Caveman

Hot Ticket: Caveman, Hospitality, Volcano Playground, Plastic Plates, Buraka Som Sistema, Teenage Head, and The Fray

Live music picks for WEDNESDAY JANUARY 11 through TUESDAY JANUARY 17, 2012.

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 11 / CAVEMAN / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 368 QUEEN W / $10 / 19+
They haven't been around too long, but this five-piece out of New York have quietly made a name for themselves over the past year. They were named one of the top new artists of 2011 by NPR, and their debut album, CoCo Beware, has received much critical acclaim. They have a similar sound to The Shins, and that's a glowing endorsement 'round these parts. Also, bonus points if you understand what their album title is referencing. Hospitality and Volcano Playground will open.

FRIDAY JANUARY 13 / PLASTIC PLATES / SUPERMARKET / 268 AUGUSTA / $10 / 19+

Fans of the electronic music scene might dig this one. Plastic Plates, the up-and-coming DJ from Sydney Australia, will be spinning a set at the Supermarket. He's primarily known for his remixes, which include Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain," and his newest, Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away." Hmmm, I wonder if her recent divorce had any inspiration on that remix?

FRIDAY JANUARY 13 / BURAKA SOM SISTEMA / WRONGBAR / 1279 QUEEN W / $15 / 19+

I'm of the opinion that Wrongbar is one of the better venues in the city, if only because of the fact that they get some very obscure, but awesome, artists making their way through town. Here's yet another example: Buraka Som Sistema, out of Portugal. By fusing techno with traditional African kuduro, they've created "progressive kudoro" — and it really needs to be heard to be believed. This is electronic music at its finest, and I reckon that this will be a show to remember.

SATURDAY JANUARY 14 / TEENAGE HEAD / THE ROCKPILE / 5555 DUNDAS W / $15 / 19+

Canadian punk-rock legends Teenage Head will be playing a set at The Rockpile, with brand-spanking new lead singer Pete MacAulay leading the way. Founding member and original lead singer Frankie Venom passed away in 2008 after a battle with throat cancer, and it will be interesting to see how MacAulay fares in his place. This one's for punk rock fans and children of the 80s.

TUESDAY JANUARY 17 / THE FRAY / THE MOD CLUB / 722 COLLEGE / $51.25 / ALL AGES

If you're a fan of Grey's Anatomy, or if you absolutely love it when the piano is the lead instrument in a band's catalogue, then you'll feel right at home at this show. Denver's The Fray is set to release their third album, Scars and Stories, in February, so you can expect to hear a lot of new material. Of course, you'll also hear tracks from their double-platinum debut, How to Save a Life. The title track from that album was played on the aforementioned Grey's upon its release in 2005, and it helped to skyrocket the band's popularity. It's not my type of music, but hey, who am I to judge?

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