This Week in Music: Ludacris added to NXNE, The Postal Service hits the ACC, Portugal. The Man rises at the Phoenix
This Week in Music rounds up the latest news, releases and concerts coming to Toronto.
IN THE NEWS
Ludacris replaces Big Boi at NXNE
When it was revealed that Atlanta rap legend Big Boi would have to pull out of his NXNE show due to a knee injury, a lot of people were understandably disappointed (myself included). This week, event organizers announced that another Atlanta rapper would be taking his spot - none other than Ludacris. While he may embrace a different style than Big Boi, this is still a pretty big announcement, as Ludacris has been one of the biggest and most consistent artists in the rap game for the better part of the last 10 years. He'll be headlining a full day of hip-hop at Yonge-Dundas Square on Sunday, June 16, alongside Joey Bada$$, Smif N' Wessun, Fat Tony, and others. For more on NXNE, check out our preview post.
THIS WEEK'S HOT TICKETS
TUESDAY JUNE 11 / THE POSTAL SERVICE / AIR CANADA CENTRE / 40 BAY / $49.50 - $59.50 / ALL AGES
Sure, they've only released one studio album since their formation, 2003's classic Give Up. But the Postal Service, composed of Death Cab's Ben Gibbard, Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello, and Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis, is arguably one of the most beloved electronic bands of their generation. The band recently reunited for a tour in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Give Up, and the album also was reissued with 15 bonus tracks, including two new songs. Even though it's at the ACC, this is a show well worth checking out.
TUESDAY JUNE 11 / PORTUGAL. THE MAN / THE PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE / $18.50 / 19+
Since forming in 2004, Portland-based indie rockers Portgual. The Man has released seven albums, which is a very impressive number. Even more impressive is the fact that all of their albums have been remarkably good - I say this as a big fan of the band, but I urge you to check out their body of work if you're not familiar with it. Their seventh album, Evil Friends, was released just last Tuesday, and it's pretty fantastic - the song above has become one of my favourite tracks of 2013.
RECENTLY ANNOUNCED CONCERTS
- THE WEEKND / THE MOD CLUB / JUNE 13 / 8PM
- MEMORYHOUSE / THE DRAKE HOTEL / JULY 19 / 7:30PM
- DAUGHTER / THE PHOENIX / SEPTEMBER 29 / 8PM
- WHITE LIES / THE OPERA HOUSE / OCTOBER 1 / 8PM
- NINE INCH NAILS / AIR CANADA CENTRE / OCTOBER 4 / 8PM
WHAT WE GOT UP TO LAST WEEK
- 20 photos of Ke$ha & Pitbull bringing the sex to Toronto
- The top 20 shows to see & avoid at NXNE Toronto 2013
- 5 concerts to check out at Luminato 2013
- Breakout Toronto Bands: SlowPitch
- 20 photos from the weekend rave at the Rogers Centre
Photo of The Postal Service courtesy of Thomas Hawk on Flickr.