This week in Toronto concerts

If you’re like me, you’ll notice that local concert listings come in ebb and flows. Some weeks, there won’t be much going on, whereas other weeks leave me lacking any clean clothes and groceries, tending to dead houseplants, and applying girl goo on my permanent undereye circles (lack of sleep? or my inability to remove mascara?).

This week, there’s plenty to do! So please, stock up on Doritos from your local 7/11 so that you don’t end up impulse-buying Sweet Chili Heat. Gross!

 

MONDAY 

The Wytches & Pet Sun @ The Drake (CLASSIC PSYCHEDELIC VIBES)

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Facebook RSVP Tickets $11.50.

THE WYTCHES Glum but cheeky Brighton surf rock.

 

PET SUN Hamilton fuzz-psych darlings. This should tingle.

 

THURSDAY

Jay Arner & Ketamines @ Milk Glass (VANCOUVER QT-PIE ALERT!)

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JAY ARNER Finally, I get to see Jay Arner! Somebody pinch me. He’s touring all around Canada right now, so make sure to check his schedule.

KETAMINES Everyone knows how much I love these garagepop fuckers, but rather than waxing poetic for the zillionth time, just press play. I forced Paul to become my friend (hi Paul) so that stalking him would be more convenient (I’m in your house, are those curtains new?)

 

BRAVE RADAR A similar vibe to Freelove Fenner, but with male vocals!

 

Also featuring JEANS, members of New Fries and Weaves.

 

THURSDAY – SUNDAY

INCLINEΔDECLINE 2014 (GUELPH ROAD TRIP!) 

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Facebook RSVP Weekend pass $42

This lineup is insane !!

THE SOUPCANS // DOOMSQUAD // JAY ARNER // HSY // PETRA GLYNT // THE KETAMINES // TV FREAKS // NOT THE WIND NOT THE FLAG // ZONES // ANAMAI // DILLY DALLY // THE BEVERLEYS // NOAH23 // I SMELL BLOOD // TEEN TITS WILD WIVES // STÜKA // WOLFCOW // VCR // BLACK BARON // NEW ZEBRA KID // MASS HORNS // GASOLINE GATHERS HANDS, GATHERS FRIENDS // ESCHATON // BILE SISTER // POOLBOY // BADMINTON RACQUET // BABY LABOUR // BOAR // FOAM // eSEm

Running from Thursday through Sunday at various locations in Guelph, you can snag yourself a weekend pass for CHEAP – only $42 - seriously!! You probably won’t even know that money’s missing. Grab tickets here. Way more venue/lineup details are available on the Facebook page.

 

FRIDAY

Ought & Freelove Fenner @ Silver Dollar (MONTREAL DOES IT RIGHT)

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Facebook RSVP Tickets $10 (available online here)

OUGHT Montreal post-punk heaped with charm and affability.

 

FREELOVE FENNER Montreal minimalist, breezy psych pop. If you haven’t seen them before, (like me!) come belatedly celebrate their first big release in November, Do Not Affect A Breezy Manner (listen here).

 

BLONDE ELVIS Toronto playful guitar-pop that harkens back to the drumbeat and flutes of 70s psych.

 

WISH- Members of Toronto’s Beliefs, Milk Lines and Decades. Delectable, well-crafted indie rock that straddles well-known hooks with a sense of experimentation.

 

 

SATURDAY

Man Finds Fire Summer Sesh @ Geary Lane (***COOL NEW VENUE!***)
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Let’s give a warm welcome to this cool new space at 360 Geary Lane, near the corner of Dupont & Dufferin. Music by Bile Sister, Mimico, and a k u a, art by Petra Glynt. Get drunk with Kensington Brewing Company, wake up with Detour Coffee kewt mobile coffee truck. PWYC! ($10 is a good idea for all the HQ musicianship). 12-6pm.

BILE SISTER Experimental Toronto-based avant-pop for fans of Petra Glynt.

 

MIMICO Dark post-apocalyptic Toronto kraut-sych.

 

A K U A  Sexy and slinky dark R&B from Toronto.

 

 

Alright everyone, have fun and use protection ;) (good footwear at a concert is a MUST)

 

Quick Friday Grab Bag

BoatThe Tallest Tree (Dundas) - Soundcloud | Website | Facebook

I love how playful this track is! Reminds me of Daniel Lee (of Hooded Fang)’s vocals.

