This Week in Music: Anti-Flag arrive in Toronto, Stevie Nicks doc at the Lightbox, Stars to shine at the Danforth Music Hall
This Week in Music rounds up the latest news, releases and concerts coming to Toronto.
IN THE NEWS
Anti-Flag to play two dates at Hard Luck Bar
Even though they got their start in 1988, Pittsburgh punk rockers Anti-Flag didn't really get much acclaim until 1993. Now, to celebrate their 20th year, the band is setting out on a series of two-date stops in various U.S. East Coast cities. And as an added bonus, they'll be making a two-night stop in Toronto to play the Hard Luck Bar on May 23 and 24. The band has revealed that each night will be a medley of songs from specific albums - the first night will focus on Die for the Government, A New Kind of Army, Mobilize, The People or the Gun and last year's The General Strike. The second night will see songs from Their System Doesn't Work For You, Underground Network, The Terror State, For Blood and Empire, and The Bright Lights of America.
The band will receive support from Hostage Calm, Code Orange Kids, and Junior Battles on night one, while Make Do and Mend, St Alvia, and Hostage Calm again will open on night two.
Stevie Nicks bringing documentary In Your Dreams to the TIFF Lightbox
You'd be hard-pressed to find a music fan who doesn't acknowledge the contributions of Stevie Nicks. Whether it's through her work with Fleetwood Mac, or her impressive solo career, Nicks has earned her reputation as one of the most influential figures in rock. In 2011, she released In Your Dreams, her first solo album in a decade, to considerable critical acclaim. Nicks, along with Dave Stewart, have co-directed a documentary that focuses on the making of the album, as well as a look back over Nicks' long and storied career, and the film will screen at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on April 15. Nicks will be in attendance for the screening, and will take part in a Q&A session at the film's conclusion.
THIS WEEK'S HOT TICKETS
WEDNESDAY MARCH 20 / STARS / THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL / 147 DANFORTH / $40 / ALL AGES
One of the most beloved bands to come out of Toronto/Montreal in recent years, indie rockers Stars need little introduction. The band has been touring with Metric for the last few months, and now, they're headlining two nights at the Danforth Music Hall. Their most recent album, The North, was very well received when it was released last September, and you can probably expect to hear a few tracks off of it at these two shows. This is one of those cases where you'll definitely want to consider checking out both shows - one just might not cut it.
FRIDAY MARCH 22 / TYLER, THE CREATOR / THE OPERA HOUSE / 735 QUEEN E / $29.50 / 19+
Like him or hate him, there's no doubt that Tyler, The Creator has become one of the biggest names in the rap game over the past few years. As an MC and a producer, he's established himself as one of the more creative forces out there, and his collective, Odd Future, is a veritable who's who of up-and-coming talent. While this show won't be for everyone, it's worth checking out if you're a fan of hip hop. It should be noted, though, that tickets are sold out, so if you don't have yours already, you're probably out of luck.
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Photo of Anti-Flag courtesy of teliko82 on Flickr.
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