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This Week in Music: Babe Rainbow, Friendly Rich, PUP, Drake, Swans, All Toronto's Parties, You've Changed

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

New Drake merch
Drake is letting you give a shout out to which side of Yonge you live on. Go ahead and order us some east end swag and we'll be sure to Instagram ourselves wearing it.

New Drake song
OB O'Brien, aka the guy in the OVO owl suit, is on this duet with Drake in This Week in Drake. Drake talks about having sex in his office - Drake has an office? I wonder if Drake ever tried on the owl costume.

Swans will for sure be at Yonge & Dundas Square for NXNE
Well, who didn't see that coming.

New Toronto songs and vids

Friendly Rich - Sausage Samba
Friendly Rich is one of Toronto's most prominent fringe musicians (and it's a weird town). In this new video, a hot dog attacks the cast of Star Trek. The frightening realism will terrify you, or send you running to Little Dog. Rich's new album Bountiful is out June 24.

Babe Rainbow - Twin Peaks
Keeping on with the oddball dudes: Babe Rainbow, whom we once photographed with a dog, is finally releasing music again. And he's being super weird about it. Rainbow is posting life hacks, and Life Hack #1 is about cutting open an avocado and eating it with a spoon. The first time someone showed me how to do this I was blown away too. But Rainbow, why didn't you put pepper on it? The song sounds lovely. Falling Apart is out July 7.

PUP - Guilt Trip
According to our lifestyle editor, the child-casting of PUP members in this video is creepily accurate. Must have been fun for the PUP gang. The vid is a slick update on Stand By Me where murderous child pals start a band.

Fucked Up - Sun Glass
A song that sounds like a hardcore track and a shoegaze track being played simultaneously. A video about how hard rocking people enjoy sunlight. Glass Boys is out June 3.

Gay - Another Green Stitch
This is just getting silly.

Hot ticket shows

You've Changed Records Anniversary Show / May 22 / Horseshoe Tavern / $12
Indie country/folk bands The Weather Station, Shotgun Jimmie, Baby Eagle, Marine Dreams, and more are on the line up with "special guests" to celebration the label's fifth year. Will those guests include The Constantines celebrating the re-release of Shine A Light on You've Changed? Your guess is as good as mine.

Jessy Lanza / May 23 / The Garrisson / $12.50
Hamilton's best setter-of-moods, it won't be long before tickets to Jessy Lanza are no longer $12.50. Catch up with her in our Breakout Band feature from last year.

Extra hot ticket

All Toronto's Parties / May 24 / Kensington Market + Comfort Zone
All Toronto's Parties is back - and super-groups are hot this time. On Saturday, May 24 there will be daytime performances throughout Kensington Market. The nighttime show is at The Comfort Zone. See Isla Craig, Darlene Shrugg (Slim Twig / US Girls / Tropics / Ice Cream), DJ Glit Clit (Lido Pimietna), Tough Guy Mountain, and way more.

See also

Recently announced concerts

  • Dan Deacon & DIANA / May 29 / Adelaide Hall
  • Pharmakon / June 12 / S.H.I.B.G.B (225 Geary Ave (Middle Door))
  • The Fresh & Onlys / July 18 / The Horseshoe
  • The Cure (at Riot Fest) / September 6-7 / Downsview Park
  • Lily Allen / September 28 / Sound Academy

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