This Week In Music

This Week in Music: Gaga VS Beyonce, Music Run, Bry Webb, Ark Analog, DeLorean Blvck, Zoo Owl, Nadja

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

Toronto Music Run postponed until next year
I'm not sure what the appeal of this event was beyond "running with CanCon celebs" - which I guess is an appeal in theory - but if you were excited about the Toronto Music Run here's some sad news: now that their presenting partner the Grid has called it quits, the Music Run will be put off until next year. All registrants will receive refunds and 50% off next year. This is especially bad news for The Remix Project, but I'm sure they have other cool fundraisers up their sleeves.

Digital Dreams wristband refunds
If you still have money on your fancy Digital Dreams wristbands, read this FAQ!

Lady Gaga and Beyonce will be in Toronto on the same day this week
Playing different stadiums. Prepare for the apocalypse.

New Toronto songs & vids

Ark Analog - Was That It
Everyone looks weird in hi-def - make it work for you. Hi def is real life.

Bry Webb - Prove Me Wrong
Colin Medley proves that animals also look weird in hi-def. If you need to calm down today, watching this should do it. You might need a cup of coffee afterward.

DeLorean Blvck - P.G.G.N.T
If you've been feeling last month's DETH Records compilation, here's a track that could have been on it. Imagine if The Weeknd was actually goth.

Zoo Owl - Left Alone
Everything about this dude says "Twin Peaks fan" to me, but now I think he might actually be one of the villains from the X-Files. There was a lot of talent cross-over in the first few seasons anyway.

This week on Bandcamp

  • Ex-pats Nadja, fresh from tour in Japan, have a new release! That's not a rare thing, but it does always make for a good week. Check out Cystema Solari here.
  • Bile Sister has a new track on C'est tripping creatures! stoner idm weird beats! which I guess is one way to title a compilation. Hear "Guppy AB" here.

This week's hot tickets

Beyonce + Jay Z - July 9 - Rogers Centre
Rumour has it that this '14 Bonnie and Clyde event is the tour of the summer. According to Consequence of Sound, the set spans 42-songs, features outfits upon outfits, and is sure to touch on every-era of their careers. They've been paying tribute to MJ and showcasing choice tracks from both Watch The Throne and Beyonce. Need I say more? Check the intro to the concert series from when they kicked off the tour in Miami. -Markit

Lady Gaga - July 9 - ACC
Since see wants us to think about pop stars and stuff: do you think Gaga, Jay Z, and Beyonce are going to hang out after their gigs and compare notes? Was this a wise move or will it split Toronto's teenie bopper scene in half? Will we all die? I'm frightened.

Basia Bulat + Destroyer - July 10 - Massey Hall
Dan Bejar, on a bill. How about that. This show is part of Massey Hall's fancy new Live at Massey Hall series. Bring Bejar a sandwich.

So Percussion and Man Forever - July 13 - Jam Factory
Just east of the Don Valley, the must-see show for fans of percussion and experimental jazz will go down at Jam Factory with Man Forever (John Colpitts, aka Kid Millions, Oneida) and So Percussion, the "premiere contemporary percussion ensemble" in the USA (or so they proclaim). Music in the Barns will be there for support. Need more? OOIOO are at Lee's Palace a week later.

Local Hot Ticket

Construction Series - July 11 - Smiling Buddha
Construction (the summer answer to Long Winter) is keepin' on this month with Absolutely Free, Doomsquad, and Anamai. AKA a pretty presh bill, Toronto wise. I'd like to buy the Anamai cassette but it's $10. Gotta save up.

What we got up to this week

Photo of Lady Gaga: Kevin Mazur via Billboard

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