Monthly Archives: May 2012

Looking For A Place To Happen, June 1st

There are a couple good bets tomorrow night.

I’m hitting The Steamwhistle Roundhouse to cover the Unsigned gig there for Lithium Magazine. The line-up features The Wilderness of Manitoba, Amos the Transparent and Cover’s only $5.

Wavelength is holding a gig at 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture & the ArtsBry Webb, Del Bel and Lisa Bozikovic. The cover is $15.

Or, you could hit the Horseshoe for a gig featuring The Junction, Eamon McGrath and The Grey Kingdom. Cover is $10.

Afrofest Launches At The Gladstone Hotel on June 7th

Afrofest will celebrate its launch with an event at the Gladstone Hotel on June 7th.

The event will feature performances by Njacko Backo from Cameroon, Tich Maredza Band from Zimbabwe and Jabulani from South Africa. Cover is $10 and it starts at 8 pm.

Afrofest itself will run from July 7th to 8th at Woodbine Park. It will feature top African artists located in Canada as well as the chance to sample African cuisine and browse an African marketplace, workshops activities for youth and children.

For details, head here.

Stream Or Download ‘Meridian’, An Unreleased Song From Codeine

Codeine ‘Meridian’ cover

‘Meridian’, an unreleased song from Codeine

The good folks at Numero have just released a previously unheard song from slow-core pioneers Codeine for your listening pleasure.

It’s taken from a Peel session and part of Numero’s massive release of the band’s Sub-Pop Catalogue.

Zammuto Hit The Road With Gotye & Explosions In The Sky

2012 is shaping up to be quite the year for New York electro artist Zammuto, the new project from former The Books guitarist Nick Zammuto.

In addition to their just announced dates with renowned post-rockers Explosions In The Sky, they also announced that they will be joining indie pop star Gotye for dates this fall, including one in Toronto and another in Montreal.

They’re currently supporting their recently  released self-titled debut on Temporary Residence.

Check out their live rehearsal for ‘The Shape of Things to Come’ and see below for tour dates.

Zammuto, ‘The Shape Of Things To Come’

NEW TOUR DATES (all w/ Gotye)

9/14 Kansas City, MO – Richard Berkley Riverfront Park

9/16 Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion

9/17 Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion

9/18 Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre

9/20 Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheatre

9/21 Montreal, PQ – Jacques Cartier Pier

9/27 Brooklyn, NY – Williamsburg Park


6/17 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live*

6/18 Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen Music Hall*
6/19 Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor*
6/20 Miami, FL – Grand Central*
6/21 Athens, GA – The Georgia Theatre*
6/22 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater*
6/24 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar

6/25 Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant St.*
6/26 Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre*
6/27 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium*

6/29 Hudson, NY – Club Helsinki

9/7 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Festival

11/10 Minneapolis, MN – Walker Art Center

(* w/ Explosions In the Sky)

Branko, ‘Going in Hard’

Branko, ‘Going in Hard’

This is the latest track from Mad Decent imprint Jeffree’s. It’s by J-Wow of Buraka Som Sistema, or Branko as he prefers to be called these days.

Vocals are provided by Dominique Young Unique.


Trash Talk Sign To Odd Future, Record New Album, Tour Europe

They may be best known for their hip-hop acts but Odd Future Records has expanded its musical pallet by signing Sacramento, California hardcore punk band Trash Talk.

The band will release their new album 119 will hit shelves this fall and will be released in partnership with their own Trash Talk Collective label. They currently have an EP titled Awake under their belts. Trash Talk are currently on tour in Europe, see below for dates and check out the video for the EP’s title track.

6/01 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Festival

6/04 Segrate (Milan), Italy – Circolo Magnolia

6/05 Zurich, Switzerland – Dynamo w/ OFF
6/07 Eindhoven, Holland – Area 51 Skate Park
6/08 Leisnig, Germany – Sucks and Summer Festival
6/10 Cologne, Germany – Underground
6/12 Hamburg, Germany – Hafenklang
6/13 Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
6/14 Stockholm, Sweden – Slussen
6/17 Birmingham, UK – The Rainbow
6/18 Brighton, UK – The Haunt
6/19 Bristol, UK – The Croft
6/20 London, UK – The Garage
6/21 Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
6/22 Newcastle, UK – Academy 2
6/23 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
6/24 Milton Keynes, UK – Craufurd Arms
6/25 Manchester, UK – Soundcontrol
6/26 Nottingham, UK – Rock City Basement
6/27 Brugge, Belgium – JH Thope
6/28 Lille, France – St Saveur
6/29 Tours, France – Canadian Cafe
6/30 Toulouse, France – Saint Des Seins
7/02 Berlin, Germany – Cassiopaia
7/03 Hanover, Germany – Bei Chez Heinz
7/05 Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival

Looking For A Place To Happen, May 31st

If you’re looking to get an early start on the weekend, there are a couple good bets tomorrow night.

My good friend Lesley Pike will be holding a CD release party for her new album The Tug Of War at the Drake Hotel. She’ll be joined by the little robot. Tix are $12 and can be purchased at the door or here.

Head to Sneaky Dee’s for a gig with a killer line-up and it’s for a great cause. Solidarity Rock is a group of musicians, artists and creative people who support rock ‘n roll and free expression in Cuba. It’s their first event in Toronto and The Mercy Now, my friends (And one of the best bands in Toronto!) Modernboys Moderngirls, the awesome Little Foot Long Foot and The Thinly Veiled Double Entendres are all playing.

The cover is only $5 and it’s all going to a good cause.

NxEW Post For May 30th

Just one for today, it’s about the Canada Day Festival at Harbourfront Centre.


NxEW post, May 29th

Just made one post today about a contest where Joel Plaskett fans can win a backyard concert by him.


TD Jazz Festival Announces Free Shows, Live Interviews

I’m fond of saying that the TD Toronto Jazz Festival has a little something for everyone and it isn’t necessarily for jazz fans.

And now, it has something for budget-minded concert goers as well as casual music fans who might not want to shell out for a concert. The festival recently announced a series of free shows that will take place around the city from June 22nd to July 1st. There will be a stage at the Shops at Don Mills, two stages in the Distillery District and daily after work concerts at the fest’s main site Nathan Phillips Square.

The line-up includes the Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Shuffle Demons and many more. For a complete listing, head to the Jazz Fest’s official site.

If you’re looking for a little insight into your favourite jazz artists, the festival has just announced a series of interviews in Nathan Phillips Square by the fest’s former Artistic Director Jim Galloway and current Artistic Director Josh Grossman. The daily interviews will run from 12:30 to 1:30 every day.

Saturday, June 23: Jim Galloway will interview Houston Person (Canadian Jazz Quartet with HoustonPerson)

Sunday, June 24: Jim Galloway will interview William Carn (Carn Davidson 9)

Monday, June 25:  Jim Galloway will interview Roberta Gambarini

Tuesday, June 26: TBD

Wednesday, June 27: Jim Galloway will interview John Medeski (Spectrum Road)

Thursday, June 28: Josh Grossman will interview Gretchen Parlato

Friday, June 29 Josh Grossman will interview David Braid (David Braid Sextet)

Saturday, June 30: Josh Grossman will interview Gord Sheard (Gord Sheard’s Brazilian Jazz Experience)

Sunday, July 1: Josh Grossman will interview Norman Marshall Villeneuve (Norman Marshall Villeneuve’s Jazz Message Quartet)