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Live music picks for WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 21 through TUESDAY OCTOBER 27, 2009.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 21 / CLUSTER / POLISH COMBATANTS HALL / 206 BEVERLEY ST / $20-$30 / ALL AGES
Electronic music pioneers CLUSTER make their live Canadian debut as the opening act of the X Avant New Music Festival, with support provided by German composer & pianist HAUSCHKA, who will be accompanied by a local string quartet. Check out the blogTO festival preview.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 22 / DAVID BAZAN / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $11.50 / 19+
Seattle native DAVID BAZAN has been releasing music since 1995 under the moniker PEDRO THE LION, but dropped the name in 2006. He's currently touring in support of Curse Your Branches, his wistful full-length solo debut. Opening act are lo-fi indie rockers SAY HI (formerly '...To Your Mom').
FRIDAY OCTOBER 23 / THIEVERY CORPORATION / KOOL HAUS / 132 QUEENS QUAY E / $46 / ALL AGES
Downtempo legends THIEVERY COPORATION headline the Kool Haus in support of Radio Retaliation, their seventh LP released in September of 2008. Martin Perna (aka OCOTE SOUL SOUNDS) will open, serving up Brazilian-influenced afrobeat that makes it impossible to stand still.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 23 / EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME & WHALE TOOTH / THE DRAKE / 1150 QUEEN ST W / $7 / 19+
The Drake Underground will host the release party for EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME's new self-titled EP. The six-piece Toronto collective features members that have played regularly with SARAH HARMER, JASON COLLETT and THE HIDDEN CAMERAS, amongst others. EATT will be joined by lovable, upbeat rockers WHALE TOOTH as well as Peterborough's MIKE DUGUAY.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 24 / BROADCAST & ATLAS SOUND / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $13.50 / 19+
Birmingham, UK's BROADCAST will release Broadcast and the Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age on October 26th, but lucky Toronto fans can get a sneak preview at Lee's this coming Saturday. DEERHUNTERS's Bradford Cox will open under his solo moniker ATLAS SOUND, fresh off the release of Logos. THE SELMANAIRES, an unsigned psychedelic/electronic Atlanta-based four piece, will provide additional support.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 24 / WHITE RABBITS / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 370 QUEEN ST W / $15.50 / 19+
Brooklyn's WHITE RABBITS venture north of the border for the first time to play the Horseshoe Tavern. Their latest album It's Frightening was produced by Britt Daniel of SPOON and has received rave reviews across the board. Fellow lo-fi Brooklynites SUCKERS take the stage at 10:30 and Ottawa, Ontario's THE BALCONIES will belt out some melodic pop-rock to start the night off.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 25 / SUFJAN STEVENS: THE BQE / INNIS TOWN HALL / 2 SUSSEX AVE / $10 / ALL AGES
Originally premiered in November 2007, SUFJAN STEVENS' BQE project was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music to musically and cinematically explore NYC's infamous Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The film, complete with Sufjan's symphonic, instrumental soundtrack, will be screened in its entirety at Innis Town Hall in the heart of the St. George campus.
MONDAY OCTOBER 26 / DAVID GRAY / MASSEY HALL / 178 VICTORIA ST / $54.50-$64.50 / ALL AGES
After a four-year studio hiatus, British singer-songwriter DAVID GRAY recently released Draw the Line, a gritty, folky album featuring a pair of duets with Annie Lennox and Jolie Holland. Gray's melancholy voice and self-reflective lyrics remain the focal points on the album, keeping the sound consistent with past efforts. The lone opening act is LISA HANNIGAN, the delicate voice that perfectly complimented Damien Rice for years. The Irish singer and multi-instrumentalist is currently touring in support of her debut solo LP Sea Sew.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 27 / MÚM / OPERA HOUSE / 735 QUEEN ST E / $20 / 19+
Icelandic experimentalists MÚM have a fine ear for detail, crafting epic songs that effortlessly conjure up earthly images of their homeland. Support act is SIN FANG BOUS, the solo project Sindri Sigfússon, founding member of SEABEAR. Expect to see more instruments that you can name combine to form folk-influenced art-pop gems during both sets.
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