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Live music picks for WEDNESDAY APRIL 28 through TUESDAY MAY 4, 2010.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 28 / THE ALBUM LEAF / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $12.50 / 19+
The Album Leaf was started in 1998 by Jimmy Lavalle as a side project during downtime from his commitments with post-rock group Tristeza. Twelve years and five albums later The Album Leaf is still going strong, stopping by Lee's Palace for a wallet-friendly show tonight in support of A Chorus of Storytellers, Lavelle's latest released under his solo moniker. Sea Wolf are the lone opening act, so expect an evening of laid-back folk rock followed by a dreamy, ambient and mellow set from The Album Leaf.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 28 / HARLEM / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 368 QUEEN ST W / $15 / 19+
After self-releasing their eponymous debut album Free Drugs in 2008, Austin, Texas based trio Harlem we scooped up by Matador Records for a multi-album deal, the first of which was delivered on April 6 of this year. Hippies retains the lo-fi garage rock aesthetic of their debut, and is filled with quick, fierce rock'n'roll jams. Collective Concerts lists a pair of opening acts: Teenager and the duo of Simone and Slim Twig, better known as Tropics.
THURSDAY APRIL 29 / THE WILDERNESS & THE CAUTIONEERS / THE BOAT / 158 AUGUSTA AVE / $5 / 19+
Celebrate International Dance Day with an all-local party at The Boat featuring live performances from The Wilderness, The Cautioneers, oHNo and Human Bodies, with The Benefit of the Free Man playing at the small stage in between each act. Cover will only set you back five bucks, and according to the Facebook event page, an epic finale is in store for those who attend.
FRIDAY APRIL 30 &
SATURDAY MAY 1* / JONSI / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON ST / $31.50 / ALL AGES
J贸nsi Birgisson has been keeping busy since his band Sigur R贸s announced they'd be taking an indefinite hiatus earlier this year, taking the time off as an opportunity to launch his solo career. His debut LP Go was released at the beginning of April and features J贸nsi's signature falsetto singing predominantly English vocals, unlike the bulk of his work with Sigur Ros. Go offers a stark contrast when compared to J贸nsi's previous release - the acoustic and instrumental album he released with his boyfriend Alex Somers last year under the moniker Riceboy Sleeps. Sub Pop folk group Death Vessel (fronted by Joel Thibodeau) are the lone opening act. *Note: the Saturday show has been canceled but tickets will be honored at the Friday show or refunded by LiveNation.
SATURDAY MAY 1 / YEASAYER / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $18 / 19+
Brooklyn-based experimental rockers Yeasayer headline a sold out show at Lee's Palace in support of their sophomore album Odd Blood. Preceded by the glossy, upbeat single "Ambling Alp," Odd Blood was supposedly inspired by a trip to New Zealand during which Yeasayer experimented with LSD. The duo of Derek Miller of Alexis Krauss, collectively known as Sleigh Bells, will deliver a highly-anticipated opening set.
MONDAY MAY 3 / CARIBOU / PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE ST / $15 / ALL AGES
Last week Dan Snaith aka Caribou delivered Swim, the highly anticipated follow up to his 2007 Polaris-winning LP Andorra. The album's closing track features guest vocals from Born Ruffian Luke Lalonde, capping off an unbelievable album that is undeniably perfect for the warmer weather. Take Monday's show at the Phoenix as a chance to catch Snaith live before he embarks on a massive North American tour in May. Doors are at 8, with the lone opening coming from Toro y Moi, the stage name of Columbia, South Carolina's Chazwick Bundick, who is currently on the road in support of his debut full-length Causers of This.
TUESDAY MAY 4 / FRIGHTENED RABBIT / OPERA HOUSE / 735 QUEEN ST E / $15 / 19+
Though the buzz behind Scottish folk-rockers Frightened Rabbit was built on the dark, drunken foundations of 2008's The Midnight Organ Fight, fans have openly embraced the comparatively upbeat and lyrically-positive follow-up album The Winter of Mixed Drinks - to such an extent that their stop at the Opera House sold out well in advance. Get there early for opening sets from art-rock experimentalists Maps & Atlases and US psych-folk duo Our Brother the Native.
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Lead photo: Frightened Rabbit at the Horseshoe Tavern - taken by Matthew McAndrew.
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