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This Week in Music: Field Trip, Apetechnology, E-Day, Tarantula X, Wild Bengal Tigers, Greys, Die Antwoord

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

Dundas-Yonge Square books E-Day
This weekend's purportedly cancelled E-Day Festival supposedly relocated to Dundas-Yonge Square (who are seemingly politics free) after Artscape pulled out of letting them play the island, sponsors pulled out of supporting their free-to-the-public gig, and bands pulled out of playing a show that was (secretly or not) in support of "men's rights." Did anyone go to Y&DS? Did this really happen? Did any TO bands play this? I didn't go check it out for myself because, ew.

New Toronto songs and vids

Prince Innocence - Dissipate (Tarantula X Remix)
This song about writhing like a snake isn't a scary as I expected, even with Tarantula X putting his mark on it. If you're going to spend the summer high as a kite (scaling brick buildings and dancing on trespassed rooftops at sunset, naturally), this track should come in handy. Toronto duo Prince Innocence will release a new 7" on Pretty Pretty Records sometime soon.

Does breathy-voiced Digits keep busy or what? He's releasing The Day You Fight Back EP June 10.

Greys - Use Your Delusion
We recently featured Greys in our Breakout Band series, so get to know this foursome. I'm into understated vibes but this video of the dudes playing yo yo and rocking in a white studio does nothing for me. If Anything drops June 17, and Greys play Smiling Buddha June 18, and Horseshoe Tavern June 20, both for NXNE.

Wild Bengal Tigers
This video of contemporary composers Jason Doell & Germaine Liu at the Music Gallery's Emergents IV is a slow grower: the duo start in musical kitchen-like set ups on stage and gradually make their way through the church to drop hidden instruments, play the insides of a grand piano, scrape xylophones, and generally create minimal magic. Check out a side of Toronto's sound that rarely makes it into the spotlight, but rules.

Hot ticket shows this week

Die Antwoord / June 4 / 7pm / The Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth Ave.) $41-$47
Should this be in This Week in Fashion? I don't know what this duo sounds like - and I've watched their videos.

Scarlett Jane / June 5 / the Drake Hotel / $15.00
From our folk writer Ryan Ayukawa: both Andrea Ramolo and Cindy Doire, aka Toronto's folk/noir duo, Scarlett Jane, have toured cross-Canada, bringing their "sultry, boot-stompin' magic" and haunting harmonies wherever they play. They perform at the Drake Sarnia's Andrew Austin.

The Unbearable Lightness of Bass / June 6 / 7pm / The Music Gallery / $10
Have you tried the Subpac yet? It's like those John Waters scratch and sniffs but for your body instead of your nose, and for music instead of film. If that doesn't make sense, this Thump article should bring you up to speed on the Subpac bass experience. Prince Nifty has had to drop from the bill, but Pursuit Grooves, Sunclef, and Bile Sister will perform.

Field Trip / June 7-8 / Fort York: Garrison Common (250 Fort York Blvd.) / $65--$200
Of course Field Trip is coming back for year two: Arts & Crafts made tons of people happy last year at Fork York Garrison Common. Field Trip will return to the same sod June 7th & 8th, and Broken Social Scene are playing again - shocking, I know - along with Interpol, The Kills, The Constantines (back together!), Chvches, Shad, Austra, A Tribe Called Red, and more. Field Trip also promises the most free hugs per non-EDM festival in the GTA. Various ticket packages are available here.

Freak ticket of the week

Apetechnology / June 7 / 8pm / The White House (277 1/2 Augusta Ave.) / $7
Robots! I'm stealing part of Burn Down the Capital's description as it will be better at enticing people to this strange, futuristic show than I could be: "From the crumbling apocalyptic landscape of Detroit, electromechanical sound art collective Apetechnology breathes new life into the decline of the industrial age. Home made electronics, modular synthesizers and a new auto-kalimba birth warped rhythms & haunting drones. Building their own brand of Detroit Retrograde Futurism illuminating the last cries of a self destructed future." Whoah. Local experimental legend Brian Ruryk is opening, as are Giant Claw and Toblerone Boys.

See also

Recently announced concerts

  • Construction feat Comet Control / June 13 / Smiling Buddha
  • Julie Doiron / August 21 / The Horseshoe
  • WHY? September 19 / Lee's Palace
  • Erasure / September 30 / Danforth Music Hall
  • Bombay Bicycle Club / October 16 / Kool Haus

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