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This Week in Music: Grove Music Festival moves to Toronto, Rolling Stones announce ACC dates, Muse comes to town

This Week in Music rounds up the latest news, releases and concerts coming to Toronto.

IN THE NEWS

Grove Music Festival coming to Toronto

The Grove Music Festival was set to take place in Niagara-on-the-Lake this August, but it was announced last week that it's been moved to Toronto's Fort York Garrison Common. The exact reason for the move hasn't been given, but this is sure to excite Toronto music fans (and probably piss off music fans in the Niagara region). The festival will be headlined by Phoenix, Hot Chip, and Girl Talk, while the rest of the lineup has undergone a few changes. Bob Mould, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Pretty Lights will no longer appear on the bill. In their place will be the Gaslight Anthem, Young Empires, Wavves, and Palma Violets, among others. For more information and ticket pricing, head on over to the official website.

The Rolling Stones announce two Toronto shows

While their 50th anniversary was in 2012, the Rolling Stones postponed their celebratory tour until this year. And last week, they officially announced the dates, including two shows in Toronto. The first will take place on May 25 at the ACC, and the second will take place on June 6, also at the ACC. While the choice of venue leaves a bit to be desired, it's not surprising, as these shows will unquestionably be two of the hottest tickets of the year, and they're sure to sell out fast. Check out the trailer for the tour below.

THIS WEEK'S HOT TICKETS

TUESDAY APRIL 9 & WEDNESDAY APRIL 10 / MUSE / AIR CANADA CENTRE / 40 BAY / $55.50 - $81 / ALL AGES

It's been an interesting few months for UK alt-rock trio Muse. They released their sixth album, The 2nd Law, last September, and both critical and fan reception was mixed, to say the least. It's certainly a radical departure from the band's previous works - dubstep influences and a New Order-inspired sound are dominant throughout. Frontman Matt Bellamy has come out and said that he's not entirely happy with how the album turned out, but at the very least, you have to respect the fact that the band tried something different. Tuesday night's show is sold out, but there are still some tickets left for Wednesday's show. They'll probably go pretty fast, though, so don't dilly-dally.

THURSDAY APRIL 11 / GREEN DAY / AIR CANADA CENTRE / 40 BAY / $34.25 - $71 / ALL AGES

It's not often that you see a band release three albums in four months, but that's exactly what Green Day did with ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! And while the albums were their first non-concept albums in eight years, it's pretty clear that the band's best days are behind them. Still, they continue to have a very loyal and rabid fanbase, and it's safe to say that they'll play some of their older hits at this show. Just expect to hear a lot of newer, weaker material, too. Best Coast will offer support.

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Photo of Muse courtesy of NRK P3 on Flickr.


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