Toronto Concerts, January 2013
Toronto concerts worth knowing about in January, 2013.
Happy New Year's Day, you guys! Does your head hurt? Is your "resolution" to "never drink again?" Classic everybody. As usual this month sees old favourites come through town as well as some potential new faves! But to be honest, this month is slim pickins! So let's hope February is better for both concert selection and decisions. Don't tell me what your resolutions are in the comments, but instead feel free to spout off about any shows that you think are worth adding.
YACHT CLUB W/DIGITS / JANUARY 4 / 9PM / POLYHAUS / $7
Ben Cook and Matt DeLong formerly of No Warning and Fucked Up (Cook), got together and wrote some poppy 80s-tinged tunes. No big deal. Put on a linen suit and sway back and forth contentedly. Digits is from Toronto but living in Berlin now probably because we don't give him (or any musicians) enough money so go see him too and give him money.
FIRST RATE PEOPLE / JANUARY 4 / 9PM / LEE'S PALACE / $7
Super happy girls and boys from Grey-Bruce landed in Toronto and make super happy pop/r'n'b/electronic music. I think their show at Lee's will be their biggest headlining spot yet so...go be happy with them?
OUTTACONTROLLER / JANUARY 4 / 10PM / THE SHOP / $5
Mark Pesci booked a punk rock band from Halifax at The Shop, so that's really all you need to know — it will be a good fucking time. Their Facebook page says it all "Beer. Plaid." You get the picture.
QUICKSAND W/SINGLE MOTHERS / JANUARY 9 / 8PM / THE PHOENIX / $29
Quicksand is a band you would've heard of if you had your head in the 90s NYC hardcore scene but if you did you're probably not reading blogTO today, so you'll have to trust me. They reunited in June 2012 for one show but have been playing together ever since, aw. My ex-boyfriend's band will open and that's just so great for you.
THE WALKMEN W/FATHER JOHN MISTY / JANUARY 16 / 7PM / DANFORTH MUSIC HALL / $33.50
The Walkmen's singer may have the nerdiest name (Hamilton Leithauser) and sure, their sound has calmed a bit over the years but he still has one of the most confident and commanding voices that's a must to experience live. They've recently released a 7" follow-up to their latest full length release Heaven, but you can count on hearing lots of good oldies. Father John Misty has a real name and it is "Joshua Tillman" — he played with Fleet Foxes and now he plays with himself. Zing.
FUCKED UP'S LONG WINTER VOL. 3 W/BUCK 65, MOON KING, MALOO, LIGHTS FIRES / JANUARY 11 / 8PM / THE GREAT HALL / PWYC
I hope you've been going to these things, man. The first and second volumes were a great success and there's no chance of redundancy for the last two. There will be wicked music, food and at least one thing that makes you go "??!!!?" I suspect this is good for our brains. They're definitely something out of the norm to break up the monotony winter / live shows in general.
CHELSEA WOLFE / JANUARY 21 / 8PM / THE DRAKE HOTEL / $15
She doesn't have any pupils and plays "drone-metal-art-folk," so what the fuck do I know. I wish I didn't like it, but I do.
JULIE DOIRON / JANUARY 25 / 9PM / THE HORSESHOE / $15
More badass than the above mentioned Ms. Wolfe (if I do say so myself), she just released her 9th studio album this past October titled So Many Days produced by a former Eric's Trip bandmate, has published a book of her photography, has three young kids and teaches yogo in my neighbourhood. "Consolation Prize" from 2009's I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day is one of my favourites from her catalogue.
OTHER NOTEWORTHY CONCERTS
- THE DREADNOUGHTS / JANUARY 5 / 8:30PM / HARD LUCK / $13.50
- CLASS ASSASSINS / JANUARY 11 / 9PM / BOVINE SEX CLUB / FREE!
- DATSIK / JANUARY 11 / 8PM / THE GUVERNMENT / $20
- G.LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE / JANUARY 13 / 7PM / THE OPERA HOUSE / $25
- ALL TIME LOW & YELLOWCARD / JANUARY 17 / 6:30PM / SOUND ACADEMY / $36.50
- FREELANCE WHALES / JANUARY 17 / 6:30PM / THE MOD CLUB / $16
- BETA FRONTIERS / JANUARY 17 / 9PM / PLAY / $7
- UNDEROATH / JANUARY 18 / 6PM / THE PHOENIX / $24
- CHRISTOPHER OWENS / JANUARY 18 / 7PM / THE MOD CLUB / $20
- LUNICE W/THUGLI / JANUARY 18 / 10PM / THE HOXTON / $15
- TREY ANASTASIO BAND / JANUARY 18 / 7PM / DANFORTH MUSIC HALL / $48
- HOLLY COLE / JANUARY 19 / 7PM / WINTER GARDEN THEATRE / $44.50-74.50
- ONUINU / JANUARY 19 / 8PM / THE DRAKE HOTEL / $10
- THE QUEEN EXTRAVAGANZA / JANUARY 21 / 7PM / QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE / $29.50-69.50
- LINDI ORTEGA AND DUSTEN BENTAL & THE SMOKES / JANUARY 24 / 8PM / RIVOLI / $10
- SOUNDGARDEN / JANUARY 25 & 26 / 7PM / SOUND ACADEMY / $68
- THE GROWLERS / JANUARY 28 / 8:30PM / THE HORSESHOE / $11.50
- HOT WATER MUSIC / JANUARY 29 / 7PM / DANFORTH MUSIC HALL / $24.50
- BETWEEN THE BURIED & ME / JANUARY 31 / 7PM / THE PHOENIX / $24.50
Photo by Cristina Naccarato