U2 Toronto

Hot Ticket: Makeout Videotape, Tops, Tonkapuma, Henri Faberge, Black Keys, Cage the Elephant, The Box Tiger, Casino, Parks and Rec, Girl Talk, Young Empires, U2 and Interpol

Live music picks for WEDNESDAY JULY 6 through TUESDAY JULY 12, 2011.

WEDNESDAY JULY 6 / MAKEOUT VIDEOTAPE / THE PORT / 1179 DUNDAS W / $5 / 19+
After their short stint at this year's NXNE festival, Vancouver buzz trio Makeout Videotape return to Toronto as headliners in a line-up that includes Tops, Tonkapuma (Daniel Lee and April Aliermo of Hooded Fang) and Henri FabergĂŠ. Makeout Videotape plays in support of their lo-fi, grunge-hewn debut LP Ying Yang.

THURSDAY JULY 7 / THE BLACK KEYS / MOLSON AMPHITHEATRE / 909 LAKESHORE W / $27- $50 / ALL AGES
Five-piece Kentucky band Cage the Elephant play their raucous rock and smouldering riffs (perfect for a hot summer day) before headliners The Black Keys take the stage. Playing in support of their Grammy Award-winning LP Brothers (Best Alternative Music Album), The Black Keys perform with force; the kind of sweaty rock n roll that tousles hair and makes the legs go weak.

FRIDAY JULY 8 / THE BOX TIGER / SUPERMARKET / 268 AUGUSTA AVE / $6 / 19+
"We are always looking for ways to make the sound as big as we can," lead vocalist/guitarist Sonia Sturino says in her blogTO interview. The Box Tiger are a tight-knit local group full of swagger and energy, and their songs growl mightily with roaring riffs and crashing choruses. Casino and Parks & Rec join the line up.

FRIDAY JULY 8 / GIRL TALK / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON ST / $30-$40 / ALL AGES
Gregg Gillis aka Girl Talk does not usually have other artists or bands open for him, so the audience at Sound Academy gets to have a little something extra when local synth-pop band Young Empires kicks off the evening. But the real treat comes when the Pittsburgh mash-up DJ puts on his sweatsuit-and-headband ensemble and delivers an 'anything goes' dance-a-thon that fills the venue with a mix of musical genres from electro-pop to funk and hip-hop.

MONDAY JULY 11 / U2 / ROGERS CENTRE / 1 BLUE JAYS WAY / $57-$200 / ALL AGES
Rock legends U2 bring their 360° Tour to the Rogers Centre, allowing audiences to surround the stage from all sides - a once-in-a-lifetime experience for fans of the Dublin quartet. NYC post-punk band Interpol opens for one of this summer's must-see concerts.

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