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Music, Books, Art

MUST SEE IN THE CITY | This Week’s Toronto Concerts Not To Miss Out On

With festival season just around the corner (*cue shrieks of joy here*), take advantage of this forecasted rainy week by checking out these bands at some of your favourite indoor bars and venues:
Who: Butch Walker and Jonathan Tyler
When: Tuesday, May 26
Where: Mod Club
Who: Constantines and Chad VanGaalen
When: Wednesday, May 27
Where: Massey Hall

Who: Sebadoh
When: Wednesday, May 27
Where: Lee’s Palace


Mikal Cronin Performs on Conan / New Album Out Today


We’ve been counting down to Mikal Cronin’s latest, MCIII, for months, and now that we’ve listened, the verdict is in: it is never leaving our record player.

Mikal was on Conan last night to promote the album and perform “Turn Around”. So many swoons:




SXSW Best Bets for Saturday, March 21, 2015


What do you mean it’s almost over?! But we just got here!…
Here are the bands we’ll be checking out to make the most of our last night at SXSW:

Time: 10am – 4pm
What: Rachael Ray’s Feedback
Who: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Raekwon, Delta Spirit, Cody Simpson, Jeff the Brotherhood, Surfer Blood, The Districts, The Cringe, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Reptar, Bob Schneider, Hippo Campus, Banditos
Where: Stubb’s

Time: 12 – NOON
What: Axe White Label Collective party
Who: John Legend, YG, ASTR, Lolawolf, James Davis
Where: Cheer Up Charlie’s

Time: 8pm
Who: Fantastic Negrito
Where: Lucky Lounge (209 W 5th St)

Time: 9:30pm
Who: Joey Bada$$
Where: ACL Live at the Moody Theater (310 W 2nd St)

Time: 10pm
Who: Turbo Fruits
Where: Parish (214C E 6th St)

Time: 11pm
Who: Warm Soda
Where:  Hotel Vegas Patio (1500 E 6th St)

Time: 12am
Who: Gap Dream
Where: Hotel Vegas + The Volstead (1500 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702)

SXSW Best Bets for Friday, March 20, 2015

spin at stubbs
SPIN magazine continues to consistently throw the best party around with their annual SPIN at Stubb’s fete. Details below and aside from the aforementioned, here’s what else is worth checking on Friday, March 20, 2015:
Time: 12pm
What: SPIN at Stubb’s
Who: Main Stage
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. VietCong
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Kate Boy
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Earl Sweatshirt
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Twin Shadow
4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Run The Jewels
North Stage
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. METZ
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Screaming Females
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Will Butler
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Courtney Barnett
Where: Stubb’s
Time: 7:30pm
Who: The Mogwlis
Where: #RepublicSX Compound (907 S. Congress Ave, Austin, Texas 78704)


Time: 8pm
Who: Grounders
Where: Friends (208 E 6th St)

Time: 9pm
Who: Turbo Fruits
Where: Lucky Lounge (209 W 5th St)

Time: 10pm
Who: Jamestown Revival
Where: The Gatsby (708 E 6th St)

Time: 11pm
Who: Houndmouth
Where: The Gatsby (708 E 6th St)

Time: 12:05am
Who: Thee Oh Sees
Where: Hotel Vegas Patio (1500 E 6th St)

SXSW Best Bets for Thursday, March 19, 2015


So many choices and not enough clones of you for the best SXSW showcases and parties for Thursday, March 19, 2015:

Time: 12pm
Who: Natalie Prass
What: Consequence of Sound Party at Hype Hotel
Where: Hype Hotel (1100 E 5th St)

Time: 1:45pm
Who: Pujol
What: Culture Collide + RedLight Management Showcase
Where: Container Bar (90 Rainey St)

Time: 3pm
Who: Chuck Prophet
Where: Broken Spoke (3201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704)

Time: 4pm
What: Rachael Ray’s Feedback House
Who: 4-4:30 PM Caleb Caudle
5-5:30 PM Pine Barons
6-6:30 PM Hollis Brown
7-7:30 PM Walking Shapes
8-8:30 PM Broncho
9-9:30 PM Jared & The Mill
Where: The Feedback House at 1102 East Cesar Chavez Street

Time: 5pm
Who: Iceage
What: DOxPBR (DoStuff & Pabst Blue Ribbon)
Where: Historic Scoot Inn (1308 E 4th St, Austin, TX)

Time: 6pm
Who: Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah
What: The Fader Fort
Where: Fader Fort (1101 E 5th St)

