Toronto Concerts, March 2013
Toronto concerts worth knowing about in March, 2013.
March is maybe the grossest month. Pretty white snow has inevitably melted (yay!) and turned to grey muck (boo), which your cat drags in through your basement window if you can't catch him in time with a towel (universally speaking, here). Random MARCH! fact you didn't ask for: from the Greek Martius, after Mars, the Greek God of war — but no fighting please (Marching allowed....hehheh ehhhhh.) Musically speaking, March is about Canadian Music Week which runs from the 19-24th this year. We've highlighted some of the artists in town for that below but please stay tuned for dedicated CMW previews (free shows! Toronto bands! etc!).
DEFTONES/ MARCH 1 / 7PM / KOOL HAUS / $36
If my awkward dreadheaded (THAT'S RIGHT) youth had a soundtrack, I think it would be Deftones. At some point we grew apart but they've just released Koi No Yokan — their seventh studio album.
TAME IMPALA / MARCH 9 / 8PM / KOOL HAUS / $25
No one can shut up about these Beatles wannabees (like more wannabe than most Beatles wannabees). They've self-described their sound as "a steady flowing psychedelic groove rock band that emphasizes dream-like melody." They're touring on their second full length Lonerism and have come all the way from Australia, so you should check out what everyone is blahing about.
PATTI SMITH / MARCH 9 / 7PM / QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE / $29.50-49.50
"The Godmother of Punk" for gods sake! She released her 11th full length last spring, and while her music has decidedly declined in aggression the political bent and power has never left. If you have age against you (on your side?) and you weren't alive to catch her in the 70s you should make your way to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for a little lesson in punk history.
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE W/DAN DEACON / MARCH 9 / 9PM / THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL / $25-27.50
Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin and Geologist make up Animal Collective though they are all actually only humans. Their 9th studio album Centipede Hz came out this past September. Equally deranged Dan Deacon (whom we spoke with back in November) will open.
PSYCHIC ILLS W/ U.S. GIRLS / MARCH 13 / 9PM / PARTS & LABOUR / $10.50
One of my craziest and therefore favourite-est friends is in love with this band therefore they are someone to take note of. Droney, hazy, with a bit of country twang, Jessa-from-Girls would love them if television show characters had favourite bands (they do). They just released their 4th full length One Track Mind on Sacred Bones Records.
CMW: RIHANNA W/A$AP ROCKY / MARCH 19 / 7PM / AIR CANADA CENTRE / $32.25-147.25
"Holy shit you guys, it's RIhanna." Is supposed to be your reaction. The tiny pop powerhouse in ridiculous (..ly amazing) outfits is touring on her 7th album Unapolgetic — kids grow up so fast!
CMW: MAC DEMARCO / MARCH 22 / 8PM / SNEAKY DEE'S / $15
Whatta guy! We caught him back in November at The Drake and it was a lounge-y throwback to a 70s coked up party on a yacht — or what I might imagine one to feel and sound like. He's a character I still haven't quite figured out but one to check out for sure.
FUCKED UP'S LONG WINTER VOL.5 / MARCH 23 / 7PM / THE GREAT HALL / PWYC
This one goes until 4am- woah! Hide yo kids. Wait, don't — it's a family affair and kids are definitely welcome. They said there would only be 4 but you can't contain all the awesome in 4 nights. There is lots left to be announced but so far the music includes The Sadies and Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, and DJs Austra and Digits. You'll also be surrounded by tons of "art etc", and INSIDER TIP — I promise the food will be delicious.
OTHER NOTEWORTHY CONCERTS
Also, don't forget that Foundry gets underway tonight! Check out our full preview here.
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