 

Growing Old – Southern Boutique (Austin) – Soundcloud | Bandcamp

Southern Boutique is the side project of James Marshall from Austin’s Tiger Waves (who we also love here at Music Between Friends), Tyler Wharen, and Joshua Kerl. They just dropped their new ST two days ago and it’s nice and relaxed, perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Favourite tracks so far are Joanna and Growing Old.

 

Choose Yr Own Adventure – Sun Daes (Santa Barbara) – Bandcamp | Facebook

Speaking of sun-licked weekends, this California band makes gently frothy indie surf rock. According to guitarist Gabe, “We’re all students at UCSB and we spent the better part of our freshman year writing songs in the basement of our dorm, mostly pissing off people who were studying (???). we’ve come a long way (1 year) since then and we’re really excited to share those songs to people who aren’t currently studying.” There’s nothing I love more than a coupla loveable scamps making a mess of their dorm basement.

 

Into The Night  – Malka (London) – Soundcloud | Twitter

Tamara Schlesinger is the woman behind Malka, as well as the director of Tantrum Records, making her a real life #BOSSLADY.

 

Find Y.O.U. – TAPES () – Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

The bells in this track are dreamy!

Free download via XLR8R 

 

Alright folks! Have a wonderful Friday afternoon! I’m off to go drink lemonade in Trinity Bellwoods and eat 5-cent candy until I develop minor ulcers.

Indie-licious Tues July 15th, 2014

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1. Memory – Tom Misch
2. (im so) tired – Pinner
3. Flag – Canto
4. Dance Community – Shaani Cage
5. Our Fore-Chamber By The Dock – swimming pools in heaven
6. 19 – Meenk
7. Mrs. Starkey – The Vaporettos
8.Real Slow ft. Sarah Chernoff (Happy Accidents Remix) – Miami Horror
9. me + the bee – nomen novum
10. Lost It To Trying – Son Lux
11.Unknown Ends – Dream Curtain
12. down with the crown – red sea
13. I Know, (I Know) – Jon McKiel
14. Ash Mound – Each Other
15. Love Solo – Heaven For Real

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Happy Birthday To Me (MBF® Canadian music Treatzzza Pizza)

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I’m 26 years old today. AM I MATURE YET??????**

 

**No

 

My mom gave birth to me when she was 27. That’s one year from now. To put it in perspective, the other night, I ate an entire box of pizza and washed it down with a Stiegl Grapefruit Radler (the perfect grapefruit draught for summer). The only thing I am close to becoming pregnant with is most of a red velvet birthday cake decorated to look like my boyfriend’s face. Yes, I will upload a picture of us eating him. Yes, The Edible Woman is one of my favourite books.

Here are some cool tunes by Canadian bands to celebrate my b-day.

 

Love Solo – Heaven For Real (Halifax) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

Ash Mound Each Other (Montreal) – Bandcamp | Facebook

 

Rough Palms – Faux Fur (Calgary) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

Wasteland - Hooded Fang (Toronto) – Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

 

Don’t Remind Me - Jay Arner (Vancouver) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

THERE IS MIST IN THE VALLEY - Zacht Automaat (Toronto) – Soundcloud | Facebook

 

Leap Years Sunny Pompeii (Vancouver) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

Landform II (Shield)Herons Wake (Ottawa) – Bandcamp | Facebook

 

Dead Things PT II – Skye Wallace (Vancouver) – Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

 

Cannons – Little Scream (Montreal) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

 

OKAY BYE NOW I HAVE TO GO MAKE MY BOYFRIEND’S HEAD CAKE

 

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Ticket Giveaway: Begin Again starring Kiera Knightley

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We’re giving away 10 prize packs for Begin Again, opening July 11th (thanks Entertainment One!)

Begin Again stars Kiera Knightley as a burgeoning New York singer-songwriter who meets a scruffy A&R reject (Mark Ruffalo) after her douchey boyfriend (Adam Levine) cheats on her (so basically, Adam Levine is playing himself). Together, Kiera & Mark transform her into the Hollywood-version of Sara Bareilles. The movie is getting 79% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her Long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own.

Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City.

 

Each prize pack will contain:

1) Double passes to see the movie after opening weekend (July 14th until run of engagement)

2) Official Soundtrack CD featuring original music by Adam Levine & Kiera Knightley (preview on iTunes)

3) Swag bag containing headphones, headphone splitter, guitar picks, and sunglasses

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TO ENTER: Simply send us an email musicbtwfriends@gmail.com

Contest closes Friday July 11th at midnight!! (12am EST) (because Friday is my birthday, and that’s when my birthday is over).

**CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED Y’ALL**