Monthly Archives: June 2012

NeXT Unleashes A Showstorm

Legendary Toronto booker Dan Burke has just revealed some of the best bets playing at at a number of venues around Toronto.

The next couple of weeks bring a couple of shows that h@tb has been hyping over the last couple weeks. Fiver, the new project from Simone Schmidt of $100, is holding a single release party at the Silver Dollar tonight, June 29th along with Nordic Nomadic and USgirls.

Iowa rockers Radio Moscow will roll into the infamous Comfort Zone along with the awesome Little Foot Long Foot and Biblical on July 12th. Deets are here.

Apparently this is supposed to be kept under wraps but Sarah Harmer is in Music Maul alongside former Weeping Tile bandmate Sticky. The Kingston band are slated to play the Comfort Zone on July 21st with Leonids and Dog Is Blue.

Detroit rockers The Johnny Ill Band will hit The 460 on  July 21 with Deutsche Banks, Mother Teresa and The Miracles and Walls Are Blond.

LA-based neo-goth rockers Nightmare Air are slated to play the Velvet Underground on July 25 with The Disraelis and the Cautioneers.

Montreal Cajun bluegrass band Canailles will bring a taste of the bayou to the Silver Dollar on July 27th. It’s part of Pop Montreal’s POP Off 2 tour. The Unseen Strangers, The Modern Grass and Sin and Swoon are also on the bill.

San Francisco garage rockers Sonny and the Sunsets will play the Silver Dollar on August 11th with Magic Trick, featuring Tim Cohen of the Fresh And Onlys.


Quick Hits, June 28 2012

OFF! Are playing the Sound Academy in Toronto on July 22 and 23 with the reunited Refused.

– Toronto-based Persian classical artist Mahmood Schricker is holding a CD release party for his debut album NULL at the Drake Hotel in Toronto on July 19.


Stream Gatekeeper’s ‘Tree Drum’

New York EBM duo Gatekeeper has unveiled a special edit of the single ‘Tree Drum’ which includes ‘Pre-Gen’ from his debut album Exo, due out on July 17th via Hippos in Tanks. Give it a listen here.

New media artist and 2011 Rhizome Grant winner, Tabor Robak, created a fully explorable virtual environment that features music from Exo to complement the LP’s release. He also designed the artwork and a special font which can be used to decipher hidden messages within the artwork.

The duo of Aaron David Ross and Matthew Arkell approached the project as an immersive environment, the album is meant to be listened to from front to back. Robak’s first person-style gaming environment finds the listener exploring worlds inspired by each of the album’s tracks.

They’re also hitting the road. Catch them on the following dates;

6-30 Brooklyn, NY – 285 Kent !

07-27 Brooklyn, NY – Public Assembly ^

08-10 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge *

08-11 Los Angeles, CA – Los Globos *

08-12 San Diego, CA – The Casbah *

08-17 Vancouver, British Columbia – Waldorf Hotel *

08-18 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios *

! with Laurel Halo, Slava, Anenon, Wish

^ with James Ferraro, Total Freedom, Arca
* with Thunder Horse FX, Teengirl Fantasy

Download Angel Haze’s ‘New York’ For Free

Download Angel Haze’s ‘New York’ For Free

The free music continues to flow on h@tb today with ‘New York’, the first single from hotly buzzed New York MC Angel Haze’s debut EP Reservation, out on July 17th.

It’s also streaming here.

Readers in NYC can catch the EP release party at Santo’s Party House on July 19th.


Download Meyhem Lauren’s New Album For Free

Queens-based rapper Meyhem Lauren is offering his new album Respect The Fly Shit, out today, for free via LRG/Greedhead.

Grab it here.


Looking For A Place To Happen: Canada Day Long Weekend Edition

Long weekends are traditionally a slow time for live music but this upcoming Canada Day long weekend is a definite exception with a couple good bets.

Fiver, the non-country side project from Simone Schmidt of the excellent $100, are holding a 7″ single release party at the Silver Dollar tomorrow night (July 29th) with USgirls and Nordic Nomadic.

The Hidden Cameras are playing Harbourfront Centre on July 1st, Canada Day. Now, the last time I saw them play there, it left me a little cold but it might be an improvement.


NxEW Post, June 28th 2012

Just one for today, it’s about Toronto noise punks Cartoons’ new video and the new single from fellow noise punks Hellauya.

They’re releasing a split 12″ single on July 31 via Daps Records and Buzz Records.


Quick Hits, June 27, 2012

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound are playing the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on July 13th. You can check out the single ’Sister Ray Charles’ here and check out the video below;

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound

– Harbourfront Centre has just announced the Classical IV: Strings event which will run from July 27 to 29. Details are here.

