Hot Ticket: Japandroids, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Eluveitie, Monster Truck, Tokyo Police Club, Hollerado
Live music picks for TUESDAY DECEMBER 11 through SATURDAY DECEMBER 15, 2012.
TUESDAY DECEMBER 11 / JAPANDROIDS / THE PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE / $25.75 / 19+
It's been quite a year for Vancouver's Japandroids - between the release of their critically-acclaimed album Celebration Rock, to being named "Band of the Year" by Spin, 2012 was a year to remember for the indie rock duo. This show is part of Edge 102's Jingle Bell Rock concert series, and $1 from each ticket sold will go to the Daily Bread Food Bank. You can also bring non-perishable food items to the show. Great music for a great cause - you can't go wrong with that.
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 12 / JOEL PLASKETT EMERGENCY / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 368 QUEEN W / $25 - $30 / 19+
The Horseshoe continues to celebrate its 65th anniversary with a series of awesome shows. One of Nova Scotia's favourite sons, Joel Plaskett, will be playing five nights in a row at the Horseshoe, along with his band. Plaskett is one of the more popular musicians of his generation, and he's been a staple of the Canadian indie rock scene for the better part of two decades. These shows will definitely sell out, so if you want to go, get those tickets fast.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 13 / ELUVEITIE / THE OPERA HOUSE / 735 QUEEN E / $33 / ALL AGES
There seems to be a lot of melodic folk metal acts coming to Toronto lately. Has there been some kind of resurgence of the genre, or has it always been this popular? Regardless, Eluveitie, out of Switzerland, has been together for ten years and has gained quite a following. They've released five albums, including this year's Helvetios, which was sold quite well and it was very popular with critics.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 14 / MONSTER TRUCK / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR W / $20.75 / 19+
This is yet another entry in Edge 102's Jingle Bell Rock concert series, and it could be the best one yet. Hamilton's Monster Truck has absolutely exploded in popularity in 2012, and it's not hard to see why - they have a very classic rock and roll vibe, and although I can't attest this, they're apparently unbelievable live. The ticket price is very reasonable, and part of the proceeds go to a good cause, so this is one that you'll want to check out.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 15 / TOKYO POLICE CLUB / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON / $32.75 - $45.75 / ALL AGES
Since this week has been filled with concerts from some awesome Canadian bands, it seems only fitting that we end the week off with another one. Tokyo Police Club, out of Newmarket, have been remarkably consistent since coming together in 2006. They've gotten extensive radio play across Canada, and they gradually gained a following the the U.S. too. They're pretty awesome live, and they're performing with Hollerado, so this one is definitely worth your time.
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Photo of Japandroids courtesy of Lauren Monaco on Flickr.