Hot Ticket: Stars, Massive Attack, Man Man, Shout Out Louds, a-ha, Delhi 2 Dublin, Youth Crime & more
Live music picks for WEDNESDAY MAY 5 through TUESDAY MAY 11, 2010.
WEDNESDAY MAY 5 / STARS / THE MOD CLUB / 722 COLLEGE ST / SOLD OUT / ALL AGES
Tonight at the Mod Club Stars will be playing their new record The Five Ghosts in its entirety, over two months before the June 22 release date. For this tour, Stars are allowing fans from each city to choose their own 4-song encore using an open voting system on their official website. The new album marks their first release through the bands own imprint Soft Revolution Records, with distribution outside of Canada being handled by Vagrant Records. With massive buzz surrounding their new material, tickets for their show tonight will be exceptionally difficult to come by -- my advice is to head to craigslist.
THURSDAY MAY 6 / YOUTH CRIME EP RELEASE SHOW / SILVER DOLLAR / 486 SPADINA AVE / $5 / 19+
Youth Crime will celebrate the release of their self-titled EP with a show at the Silver Dollar on Thursday night, where the five-song collection will be available for $5. Since it's not much of a party without friends, the EP release show will feature a 9:30pm set from Chattering Class, followed by Thee Beestings! at 10:10pm, The Blooming Rosebuds at 10:40pm and a headlining set from Youth Crime starting just before midnight.
FRIDAY MAY 7 & SUNDAY MAY 9 / MASSIVE ATTACK / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON ST / $45 / ALL AGES
Massive Attack headline a pair of shows at the Sound Academy this coming Friday and Sunday, touring in support of their fifth studio album Heligoland, recorded over a five year span and featuring guest spots from members of Gorillaz, TV on the Radio, Elbow and Portishead. Joining Massive Attack on both nights is electronic musician MNDR and vocalist Martina Topley Bird, who is best known for her work on Tricky's groundbreaking album Maxinquaye.
SATURDAY MAY 8 / SHOUT OUT LOUDS / THE MOD CLUB / 722 COLLEGE ST / $15 / 19+
Sweden's Shout Out Louds looked to famed American indie-rock producer Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, The Shins, The Dodos) for their latest album Work, which sees the quartet adopting a much more minimalist approach than their two previous releases. For their current North American tour, Shout Out Louds will be joined by NYC indie pop group Freelance Whales, whose debut album Weathervanes was released through Frenchkiss Records this past March after gaining significant internet buzz throughout the latter half of 2009.
SUNDAY MAY 9 / MAN MAN / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $15 / 19+
Head to Lee's on Sunday for a night of crazy, manic experimentalism with Philly collective Man Man and local art rockers DD/MM/YYYY. It has been a few years since the release of their last album, and Man Man are expected to deliver the much anticipated follow-up sometime this spring. Perhaps their headlining set at Lee's will offer a sample of what their gypsy-influenced avant-garde sound has evolved into since the release of Rabbit Habits in 2008.
MONDAY MAY 10 / A-HA / MASSEY HALL / 178 VICTORIA ST / $49.50-$55.50 / ALL AGES
Norwegian new wave trio a-ha have decided to call it quits after a lengthy farewell tour in 2010, with the lone Toronto date being their stop at Massey Hall this coming Monday night. 28 years and nine full-length studio albums after their initial formation, a-ha are still going strong, celebrating their success over the past few decades with the massive, year-long, worldwide "Ending on a High Note" tour.
TUESDAY MAY 11 / DELHI 2 DUBLIN / DRAKE UNDERGROUND / 1150 QUEEN ST W / $15/ 19+
Known for their high energy live performances, Vancouver's Delhi 2 Dublin stop by the Drake Underground in support of their recently released sophomore album Planet Electric, which has been described as an "energetic mash-up of Bhangra, Celtic, dub reggae and electronica." You can download five tracks from the album for free for a limited time through their official website. Odario Williams of Grand Analog will kick the night off with a DJ set.
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