Hot Ticket: The XX and Warpaint, K'naan and Shad, Marnie Stern with DDMMYYYY, The Temper Trap, Hudson Mohawke with mymanhenri, Library Voices and Paper Lions, Matt Pond PA, Arrington De Dionyso, & more
Live music picks for WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 29 through TUESDAY OCTOBER 5, 2010.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 29 / THE XX with WARPAINT / MASSEY HALL / 178 VICTORIA ST / $25 - $45 / ALL AGES
Following their Mercury Prize victory earlier this month, London indie pop trio The XX shocked music critics and fans alike by announcing that "there is no plan to even put out a second album." Bassist/vocalist Oliver Sim elaborated on their potential hiatus, noting that they're "going to write and record just for the love of it, even if [they] don't do anything with it". With that being said, their gig at Massey Hall tonight with Warpaint may be one of the few shots Torontonians have at taking in The XX before their self-imposed break from touring and writing. Tickets will be available at the door.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 30 / LIBRARY VOICES & PAPER LIONS / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 368 QUEEN ST W / $15 / 19+
Eight-piece Regina-based pop-rock collective Library Voices exploded onto the Canadian music scene in 2008 with the Hunting Ghosts EP, relentlessly touring the effort while building anticipation for the 2010 release of their debut full-length Denim on Denim. They'll co-headline the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on Thursday night alongside PEI quartet Paper Lions. Vancouver's Bend Sinister will open, making the all-Canadian line-up a truly coast-to-coast affair for the lucky Toronto crowd.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 1 / K'NAAN with SHAD / KOOL HAUS / 132 QUEENS QUAY E / $34.50 / ALL AGES
Head to the Kool Haus on Friday night for a double header lesson in Canadian hip hop with international sensation K'naan and two-time Polaris shortlister Shad. Somalian born K'naan and Kenyan born Shad bring conscious lyricism together with their own unique brands of world and indie influenced hip hop rhythms, and while Shad's rhymes are steeped in humour and pop culture references, both he and K'naan find common lyrical ground on issues of social justice and world issues.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 1 / MATT POND PA / MOD CLUB / 722 COLLEGE ST / $15 / 19+
Matt Pont PA drops in at the Mod Club for an early show in support of their most recent LP The Dark Leaves. The Philadelphia-based quintet recorded the effort in a cabin in upstate New York, building lush, rootsy instrumentation as a backdrop for songwriter Matt Pond's occasionally dark and cynical lyrics.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 1 / HUDSON MOHAWKE / MOD CLUB / 722 COLLEGE ST / $15 / 19+
Glaswegian electronic/hip hop experimentalist Ross Birchard (better known by his stage name Hudson Mohawke) makes a highly anticipated stop in Toronto on Friday night, bringing the glossy brilliance of his Warp Records debut album Butter to the Mod Club Theatre for a late-night DJ set alongside Filthy Gorgeous and mymanhenri.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 2 / ARRINGTON DE DIONYSO'S MALAIKAT DAN SINGA / SILVER DOLLAR / 486 SPADINA AVE / $7 / 19+
Arrington De Dionyso (of Old Time Relijun) brings his most recent project, Malaikat Dan Singa, to the Silver Dollar on Saturday night. The show has been described as "a trance-punk outfit featuring bass clarinet, guitars, multiple drummers and his trademark wild vocals (multi-spectral harmonic throatsinging combined with grunts, yelps and barks) - this time, all sun in Indonesian." Opening up for De Dionyso are EX~PO (who will be announcing their new band name at the show), Raccoon Wedding (with special guests) and The Livin' Art.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 3 / MARNIE STERN with DD/MM/YYYY / WRONGBAR / 1279 QUEEN ST W / $10.50 / 19+
NYC guitarist and songwriter Marnie Stern is set to release a self-titled full length album on October 5 through Kill Rock Stars, and she'll stop by Wrongbar on Sunday night in support of her forthcoming effort. Known for her technical guitar skills and experimental songwriting techniques, there's no doubt that Marnie Stern will be right at home in Toronto on Sunday night alongside local art-punk collective DD/MM/YYYY and Neon Windbreaker.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 5 / THE TEMPER TRAP / PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE ST / $21.50 / 19+
Tickets for The Temper Trap's return to Toronto this coming Tuesday night are going to be difficult to come by, but if you were smart enough to snag them in advance then you're undoubtedly in for a musical treat courtesy of the Australian alt-rock quintet. Get there early for opening sets from dreamy UK dance-pop aficionados Delphic and Brooklyn-based duo The Hundred In The Hands.
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Lead photo of Shad by Matthew McAndrew.
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