Hot Ticket: Mindless Self Indulgence, The Black Keys, The Arctic Monkeys, OFWGKTA, ALX, Hey Ocean!, Grimes
Live music picks for TUESDAY MARCH 13 through MONDAY MARCH 19, 2012.
TUESDAY MARCH 13 / MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE / THE PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE / $39.50 / ALL AGES
They haven't released an album in four years, and haven't toured in three, so it's fairly safe to say that MSI's return to Toronto will be viewed as a big deal by fans of the band. Their schizophrenic blend of music styles and borderline insane lyrics are definitely an acquired taste, but their live shows are fantastic â definitely one of the wildest live music experiences you can partake in.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 14 / THE BLACK KEYS / AIR CANADA CENTRE / 40 BAY / $54.75 - $74.75 / ALL AGES
I saw the Black Keys at the Molson Amphitheatre back in July, and they were nothing short of awesome. Since the release of Brothers back in 2010, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have pretty much taken over the music world. El Camino, released just a few months ago, further cemented their status as one of the best groups currently making music. Fans of the blues, alt-rock and, hell, music in general, owe it to themselves to see these guys live at least once. The Arctic Monkeys will be opening, and that's practically worth the price of admission right there.
THURSDAY MARCH 15 / OFWGKTA / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON / $35 / ALL AGES
Acronyms rule! This one, however....I'm not entirely sure about. OFWGKTA, which stands for "Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All," is an alternative hip-hop group led by rapper/producer Tyler, The Creator. When it comes to hip-hop, I'm really more of an old school fan, and this is an example of what the game has become. It's just not for me, quite honestly, but obviously, it has its fans, and the Sound Academy should be packed for this show.
THURSDAY MARCH 15 / ALX / DRAKE UNDERGROUND / 1150 QUEEN W / $5 / 19+
Local girl Allie Hughes, also known as ALX, will bring her brand of dreamlike pop music to the Drake Underground on Thursday. Five bucks is beyond reasonable for a show like this, so if you're in the mood for something different, come on out. Besides, it's always nice to support some local flavour. Maloo and RatTail will offer support
FRIDAY MARCH 16 / HEY OCEAN! / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR W / $15 ADVANCE, $18 AT DOOR / 19+
Hey Ocean! was supposed to perform in Toronto back in November, but the show was cancelled due to singer Ashleigh Ball suffering a vocal cord injury. This is the make-up show, so if you still have your tickets, they'll be honoured. It's sweet, beautiful pop music with an acoustic flavour, so if that sort of thing is your bag, this is the show for you. And if you're a male fan of the cartoon show "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" (or a 'Bronie,' as they prefer to be called), which Ball does voiceover work for, well, this is your chance to see one of your heroes in action. Seriously, you can't make something like this up.
MONDAY MARCH 19 / GRIMES / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 368 QUEEN W / $8 IN ADVANCE, $10 AT DOOR / 19+
Claire Boucher, aka Grimes is a Montreal-based musician and and artist who has quietly made a name for herself over the last little while. Her music electro-based tunes often speak to a maturity beyond her years. She's done quite a lot in two years, and that's worth some serious respect.
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