This Week in Music: TURF, Riot, Lana Del Rey, APB, Austra, Partynextdoor, Stacey, Man Made Hill, Sarin
This Week in Music rounds up the latest news, releases and concerts coming to Toronto.
Riot Fest line up
Wow, the Riot Fest line up is brutal. Brutal can go both ways, and there's a little something for everyone here at least (really). The Flaming Lips, The National, Metric, Death Cab for Cutie, Death From Above 1979, Billy Talent, City and Colour, Rise Against, Social Distortion, Brand New, Stars, Dropkick Murphys, Die Antwoord, Tokyo Police Club, The New Pornographers, Bring Me The Horizon, Taking Back Sunday, The Afghan Whigs, Alkaline Trio, Bob Mould, Thurston Moore, Buzzcocks, New Found Glory, Lucero, and even more are on the line up. The fest is Sep 6-7 and tickets to travel time with them are $179.98 - $289.98.
TURF announces club series
While TURF takes place at Fort York, they've also got their club series going again this year. Born Ruffians, Deer Tick, July Talk, The Strumbellas and more will play at Lee's s Palace and The Horseshoe between July 2-8. Learn more about tickets and wristbands here.
New Toronto songs & vids
Austra - Habitat
Sparkly holographic-fog goths Austra will drop their Habitat EP June 17 on Paper Bag Records.
PARTYNEXTDOOR ~ West District (Chopped Not Slopped by The Chopstars)
This week in Drake brings a fun little pitch-shifter from the OVO Soundcloud.
Airplane Boys - Some Say
According to the boys, this is what house parties in Scarborough look like. Maybe we should invite them to write us a Scarborough party guide.
Stacey - Sleep Alone
Is Stacey Toronto's Lana Del Rey? I am the only one who gets to say that. It's simple stuff but I'm really feeling Stacey so far.
Man Made Hill - Constant Touching
Every time I see Man Made Hill he's wearing something different! I'm always just wearing black and being boring. The glitter-forward Toronto solo musician gets really warped in this one. As Ke$ha (Queen of Glitter) once said, "now you got me jonesing for a moustache ride."
Sarin - Crash
The video for electronic/techno track "Crash" from audio-visual artist Sarin features some cars having a bad time (think Cronenberg, not Haggis).
Hot ticket concerts
Lana Del Rey / Sony Centre / May 13 / sold out
The Coney Island Queen's superb vocal inflection and high drama might be lost on huge crowds, but it will never disappoint the individuals who have found a patron saint in Lana. Look for me in my Shelfies sweater and false eyelashes, and don't buy tickets from Richard Reeves. Sometimes the road gets tough and I don't know why.
Local hot tickets
Emergents IV / May 15 / The Music Gallery $12
Emergents is a great (and aptly titled) series at the Music Gallery which highlights emerging talents in experimental music. At IV, Thin Edge New Music Collective, music box musician Jason Doell (winner of the 2014 Toronto Emerging Composer Award), and Germaine Liu will perform. Read our interview with Jason Doell here.
Universe: A Live Soundtrack Experiment / Revue Cinema / May 15 / free
Absolutely Free, Fresh Snow, and Marcel Ramagnano will travel from here to outer space: the three will soundtrack archival film footage of the moon landing, strange vantage points in the galaxy, and even the lowly people who hang around Earth. Oh, and it's free! Like the wonder of the universe.
Recently announced shows
- Chixdiggit! / May 15 / Bovine Sex Club
- Hervana / May 20 / Handlebar
- Construction Vol 2 / May 30 / Double Double Land
- Moonface /June 8 / The Garrison
- Blue Rodeo / August 15 / Molson Ampitheatre
- Robyn & Royskopp / August 25 / Echo Beach
- Sun Kil Moon / September 12 / The Opera House
- The War On Drugs / September 15 / The Phoenix
- Charles Bradley and Joss Stone / September 15 / Massey Hall
- The Black Keys / September 16 / ACC
What we got up to this week
- Tegan and Sara make hearts throb at CMW
- Breakout Toronto Bands: Jason Doell
- Guvernment complex officially set to become condos
- City council reverses ban on EDM events at the CNE
- A brief history of Lee's Palace
- The top 5 remixes by Toronto producers in 2014 (so far)
- Drone musicians set to rumble in Toronto this weekend
- M.I.A. performs to a lucky few at Tattoo for CMW
- EDM events might return to the Exhibition grounds
An earlier version of this column used the term "baby bats" in a way other than the one I intended, which I sincerely regret.
Photo of Austra by Brian Morton