This Week in Music

This Week in Music: Drake, Mad Decent, Luminato, Wyrd Visions, Julianna Barwick, Record Store Day

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

This Week in Drake
In this Jimmy Kimmel segment, Drake interviews people about Drake. Old concept, but after the Kimmel part (boring), the clip is funny (unlike the comedy clips contained in Drake songs) as Drake is just generally charming. Who can say if it's real or staged - meaning this is real hip hop, right? No? Between this and the Rob Ford obsession, I now believe Kimmel wants to be Canadian, and since I doubt he needs free health care I'm guessing he's crushing on someone who lives in Toronto. Or I'm starting that rumour right now. Kimmel: we have Drake and we don't need you, sorry.

Luminato isn't all giant disco balls and cardboard beaches not-so-subtly trying to sell you shampoo: it's also some tamely billed concerts trying to sell you shampoo. This year you can see The Roots and TV on the Radio headline a ticketed weekend concert series. Other acts and events include The Hidden Cameras, Ziggy Marley, Jason Collett's Basement Revue, and the world premiere of Kid Koala's Nufonia Must Fall.

Mad Decent Block Party Line-Up Announced
This will be some party: Mad Decent will present Chance the Rapper, Diplo, Flosstradamus, Grandtheft, ZEDS DEAD and more Aug. 15 at Fort York Garrison Common. General admission tickets are $40.

HalfEaten Guitar reissued
Colin Bergh (Wyrd Visions)'s minimal psychfolk 2006 album HalfEaten Guitar is being re-issued by P.W. Elverum and Sun, Ltd., and the record will drop in Toronto this Sunday at Soybomb. Mount Eerie is on the bill too, naturally. Stream the album on Pitchfork advance for a limited time.

New Toronto songs & vids

Trust - Capitol

Kevin Drew - Mexican Aftershow Party

Arkells - Never Thought This Would Happen

This week's hot tickets

Emmylou Harris
Country/folk icon Emmylou Harris is re-releasing her Grammy-winning album Wrecking Ball this year. (Miley, are you behind this?) Daniel Lanois, Steven Nistor, and Jim Wilson will be with her at Massey Hall. Tuesday, April 15, Massey Hall, $29.50--$89.50.

Julianna Barwick
Brooklyn psychfolk legend Julianna Barwick has toured with Sigur Ros, and you'll see why when you hear her voice cut your heart open like a birthday present from the person you were when you were fifteen, who forgives you and wants you to be happy. Vasillus, Christine Duncan, and Castle If are opening. Arrive early or face despair. Wednesday, April 16, 9pm, Double Double Land (209 Augusta Ave.), $8, all ages.

Record Store Day
If you only shop at record stores on RSD then the industry truly is screwed, but the event is still a fun thing. For music fans and industry peeps the third Saturday of April is Thy Holy Day of Records, which since 2007 has been a global pep rally for struggling (or are they?) (yes, they are) independent record shops. We'll have the word on the best releases and where to hang out, but for now mark Sonic Boom's party down: DIANA, Greys, PS I Love You, Unfinished Business, HSY, and The Bicycles are playing for free.

Did you love the Long Winter series so much you betrayed us and used dark forces to make the winter longer, and longer, and longer? You committed a severe error in judgement, because Long Winter will rebrand itself this summer as Construction, an all-ages music series for the hot weather, a.k.a. construction season. The first show is Saturday at Double Double Land (other shows will hop between DDL and Smiling Buddha) with Tasseomancy, Wish, and RLDML. Saturday April 19, Double Double Land (209 Augusta Ave.), PWYC.

Southern Souls Screening
Southern Souls film bands. A lot of bands, all around Ontario - artists filmed have included Austra, Whitehorse, Young Galaxy, and July Talk. This will mark their first screening after five years of hard work. This will also be one of the last shows at Oz (sadface). Saturday, April 19, 9pm, Oz Studios (134 Ossington Ave.), free.

Other Easter Weekend concert and dance party picks

See also

Recently announced concerts

  • Girls Rock Camp Cover Show / April 25 / Smiling Buddha
  • Constantines play Neil Young/Crazy Horse / May 17 / Silver Dollar
  • Panda Bear / May 20 / The Opera House
  • Chad VanGaalen / May 24 / Lee's Palace
  • Kurt Vile / May 28 / The Phoenix
  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah / June 16 / The Horseshoe
  • Jello Biafra / June 17 / Opera House
  • Merchandise / June 17 / The Horseshoe
  • Jack White / July 31 / The Air Canada Centre
  • Tegan and Sara / June 29 / WorldPride, Yonge-Dundas Square

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