Arkells

Hot Ticket: Sage Francis, Blue Fog Revue, The Hoa Hoa's & Planet Creature, Matthew Barber, Them Crooked Vultures, Two Door Cinema Club & more

Live music picks for WEDNESDAY MAY 12 through TUESDAY MAY 18, 2010.

WEDNESDAY MAY 12 / MATTHEW BARBER / THE MOD CLUB / 722 COLLEGE ST / $16 / ALL AGES
Matthew Barber celebrates the release of his new album True Believer with an all-ages show at The Mod Club tonight, where he'll perform tracks from his latest release with the aid of Paul Mathew on bass, Joel Stouffer on drums and Jesse O'Brien on keys. Get there for 9pm to catch a set from The Wilderness of Manitoba, whose debut full-length album When You Left the Fire is due to be released on June 22.

THURSDAY MAY 13 / THE HOA HOA'S & PLANET CREATURE / THE GARRISON / 1197 DUNDAS ST W / $7 / 19+
Optical Sounds presents A Night at The Garrison, featuring performances from local psych rock act The Auras, Montreal's Rape Faction, Planet Creature and a headlining set from The Hoa Hoa's. General Chaos will be handling the lighting and visuals, while a handful of DJs will spin throughout the night: Gard, Richie Volume, Calzone and Opti. Planet Creature will be taking a break from recording their new album (due for release later this summer) to introduce a new bassist and drummer to their local fans.

FRIDAY MAY 14 / BLUE FOG REVUE: $100, ANDRE ETHIER, RICK WHITE & MORE / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $12 / 19+
The Blue Fog Revue is a one-time only spectacle featuring collaborations from the psych/country/folk label's artists, including Andre Ethier, Rick White, Wyrd Visions, Castlemusic, Eiyn Sof, Nordic Nomadic, culminating with a closing set from $100. Each artist will play both their own and each other's music, with members of $100 and Ethier's band backing them up throughout the evening. Friday night's Revue at Lee's offers fans the opportunity to catch Andre Ethier (former Deadly Snakes singer/guitarist) and Rick White performing live, a relatively rare occasion considering that both artists chose not to tour in support of their latest releases despite critical acclaim.

SATURDAY MAY 15 / THEM CROOKED VULTURES / AIR CANADA CENTRE / 40 BAY ST / $28.50-$73.75 / ALL AGES
Comprised of drummer Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), guitarist Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal) and legendary bassist John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Them Crooked Vultures are a band that were essentially a massive success before they had even released a song. They'll headline the ACC on Saturday night, bringing along live rhythm guitarist Alain Johannes (also of QOTSA) to fill out their touring line-up. Hamilton rockers Arkells are the lone opening act who (in addition to earning a coveted opening slot for TCV) enjoyed success at the Juno Awards last month, making it safe to assume that 2010 has been a relatively enjoyable year for the group.

SUNDAY MAY 16 / SAGE FRANCIS / OPERA HOUSE / 735 QUEEN ST E / $24.50 / 19+
Rhode Island hip-hop artist Paul Sage Francis stops by the Opera House just five days after the release of his fourth full length album Li(f)e, which features Sage's lyrics over top of music written by different indie rock artists, including Mark Linkous, Tim Fite, Jason Lytle and members of Death Cab, Califone and DeVotchKa. Openers are B Dolan and Free Moral Agents, an experimental collective brought together by Isaiah Owens (keyboardist for The Mars Volta).

MONDAY MAY 17 / TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB / WRONGBAR / 1279 QUEEN SW W / SOLD OUT / ALL AGES
Irish indie-rock trio Two Door Cinema Club wrap up their tour of North America at Wrongbar on Monday night, just over a month after making their US debut as Phoenix's opening act at a show in Chicago. TDCC's highly-anticipated debut album Tourist History was released at the end of April, immediately stunning critics and further solidifying the band as a major breakthrough act to watch in 2010. Doors are at 7:30pm, and make sure to get there early for sets from Bad Veins and Millionyoung.

TUESDAY MAY 18 / BOOKIE'S NMN: KALLE MATTSON / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 368 QUEEN ST W / FREE / 19+
This week's edition of Bookie's free Nu Music Nights at the Shoe features performances from The Dress Whites (11:40 p.m.), The Fuzz (10:50 p.m.), Black Heath Hounds (10:00 p.m.) and upcoming experimental folk rock act Kalle Mattson, who will be heading to the studio with The Wooden Sky's Gavin Gardiner this summer to record their sophomore album.

For more music listings, head on over to our events calendar.

Looking for tickets? Check out Rotate This or Soundscapes to avoid Ticketmaster robbery.

Have an event you'd like us to plug? Submit your own listing to the BlogTO calendar, contact us directly or use our handy facebook app.

Lead photo of Arkells by ryanophoto, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Music

Here's what the restoration of Toronto's iconic Massey Hall looks like right now

10 much-loved nightclubs that no longer exist in Toronto

Toronto couple makes elopement music video after their wedding was cancelled

Drake drops a teaser and release date for his new album Certified Lover Boy

The history of the El Mocambo in Toronto

The Weeknd just dropped a new video and it's straight out of a horror film

The trailer for the new Shawn Mendes doc is out and people can't get over the shower scene

The history of Electric Circus when it was Toronto's best party