Hot Ticket: Miracle Fortress, Think About Life, DD/MM/YYYY, St. Vincent, Woods, Lykke Li, Still Life Still, Kids On TV, and More
Live music picks for WEDNESDAY AUGUST 5 through TUESDAY AUGUST 11, 2009
THURSDAY AUGUST 6 / SUMMERWORKS FESTIVAL: MIRACLE FORTRESS / THEATRE CENTRE / 1087 QUEEN ST W / $10 / ALL AGES
Montreal's MIRACLE FORTRESS kick off the annual Summerworks Festival at the Theatre Centre with a heady mix of atmospheric guitars and electronics. Primarily the solo project of GRAHAM VAN PELT, the live band also features members of other Montreal standouts SUNSET RUBDOWN, THE LUYAS and TELEFAUNA.
FRIDAY AUGUST 6 / SUMMERWORKS FESTIVAL: THINK ABOUT LIFE + DD/MM/YYYY / THEATRE CENTRE / 1087 QUEEN ST W / $10 / ALL AGES
One of the most exciting double-bill shows of the year, Montreal band THINK ABOUT LIFE go head-to-head with Toronto's DD/MM/YYYY for a neon synth-splashed freakout as part of the Summerworks Festival. Don't miss!
SATURDAY AUGUST 8 / ST VINCENT / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 370 QUEEN ST W / $13 / 19+
ST. VINCENT is the stage name of ANNIE CLARK, an American singer/songwriter whose vivacious singing voice lends itself perfectly to the daringly complex tunes she performs, and has landed her opening slots for Andrew Bird, Death Cab For Cutie and Television.
SATURDAY AUGUST 8 / WOODS / SNEAKY DEE'S / 431 College St / $10.50 / 19+
Brooklyn psychedelic-folk group WOODS has embarked on a massive North American tour that sees them hitting almost every major city on the continent... it's unlikely that they'll remain just another NYC curiosity by the time they're back home!
SUNDAY AUGUST 9 / LYKKE LI / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON ST / $26.50 / ALL AGES
Swedish pop sensation LYKKE Li has taken the world by storm since her debut album "Youth Novels" dropped in early 2008. It was hailed as a classic, capturing the perfectionist pop attitude of classic ABBA and the sense of disillusionment that any 23-year-old in today's over-saturated music culture faces.
SUNDAY AUGUST 9 / SUMMERWORKS FESTIVAL: STILL LIFE STILL + KIDS ON TV / THEATRE CENTRE / 1087 QUEEN ST W / $10 / ALL AGES
Arts & Crafts' most exciting new signees STILL LIFE STILL are almost synonymous with the word "buzz", although they may end up outlasting the label in the end... these guys are just getting started! They'll probably never top KIDS ON TV's live show though... an electro-glam-punk-circus riot that blows minds, every time.
MONDAY AUGUST 10 / JOHN MILNER YOU'RE SO BOSS / DRAKE HOTEL UNDERGROND / 1150 QUEEN ST W / FREE / 19+
There has NEVER been a band with a better name than JOHN MILNER YOU'RE SO BOSS. By the time you finish thinking that one over, they will have already finished an entire song - most of their super-spazzed out grindcore/noise-punk tunes last exactly long enough for the ADD generation to collectively shout "What was that?!"
TUESDAY AUGUST 11 / PASSION PIT w/ THE GRATES + RUBY COAST / PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE ST / $15 / ALL AGES
Exactly one year ago, nobody knew who PASSION PIT was. Now the Boston-based band is playing to thousand-capacity rooms, with older (but no less exuberant) bands like Australia's THE GRATES and Aurora, Ontario's RUBY COAST opening for them!
TUESDAY AUGUST 11 / UNDERWORLD / KOOL HAUS / 132 QUEENS QUAY / $41.50 / ALL AGES
The UNDERWORLD duo of Karl Hyde and Rick Smith have been recording together for almost thirty years, and in the mid-nineties became one of the biggest electronica bands in the world thanks to their hit "Born Slippy".
TUESDAY AUGUST 11 / SUMMERWORKS FESTIVAL: BOYS WHO SAY NO + FOX JAWS / THEATRE CENTRE / 1087 QUEEN ST W / $10 / ALL AGES
The Summerworks Festival continues to showcase Toronto's best new bands with BOYS WHO SAY NO, whose live show brings to mind those early performances by ARCADE FIRE that left you completely spellbound. Also don't miss Barrie, Ontario's indie-folk group FOX JAWS.
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