Little Dragon will perform their new single, ‘Sunshine’ on The Daily Show With John Stewart tonight. They also unveiled a series of tour dates, including gigs with The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Check out a ‘making of’ video for the single below and catch them on the tour dates listed;

6/29 – Helsinki, Finlad – Garden Party
6/30 – Oslo, Norway – Holmkenkollen Sommerfest
7/5 – Sete, France – Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival
7/7 – Sesimbra, Portugal – Super Bock Super Rock
7/13 – Costa Azahar, Spain – Benicassim Festival
7/14 – Dour, Belgium – Dour Festival
7/15 – Novi Sad, Serbia – Exit Festival
7/20 – Huntingdon, UK – Secret Garden Party
7/28 – Lulworth Castle, Dorset, UK – Camp Bestival
8/3 – Los Angeles, CA – Hard Festival
8/4 – Montreal, Canada – Osheaga Festival
8/5 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
8/10 – Brooklyn, NY – Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park
8/14 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena *
8/15 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena *
8/23 – Malmo, Sweden – Malmo Festival
8/24 – Stockholm, Sweden – Propaganda
8/26 – Paris, France – Rock en Seine
9/6 – Pula, Croatia – Dimensions Festival
9/7 – Berlin, Germany – Berlin Festival
9/9 – Isle of Wright, UK – Bestival
* With The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Supreme Cuts are hitting the road with Polica for a series of West Coast dates as well as release gigs on Chicago and Brooklyn, NY for their debut album Whispers In The Dark.
For a preview of what to expect, check out this video of them performing live and catch them on the dates below the vid;

7/20/12   Brooklyn, NY  Glasslands

7/27/12  Chicago, IL  The Empty Bottle

8/16/12  Vancouver, BC  Biltmore Cabaret

8/17/12  Seattle, WA  Neumo’s

8/18/12  Portland, OR  Wonder Ballroom

8/20/12  San Francisco, CA  The Independent

8/21/12  Los Angeles, CA  Echoplex

8/23/12  Las Vegas, NV  The Pool at the Cosmopolitan

8/25/12  Denver, CO  Bluebird Theater


Milk Music Announce Tour Dates, New Music

Olympia, Washington’s Milk Music have just unveiled their tour itinerary that will take them across the US and into Canada.

They’re also offering a free MP3 of the single ‘Violence Now’ to celebrate. It was previously only available as a limited edition flexi disc split single with Carrie Keith of Gun Outfit. Milk Music are also offering their long sold-out EP Beyond Living on iTunes for a low price. As if that wasn’t enough music, fans can also download an official bootleg of their set at Primavera Sound which features new songs that serve as a preview for their forthcoming new album, which they’re currently recording here.

Catch them on the following dates;

7/6 – Spokane, Washington – Spokane Vintage Warehouse
7/7 – Missoula, Montana – VFW Post 209
7/8 – Calgary, Alberta – TBA
7/9 – Regina, Saskatchewan – The Club at the Exchange
7/10 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Frame Arts Warehouse
7/11 – St. Paul, Minnesota – Turf Club
7/12 – Madison, Wisconsin – Memorial Union Terrace %
7/13 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Quarters ^
7/15 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Festival
7/16 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean *
7/17 – Detroit, MI – Lager House

7/18 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern @

7/20 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore @
7/21 – Boston, MA – What We Talk About When We Talk About Us
7/23 – Brooklyn, NY – 285 Kent !

7/24 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie

7/25 – Columbus, OH – Ace Of Cups
7/26 – Cincinnati, OH – The Comet

7/30 – Kansas City, MI – Outer Space

7/31 – Denver, CO – Rhineoceropolis

% = w/ Liturgy, Lotus Plaza, Dent May

^ = w/ Autonomy, High Horse, Tenement

* = w/ Iceage, Skrapyard, Ooze

@ = w/ Iceage

! = w/ Nude Beach, Zulus


The Balconies Announce New Summer Tour Dates

Not content to rest on their laurels after performances at NXNE and SCENE Fest, as well as an upcoming date at Edgefest, Ottawa-via-Toronto trio The Balconies have just added a slew of tour dates to their schedule.

Check out the video for ‘Kill Count’ below and catch them on the following dates;

June 28 @ U.S. Cellular Stage, MILLWAUKEE, WI (*SUMMERFEST)
July 14 @ Downsview Park, TORONTO (**Edgefest)
July 15 @ River Stage, OTTAWA (**RBC Royal Bank Ottawa Bluesfest)
July 20 @ Ulrich City Courtyard, BUFFALO, NY (w/ Big Wreck, FREE SHOW)
Aug. 2 @ Mavericks Bar, OTTAWA (w/The Aggrolites)
Aug. 3 @ Le Cercle, QUEBEC CITY (w/The Aggrolites)
Aug. 5 @ Lee’s Palace, TORONTO (w/The Aggrolites)
Sept. 7 @ Mississauga Celebration Square, MISSISSAUGA (w/Hollerado)