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

You guys, Winter Is Coming!
Full steam ahead with the clocks turned back and everything!
But don’t let it get you completely down – there are a bunch of amazing shows coming up in Toronto that should give you plenty of reasons to enjoy yourselves this week:

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Who: St. Paul & the Broken Bones
When: Tuesday, November 4
Why: Because this man can soul. Trust me.
Where: Horseshoe Tavern

Who: Bahamas
When: Wednesday, November 5
Why: Because all of the feels.
Where: Danforth Music Hall

Who: Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express
When: Sunday, November 9
Why: Because this guy is a legend.
Where: Horseshoe Tavern

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

Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill

Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill/Matador Records

We’re getting our A game on and slowly preparing for the exciting times ahead that is NXNE. And what better way to do that than by checking out the following shows this week:

Who: Kurt Vile & The Violators with Steve Gunn
When: Wednesday, May 28
Why: Because Kurt Vile is god.
Where: Phoenix Concert Theatre

Who: Jack Johnson with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
When: Wednesday, May 28
Why: Because who doesnt want to re-live their youth? Also, probably one of the first outdoor shows of the summer and if that’s not an awesome enough excuse!
Where: Molson Amphitheatre

Who: The Courtneys
When: Friday, May 30
Why: Because Vancouver rock babes represent!
Where: Silver Dollar

CURRENTLY ON REPEAT| Parquet Courts ‘Sunbathing Animal’

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Photo credit: Jacob Daneman

Oh god, yes. NPR  just gave us the greatest gift of all; a ‘First Listen’ of Parquet Courts‘ latest album – a week ahead of its June 3rd release.

We’ve only had our hands on this stream for just over a day, but can confidently predict it’ll be an album of the year contender.

You can check it out here. 

Parquet Courts play Toronto June 8.

BEST of SXSW 2014: The Parties

During the month of March, there is actually nothing better than spending your days soaking up the rays with a beer in one hand, a taco in the other, and a great band – or two thousand – providing the soundtrack. Which is why SXSW is the best thing on earth.
Aside from the official night showcases, SXSW also plays hosts to hundreds of day parties. Some of them we were lucky enough to attend. Here are our favourites from SXSW 2014:

American Songwriter’s Billy Reid + Weather Up Austin Shindig
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Not ones to disappoint, the folks behind American Songwriter always have one of the best line-ups of any day party at SXSW. This year, the 2-day party held in East Austin featured acts that included Robert Ellis, Jessica Lea Mayfield, St. Paul and the Broken Bones and Kurt Vile. This year’s East Austin location also provided for a nice tranquil place to relax at.

Pitchfork
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To be honest, we probably wouldn’t have cared if no bands showed up because having a party at the beautiful French Legation is more than enough. Extra bonus that Pitchfork decided to hold their party there. So you know it’s guaranteed good bands. Standout performances included Eagulls, Future Islands, and Fucked Up.

Rachael Ray Feedback House
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Rachael Ray’s Feedback House never ever disappoints and it’s one of the parties we love the most and attend religiously. This year, Rachael did one better and booked our favourite band of forever (ok, as of a year ago), Diarrhea Planet, to play. Minds exploded.

Spin at Stubb’s
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Another annual tradition, the Spin Magazine party at Stubb’s is another personal favourite. The bands that are booked plus the people who attend lend the party one of the greatest vibe of the festival. The performance put on by Against Me! at the party was probably one of the most punk/badass/memorable performances we saw at SXSW this year. Oh and we’re still trying to get our hearing back from the awesome Orwells set.

Spotify House
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Yet another great party with another great line-up (noticing a pattern? good bands = best parties); we were completely blown away by St. Paul and the Broken Bones performance. A SXSW 2014 favourite! Also kudos to the folks at Spotify House for the delicious drinks and snacks and an interactive component that made it that much more entertaining waiting between sets.

 

 

 

 

 

SXSW Top Picks For Thursday, March 13

Our top SXSW picks for Thursday, March 13:

When: 12pm
Who: The Felice Brothers
What: American Songwriter’s Billy Reid + Weather Up Party
Where: 1808 E Cesar Chavez Street

When: 2:30pm
Who: Kurt Vile
What: American Songwriter’s Billy Reid + Weather Up party
Where: 1808 E Cesar Chavez Street

When: 4pm
Who: Bad Lovers
What: Texas Rock n Roll Massacre
Where: Spider House

When: 5:20pm
Who: Robert Ellis
What: American Songwriter’s Billy Reid + Weather Up party
Where: 1808 E Cesar Chavez Street

NIGHT SHOWS

When: 9:15pm
Who: Jamestown Revival
Where: Red Eyed Fly

When: 10pm
Who: Tijuana Panthers
Where: Red 7 Patio

When: 11pm
Who: Gruff Rhys
What/Where: St. David’s Historic Sanctuary

When: 12:30am
Who: Real Estate
Where: Bar 96

When: 1am
Who: Black Lips
Where: The Main

ABC’s of SXSW 2014

The countdown is on to the most magical time of the year!  We’re blowing off the blizzard and heading south for  the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. With over 2000 bands+ playing the festival this year, we took a crack at the list and managed to narrow down the list of bands we’re super excited on seeing to a somewhat more manageable number of 90…  Here are our top choices; from A to Z.

