This Week in Music: Drake's "5AM in Toronto," Anvil preps new album, Bam Margera hits the Opera House
This Week in Music rounds up the latest news, releases and concerts coming to Toronto.
IN THE NEWS
Drake releases "5AM in Toronto"
You've really got to hand it to Drake. He's one of the biggest artists in the rap game, but he hasn't forgotten where he's come from. Love him or hate him, think his lyrics are authentic or inauthentic, you have to respect his love for Toronto. Last week, he dropped "5AM in Toronto," and even though it apparently won't be included on his latest album, it's still a decent little track. The tune, which features production from Toronto's Boi-1da and Vinylz, sees Drake lamenting about his haters and the respect that he thinks he deserves. Give it a listen and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Anvil prepares No Hope in Hell
Local heavy metal legends Anvil have been riding a wave of success since the release of the 2008 documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil. It's an awesome story, and now, the band is set to release their 15th album, No Hope in Hell, on May 28. This is the first album to feature new bassist Sal Italiano, who joined the band during their 2012 winter tour. A limited edition digipak containing bonus cuts will be available, as well as the standard CD and vinyl formats. Check out the European teaser video below.
THIS WEEK'S HOT TICKETS
TUESDAY MARCH 12 / DJANGO DJANGO / THE OPERA HOUSE / 735 QUEEN E / $17.50 / ALL AGES
One of the most refreshing and acclaimed band to come out of the UK in the last few years, psychedelic rockers Django Django will hit the stage at the Opera House for an all-ages show. The band's self-titled 2012 debut was incredibly well-received, and Rolling Stone voted the album as number 26 in its list of the 50 best albums of the year. The music is a unique blend of art and electronic rock, and it's pretty remarkable stuff. This promises to be a great show.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 13 / FUCKFACE UNSTOPPABLE / THE OPERA HOUSE / 735 QUEEN E / $20-$40 / ALL AGES
I'm really not sure what to say about this one. Fuckface Unstoppable is the new project from Bam Margera, of Jackass fame. Made up of members of CKY, and fronted by Margera himself, this is a show that will undoubtedly attract some curious-filled attention. It remains to be seen whether or not Margera has what it takes to be a serviceable frontman - by all accounts, he's been a shell of his former self ever since the death of his best friend Ryan Dunn almost two years ago. Regardless, the Opera House should be absolutely rammed for this one. Final Trigger, So Sick Social Club, and Chriznik will open.
RECENTLY ANNOUNCED CONCERTS
- A-TRAK / THE HOXTON / APRIL 18 / 10PM
- THE SHINS / SOUND ACADEMY / MAY 22 / 8PM
- OF MONSTERS AND MEN / TBA / MAY 25 / TBA
- !!! / HORSESHOE TAVERN / JUNE 10 / 8:30PM
- ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK / DANFORTH MUSIC HALL / JULY 19 / 8PM
WHAT WE GOT UP TO LAST WEEK
- Flux Pavilion and his circus invade the Hoxton
- Erykah Badu makes a rare stop in Toronto
- The Toronto Symphony Orchestra dabbles in trip-hop
- New in Toronto Music: Coronado, Beams, Elephant 12, Prince Innocence
- The top 10 one-hit wonder bands from Toronto
Photo of Django Django courtesy of blikeng on Flickr.