In terms of sheer volume of acts, Friday is pretty sparse compared to Wednesday and Thursday. However, there are some really great gems; Smiling Buddha and Lee’s Palace would make for two amazing standalone concerts if you want to stay put.
☯ FRIDAY JUNE 19th ☯
9pm – Foxes In Fiction (Brooklyn) dreamscape, abstract / 11pm – Doldrums (Toronto) experimental dance, manic pop
Ex-Ontario resident Warren Hildebrand got Owen Pallett to play violin on this album. It’s a dreamy, ambient trek into memory and mourning. I’ve been loving Doldrums new album The Air Conditioned Nightmare, which is a dance hall lobotomy. Check them both out at Lee’s Palace.
(PREPARE TO HAVE YOUR BRAIN SHREDDED A TINY BIT IF YOU JUST PLAYED THAT FOXES IN FICTION TRACK)
11pm – DIANA (Toronto) – electronic, indie pop
I really wish that someone had thought to put Doldrums and DIANA on the same bill, as there’s a really great Doldrums remix of one of their songs, which I will post below. Instead, they’re playing Adelaide Hall, which would still be a really great place to hear them.
10:15pm – Fat As Fuck (Toronto) – instrumental, brain melt
Toronto’s Fat As Fuck are playing 159 Manning, which is great, because it’s probably going to destroy that house.
2am – AMERICAN WRESTLERS (St. Louis, Missouri) – sprightly bedroom pop
Gary McClure’s project sound like an Americanized version of Phoenix, and that’s not a bad thing. They’ll be playing Horseshoe Tavern at 2am if you’re up for a late night dance party.
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9:45pm Homebody (Denver) – avante-pop / 1am – Chastity Belt (Seattle) – feminist punk with pop undercurrents / 1:45am – Old and Weird (Halifax) – avante-pop / 3am – DJ Garbage Body (SHE RULES)
Denver’s Homebody put out an awesome album this month via Heretical Objects, and they make great no-wave art pop. Seattle’s Chastity Belt make throaty, thoughtful art punk. Halifax’s Old and Weird are a fan favourite, bringing bizarre, clashing, confusing elements to avante-pop. Stick around for DJ Garbage Body because Julie Reich (Bile Sister) is a fucking rad babe.
Alright chickens, I should probably peel my skin from the couch and make something useful of myself.