Indie-licious Tues June 14th 2016

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Three ambient, dreamy, looping artists. Get lost in the woods of your own tangled brain.

1. Blunt Chunks at La Sala Rossa – March 31st 2016*
2. C.J. Boyd at Holy Oak – June 5th 2016
3. Sarah Davachi at Holy Oak – June 5th 2016*

*Canadian

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For repeated, sustained pleasure, here are the individual performances of C.J. Boyd and Sarah Davachi.

 

Scroll Downers, Worst Gift, Bile Sister @ Double Double Land

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This weather is real sticky. Hot ‘n’ Ready. It calls for some heavy, shoegazy psych, rankled punk, and face-scrunching electronics, obviously.

Tonight, Baltimore’s Scroll Downers collides with Toronto’s Worst Gift and Bile Sister at Double Double Land (presented by my personal Becky with the good hair, Tad Michalak). Here’s what Tad has to say about the show:

Scroll Downers

New wasted psych project from Baltimore jammers Lexie Mountain and Dope Body members Zachary Utz and David Jacober. Lexie’s powerful vocals cut through caustic drums & wailing walls of guitar distortion. Her uncanny sense of when to hod back & when to let the gnar rip is in fine form here. Blasted out noise guitar chords live somewhere between the weight of sludge and the screeching engery of blistering psychadelia. Everything is lain to waste, sounding like some dessimated version of Jefferson Airplane.

Worst Gift

Toronto weird punk trio create angular structures, full of a choatic energy, pulling influence from sludge metal, post hardcore and math rock, but with an added playful foreboding. These junk rockers rip through punk jams with true fury, hollering group vocals and endless wandering distortion. Split speed rhythms slow down to a grind under crushing heaviness, only to be reborn as jagged notes bouncing or each other. Percussion shreds, shit gets real.

Bile Sister

Julie Riech & David Jones’ mix pounding electronics, industrial textures, & warped synthesizers to produce dissonant anthems. Julie’s vocals ripple across tense yet monotonous rhythms. Synth tones crackle & glitch underneath static encased drum machine samples. Amidst the oppressive marches pop sensibilities ooze through, electonics sound like huge plastic bubbles being dribbled like they’re in Space Jam.

WHEN THE HEAT BITES YOU, BITE BACK.

SEE YA AT THE SHOW, MAYBE?

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)

 

Tuesday Grab Bag

Are you ready to mellow?

New York’s Gingerly’s make 80’s-inspired indie-pop with a splash of shoegaze. Their debut 7″ Jumprope EP is out today (July 8th) via Shelflife.

Summer Cramps Gingerlys –  Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook

 

Speaking of shoegaze, Halifax’s Kestrels just released a new EP The Moon is Shining Our Way on July 1st via Sonic Unyon. They’re doing a limited run of 300 vinyl (half black, half blue).

The Moon is Shining Our Way – Kestrels Facebook

 

Toronto’s Foxes in Fiction sound a bit like taking a Beach House album and playing it quietly on mono on a lonely deserted subway platform. Shadow’s Song is the first single off their upcoming 7-track 12″ Ontario Gothic out Sept 22nd via Orchid Tapes (his own label). Warren Hildebrand writes:

Ontario Gothic is an album comprised of seven songs dealing with individual instances of loss, grief and the process of healing over the five years following my younger brother’s death in 2008 and how I navigated life in the wake of that tragedy. It was recorded in Toronto and New York between fall 2011 and spring 2014.

The track features Owen Pallett on violin, and Hildebrand will be opening for Pallett on his fall US tour. The limited edition (500 copy) pre-order features 250 translucent coke-bottle green / opaque doublemint green vinyl pressed together and 250 translucent sea blue / opaque cyan blue vinyl pressed together. Lovely!

Shadow’s Song – Foxes in Fiction – Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook

 

Soft vocals, folksy guitar, quiet drums. Birmingham’s Dead Crow Pirates reminds me a lot of Tunng.

Without Her – Dead Crow Pirates – Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

 

Paris’s MOODOÏD make fantastic psych-pop akin to Foxygen. I really like the music video for Je suis la montagne, originally released on their self-titled EP on Sept 1st 2013, and will be included on their upcoming album Le monde MÖO (August 1st via Entreprise).

Je suis la montagne – MOODOÏD – SoundcloudFacebook | Twitter

 

Simple pop songs can be effective! San Diego’s Inspired & the Sleep just released a new track on June 25th.

Pool Guard – Inspired & the Sleep – Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

 

I love this Tom Misch and Carmody duet off their new collaborative EP, coming out sometime in July. Did I mention that Tom Misch is only 18?

Release You – Tom Misch and Carmody 

Carmody Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Tom Misch – Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

 

I’m predisposed to enjoy anything produced by the weird art-pop scene from Halifax since I am forever in love with Each Other and Long Long Long. This track comes from the Sled Island compilation album, which is 100% solid. I’ll be playing a lot of the tracks off the comp for my next episode of Indie-licious.  It also appears on their 2014 Tour Cassette, found here on Bandcamp.

Protégé – Heaven For Real – Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Need an alternative to TURF this weekend? We’ve got you covered.

For those of you outside Toronto, TURF is a small music festival tailored to those whose idea of experimental rock is Broken Social Scene. Just kidding, there are some good indie bands playing. That being said, if you want to avoid the festival scene, here are some great options for those of us living free ‘n’ cheap.

 

FRIDAY

If you guys are looking for something to do tonight, come check out the Girls Art League Fundraiser @ The Garrison, which will benefit Girls Art League, a Toronto-based non-profit benefitting women looking to make art in a welcoming, safe, and supportive social environment. GAL encourages art technique education as well as community-based events.

Here’s who’s on the bill for tonight:

Army Girls (Toronto)- Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

Dilly Dally (Toronto) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

New Fries (Toronto) – Bandcamp

 

Also featuring DJ Mary Mack. Cover is $10, doors are at 9 pm. Girls Art League on Facebook.

 

MEANWHILE, FRIDAY, ELSEWHERE:

Feeling American? Wanna cram a hot dawg down your gullet and wash it down with a sudsy Budsy? Celebrate the Fourth of July without renewing your dumb passport (something that I went through the process of today – hot tip, paint your face so you don’t look like the colour of an old sock in your 10-year passport photo).

Darlene Shrugg is playing Double Double Land with DJ Gaven Dianda.  Cool? Facebook deets here. $10 equals ticket plus hot dawg + brewski. Visuals are clips from Roseanne.

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What is Darlene Shrugg? Slim Twig, Ice Cream, and U.S. Girls playing together as a mini-Toronto-supergroup. They used to play as Tropics, but now that isn’t a thing. To give you an idea, here’s an old Tropics tune:

 

SATURDAY

Tomorrow night, Burn Down The Capital’s Feast In The East features dancey electro-pop, as well as a tasty dinner + cool visual arts by Eunice Luk.

Silkken LaumannSoundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

 

No BreakupFacebook | Soundcloud

 

Most People – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

Memorex – Bandcamp

 

Have a great weekend, folks!