Hot Ticket: Leon Redbone, Band of Horses, Jason Lytle, Patrick Watson, The Birthday Massacre, The Johnstones, USS, The Balconies
Live music picks for TUESDAY DECEMBER 4 through SATURDAY DECEMBER 8, 2012.
TUESDAY DECEMBER 4 / LEON REDBONE / HUGH'S ROOM / 2261 DUNDAS W / $47.50 - $55 / ALL AGES
Simply put, you won't see a more unique show this week, or maybe this year, then Leon Redbone live at Hugh's Room. He specializes in interpretations of early 20th-century music, including vaudevillian and ragtime tunes, and very little is know about his past. In fact, there are theories that the moniker and personality of "Leon Redobone" is, in fact, an alternative identity for another performer. Regardless, this is fantastic stuff, and if you can look past the slightly pricey tickets, you won't regret checking this one out.
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 5 / BAND OF HORSES / MASSEY HALL / 178 VICTORIA ST / $32.50 - $49.50 / ALL AGES
Critically acclaimed and immensely popular, Band of Horses is yet another band from the music hotbed that is Seattle, Washington. The group released their fourth album, Mirage Rock, back in September, and it further cemented the band's reputation as being one of the more consistent and talented bands out there. Once again, the ticket prices are a bit steep, but you're pretty much guaranteed a great show, and diehard fans of the band won't have a problem paying any price. Jason Lytle will offer support.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 6 / PATRICK WATSON / MASSEY HALL / 178 VICTORIA ST / $24.50 - $35 / ALL AGES
Chances are that if you're a fan of Patrick Watson (the singer/songwriter or his eponymous band), you've already got your ticket for this, his second Toronto show of 2012. This unique brand of indie rock with a hint of cabaret and classical influences has rightfully garnered Watson much acclaim throughout his career, and it's safe to say that Watson and his band can only continue to grow musically.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 6 / THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE / THE MOD CLUB / 722 COLLEGE / $18.50 - $20 / ALL AGES
If Patrick Watson doesn't interest you, why not check out this Toronto-based "electro-goth" band. The Birthday Massacre came together in 1999, and their music, which has a very dark New Wave-inspired sound, is apparently influenced by the band's collective love of sci-fi, fantasy and horror flicks. Their fifth album, Hide and Seek, was released back in October to a very positive response from fans and critics alike.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 8 / THE JOHNSTONES / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON / $27.75 / ALL AGES
Ska/punk band The Johnstones, out of Ajax, will be taking the stage at the Sound Academy alongside USS and The Balconies as part of 102.1 The Edge's Jingle Bell Rock concert series. The band has become notorious for their outrageous behaviour which has, in their own words, resulted in them spending a "healthy amount of time locked up in local jails and drunk tanks." They've also apparently been banned from Disney World for life. Hey, who am I to judge?
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