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Must-see concerts in Toronto this March are especially dense with world-famous pop stars, but there are also a few indie titans we haven’t seen in a while, a pair of punk bands from New Jersey, and at least two former Polaris-Prize nominees. Here’s what’s on tap.
Our homegrown electropopster embraced her nerdier side last year with Skin & Earth, an album that doubled as a comic book series about a post-apocalyptic universe. With the final issue now in the can, she’s set out on a North American tour.
For your friendly neighbourhood underground metal fix, check out this bill featuring the proto-metal screams of young locals Häxan, Mercedes Lander (of Kittie)’s The White Swan, doomy Hamiltonians Astral Witch and T.O. sludgelords Hammerhands.
Eclectic and inventive as ever, Merrill Garbus officially made her indie-pop project a duo with longtime collaborator Nate Brenner, and they’ll bring their politically centred new tunes to the Danforth.
2008 was a scary time: stock markets crashed, Twilight was popular and cell phones had flip-out keyboards. But one of the bright spots was this Montreal band’s debut LP. They’ll celebrate Parc Avenue’s 10th birthday with a full performance.
To us late-90s kids who read Chart Attack in print, this is the mild Can-Con equivalent of Axl Rose and Slash finally making peace for a reunion. The pair of alt-rock vets apparently like each other now and are touring hand-in-hand across the country.
MTV’s reigning Video Vanguard winner is coming to Canada on her Beautiful Trauma world tour, and you just KNOW girl is gonna work out some dope aerial choreography for it. Bonus: Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers will open the show.
Not only was Melodrama one of the few mega-popstar albums of the past year that actually lived up to the hype, but Lorde has assembled a pretty amazing lineup for its massive tour: Run the Jewels and Mitski open the T.O. dates.
The “noh wave” collective’s new incarnation is at last ready for a full unveiling of new tunes, five years after the Polaris-nominated Uzu, and it sounds like they’re in their most progressive form yet.