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Hot Ticket: Lydia Loveless, King Cobb Steelie, State Radio, Black Pistol Fire, The Wooden Sky, Ohbijou, Maloo, Minotaurs

Live music picks for MONDAY NOVEMBER 26 through SATURDAY DECEMBER 1, 2012.

MONDAY NOVEMBER 26 / LYDIA LOVELESS / THE DRAKE HOTEL / 1150 QUEEN W / $10.50 - $12 / 19+

Lydia Loveless may be only 21 years old, but her music projects the confidence of a much older soul. She specializes in a blend of alt-country and punk, and while this combination may sound a bit unusual, it works surprisingly well. Loveless's music exudes a level of confidence that you'd normally find in the work of a seasoned veteran, and I'd wager that this is definitely a show worth checking out.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 29 / KING COBB STEELIE / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 368 QUEEN W / $12.75 / 19+

They haven't released an album since 2004's Destroy All Codes, but I've always been a huge fan of Guelph's King Cobb Steelie. Their unique fusion of genres, including punk and jazz, give them a sound that's unlike anything you've heard before. And while their 1997 single "Rational" is probably their biggest hit, for my money, 2000's "Home" was far superior. Either way, this show gets my highest possible recommendation.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 30 / STATE RADIO / EL MOCAMBO / 464 SPADINA / $16 / 19+

As El Mocambo slowly returns to its rock roots, you can expect to see more and more shows featuring bands like State Radio, out of Massachusetts. Their sound is somewhat similar to that of Sublime - it's a good mix of reggae, rock, and punk. The band released their fourth album, Rabbit Inn Rebellion, back in October, so you can expect to hear a lot of newer material at this show. Black Pistol Fire will offer support.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 1 / THE WOODEN SKY / THE PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE / $17.50 / 19+

When I included The Wooden Sky in the Hot Ticket back in April, I said that their recent album Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun was one of the best albums I'd heard so far in 2012. Seven months later, I still feel the same way. This is alt-country at its absolute best, and the fact that these guys are from Toronto is an added bonus. They've been touring extensively this year, and this might be your last chance to see them in Toronto for a few months, so don't miss the opportunity.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 1 / CANADIAN ARTISTS FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES LAUNCH PARTY / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR W / $15 - $18 / ALL AGES

This promises to be a fun and significant little event. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is launching a new initiative called Canadian Artists for Civil Liberties. This is intended to raise public awareness of the goals and philosophy of the CCLA. This launch party will feature live performances from Ohbijou, Maloo, and Minotaurs, in addition to poetry readings and spoken word performances.

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Photo of Lydia Loveless courtesy of seanbirm on Flickr.


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