Hot Ticket: Jakob Dylan & Three Legs (feat. Neko Case), Major Lazer, Alcest, White Rabbits, Circle Research & more
Live music picks for WEDNESDAY APRIL 21 through TUESDAY APRIL 27, 2010.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 21 / COURTESY BLUSH, RADIO BELLE & AVH COLOUR TEAM / RANCHO RELAXO / 300 COLLEGE ST / PWYC / 19+
Courtesy Blush headline an indie-rock-friendly PWYC Wednesday tonight at Rancho with Radio Belle and AVH Colour Team kicking the evening off. Radio Belle is the new project from Cristina of Parks & Rec, and she will be performing tonight with a full band behind her. AVH hit the stage at 10 p.m., bringing their slow-burn style of "sonic folk rock" to Rancho for the first time.
THURSDAY APRIL 22 / CIRCLE RESEARCH / THE RIVOLI / 332 QUEEN ST W / $7 / 19+
Just two days after the highly-anticipated release of their latest LP Gardiner Express, local production duo Circle Research take over the Beat Lounge at the Rivoli for a show presented by URBNET records and Unknown Funk Hero. Known for their official and unofficial remix work over the past fifteen years, Circle Research are taking a new approach with their latest album, electing to intensify their focus on experimenting with production rather than looking to an emcee to fill out a beat. Featuring a slew of guest performances and a round-robin Beat Lounge producer showcase, the show promises an evening of "classic hip-hop, funk, soul, electro-boogie, future beats and all fusions in between."
THURSDAY APRIL 22 / THE UNTOLD CITY'S ROBOTS////US / WRONGBAR / 1279 QUEEN SW W / $7 / 19+
The Untold City present an electro-friendly ROBOTS////US line-up at Wrongbar on Thursday night, featuring performances from Put The Rifle Down, Green Splat and Nintendo-loving PDF Format, with OPOPO RMX and Matt Weed spinning before, after and in between sets to keep you on the move.
FRIDAY APRIL 23 / ALCEST / HARD LUCK BAR / 812 DUNDAS ST W / $15
Though Alcest originally started off as a black-metal trio, the groups line-up soon dissolved, leaving French experimentalist Neige as the sole member. Subsequent recordings saw a departure from metal and an embrace of a more ambient/shoegaze sound, the most recent of which is Ecailles De Lune, released at the end of March. Neige will stop by the Hard Luck Bar to perform with a full band after an opening slot from Quebec black-metal experimentalists Monarque.
SATURDAY APRIL 24 / MAJOR LAZER / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON ST / $21 / 19+
Major Lazer is the collaborative project between renowned DJ/producers Diplo and Switch, who joined forces after the pair met while working with M.I.A. Their debut album Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do dropped last year and featured the vocal talents of Santigold, Amanda Blank, Nina Sky, Mr. Vegas and many more. With a sound that blends everything from dubstep and dance hall to reggae and trip hop, Diplo and Switch have made quite the name for themselves in the past few years, both independently and as a duo.
SUNDAY APRIL 25 / JAKOB DYLAN & THREE LEGS (with NEKO CASE) / PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE ST / $28.50 / 19+
While you may recognize Jakob Dylan as the frontman of The Wallflowers, he'll be performing with a different set of musicians at the Phoenix on Sunday evening, including New Pornographer Neko Case Bloodshot Records' singer-songwriter Kelly Hogan. Three Legs refers to Case's backing band, and recent reviews of Dylan's live performances with Three Legs' have critics praising the collaborative tour. Fans of Dylan can expect to hear a good chunk of material from his latest solo effort Women and Country as well as fan favourites and songs from earlier projects including The Wallflowers.
MONDAY APRIL 26 / DANIEL, FRED & JULIE (IN-STORE) / SOUNDSCAPES / 572 COLLEGE ST / FREE / ALL AGES
Featuring beautiful three-part harmonies from Acadian singer-songwriter Julie Doiron, her long-time collaborator Frederick Squire and Attack in Black frontman Daniel Romano, the traditional folk trio of Daniel, Fred & Julie will play a free in-store session at Soundscapes on Monday evening, just a week and a half after their intimate performance at the Horseshoe Tavern. They'll be promoting their self-titled mono recording, available on CD and LP through You've Changed Records. A recent Facebook post from the trio notes that "a special limited edition Dan Romano DF&J print [will be] available" to purchase, while free buttons are promised for all.
TUESDAY APRIL 27 / WHITE RABBITS & HERE WE GO MAGIC / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $14.50 / 19+
Six-piece, Brooklyn-based indie-rockers White Rabbits step out on their own headlining tour after recent stints supporting acts like The Walkmen and Spoon. Known for their high-energy live shows that often feature instrument switching and an array of cover songs, White Rabbits are currently touring in support of their 2009 LP It's Frightening, which boasts production from Spoon frontman Britt Daniel. Fellow Brooklynites Here We Go Magic will open, now touring as a full-bodied indie-rock quintet rather than as the solo folk project of lead singer Luke Temple.
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Lead photo of Neko Case provided by ANTI- Records.
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