Wild Flag Toronto concerts

Hot Ticket: Wild Flag, Yellow Fever, The Toasters, The Besnard Lakes, Malajube, Bane, Data Romance, Gauntlet Hair, Skrillex, The Lemonheads

Live music picks for TUESDAY OCTOBER 11 through MONDAY OCTOBER 17 2011.

TUESDAY OCTOBER 11 / WILD FLAG / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR W / $25 / 19+
Four ladies who love to play music — that's the best way you can describe Wild Flag, a four-piece band from Portland that is quickly making a name for themselves in the industry. Quick and dirty riffs coupled with harmonized vocals are staples of the band's work. Playing Lee's Palace tonight (Tuesday) with supporting act Yellow Fever.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 12 / THE TOASTERS / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 368 QUEEN W / $12.50 / 19+
Does anybody really listen to ska anymore? One of the groups that pioneered the movement will be touching down at the Horseshoe Tavern on Wednesday night. The Toasters have been around for 30 years and show no signs of slowing down. Listening to their tunes, it's not hard to see how their sound helped the genre itself evolve and grow.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 13 / THE BESNARD LAKES / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR W / $25 / 19+
This indie-rock quartet from Montreal has released three albums, two of which have been nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. If that's not a good track record, I don't know what is. The band recently released the EP You Lived in the City, which features music created for the film Sympathy for Delicious, directed by Mark Ruffalo. Their atmospheric sound and incredible stage presence have earned the band a significant following in their short career. Malajube will offer support.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 14 /BANE / SNEAKY DEE'S / 431 COLLEGE / $16 / ALL AGES
Fans of hardcore punk won't want to miss this one. Bane, the legendary quintet out of Boston, will be invading Sneaky Dee's with special guests for a night moshing and punk-rock anthems. You can definitely expect the crowd to be worked into a frenzy at this one, so keep a tight hold on your beer. Defeater, Miles Away, and Dead End Path will contribute to the madness.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 15 / DATA ROMANCE / WRONGBAR / 1279 QUEEN W / $10.50 / 19+
This electronica duo from Vancouver, made up of Ajay Bhattacharyya and Amy Kirkpatrick, have been recording together since 2009. In a short amount of time, the duo has perfected their sound and fine-tuned it to the point where it is very distinctive from other artists in the genre. You'll be able to see their work firsthand at Wrongbar, and besides, it's always nice to show support to some fellow Canadians. Gauntlet Hair is also on the bill.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 16 / SKRILLEX / THE HOXTON / 69 BATHURST / $50 / 19+
When it comes to Skrillex, there seems to be no middle ground — you either love him, or you hate him. Regardless of what side of the fence you're on, there's no denying that the man has made his mark on the dubstep scene and played a significant role in bringing the genre into the mainstream. You can expect this one to sell out quickly, so get those tickets fast.

MONDAY OCTOBER 17 / THE LEMONHEADS / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR W / $20-$25 / 19+
90s alt-rockers The Lemonheads made a name for themselves with 1992's It's a Shame About Ray. The album featured a cover of the classic "Mrs. Robinson," and the band's stock skyrocketed almost overnight. In-fighting and drug problems almost led to the band's downfall, and while they never achieved the same level of fame that they did back then, they continue to tour and will perform It's a Shame About Ray in it's entirety at Lee's Palace. The Shining Twins will open.

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