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Live music picks for WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 2 through TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 8, 2009
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 2 / MOTORHEAD / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON ST / $39 / 19+
To many it seems like MOTORHEAD might outlast rock n' roll itself; iconic frontman Lemmy simply won't stop recording and touring, having kept up at a blistering pace since the group's inception in 1975 and penning some of hard rock's greatest songs, including "Ace Of Spades".
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 2 / KARDINAL OFFISHALL / BANDSHELL PARK AT THE CNE / $15 / ALL AGES / 7:30PM
After label reps ended up pulling the plug on what was supposed to be his big break in 2003, Scarborough-born rapper KARDINAL OFFISHALL has experienced a miraculous comeback thanks to a collaboration with AKON on the single "Dangerous", which reached #5 on the US BIllboard Chart.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 3 / WAX MANNEQUIN / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 370 QUEEN ST W / $8 / 19+
Eccentric Hamiton rock oddity WAX MANNEQUIN releases his new album "Saxon" with an all-new backing band, showing off the bizarre stage antics and lyrical absurdities that he has made his calling card. This from a man who occasionally dedicates a portion of his live show to collaborative meowing with the audience!
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 3 and FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4 / DAYGLO ABORTIONS / KATHEDRAL / 651 QUEEN ST W / $20 / ALL AGES
One of Canada's original punk rock bands along with D.O.A. and the SUBHUMANS, Victoria, BC's DAYGLO ABORTIONS have been fighting against the social norm since 1979, stirring up controversy with albums such as "Feed Us A Fetus", "Here Today, Guano Tomorrow", and "Two Dogs F***ing".
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4 / HI-HAT RECORDINGS LAUNCH NIGHT ONE / RANCHO RELAXO / 300 COLLEGE ST / $7-$10
DAN WOLOVICK's Two Way Monologues nights have spawned a compilation series from his label Hi-Hat Recordings, with performances here from a few of the contributors including Burlington indie rockers SANDMAN VIPER COMMAND, TWM favourites BLACK HAT BRIGADE, and Hi-Hat co-founder SPOOKEY RUBEN.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4 / ROOM PARTY with STOP DIE RESUSCITATE AND VITAMINSFORYOU / THE BOAT / 158 AUGUSTA AVE / $5 / 19+
Monthly dance night Room Party gets an extra kick with a live performance from electro-zombie misfits STOP DIE RESUSCITATE and a DJ set by acclaimed folktronica artist VITAMINSYOU, along with regulars DJ Hi Mom and the Room Party crowd.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4 / JEDI MIND TRICKS / OPERA HOUSE / 735 QUEEN ST E / $26.50 / ALL AGES
Philadelphia hip-hop group JEDI MIND TRICKS have had a bumpy ride since their formation in the late '90's, with rapper Jus Allah leaving and then re-joining the group and recent label disputes resulting in the band abandoning their longtime label Babygrande Records. Even so, they have been remarkably successful despite having no major label ties, and will continue to release music on their own as long as their fans keep demanding it.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 5 / BITE YOUR TONGUE with FINAL FANTASY, GOWNS, HUCKLEBERRY FRIENDS and more / LOCATION TBA / ALL AGES
Toronto gets interesting with a truly unique music event from the creators of the wildly popular Extermination Night series, which brought forward-thinking music into abandoned factories and warehouses with spectacular results. This show features Polaris Prize winning musician FINAL FANTASY along with California's GOWNS, creepy all-girl trio HUCKLEBERRY FRIENDS and experimental guitarist WYRD VISIONS
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 5 / O.A.R. / KOOL HAUS / 132 QUEENS QUAY E / $30 / ALL AGES
O.A.R. have become a huge success south of the border, where they have risen from their roots as college-rock stars at Ohio State University to selling out Madison Square Gardens solely through word-of-mouth promotion and online distribution, their songs striking a chord with college and university students across the country.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 / PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 370 QUEEN ST W / $12 / 19+
NYC quartet PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART have received glowing reviews from tastemakers like Pitchforkmedia.com, with a sound that draws primarily from the shoegaze style of British bands like MY BLOODY VALENTINE, who coincidentally are also experiencing a revival... catch them now before the hype moves on to something new!
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