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Live music picks for WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 25 through TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 2009.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 25 / MALAJUBE / SONIC BOOM (IN-STORE) / 512 BLOOR ST W / FREE / ALL AGES
Polaris-nominated indie-rockers MALAJUBE perform a free in-store session at Sonic Boom, just one night before they headline the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern with Ottawa's HOLLERADO and Toronto's very own DINOSAUR BONES. Tickets for Thursday night will set you back $15, but admission to Sonic Boom is free, though a donation of a non-perishable food item is recommended.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 26 / IMOGEN HEAP / QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE / CNE GROUNDS / $32.50 / ALL AGES
After an amicable split from the other half of FROU FROU in 2003, British multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer IMOGEN HEAP stepped out from the shadows and into the spotlight. 2005's Speak For Yourself earned her a pair of nominations at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in addition to landing her atmospheric songs in dozens of television shows, movies and commercials. Her long overdue follow-up finally hit shelves in August of this year, immediately charting in the UK, US and Canada. Joining her on Thursday evening is electronic experimentalist TIM SHAW aka TIM EXILE and electro-pop act BACK TED-N-TED.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 27 / DEVENDRA BANHART / QUEEN ELIABETH THEATRE / CNE GROUNDS / $29.50 / ALL AGES
Houston born singer-songwriter DEVENDRA BANHART dropped out of art school in 1998, maintaining a prolific career as a visual artist, writer and musician ever since. You're more likely to know him as that bearded dude who dated Natalie Portman for a while, but Banhart has released seven solo efforts since 2002, in addition to his contributions to folk-rock act VETIVER, his remixes of OASIS and PHOENIX, his collaborative project MEGAPUSS and his work with MGMT and LITTLE JOY for BECK's Record Club. He'll headline the QET on Friday, touring in support of his major-label debut What Will We Be.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 27 / CAT EMPIRE / PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE ST / $20.50 / 19+
Australia's THE CAT EMPIRE are an eclectic collective to say the very least. Their live shows feature THE EMPIRE HORNS, as well as a rotating cast of guest musicians. While the band have yet to complete their much-anticipated fifth studio album, they're touring in support of Live on Earth, a 22-song collection spanning their entire career. Their live show is a sight to behold - brass galore, with a rhythm section that makes it impossible to stand still. Tickets will be hard to come by at this point, but totally worth the money.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28 / LADY GAGA & KID CUDI / AIR CANADA CENTRE / 40 BAY ST / $49.50+ / ALL AGES
Def Jam signed singer-songwriter STEFANI GERMANOTTA at the tender age of 19, shooting themselves in the foot soon thereafter by dropping her from the label. To put it mildly, that was an egregious error on their part, as the 23-year-old adopted the moniker LADY GAGA, and has since catapulted herself to international success. She has exploded in 2009, selling out arenas through excessive promiscuity, an uncomfortable relationship with the media, Bowie-esque attire and enough controversy to make your head spin. She was supposed to co-headline a tour with Kanye throughout the winter prior to his over-publicized breakdown, but elected to launch her own MONSTERS BALL TOUR featuring KID CUDI and SEMI PRECIOUS WEAPONS instead. KID CUDI will headline a show at the Kool Haus on the same night for those who want to see the Man on the Moon in a much more intimate venue.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28 / TWM & ZYGIELLA PRESENT: GERMANS / THE GARRISON / 1197 DUNDAS ST W / $7 / 19+
Feel like keeping it local on Saturday night? Two-Way Monologues and Zygiella team up to host Toronto's very own GERMANS, a dance-infused indie rock group currently putting the finishing touches to Club Tan, their long anticipated follow-up to their 2006 debut Cape Fear. Joining them are a trio of alarmingly talented local acts: THE RACOON WEDDING, THE SCHOMBERG FAIR and BLACK HAT BRIGADE.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 29 / THE BIG PINK & CRYSTAL ANTLERS / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $15.50 / 19+
ROBBIE FURZE and MILO CORDELL make up London, England's THE BIG PINK, an electro-rock duo that has exploded within the British music scene. Signed to renowned label 4AD, the band released their debut full length just a few months ago to widespread critical acclaim. California's CRYSTAL ANTLERS and local act REVOLVERS will open.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 30 / BEBEL GILBERTO / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON ST / $32.50 / ALL AGES
Bossa Nova vocalist ISABEL GILBERTO makes a stop at the Sound Academy in support of All In One, her most recent full-length and most downtempo effort yet. Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter ALEX CUBA serves as the sole opener. The two-time Juno award recipient has previously collaborated with several renowned musicians and vocalists, including CORINNE BAILEY RAE, RON SEXSMITH and NELLY FURTADO.
TUESDAY DECEMBER 1 / JASON COLLETT'S ANNUAL BASEMENT REVUE / DAKOTA TAVERN / 249 OSSINGTON AVE / $20 / 19+
JASON COLLETT keeps his Basement Revue tradition alive, commencing the third installment of his intimate series on December 1. Collett will play the Dakota every Tuesday night throughout December, playing host to a plethora of musicians, songwriters, poets and raconteurs.
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