Hot Ticket: M.I.A. with Rye Rye, Midlake, Rogue Wave & Peter Wolf Crier, Simian Mobile Disco & Annie Mac, Comeback Kid with Madball, Menomena & Suckers, !!!, Foals, & more
Live music picks for WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 22 through TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2010.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 22 / M.I.A. / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON ST / $40 - $75 / ALL AGES
M.I.A. stops by the Sound Academy tonight in support of her latest album /\/\/\Y/\ which features contributions from longtime collaborators Diplo and Switch, as well as Rusko, Derek Miller (Sleigh Bells, Poison the Well) and Blaqstarr. Opening up for M.I.A. is Baltimore rapper Rye Rye, who signed with M.I.A.'s record label N.E.E.T. after its formation in 2008. Tickets for the lower level are $40, while upstairs 19+ VIP access will set you back $75. Doors at 8pm.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 23 / COMEBACK KID / OPERA HOUSE / 735 QUEEN ST E / $20 / ALL AGES
Hardcore and punk rock take over the Opera house this Thursday night for Comeback Kid's return to Toronto. Joining the Winnipeg quintet are NYC legends Madball, Massachusetts hardcore act A Wilhelm Scream, Vancouver's Living With Lions and Portuguese group Devil In Me, whose latest LP The End was produced by Comeback Kid vocalist Andrew Neufeld.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 24 / ROGUE WAVE & MIDLAKE / OPERA HOUSE / 735 QUEEN ST E / $19.50 / 19+
The Opera House switches over to ethereal indie rock bliss for Friday night's gig, which features co-headlining sets from Texas quintet Midlake and Oakland's Rogue Wave, whose fourth album was released earlier this year through their new home at Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records. Minneapolis-based duo Peter Wolf Crier will open up the show, touring in support of their debut album for Jagjaguwar Records - an eleven-track effort entitled Inter-Be which was released this past May to widespread acclaim.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 25 / DIGITAL: SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO, ANNIE MAC & MORE / 99 SUDBURY STREET & THE BASEMENT / $19.50 / 19+
Embrace takes over the Sound Academy on Saturday night for DIGITAL -- their ongoing series of epic dance parties that bring some of the most renowned DJs and producers in the world to Toronto. This edition featured a DJ set from Simian Mobile Disco plus performances from Annie Mac, SonicC, Rynecologist and Bordello at 99 Sudbury Street. The Liberation dub-stop party goes down at The Basement (178 Bathurst @ Queen), and features live appearances from Downlink, Marcus Visionary, Hydee and Stickbubbly. Doors at 10pm.
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SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 26 / !!! / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $16.50 / 19+
Funky dance-punk collective !!! (pronounced chk chk chk) released their fourth album Strange Weather, Isn't It? through Warp Records earlier this year, and to celebrate they have embarked on a massive tour to show off their new tunes. They'll headline a gig at Lee's Palace this Sunday night alongside tourmates Fol Chen.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 27 / FOALS / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $15 / 19+
Foals headline a sold out show at Lee's on Monday night, where the full house crowd will be eager to hear live renditions of tracks from their Mercury Prize nominated sophomore effort Total Life Forever as well as their eponymous 2008 debut Antidotes. Get there early to catch the opening set from fellow Brits Esben & the Witch, an indie rock trio signed to Matador Records, though they have yet to release a full length album.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 28 / MENOMENA / MOD CLUB / 722 COLLEGE ST / $15 / 19+
Experimental indie rock trio Menomena headline the Mod Club on Tuesday evening to show off their latest batch of trippy, off-tempo musical creations - their 2010 album Mines, released at the end of July by Barsuk Records. The Portland-based band self-recorded and produced the effort, and recently adopted Joe Haege as a touring member of the group. Opening acts include fellow indie pop experimentalists Suckers as well as Haege's primary band Tu Fawning.
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