Hot Ticket: Rusko, Sigma, Never Shout Never, Koji, Dave Gunning, Wildlife, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Fool's Gold
Live music picks for TUESDAY MAY 8 through SUNDAY MAY 13, 2012.
TUESDAY MAY 8 / RUSKO / THE SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON / $29 / 19+
A rave on a Tuesday night? I think some folks won't be making it to work after this jam. Rusko, who is at the forefront of the never-ending dubstep movement, will surely be dropping some dirty beats and nasty wobbles. Personally, I think the highlight of this night will be Sigma - if you're a fan of drum and bass, you already know who they are and what they're capable of. The Sound Academy is sure to be rammed for this one.
WEDNESDAY MAY 9 / NEVER SHOUT NEVER / THE MOD CLUB / 722 COLLEGE / $25 / ALL AGES
This is one of those bands that will probably polarize everyone who listens to them. Never Say Never, fronted by Christofer Drew Ingle, has a sound that's very similar to bands like Neon Trees. It's pretty standard indie-pop fare, but it'll get your foot tapping, and I'm really digging the work that goes into their videos. I suspect that a lot of girls will be dragging their boyfriends to this show. Koji will open.
THURSDAY MAY 10 / DAVE GUNNING / HUGH'S ROOM / 2261 DUNDAS W / $20 - $22.50 / ALL AGES
I wasn't familiar with Dave Gunning prior to the writing of this week's Hot Ticket, and I'm officially kicking myself because of it. There's a hell of a lot of heart and soul put into these songs, and it's incredible to watch footage of Gunning on stage - it's clear that he loves what he's doing. If you're looking for a really chill night, this is the show you'll want to see. It's sure to be an evening of folk tunes with a little east coast flavour.
FRIDAY MAY 11 / WILDLIFE / THE HORSESHOE TAVERN / 368 QUEEN W / $10.50 - $12 / 19+
Nice, some local boys! Wildlife hail from TO, and they've quietly made a name for themselves over the past few years with their unique style of indie rock. An interesting little nugget of information: in 2010, when Arcade Fire were set to release The Suburbs, a leaked copy of the album found its way online. It turned out that this was not the actual album, and that the songs had all been replaced by other tracks. One of the tracks, "Rococo," was replaced by "Sea Dreamer," a song written by Wildlife. I dunno, I just think that's a really cool story.
SUNDAY MAY 13 / EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS / THE KOOL HAUS / 132 QUEENS QUAY E / $40.25 / ALL AGES
There's some music that just has the power to make you feel good, and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are an example of that. The band has released only one album, but they're set to release two albums this year. I've never seen these guys live, but from what I hear, their live shows are a sight to behold. This could be the show of the week. Fool's Gold will open.
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