Toronto Concert Listings

Hot Ticket: Mary Anne Hobbs, The Killabits, Zeds Dead, the Acorn, Evening Hymns, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Hooded Fang, Modern Superstitions, Malajube, Library Voices, Whale Tooth, The Kills, Cold Cave and The Entrance Band

Live music picks for WEDNESDAY APRIL 27 through TUESDAY MAY 3, 2011.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 27 / MARY ANNE HOBBS / WRONGBAR / 1279 QUEEN ST W / $15 / 19+
Wrongbar brings BBC Radio 1 "Experimental Show" host and DJ Mary Anne Hobbs for Wednesday's "Bassmentality". Hobbs champions in the underground: from dubstep, dance, techno and experimental genres unheard of. Joining her will be locals The Killabits and duo Zeds Dead.

THURSDAY APRIL 28 / THE ACORN / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 370 QUEEN ST W / $10 / 19+
Ottawa's the Acorn comes to the Horseshoe to promote their new EP No Ghost. Dual drummers bring wild polyrhythm while multi-instrumentalist and lead vocalist Rolf Klausener sings ballads that evoke pastoral sprawls. Evening Hymns, who are also set to release a new album, opens for the Acorn.

FRIDAY APRIL 29 / THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE / PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE ST / $18.50 / 19+
The Rural Alberta Advantage arrives at the Phoenix on Friday, bringing their sophomore record Departing to life. Full of energy and known to play their instruments with fury, RAA trio Paul Banwatt (drums), Amy Cole (keyboard) and Nils Edenloff (guitarist/vocals), light up stages, their songs brewin' like a storm. The line-up includes local favourites Hooded Fang and Modern Superstitions.

SATURDAY APRIL 30 / MALAJUBE / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 370 QUEEN ST W / $15 / 19+
Bad news for Foals fans as the band's gig at the Phoenix is sold out. But here is the good news: Montreal's Malajube are in town to promote their fourth LP La Caverne with Library Voices and Whale Tooth set to open. The francophone quartet teaches us that language is not a barrier because good music is good music - especially for these two-time Polaris Prize nominees, who like to play their dance melodies heavy and high. So even if you can't comprehend the lyrics, you'll be elated by night's end.

SUNDAY MAY 1 / THE KILLS / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON ST / $24 / ALL AGES
He/she duo Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince - known as The Kills - are ready to take over the stage at Sound Academy in all their garage-rock glory. With over a decade under their belt, The Kills are more professional: expect more rockin', less talkin' as the band promotes their newest album Blood Presssures. Opening for them will be NYC's Cold Cave and LA trio The Entrance Band.

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Lead photo of The Rural Alberta Advantage by Home Slice Pizza.


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