Hot Ticket: Nouvelle Vague, These Electric Lives, Asobi Seksu, & More
Live music picks for WEDNESDAY JANUARY 27 through TUESDAY FEBRUARY 2, 2010.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 27 / NOUVELLE VAGUE / OPERA HOUSE / 735 QUEEN ST E / $24.50 / 19+
French collective Nouvelle Vague stop by the Opera House in support of their fourth studio album 3, which features a slew of guest vocalists including Martin Gore of Depeche Mode, and Terry Hall of The Specials. Built around the core duo of Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux, the lounge-pop group have covered songs by artists such as The Clash, Bauhaus and The Dead Kennedys, offering up bossa-nova takes on punk rock and new wave classics. They'll be joined by Brooklyn's Clare & The Reasons and former CIUT DJ Medicine Man.
THURSDAY JANUARY 28 / BOCCE & TMDP / WRONGBAR / 1279 QUEEN SW W / $7 / 19+
Electro meets indie rock on Thursday night at Wrongbar for the return of the ROBOTS //// US, a series of danceable performances organized by The Untold City that features a handful of up and coming Toronto acts including TMDP, Bocce, OPOPO RMX, These Electric Lives, Matt Weed and Smack Dabb.
FRIDAY JANUARY 29 / TWM 55 / RANCHO RELAXO / 300 COLLEGE ST / $6 / 19+
Montreal's Sunfields is the new project from Jason Kent -- a group with a much heavier country and folk influence than the indie rock sound of Kent's other band, The Dears. Sunfields are sandwiched in between local melodic indie-pop act Blanc & White and indie-rock experimentalists Great Dane, whose October 2009 appearance at Rancho left the crowd eagerly anticipating their return.
SUNDAY JANUARY 31 / WL 498: OFF THE INTERNATIONAL RADAR / THE GARRISON / 1197 DUNDAS ST W / RSVP / 19+
WAVELENGTH 498 features folk/country rocker Shotgum Jimmie, indie rockers The Two Koreas and HDD's Off the International Radar, whose Hot Lips EP features an unbelievable collaboration with Holy Fuck. Sackville resident Shotgun Jimmie has been going at it solo since the demise of Shotgun & Jaybird, signing to Attack in Black's You've Changed Records for the March 2009 release of Still Jimmie. With only three Sunday's left at the Garrison, I'm starting to wonder what I will do with the extra free evening in the absence of the dirt cheap shows WL has thrown for the past decade.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 1 / ASOBI SEKSU / THE DRAKE HOTEL / 1150 QUEEN ST W / $10 / 19+
Melodic indie rockers Asobi Seksu hit up the Drake on Monday for an acoustic set in support of their latest release ReWolf, a collection of tracks from their three prior full length albums that have been re-imagined and re-arranged with acoustic instruments. The core duo of vocalist Yuki Chikudate and guitarist James Hanna are based out of Brooklyn and have been selling the collection as a tour only EP for a while before Polyvinyl Records picked it up for a worldwide release.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 2 / 40 OZ TO FREEDOM / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $13.50 / 19+
SUBLIME tribute band 40 OZ TO FREEDOM headline a show at Lee's Palace, calling on the sounds of punk/roots/reggae fusion collective The Good Rats for support. After calling it quits in 1996 when vocalist Bradley Nowell overdosed on heroin, the remaining members of Sublime unsuccessfully attempted to reform under the same name just last year. The new name they've adopted after the legal dispute with Nowell's estate is Sublime with Rome, but for now you'll have to settle for the aptly titled cover band 40 OZ.
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Lead Photo of These Electric Lives by Jerrold Litwinenko.