Time: 7:05pm
Who: ILoveMakonnen
What: YouTube party
Where:  504 Trinity St

Time: 8pm
Who: Family of the Year
Where: ACL Live at the Moody Theater (310 W 2nd St)

Time: 9pm
Who: Wild Ones
Where: Central Presbyterian Church (200 E 8th St)

Time: 10pm
Who: Alvvays
Where: Cheer Up Charlie’s (900 Red River St)

Time: 11pm
Who: King Tuff
Where: Cedar Street Courtyard (208 W 4th St)

Time: 12am
Who: Courtney Barnett
Where: Cedar Street Courtyard (208 W 4th St)

SXSW Best Bets for Wednesday, March 18, 2015

twin peaks

A list of our favourite showcasing SXSW bands and parties for Wednesday, March 18, 2015:

Time: 2:30pm
Who: Leon Bridges
What: Spotify House
Where: The Spotify House (901 E. 6th Street, Austin, Texas,78702)


Time: 3:30pm
Who: Houndsmouth
What: Spotify House
Where: The Spotify House (901 E. 6th Street, Austin, Texas,78702)

Time: 4pm
What: Splendour in the Grass and The Falls Festival
Where: Holy Mountain (617 E 7th St)

Time: 5pm
Who: Delta Spirit
What: CouchTrippin’ 2015
Where: Container Bar (90 Rainey St)

Time: 6pm
Who: Moon Duo
What: Levitation France
Where: French Legation (802 San Marcos St Austin , TX 78702)

Time: 7pm
Who: Twin Shadow
What: Tumblr IRL
Where: Ironwood Hall (505 E 7th St)

Time: 9pm
Who: Natural Child
Where: Trinity Hall @ Old School (401 E 6th St)

Time: 10pm
Where: Mohawk Outdoor (912 Red River St)

Time: 11pm
Who: Twin Peaks
Where: Cheer Up Charlie’s (900 Red River St)

Time: 12am
Who: Chastity Belt
Where: 720 Club Patio (720 Red River St (8th St Entrance))

Time: 1am
Who: Diarrhea Planet
Where: Trinity Hall @ Old School (401 E 6th St)

ABC’s of SXSW 2015

Our favourite time of year is here again! The Music portion of SXSW officially starts next week, March 17.  As is tradition, we’ve combed through the thousands of bands playing Austin this year to give you our very favourites – from A all the way down to Z.

Action Bronson






Angel Olsen
Bad Cop
Best Coast
Chastity Belt
Chuck Prophet
Cody Brooks

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Courtney Barnett
Delta Spirit
Diarrhea Planet
Earl Sweatshirt
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Family of the Year
Frank Turner
Future Islands






Hey Marseilles
Jacco Gardner
Jamestown Revival
JEFF the Brotherhood
King Tuff
Leon Bridges







Natural Child
The Octopus Project
Palma Violets
Quiet Kids
Real Estate
Shakey Graves
Turbo Fruits
Twin Peaks
Until The Ribbon Breaks
Viet Cong
The War on Drugs
X Ambassadors
The Yolks
The Zombies





MUST SEE IN THE CITY | This Week’s Toronto Concerts Not To Miss Out On

Now that Toronto is out of the negative double digit weather, we are all up for turning off the netflix, coming out of hibernation and hitting the town for some great concerts. And what a week it is for great shows in Toronto! Here are our favourites:

Who: Sleater-Kinney
When: Monday, March 2
Why: All bow down to the rock goddesses that are Sleater-Kinney and one of the most anticipated reunions ever!
Where: Sound Academy

Who: St. Vincent
When: Tuesday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4
Why: Because it’s yet another goddess gracing Toronto this week. Although both shows appear to be sold out, check Collective Concerts’ social media, since there *might* be some tickets released day of.
Where: The Danforth Music Hall

Who: Moon Duo
When: Thursday, March 5
Why: Guaranteed psychedelic fun
Where: Silver Dollar

Field Trip Announces 2015 Lineup

You guys! With today’s Field Trip announcement, it feels like Summer is just around the corner! (fingers crossed).

The festival, taking place on June 6 and 7 at the beautiful Fort York and Garrison Commons, has unveiled the following A++ lineup:


In addition to some of the best music, the festival will continue to expand its theme of community and discovery by also exploring some of this city’s finest culinary, art, photography, technology, and fashion.

Tickets on sale February 6. See you there!