Hot Ticket: Ingrid Michaelson, Pearl and the Beard, The Cribs, Of Monsters and Men, Lay Low, Said the Whale, Trampled by Turtles
Live music picks for TUESDAY APRIL 10 through SUNDAY APRIL 15, 2012.
TUESDAY APRIL 10 / INGRID MICHAELSON / THE PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE / $27.50 / ALL AGES
There are many folks out there who might dismiss Ingrid Michaelson and her indie-pop tunes as nothing more than typical, generic fluff. I'm not one of those people, however, and in fact, I'm quite the fan of Michaelson. She has a certain sweet yet feisty charm, and she's very talented at what she does. Hell, I tried to get tickets to this show for the wife and I two months ago, and it was already sold out, so she's apparently earned quite the following. Pearl and the Beard will open.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 11 / THE CRIBS / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR W / $21.88 / 19+
While they've been compared to more well-known bands such as The Libertines and Pavement, there's no denying the total awesomeness and uniqueness of The Cribs. Comprised of twin brothers Gary and Ryan Jarman, and their younger brother Ross, the band has been together for the better part of a decade, and is set to release their fourth album, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, next month.
THURSDAY APRIL 12 / OF MONSTERS AND MEN / THE PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE / $15 / ALL AGES
If you like your music a little folksy, with instruments such as accordions and glockenspiels in addition to guitars, bass, and drums, than this is the show for you. Iceland's Of Monsters and Men are currently in the midst of their first North American tour to support the Western release of their debut album, My Head is an Animal. Good luck getting tickets, though - apparently, it's been sold out for a while. Lay Low, also from Iceland, will offer support.
FRIDAY APRIL 13 / SAID THE WHALE / THE GREAT HALL / 1087 QUEEN W / $20 / ALL AGES
Vancouver's indie-rock darlings Said the Whale have had one hell of a run over the last couple of years. They've received near-universal acclaim, won a Juno award, been the subject of a CBC documentary, and are fresh off the release of their latest offering, Little Mountain. 20 bucks for a band of this caliber is one hell of a deal, and it wouldn't surprise me at all if it was already sold out. If you can get tickets, you owe it to yourself to do so.
SUNDAY APRIL 15 / TRAMPLED BY TURTLES / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR W / $25 / 19+
Anyone who reads the Hot Ticket on a regular basis knows that I'm a big fan of alt-country/folk bands. In that respect, stumbling across Trampled by Turtles while putting together this week's blog was a very pleasant surprise. The band has gained a reputation for putting on high-energy shows that can get the crowd stomping their feet, and one listen to their stuff makes it easy to see why. And they do an absolutely killer cover of "Where is My Mind?" by The Pixies. Here's hoping they work that one into their set.
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