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Live music picks for WEDNESDAY MARCH 17 through TUESDAY MARCH 23, 2010.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 17 / SCOUT NIBLETT / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 368 QUEEN ST W / $11.50 / 19+
In January, British-born singer Scout Niblett announced that she will be recording the title track from her latest LP The Calcination of Scout Niblett a hundred different times. Each version will be sold only once so that the buyer owns the sole copy of the recording. Head to the Horseshoe tonight to ask her what version she's at, but make sure to get there early for opening sets from local acts First Rate People and Picastro.
THURSDAY MARCH 18 / A WILHELM SCREAM / THE MOD CLUB / 722 COLLEGE ST / $14.50 / ALL AGES
Punk rock takes over the Mod Club on Thursday evening when Windsor's Orphan Choir, Toronto's own Junior Battles and Maine's Outbreak open up for the always ferocious A Wilhelm Scream. AWS have been delivering their own brand of melodic hardcore to ravenous fans around the world for well over a decade, beefing up their sound and picking up a few more members throughout their journey. The quintet's latest release was a self-titled EP dropped in June of 2009 through Paper & Plastick Records.
FRIDAY MARCH 19 / THE CLIENTELE with FIELD MUSIC / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 368 QUEEN ST W / $16 / 19+
London, England's The Clientele headline the Shoe on Friday night in support of Bonfires on the Heath. Having played together for over a decade, The Clientele craft dreamy indie pop songs bathed in layers of reverb. Fellow Brits Field Music are the lone openers, touring in support of their latest album Field Music (Measure). The LP marked their return from a lengthy hiatus, with the group reforming as a duo rather than a trio after pianist Andrew Moore stepped out to train as a chef.
SATURDAY MARCH 20 / CUFF THE DUKE / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $15 / 19+
Cuff the Duke headline Lee's Palace on Saturday, providing some excitement for Torontonians left dealing with the void that SXSW creates every year. Wayne Petti and company will be bringing along a pair of incredible local openers: Huron and Hooded Fang. Hooded Fang are long overdue for a follow-up to their self-titled EP (released back in 2008), and despite worthy internet buzz they have somehow managed to evade the grasp of record labels both small and large. On the other hand, Hamilton's Huron will be officially releasing their debut album on March 23 and Cuff the Duke are touring their 2009 LP Way Down Here.
SATURDAY MARCH 20 / TWM: LOON CHOIR, BUFFALO & CROWN LAND / RANCHO RELAXO / 300 COLLEGE ST / $5 / 19+
A pair of bands make their live debut on Saturday night at Rancho Relaxo as part of the Two Way Monologues series: Buffalo and Crown Land. Buffalo features three ex-members of Black Hat Brigade, and Crown Land (who have yet to build any sort of web presence) is the solo project of Rob Haughey. Closing out the night is Ottawa's Loon Choir, a six-piece folk-pop group that just recently recorded their debut full-length with the aid of Ohbijou's James Bunton.
TUESDAY MARCH 23 / NU MUSIC NITE: HURON (CD RELEASE) / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 368 QUEEN ST W / FREE / 19+
This coming Tuesday, Bookie's weekly Nu Music Night features a pair of Hamilton bands and a pair of Toronto acts, kicking off with a set from The Counter Point at 9, followed by Pumps at 10 p.m., Huron at 10:50 p.m.and a late night set from Owl Farm starting around 11:40 p.m. Huron will be celebrating the release of their self-titled debut full-length album on Tuesday night, available through Latent Recordings both digitally and physically on CD and 180 gram vinyl.
TUESDAY MARCH 23 / AIR / PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE ST / $32.50 / 19+
French duo Air headline an early show at the Phoenix in support of Love 2. Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel formed Air over fifteen years ago, and their blend of psychedelic electro has been borrowed by TV shows, movies and commercials around the world since their debut. They did the soundtrack for the film adaptation of The Virgin Suicides and more recently contributed to Charlotte Gainsbourg's sophomore album 5:55. LA indie rockers AM are the lone openers, hitting the stage shortly after doors open at 8 p.m.
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