Hot Ticket: Every Time I Die, Dropkick Murphys, Whitehorse, Children of Bodom, Jane's Addiction
Live music picks for TUESDAY, February 21 through MONDAY, February 27, 2012.
TUESDAY FEBRAURY 21 / EVERY TIME I DIE / THE OPERA HOUSE / 735 QUEEN E / $20 / ALL AGES
Disclaimer: I'm not a fan of metalcore in the slightest. It's a genre that, admittedly, I don't understand the appeal of. But it obviously has its fans, and Every Time I Die is a band that fans of the genre will probably be familiar with. Coming out of Buffalo, these guys have been on the scene for almost 15 years, and in that time have released six albums. The Opera House is the perfect venue for a show like this, so if you're down with this sort of thing, go check it out.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 22 / DROPKICK MURPHYS / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON / $42 / ALL AGES
Irish-American punk rock legends Dropkick Murphys can always be counted on for a raucous, wild show, and Wednesday night's performance at the Sound Academy should be no different. 2011 saw them release their seventh album, Going Out in Style, which featured a guest appearance by none other than Bruce Springsteen. It's pretty safe to say that if you can recruit a legend like The Boss, you've made it.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24 / WHITEHORSE / ELGIN & WINTER GARDEN THEATRE CENTRE / 189 YONGE / $29.50 - $39.50 / ALL AGES
If you check out only one concert this week, let it be this one - you won't be disappointed. Whitehorse, which is comprised of Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet, have quietly made a name for themselves over the past few months. 2011 saw the release of their self-titled debut album, and in my opinion, was one of the best records of the year. I saw them perform at Festival Music House during TIFF, and was blown away â the chemistry between the two is something that you have to see to believe.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 26 / CHILDREN OF BODOM / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON/ $30 / ALL AGES
There's a whole lot of metal going down this week, it seems. Even if you're not a fan of the genre, you've probably heard of Children of Bodom. Hailing from Finland, where they're one of the country's top-selling bands, they've virtually redefined the metal genre with their blending of styles. Their most recent album, 2011's Relentless Reckless Forever, was certified gold in Finland on its first day of release. This one's going to be heavy, so only hardcore metalheads need apply.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 27 / JANE'S ADDICTION / MASSEY HALL / 178 VICTORIA / $47.18 - $87.18 / ALL AGES
In the 26 years that Jane's Addiction has been around, the band has released four studio albums, launched the Lollapalooza festival, and broken up twice. They're back again, and seemingly for good this time. Like them or not, there's no denying the impact that they've had on the alt-rock scene, and if nothing else, they know how to put on one hell of a show. I saw them when they performed in Toronto with Nine Inch Nails, and they absolutely killed it. This Massey Hall show should be no different.
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