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)

 

TGIF Playlist: April 4, 2014

What a medley I have for you this week… Mostly airy, electronic, slow paced, zone out music with the exception of the new Drake song. Hope you enjoy the mix and have a great weekend!

  • Brooklyn band M o t h e r reminds me a little of James Blake with this one.
  • The layered vocals in this All We Are song are so pretty, if the two are involved in a real-life romantic relationship, then that is just presh.
  • Love a good sample and the way Drake blended Lauryn Hill’s Doo Wop (That Thing) here is awesome.
  • For more from Goodbye Chanel check out their Bandcamp Page, if you like this track, you’ll probably like the rest of their Hot City Nights EP.
  • If I haven’t put you to bed yet, then this dd elle song should do the trick, in the best way possible.

Sasha’s Favourite Songs of 2013

Here are my top 15 songs of 2013! I don’t get a chance to listen to everything that comes out each year, so if you have any musical gems that I’ve left out to share, please leave them in the comment section below (our e-mail inbox overwhelms me sometimes). I’d love to take a listen.  I’m also looking forward to seeing Katie’s picks (since I won’t let myself forget that she posted about Tame Impala way before I took a I listen) for some more stuff to fill my music collection with.  Enjoy!

15. Wet – You’re the Best

14. FYFESolace

13. Washed OutIt All Feels Right

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My takeaway from the VMAs – Watching Drake perform made me weirdly proud?

UPDATE: they’ve removed a bunch of the funny links because of copyright, but I found a link to the performance here so… #youwinsomeyoulosesome?

 

For those that think the VMAs are too “mainstream”, you may want to just pass on this post.  Sorry (I’m not sorry).

I didn’t watch the live broadcast of the VMA’s because I don’t currently have cable (I feel like everything is so accessible on the internet).  Instead I watched the VMA’s live stream behind the scenes, and I have to say — it was the greatest.  I don’t think I will watch a regular “award show” if I have that option again because I caught so many weird moments that you can probably find on the internet now (backing up my point about the internet) like Lady Gaga getting emo with One Direction after they were booed, and all the interesting pans to Taylor Swift dancing, which, I have no words for except that I can only support her human right to dance to things?

Anyways, Drake’s performance of Hold on, We’re Going Home and Started From the Bottom was one of my favourites (Other than Lady Gaga’s face as she started the show…).  I would have loved to share the video of Drake’s performance, but I can’t find an unflagged version on YouTube right now, and the MTV link ironically won’t work here in Canada (earth to MTV, he is CANADIAN, we should be able to see a fellow Canadian perform, it’s only right/fair/what I want).

The performance was sweet to start and had a lot of energy at the end and it was just him on stage, no twerking dancers or NSync members, even though I would have probably been into those things too. I thought it was cool and made me weirdly proud because he is Canadian and has such love for Toronto.

So, I’ll leave you with the audio of the song, which is a great song and I’m not just saying that because my sister forces me to listen to his music by playing it constantly in our apartment :)

Sasha’s Favourite Albums of 2011- ENTIRE LIST

#1 – Jay Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne

I’m sure this one came a shocker (…not).  Even though a bunch of the songs act as advertisements, the quality of this album is hard to match, and it was an easy pick as favourite of the year.  You would have to be living under a rock to not have heard at least one of Watch the Throne’s singles/songs, and you would have to be hit by that rock upside the head to not enjoy it… And on that note I hope everyone has a great New Years Eve, I’d be willing to bet you will be hearing this song at least once (or 3 times like their encores on this tour).  Enjoy!

Jay-Z & Kanye WestGotta Have it

 – The English Riviera
#3 – Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver 

#4 – Caveman – CoCo Beware

#5 – Foster the People – Torches

#6 – Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes

#7 – tUnE-yArDs – WHO KILL


# 8 (TIE) – Drake – Take Care & Childish Gambino – CAMP

#9 – Florence and the Machine – Ceremonials (Deluxe Edition)

#10 – Arctic Monkeys – Suck it and See