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This Week in Music: Skydiggers release cover album, Weezer at Downsview Park, Animal Collective play Danforth Music Hall

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

IN THE NEWS

Skydiggers release cover album for 25th anniversary

It's been kind of a lean week for local music news, but fans of Toronto roots legends Skydiggers will be pleased to hear that the band has released a collection of cover songs as part of their 25th anniversary celebration. The album, titled No. 1 Northern, pays homage to nine different Canadian artists, including Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Ron Sexsmith, Gene MacLellan, and more. I've listened to the album, and it's a nice little take on some classic Canadian tunes. Head on over to the band's official site for a full track listing and more information.

THIS WEEK'S HOT TICKETS

TUESDAY JULY 9 / ANIMAL COLLECTIVE / DANFORTH MUSIC HALL / 147 DANFORTH / $35.50 - $38 / ALL AGES

While it may not be a sound that appeals to everyone, there's no denying the fact that the psychedelic stylings of Baltimore's Animal Collective are nothing if not unique. The four-piece, made up of Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist, and Deakin (you've gotta love those handles), have been together since 1999, and in that time they've embraced a style of music that is tough to nail down to a single genre. Call it art rock, call it psych folk, call it experimental - against all odds, it works. Dan Deacon will offer support.

FRIDAY JULY 12 / WEEZER / DOWNSVIEW PARK / 35 CARL HALL RD / $82.50 / ALL AGES

Even hardcore fans of Weezer have to admit that the band's recent work has been...well, lacking. In fact, some (including myself) would say that it outright sucks. Their earlier work, however, is considered by many to be some of the best rock of the 90s. That's why this show should appeal to new and old fans of the band, as they'll be performing their debut album in its entirety. With classics including "Buddy Holly," "My Name Is Jonas," "Say It Ain't So," and "Undone - The Sweater Song," this promises to be a very, very fun show. And if that's not enough to entice you, Passion Pit will also be on hand, which almost justifies the outrageous ticket price.

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Photo of Weezer courtesy of Andrew Ferguson on Flickr.


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