Hot Ticket: The Amazing, Corin Raymond and the Sundowners, Brown Bird, Julie Doiron, Tom Odell
Live music picks for MONDAY JANUARY 21 through SATURDAY JANUARY 26, 2013.
MONDAY JANUARY 21 / THE AMAZING / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 368 QUEEN W / $11.50 / 19+
While The Amazing may be lacking in the name department, this Swedish quartet has a unique sound that can best be described as a blend folk rock and psychedelic pop. Their 2012 album, Gentle Stream, was met by much critical acclaim, and the Horseshoe should prove to be a perfect venue for their brand of music. The Dickens and The Volunteers will offer support.
TUESDAY JANUARY 22 / CORIN RAYMOND AND THE SUNDOWNERS / THE TRANZAC CLUB / 292 BRUNSWICK AVE / $15 - $18 / ALL AGES
Local roots rocker Corin Raymond will take the stage at the Tranzac Club along with his band the Sundowners to celebrate the imminent release of Paper Nickels, an album/book that was funded entirely by Canadian Tire money. Yeah, it's a quirky story, but it's definitely worth checking out. As for the music - well, it's nothing short of fantastic. Corin Raymond is a natural-born storyteller, and after seeing him on stage, you'll understand. Kim Beggs will offer support on the 22nd, and Wax Mannequin will join Raymond on stage on the 23rd.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 23 / BROWN BIRD / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 368 QUEEN W / $10.50 / 19+
Sometimes, you know that you're going to absolutely love a band from the very first moment you hear one of their songs. This is how it was for me when I first heard Brown Bird. Based in Rhode Island, the band, which consists of David Lamb and MorganEve Swain, has perfected a sound that's based on American roots and blues music. It's magnificent stuff, and I'm giving this show my highest recommendation.
FRIDAY JANUARY 25 / JULIE DOIRON / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 368 QUEEN W / $15 / 19+
I've written about Julie Doiron in the Hot Ticket before, and I was fortunate to catch her at a very intimate show at Sonic Boom about a year and a half ago. All I really have to say is this: if you've seen her live, you know what a treat it is. And if you haven't seen her live, or you're not familiar with her body of work - please, drop everything, and go. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more enjoyable live act. Construction & Destruction will open.
SATURDAY JANUARY 26 / TOM ODELL / THE RIVOLI / 332-334 QUEEN W / $10 / ALL AGES
Wrapping up this awesome week of live music in Toronto, Tom Odell will be making his Toronto debut at the Rivoli. At the ripe old age of 22, this British singer-songwriter has made quite a name for himself in a very short period of time. He was recently recognized by the BRIT Awards, taking away the Critics' Choice award. Previous winners include Adele and Florence and the Machine, so he's in pretty good company. Odell seems poised to have a breakout year, so don't miss the opportunity to see him in an intimate setting.
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Photo of Julie Doiron courtesy of Dani Canto on Flickr.