Hot Ticket: The Parlotones, How to Dress Well, Skydiggers, mewithoutYou, Buried Beds, Imaginary Cities, Lisa Hannigan
Live music picks for TUESDAY JUNE 5 through MONDAY JUNE 11, 2012.
TUESDAY JUNE 5 / THE PARLOTONES / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR W / $16.88 / 19+
You might not have heard of this South African quartet, but in their home country, they're one of the biggest bands of their era. It's not hard to see why after you listen to a couple of their tracks - this is outstanding stuff, especially if you have a soft spot for new wave-style indie rock. In a few years, they could be as big in North America as they are back home, so for now, take the opportunity to see them in an intimate venue such as Lee's. You won't regret it.
THURSDAY JUNE 7 / HOW TO DRESS WELL / THE DRAKE HOTEL / 1150 QUEEN W / $15 - $18 / 19+
This one's for the fans of music that can't really be lumped into any specific genre. How to Dress Well is the stage name of Tom Krell, an experimental artist out of Brooklyn. Essentially a mix of pop and R&B with a heavy dreamlike sound, his music will certainly divide audiences. Some will love it, some will call it failed experimental swill, but there's no doubt that it's nothing if not unique. And Pitchfork absolutely loves the guy, if that matters to you.
FRIDAY JUNE 8 / SKYDIGGERS / HUGH'S ROOM / 2261 DUNDAS W / $22.50 - $25 / 19+
You had to know that a band like Skydiggers was going to get shown a little love in the Hot Ticket. First of all, they hail from Toronto, and I'm all about showing local artists support. And second of all, their style of music can be described as a mix of roots, folk, and alt-country, genres that I truly believe deserve all the exposure that they can get. If you decide to check out this show, you're in for a treat - these guys are truly awesome live, and have an amazing sound.
SATURDAY JUNE 9 / MEWITHOUTYOU / THE MOD CLUB / 722 COLLEGE/ $20.63 / 19+
There's definitely some eclectic artists performing in Toronto this week, and Philadelphia's mewithoutYou continues that trend. Their songs are chockfull of religious imagery and spiritual themes, and they've often been referred to as a Christian band, but this is not entirely accurate. Don't think that you'll get preached at if you go to this show - just go in expecting to hear some great music. And I'd argue that they have a sound that's very similar to Mumford & Sons, which is definitely a positive. Buried Beds and Imaginary Cities will open.
SUNDAY JUNE 10 / LISA HANNIGAN / THE PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE / $34.75/ ALL AGES
Why not end the weekend by spending a couple of hours with Lisa Hannigan? The Irish singer/songwriter got her start in the industry by playing with Damien Rice, but has been flying solo since 2008. She has an absolutely wonderful voice, and her songs range from upbeat and happy, to slow and sorrowful. It's wonderful stuff, and I truly believe that she should receive much more recognition than she has over the years.
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Photo of The Parlotones courtesy of Axel Buhrmann on Flickr.