Toronto Concert Listings

Hot Ticket: Here We Go Magic, AroarA, tUnE-yArDs, Buke and Gass, Pat Jordache, One Hundred Dollars, Nordic Nomadic, James Blake, Active Child, Sleigh Bells, CSS

Live music picks for WEDNESDAY MAY 11 through TUESDAY MAY 17, 2011.

WEDNESDAY MAY 11 / HERE WE GO MAGIC / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 370 QUEEN ST W / $13.50 / 19+
Here We Go Magic conjures psychedelic chaos with their synth-driven LP Pigeons, and their most recent EP, The January. Catch them live playing spellbinding tracks, "Collector" and "Casual". Joining them on stage will be AroarA - a new project by Andrew Whiteman (Apostle of Hustle, Broken Social Scene) and wife Ariel.

THURSDAY MAY 12 / TUNE-YARDS / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 370 QUEEN ST W / $15 / 19+
tUnE-yArDs - led by Merrill Garbus and backed by bassist Nate Brenner - take the experimental genre to a whole new level with their latest LP w h o k i l l. But it's Garbus' all-or-nothing, shake-your-bones live performances - when she costumes herself in birds-of-paradise make-up and winged warrior get-up - that earns her adoration and respect from her followers. Joining tUnE-yArDs are Buke and Gass and Pat Jordache.

FRIDAY MAY 13 / ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS / THE GREAT HALL / 1087 QUEEN ST W / $12 / 19+
Toronto's Nordic Nomadic opens as The Great Gallery hosts a much-anticipated record release show for alt-country locals One Hundred Dollars. The six-piece band's sophomore LP, Songs of Man, ups the ante on their Polaris long-listed debut record Forest of Tears. You can download the first single, "Black Gold" - a heartfelt song about Fort McMurray oil workers - for free on Exclaim.

SATURDAY MAY 14 / JAMES BLAKE / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $20 / 19+
On the Lee's Palace stage, post-dubstep pioneer James Blake will bring new life to his nearly Pitchfork-perfect debut album. LA's Active Child opens for Blake, who pulls his audience in with gripping tracks like "Lindesfarne I & II" and his cover of Feist's "Limit to Your Love", which are sure to be packed with extra bass kicks.

TUESDAY MAY 17 / SLEIGH BELLS & CSS / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON ST / $21.50 / 19+
Brooklyn noise pop duo Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss, also known as Sleigh Bells, bring their dance-insomniac beats to Sound Academy. Sleigh Bells muffles your ears and numbs your body with songs like "Tell 'Em" and "Holly", Krauss yelling and groaning in anthemic fashion, challenging the contagious energy of headliners CSS.

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