  • Home Alone, Dec 15
  • Adrien Belew, Dec 17
  • Big Data, Dec 17
  • Lemuria, Dec 17
  • The Birthday Massacre, Dec 18
  • The Glorious Sons, Dec 18
  • Jhene Aiko, Dec 18
  • Blue Hawaii, Dec 19
  • Chrystalyne, Dec 19
  • Holly Springs Disaster, Dec 19 & 20
  • Roch Voisine, Dec 19
  • Zed's Dead, Dec 20
  • July Talk, Dec 20
  • Opeth, Dec 21
  • Sebastian Bach, Dec 21

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Toronto concerts announced this week: Sleater-Kinney, Ani Difranco, Will Butler


  • G-Easy, Danforth Music Hall, Jan 13
  • Lia Ices, Drake Underground, Jan 17
  • Slim Twig, Silver Dollar, Jan 17
  • Andrew Austin, Horseshoe Tavern, Jan 28
  • Ani Difranco, Danforth Music Hall, Feb 2
  • Julian Taylor, Horseshoe Tavern, Feb 14
  • Lettuce, Danforth Music Hall, Feb 21
  • Sleater-Kinney, Sound Academy, Mar 2
  • Catfish & the Bottlemen, The Garrison, Mar 3
  • The Elwins, The Hoxton, Mar 8
  • Craft Spells, Hard Luck Bar, Mar 17
  • Tobias Jesso Junior, Drake Underground, Mar 22
  • Andrew Jackson Jihad, Lee's Palace, Mar 24
  • Bo Burnham, Danforth Music Hall, Mar 25
  • Coal Chamber, Opera House, Mar 26
  • George Ezra, Danforth Music Hall, Mar 27
  • Will Butler, Horseshoe Tavern, Mar 27
  • Title Fight, The Phoenix, Apr 1
  • Jesse Ware, Danforth Music Hall, Apr 4
  • Reverend Horton Heat, The Phoenix, Jun 5
  • Vans Warped Tour, Molson Ampitheatre, Jul 17