Hot Ticket: Record Store Day 2010, Daniel Fred and Julie, Dr. Dog, The Appleseed Cast, Gogol Bordello, Lullabye Arkestra, Los Campesinos, Dosh & more...
Live music picks for WEDNESDAY APRIL 14 through TUESDAY APRIL 20, 2010.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 14 / DR. DOG / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $16.50 / 19+
Philadelphia-based psych-rockers Dr. Dog just dropped their first album for Anti- Records last week, leaving fans and critics alike praising their most brazen rock n' roll effort to date. Known for crafting lo-fi pop gems with subtle hints of folk, blues and indie rock, Dr. Dog are sure to deliver an energetic and uplifting gig at Lee's tonight. Sean Bones is the lone opener, touring in support of his debut full-length Rings, a collection of reggae-influenced pop tunes released last year by Frenchkiss Records. Get a vibe for Bones and download a few of his tracks for free over at RCRDLBL -- it's perfect music for warm weather.
THURSDAY APRIL 15 / DANIEL, FRED & JULIE / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 368 QUEEN ST W / $12 / 19+
The Canadian songwriting trio of Daniel Romano (Attack in Black), Julie Doiron and Fred Squire came together to revisit and re-imagine a collection of folk standards, which they recorded mono using a four-track in Squire's garage. The raw, stripped down and unpolished collection was released late last year through Romano's You've Changed Records under the moniker Daniel, Fred & Julie, and their Thursday night show at the Shoe offers a rare chance to catch the trio live as they work their way through a twelve-date Canadian spring tour. Toronto-based folk/roots songwriter Jerry Leger and DF&J labelmates Baby Eagle will open.
FRIDAY APRIL 16 / LULLABYE ARKESTRA / THE GARRISON / 1197 DUNDAS ST W / $10 / 19+
Lullabye Arkestra headline what's sure to be a chaotic evening at the Garrison on Friday, with three incredible local acts rounding out the bill: Burning Love, Brave/Deeds and Reverse Mount Rushmore. Lullabye Arkestra were recently crowned best punk/metal act in the city by NOW Magazine who, like countless critics, were astounded by their VICE Records debut Threats/Worship. They're currently on the road in support of their new digital EP Heart Like a Wheel, which the husband/wife duo are offering for free download via the widget embedded below.
SATURDAY APRIL 17 / RECORD STORE DAY / SONIC BOOM (IN-STORE) / 512 BLOOR ST W / FREE / ALL AGES
Sonic Boom celebrates International Record Store Day 2010 with an all-day basement mini-festival featuring performances from Sloan, Adam Green, Meligrove Band, Metz, Buck 65 and Valery Gore, with DJ Shit La Merde and DJ jj spining between sets to keep the crowd entertained. The event kicks off at 3 p.m. sharp and will feature prizes, giveaways and exclusive RSD releases in addition to an evening of live music. As always admission won't cost you a thing, except for a non-perishable food donation to The Daily Bread Food Bank.
SUNDAY APRIL 18 / DOSH / THE DRAKE HOTEL / 1150 QUEEN ST W / $10 / 19+
The Drake Underground hosts Anticon Records experimentalist Dosh for a Sunday evening show, just five days after the release of his fifth full length effort Tommy, which features guest vocals from Andrew Bird and a slew of other contributors. Martin Dosh is a one-man band, whose songs are sonic collisions of hip hop, avant jazz, prog rock and electronic that often feature an abundance of sampling, looping and richly layered percussion. White Hinderland are the lone openers, bringing their spacey brand of indie-pop to Toronto in support of their recently released LP Kairos.
MONDAY APRIL 19 / THE APPLESEED CAST / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $15 / 19+
Back in late 2001, Kansas-based quintet The Appleseed Cast released an ambitious double-album under the title Low Level Owl, forcing listeners to reconsider the emo-rock labels thrown at the group after the release of Mare Vitalis. Split into two volumes, Low Level Owl is a seamless collection of post-rock bliss that saw the Appleseed Cast move more towards the ambient and atmospheric. For their current tour, the group will be recreating both volumes of Low Level Owl back-to-back, each in its entirety, with Graveface Records labelmates Dreamend tagging along as the sole openers.
TUESDAY APRIL 20 / LOS CAMPESINOS / PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE ST / $16.50 / ALL AGES
CANCELLED: Los Camp are currently stranded in the UK due to volcanic ash.
Welsh indie-pop collective Los Campesinos bring their tongue-in-cheek, razor-sharp wit to the Phoenix on Tuesday for a show in support of their latest LP Romance is Boring, released through Arts & Crafts earlier this year. Staten Island indie-rock quartet Cymbals Eat Guitars will warm the crowd up, still touring in support of their 2009 p4k-approved LP Why There Are Mountains. Both acts are known for delivering fervent, high-energy performances, giving indie rock lovers a good excuse to come out, dance and get rowdy on a Tuesday evening.
TUESDAY APRIL 20 / GOGOL BORDELLO & DEVOTCHKA / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON ST / $25 / ALL AGES
NYC gypsy-punk phenomenon Gogol Bordello bring their renowned theatrical live show to Toronto for a date at the Sound Academy. Featuring nine members playing everything from accordion and violin to saxophone and electronics, Gogol Bordello put on an incomparable live show, thanks in part to their incessant touring over the past decade. DeVotchKa is the lone opener for Gogol, marking their first Toronto appearance since the release of A Mad and Faithful Telling through ANTI- Records in March of 2008.
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