Hot Ticket: Gentleman Reg, The Magnetic Fields, Chuck Ragan, Great Lake Swimmers & More
Live music picks for WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 3 through TUESDAY FEBRUARY 9, 2010.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 3 / GENTLEMAN REG / THE DRAKE HOTEL / 1150 QUEEN ST W / $10 / 19+
Gentleman Reg celebrates the one-year anniversary of the release of his breakthrough LP Jet Black with a show at the Drake Underground every Wednesday night in February. A follow-up EP was delivered in December of last year, when Reg released Heavy Head, featuring a pair of covers, a pair of remixes and a pair of originals - one of which included a guest appearance from Owen Pallett. The "Heavy Head Residency" will feature lengthy sets from Reg and his band as well as performances from special weekly guests, starting with Hooded Fang and Kite Hill tonight.
THURSDAY FEBRAURY 4 / CHEAP TRICK / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON ST / $41 / ALL AGES
Cheap Trick have been going at it since the early seventies, and their tireless touring ethic and loyal fanbase have allowed them to spread their love for power chords and well-crafted pop songs for well over three decades. They're stopping by the Sound Academy in support of their latest two releases - The Latest and Sgt. Pepper Live, a tribute to the classic 1967 Beatles album. They'll be joined by former The Almighty frontman Ricky Warwick.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 5 / GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS / SONIC BOOM (IN-STORE) / 512 BLOOR ST W / FREE / ALL AGES
Sonic Boom keeps up an incredible winter schedule of free in-stores so far in 2010, with an early evening performance from Great Lake Swimmers the night before their sold-out show at Trinity St. Paul's with Sharon Van Etten. Having just returned from their first tour of China, I'm sure Great Lake Swimmers will be happy to see some familiar Toronto faces. As always, the basement performance is free and all ages, with the staff at Sonic Boom asking that you bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 6 / CHUCK RAGAN & TIM BARRY / WRONGBAR / 1279 QUEEN SW W / $13 / 19+
Punk rock legend Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music) headlines a show at Wrongbar this Saturday night alongside Tim Barry (of Avail). Both Ragan and Barry released new albums recently, with both songwriters adopting a full-bodied folk and country sound for their solo efforts. They'll be joined by local indie rockers The Cavaliers and Dave Hause (of the Loved Ones).
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 7 / WAVELENGTH 499 / THE GARRISON / 1197 DUNDAS ST W / PWYC / 19+
Doc Pickles curates the second last Sunday edition of the Wavelength Music Series as the long-standing tradition shifts to a new format after their tenth anniversary festival. The evening begins with the ambient, folky shoegaze sounds of local singer/songwriter Justin Chee, followed by Princess Century, The Tres Bien Ensemble and Montreal's Half Baked hitting the stage at 12:30 to close the night out.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 8 / THE MAGNETIC FIELDS / QUEEN ELIABETH THEATRE / CNE GROUNDS / $30.50 / ALL AGES
The Magnetic Fields are touring in support of the January release of Realism, the final instalment in their anti-synth trilogy of albums. The experimental pop group is built around singer/songwriter Stephin Merritt, and are known for their intimate and predominantly acoustic live shows, which contain minimal percussion due to Merritt's diagnosed hyperacusis. Canadian indie-pop singer and kalimba enthusiast Laura Barrett is the sole opening act.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 9 / PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS / SUPERMARKET / 268 AUGUSTA AVE / PWYC / 19+
Another Haiti fundraiser, this time featuring performances from Sleep for the Nightlife, Northern Primitive, Hue and Hands and Teeth. In addition to a night of music, there will be an auction/raffle featuring photography prints, gift certificates, band merchandise and art generously donated by artists, musicians and business owners throughout the city, including Arts& Crafts, Sadie's Diner, YYZ Records and sharkvsbear.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 9 / BOOKIE'S NU MUSIC NIGHT / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 368 QUEEN ST W / $15 / 19+
This coming Tuesday, Bookie's Nu Music Night at the Shoe offers free performances from local indie-rockers The Meligrove Band, Hacienda, alt-country rockers Those Darlins and Toronto garage rockers The Invasions. Hacienda stopped by Toronto in November 2009, performing as Dan Auerbach's backing band alongside My Morning Jacket percussionist Patrick Hallahan. Equal parts blues and rock n' roll, look for Hacienda's new album Big Red and Barbacoa in April.
For more music listings, head on over to our events calendar.
Lead Photo: Hooded Fang live at Lee's Palace on November 15, 2009.
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