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The Abigails
Ages and Ages
Agnes Obel
Angel Olsen
The Apache Relay
The Bad Lovers
Bear Hands
Bear’s Den
The Belle Brigade
The Black Angels
The Black Lips
Blondie
Brass Bed
Broncho
California Wives
Cashmere Cat
Charli XCX
Chet Faker
Cody Chesnutt
Creative Adult
Dead Ghosts
Dirty Fences
Dum Dum Girls
DZ Deathrays
Eagulls
The Echo Friendly
Empress Of
The Felice Brothers
Future Islands
Gap Dream
Gruff Rhys
Habibi
Happy Jawbone Family Band
Hey Marseilles
Heymoonshaker
High Highs
The Hold Steady
Hurray for the Riff Raff
In The Valley Below
Jamestown Revival
Jonny Fritz
Kelley Stoltz
Kendrick Lamar
Kiev
The Kooks
Kurt Vile
Leopold and His Fiction
London Grammar
Lucius
Merchandise
Moses Sumney
The Mowgli’s
Mutual Benefit
Natural Child
The Neighbourhood
Oberhofer
Octopus Project
The Orwells
Parquet Courts
Perfect Pussy
Public Service Broadcasting
Quiet Company
Quiet Kids
Quilt
Rathborne
Real Estate
Reuben and The Dark
Rhett Miller
Robert Ellis
Royal Teeth
Shakey Graves
Silent Comedy
The So So Glos
The Sour Notes
Spanish Gold
St. Paul and the Broken Bones
St. Vincent
Twin Forks
Ume
Vance Joy
Warm Soda
Warpaint
Washed Out
The Wild Feathers
The Wytches
Yellow Ostrich
The Yolks
Zeds Dead

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

Happy American Thanksgiving week, y’all! While us poor Torontonians are getting none of the extended long weekend, and just all of the gravy, here are some of the things happening in the city to make our week great, regardless!

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Who: Shannon and the Clams
with Milk Lines and Chico No Face
When: Monday, November 25, 2013
Why: start your week off right with this Oakland-based trio of 60s inspired garage rockers. Trust. And thank us later.
Where: Silver Dollar

Who: Cults
with Sacco and Mood Rings
When: Monday, November 25, 2013
Why: Girl crush on lead singer Madeline Follin aside, check out this duo and their roster of angsty yet sweet indie rock.
Where: Lee’s Palace

Who: Rituals
with The Ooohh Baby Gimme Mores and Fresh Snow
When: Friday, November 29, 2013
Why: Shhhhh. Don’t tell anybody, but this Toronto-based fuzz trio may be our favourite local band… oh heck, tell everybody. And come to their show, too!
Where: Steam Whistle Brewery

Who: The Hives
When: Sunday, December 1, 2013
Why: Not gonna lie, used to get confused between The Hives vs The Vines all the time. Both bands came out around the time we started being able to get into 19+ shows (helloooooo fake id that finally worked!) and brings back so much nostalgia. The good kind. So why not relive the mid 2000s and go check them out!
Where: The Phoenix Concert Theatre

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

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This lovely Autumn season just keeps on giving! We kinda have to clone ourselves this  Tuesday for two incredible shows, then figure out how to survive them to check out some other goodies the remainder of the week.
Here’s who we are losing our minds over seeing this week!

Who: The Growlers
When: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Why: Because it’s The Growlers OMFG!!!! Plus a whole load of Burger Records bands to ensure you get your money’s worth!
Where: Lee’s Palace
Set times:  7pm – Doors, 8pm – Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs, 8:35 – Pangea, 9:20 – Gap Dream, 10:05 – Cosmonauts, 11pm – The Growlers

Who: Action Bronson and Danny Brown
When: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Why: This.show.is.going.to.be. LEGENDARY! We’re keeping our fingers crossed that our internet boyfriend Danny Brown will FINALLY be let into Canada. He appears to have all his paperwork in place, but we won’t be able to breathe until he’s 100 percent on Toronto soil. Cue his Twitter refresh now.
Where: Danforth Music Hall
Set times: 7pm – Doors, 8pm- Trash Talk, 9pm – Action Bronson, 10:30pm – Danny Brown

Who: Kid Cudi
When: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Why: Because we are still crushing on him from his role in How to Make it in America. And his music is ok, too, we guess. *wink*
Where: Air Canada Centre

Who: Hanni El Khatib with Bass Drum of Death
When: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Why: Because Hanni’s eclectic tunes that are part blues/garage rock/rock/folk/doo wop/etc will not disappoint. Come check it out. It’s some amazing stuff. We cross our hearts.
Where: Horseshoe Tavern

CURRENTLY ON REPEAT| The Growlers ‘Humdrum Blues’

 

Photo credit: Taylor Bonin

Photo credit: Taylor Bonin

 

Yeah yeah yeah, we’re a little bit obsessed with The Growlers around here. But how can you not be? They make the most epic music around and their live shows leave you feeling seriously euphoric.
The band is releasing their new EP Guilded Pleasures this November, but have already made the album available for purchase to those seeing them on their current tour. They play Toronto October 1. Rest of the tour dates are here.

Check out their latest single Humdrum Blues here.
See you at the show!