Yeasayer

Hot Ticket: The Baseball Project, The Order of Good Cheer, Robyn, Natalia Kills, Diamond Rings, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, The Mommyheads, Rihanna, Cee Lo Green, J. Cole, B.o.B., Yeasayer, Smith Westerns, and Hush Hush

Live music picks for WEDNESDAY JUNE 1 through TUESDAY JUNE 7, 2011.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 1 / THE BASEBALL PROJECT / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 370 QUEEN ST W / $13.50 / 19+
Locals The Order of Good Cheer lead off for heavy-hitters The Baseball Project, who consist of Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate), Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M.), and Linda Pitmon (Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3). They sing MLB history-inspired anthems and homerun-rock songs, evoking nostalgia for those exciting season openers and pennant races.

FRIDAY JUNE 3 / ROBYN / ECHO BEACH / 909 LAKESHORE BLVD W / $41 / ALL AGES
Toronto's newest venue Echo Beach - located just southeast from the Molson Amphitheatre - officially opens its doors, and rocking its stage and 4000-capacity space for the first time will be none other than Swedish dance artist Robyn. English electro-pop artist Natalia Kills opens, but who better to get things rolling at Echo Beach than Toronto's own Diamond Rings.

SATURDAY JUNE 4 / THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $18.50 / 19+
Swedish rock group The Soundtrack of Our Lives, led by the bearded and tunic wearing front-man Ebbot Lundberg, take their psychedelic and raw mid-tempo rock hooks to Lee's Palace. The Mommyheads open for TSOOL, who play in support of Origin Vol. 2, the second part of their greatest hits compilation album.

MONDAY JUNE 5 / RIHANNA / AIR CANADA CENTRE / 40 BAY ST / $19-$99 / ALL AGES
Cee Lo Green, J. Cole and B.o.B all join the line-up in support of "good girl gone bad" Rihanna at Air Canada Centre. The Grammy winner returns to Toronto, bringing along Billboard music chart-breaker "What's My Name?" and "Only Girl (In the World)".

TUESDAY JUNE 7 / YEASAYER / PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE ST / $20 / 19+
Brooklyn art-pop trio Yeasayer returns to Toronto, this time at the Phoenix, hoping to bring another high-energy/sweat-fest show. Expect the same tribal, bass-heavy and electro-funk grooves from their sophomore record Odd Blood, but don't be surprised if the Brooklynites also sing a couple new tunes from their upcoming third LP. Opening for Yeasayer will be Berlin funk-soul artist Hush Hush, along with Smith Westerns.

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