Kurt Vile

Hot Ticket: Kurt Vile, Woods, Cold Cave, Cult of Youth, HotKid, Dilly Dally, The Cheap Speakers, Alex Pulec, John Fogerty, The Levon Helm Band, Marissa Nadler, Faces on Film

Live music picks for WEDNESDAY JULY 13 through TUESDAY JULY 19, 2011.

WEDNESDAY JULY 13 / KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $16.50 / 19+
Brooklyn lo-fi rock band Woods opens for Kurt Vile and the Violators before the band heads to Chicago for the annual Pitchfork Music Festival. Vile has created a lot of buzz with his most recent LP Smoke Ring for My Halo, opening for the likes of guitar dynamo J Mascis over the last few months. And accompanied by his scruffy compatriots, Vile tears through guitar riffs with his hair swaying back and forth, unafraid to amplify his songs live.

THURSDAY JULY 14 / COLD CAVE / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 370 QUEEN ST W / $15 / 19+
Cold Cave's dark-wave, synth-based pop songs are better suited for smaller venues with their hard, gloom bass, which make the Horseshoe a perfect place to host the Philadelphia-based band. The band plays in support of their sophomore LP Cherish the Light Years. Brooklyn's Cult of Youth opens.

FRIDAY JULY 15 / HOTKID / SNEAKY DEE'S / 431 COLLEGE ST / $7 / 19+
Indie-rockers Dilly Dally, The Cheap Speakers and Alex Pulec (guitar/vocalist for The Ruby Spirit) join the line-up as Cambridge, Ontario's band-to-watch HotKid headlines Sneaky Dees. HotKid are an all-or-nothing rock duo with one intention - to play their grunge-filled boogies hard and loud.

SATURDAY JULY 16 / JOHN FOGERTY / REXALL CENTRE / 1 SHOREHAM DR / $50-$100 / ALL AGES
The BlackCreek Summer Music Festival continues this weekend with American singer-songwriter and legend John Fogerty - the once front-man of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Fogerty entertains his audience with his signature swamp boogie and blues twang. Concert goers will also be treated with co-headliner The Levon Helm Band, led by the Arkansas drummer and lead-singer/songwriter of The Band.

TUESDAY JULY 19 / MARISSA NADLER / SUPERMARKET / 268 AUGUSTA AVE / $12 / 19+
Boston's Faces on Film opens for Washington D.C. dream-folk artist Marissa Nadler, who returns to Toronto to play at Supermarket. The singer releases her fifth and self-titled LP this month and commands the stage with her striking vocals and presence like a fairy tale mistress; her songs float with folk and lulling grace.

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Lead photo of Kurt Vile by Atze de Vrieze.


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