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Toronto concert picks for WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 18th through TUESDAY NOVEMBER 24th, 2009.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 18 / PEACHES / PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE ST / $24.50 / 19+
Toronto's own Merrill Nisker has been releasing unabashedly eclectic albums under the name PEACHES for almost a decade now, coupling her electroclash music with a fearless stage persona and plenty of vulgarity and spontaneity. Her most recent effort I Feel Cream features production help from some huge names in electronic music including SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO, SOULWAX and DIGITALISM. Philly native and frequent SPANK ROCK collaborator AMANDA BLANK will open, touring in support of her debut album I Love You, which features additional production from DIPLO and DAVE SITEK of TV ON THE RADIO.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 19 / ANDRE WILLIAMS & THE SADIES / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 368 QUEEN ST W / $15 / 19+
THE SADIES have released a dozen albums in the past decade, often branching out on their own but just as frequently playing as the backing band for an array of artists including NEKO CASE, JOHN DOE and Alabama blues legend ANDRE WILLIAMS. It's been ten years since the release of the WILLIAMS/SADIES Red Dirt LP, but the pairing will reunite at the Shoe on Thursday for what's sure to be a night of soulful country and blues. Montreal's BLOODSHOT BILL and local blues rockers CATL will open.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 19 / APOSTLE OF HUSTLE / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $15 / 19+
APOSTLE OF HUSTLE released their ambitious third LP Eats Darkness this past May to widespread critical acclaim. Led by BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE member ANDREW WHITEMAN, the trio's music evades any type of genrefication, channeling elements of Cuban folk, reggae and indie rock into playful tunes with enough bass to keep you on your toes. SNOWBLINK is the sole opening act.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20 / THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $15 / 19+
In the last year, local indie rockers the RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE have catapulted from local buzz band to venerable Canadian songwriters, spreading vocalist Nils Edenloff's haunting tales of heartbreak, hometowns and natural disasters. Marking their largest Toronto headline show to date, Friday's concert sold out well in advance, prompting a barrage of Craigslist demands from fans. They'll be joined by a pair of stellar NEVADO RECORDS artists - mellowed out singer/songwriter BAHAMAS and Barrie, Ontario's FOX JAWS.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20 / YOU SAY PARTY! WE SAY DIE! / PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE ST / $12 / 19+
Vancouver's YOU SAY PARTY! WE SAY DIE! are currently on the tail-end of a Canadian fall tour that has taken the band from BC to PEI and back again. They'll swing through the Phoenix on Friday night, bringing along Montreal's THINK ABOUT LIFE and Toronto's very own LITTLE GIRLS to warm up the crowd.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21 / LULLABYE ARKESTRA / SONIC BOOM (IN-STORE) / 512 BLOOR ST W / FREE / ALL AGES
On their recently-released Vice Records debut, LULLABYE ARKESTRA pump out screamy, cathartic anthems like a zombified version of Death From Above 1979 (think Boyle, not Romero). Though they originally had a few more members and sounded a little less aggressive, they've benefited greatly from downsizing to the core husband and wife duo of JUSTIN SMALL (DO MAKE SAY THINK) and KAT TAYLOR. They'll be viciously shredding the basement of Sonic Boom this coming Saturday as part of a free in-store session celebrating the release of Threats/Worship. It's gonna be a loud one...
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21 & SUNDAY NOVEMBER 22 / BRAND NEW & GLASSJAW / KOOL HAUS / 132 QUEENS QUAY E / $26.50 / ALL AGES
Enigmatic Long Islanders BRAND NEW headline a pair of sold-out dates at the Kool Haus, bringing along CRIME IN STEREO and hardcore legends GLASSJAW to support. Their latest offering Daisy is raw and uncompromising, further entrenching their habit of drastically changing their sound with each studio release. Glassjaw are finally awakening from what seems like a lifetime of hibernation, hopefully in good health and with new songs to shatter my eager eardrums.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 23 / FUCK BUTTONS / EL MOCAMBO / 464 SPADINA AVE / $10 / 19+
British electronic experimentalists FUCK BUTTONS stop by the Elmo in support of their sophomore album Tarot Sport. Their debut full length Street Horrrsing was produced by JOHN CUMMINGS of MOGWAI, and launched the duo from relative anonymity to P4K-required status. Fellow ambient drone duo GROWING will start things off.
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 24 & WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 25 / EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS / EL MOCAMBO / 464 SPADINA AVE / $12.50 / 19+
Massive Los Angeles collective EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS bring their big band show to the El Mocambo in support of their debut full length Up From Below, released this past July through Vagrant Records. EDWARD SHARPE is a fictional character concocted by vocalist ALEX EBERT (also of IMAROBOT) during a break-up-fueled existential crisis. The eleven-piece band craft quirky pop songs around the tales of Sharpe, a lovelorn and highly distracted messiah figure with a weakness for women and alcohol. Joining the band on both nights are a pair of upbeat, LA-based indie-rock bands: LOCAL NATIVES and FOOL'S GOLD.
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