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Hot Ticket: T-dot Pioneers, Alkaline Trio with Cursive, Zeus, Clipse, Muse, Rodrigo y Gabriela Ticket Giveaway

Live music picks for WEDNESDAY MARCH 3 through TUESDAY MARCH 9, 2010.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 3 !!POSTPONED!! / BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 368 QUEEN ST W / $12.50 / 19+
The Austin-based collective known as Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears released their debut full-length Tell 'Em What Your Name Is! in March of 2009 to widespread critical acclaim. Their gritty blues sound was captured on record by Spoon drummer Jim Eno, who had toured with BJL&THB soon after their formation in 2007. They'll be joined by fellow Texans Hacienda this evening, who you might remember from their show at the Shoe as part of Bookie's free Nu Music Night just a few weeks ago.
UPDATE: The Black Joe Lewis show has been postponed, with the re-scheduled date likely to be sometime in June. Refunds available at point of purchase until May 31.

THURSDAY MARCH 4 / T-DOT PIONEERS OPENING RECEPTION / TORONTO FREE GALLERY / 1277 BLOOR ST W / FREE / ALL AGES
Thursday night marks the opening reception of "T-dot Pioneers" and the launch of Northsidehiphop.ca, a new online resource cataloging Canadian hip hop history and culture with artefacts and multimedia memorabilia dating back to the early 1980's. The reception features a keynote address from K4ce, originator of the term 'T-dot,' followed by live performances from poet and emcee IanKamau, Roach Uno and Tdot Representative Thrust. The exhibition runs until April 18, with two hip hop dialogue events planned for March 2010.

FRIDAY MARCH 5 / RODRIGO Y GABRIELA / PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE ST / $29.50 / 19+
Having played together for over 15 years, Mexican guitar virtuosos Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero are renowned around the world for their intricate and experimental work with acoustic guitars. Their Friday evening concert at the Phoenix marks their first ever performance in Toronto, and they'll be joined by the Alex Skolnick Trio - the jazz project of famed Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick. Check the bottom of the post for your chance to win a pair of guestlist spots for the show on Friday night.

SATURDAY MARCH 6 / ALKALINE TRIO with CURSIVE / PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE ST / $23.50 / 19+
Seminal punk rockers Alkaline Trio headline a date at the Phoenix on Saturday night just a few weeks after the release of their seventh studio album This Addiction through Epitaph records. Saddle Creek legends Cursive will be the primary opening act, still touring hard on their latest effort Mama, I'm Swollen. The Omaha quartet, fronted by the enigmatic Tim Kasher, will be digitally releasing a new track on March 9 to raise funds for the American Indian College Fund. The Dear & Departed will kick things off early, shortly after the doors open at 5:30pm.

SATURDAY MARCH 6 / ZEUS / SOUNDSCAPES / 572 COLLEGE ST / FREE / ALL AGES
Zeus will stop by Soundscapes for a free in-store session on Saturday at 6pm sharp, serving as a warm-up for the band in advance of their CMW and SXSW appearances and their upcoming Bonfire Ball tour with Jason Collett and Bahamas. Their debut full-length Say Us was released on February 23 through Arts & Crafts, with the band taking a unique direction with their digital release strategy by offering vinyl-ripped mp3s to purchasers.

SUNDAY MARCH 7 / CLIPSE / CIRCA / 126 JOHN ST / $27.95 / 19+
Clipse stop by Circa on Sunday for a show with special local guests Rich Kidd and DJ Wristpect. Clipse, the unconventional duo of Malice and Pusha T, have enjoyed massive success in wake of the release of 2009's critically acclaimed Till the Casket Drops, which featured production from the Neptunes, Kanye, Rick Rubin and Swizz.

MONDAY MARCH 8 / MUSE / AIR CANADA CENTRE / 40 BAY ST / $39.50 - $59.50 / ALL AGES
UK rockers Muse headline a gig at the ACC with Grammy-nominated shoe-gazers Silversun Pickups. Muse are renowned worldwide for their eccentric and theatrical live performances as well as their progressive and constantly-evolving sound. Their most recent effort The Resistance has only amplified their profile, helping them to land a headlining slot at Glastonbury 2010 alongside Stevie Wonder.

TUESDAY MARCH 9 / TIGERCITY & WAVE MACHINES / WRONGBAR / 1279 QUEEN SW W / $10 / 19+
Tigercity headline a Tuesday night show at Wrongbar alongside UK rockers Wave Machines. Tigercity are purveyors of guitar-driven indie rock with a distinct 80s-pop feel, and have shared the stage with Jamie Lidell, M.I.A, Serena Maneesh and more. Doors at ten, and the night will start with a set from The Silent Years.

CONTEST: Courtesy of Embrace, we'll be giving away two tickets to the Rodrigo y Gabriela show at the Phoenix on March 5.

The first person to post a comment with the title of their favourite song off of RYG's latest album 11:11 will win a pair of guestlist spots for the show.

Rodrigo y Gabriela
with Alex Skolnick Trio (Testament guitarist)
The Phoenix - 410 Sherbourne St.
19+ / Doors 7:30
Tickets: $29.50 advance at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record and through Ticketweb.ca.

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