Monthly Archives: December 2012

Catch Clara Lofaro Live

Image courtesy of Clara Lofaro


Toronto-via-NYC singer/songwriter Clara Lofaro is coming off a busy 2012; she went to Europe to tour and work on the follow-up to her third album plus her track ‘Just Smile’ is currently being used in a commercial for Vanity Fair paper products.

Lofaro is currently working on a video for the track ‘Born 2 Love U’, which promises to be a departure from ‘Just Smile’. Keep an eye for it in the spring of 2013.

She’s also been helping in the clean-up efforts in her adopted hometown of Manhattan following Hurricane Sandy. If any of h@tb‘s readers in New York are interested in lending a hand, head to New York Cares to sign up.

Lofaro also announced three live dates, see below;

Monday 1/14 @ 9
472 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Wednesday 1/16 @ 8
380 Columbus Ave
Thursday 1/17 @ 9:30
541 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116

Looking For A Place T.O. Happen, New Year’s Eve Edition

There are plenty of great options for parties tomorrow night but here are a few of the standouts.

The Tranzac Club has a killer line-up featuring Sheezer, Gentleman Reg, Sunparlour Players, The Bicycles and much more. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. This one is sure to sell out, if it hasn’t already, so pick up your tix at Rotate This and Soundscapes or be sure to get there early.

Head to The Sister for The Reply’s Downtown Soul EP release party. Heavy Metal For Girls and Neil Traynor and The Emergency Broadcast System are also on the bill. Cover is $15. Head here to RSVP.

Montreal Horror punks The Brains are ringing in 2013 with Dearly Beloved at Cherry Cola’s Rock ‘N Rolla Cabaret. Tix are $15.

The Sadies bring their NYE show to The Horseshoe Tavern for a 12th year. The Keyframes will be joining them. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Break out your vintage duds for the New Year’s Eve Dance Party at the Silver Dollar Room with Bloodshot Bill, Meanwood, Nicholas Doubleyou and Legato Vipers. Tix are $15 in advance, door price TBD.

Videos For A Lazy Sunday: Clara Engel’s ‘Heaven And Hell’

If you like what you see, Toronto singer Clara Engel is currently at work on the follow-up to her 2012 EP The Lovebird’s Throat and she’s using crowdfunding to to finance it. To support her, head here to donate.

The Lovebird’s Throat is currently streaming for free on her Bandcamp page. You can also download it for the low price of $5. Her 2011 EP Madagascar is also streaming for free on Vox Humana Record‘s Bandcamp page. It’s also available for purchase on vinyl for ₤6. (Not sure what that comes out to in Canadian dollars.)

‘Opium Song’, a track from her album Tender is streaming for free here.

She has a couple dates coming up at the Holy Oak Cafe in Toronto on January 20 and February 10.

Stream Or Download Neurotic Wreck’s Leave Tonight Mixtape – Side 1 For Free

Neurotic Wreck’s Leave Tonight -Mixtape Side 1 cover

Stream Or Download Neurotic Wreck’s Leave Tonight Mixtape – Side 1 For Free

Released back on December 12 as part of a 12-12-12 gimmick, the second release this year from St. Helen’s producer Neurotic Wreck (ala Dan Shea), it’s a collab with witch house producer NULLSE+.

He’s also offering a free stream of the track ‘Atheist Part 1’ from his 2011 album Cling Placid, available for PWYC on his Bandcamp.

Post-Holiday Slowdown

Due to today being a bit of a slow day, h@tb will not be updating tonight.

But, don’t let that stop you from browsing the archives for links to free MP3s, videos as well as news about upcoming tours and new releases.

Stream PS I Love You’s ‘Death Dreams’ For Free

PS I Love You ‘Death Dreams’ cover

Stream PS I Love You’s ‘Death Dreams’ For Free

Kingston rockers PS I Love You are offering fans a belated X-mas present; a free stream of the long version of their track ‘Death Dreams’.

It’s also available for download for the super-low price of $1.

Recover From Your New Year’s Eve Hangover At Sneaky Dee’s

If you’re looking for a hearty meal after a night of partying on New Year’s Eve, Sneaky Dee’s is there for you.

The legendary Toronto venue will open at 10 am on January 1 and offer a special brunch menu featuring King’s Crown nachos, huevos racheros, poutine and chicken wings. It will only be available for one day and if you show up later on in the morning or afternoon, no worries, there will be additional seating upstairs. Check out the complete New Year’s brunch menu here.

Additionally, Sneak’s also unveiled their holiday hours;

December 24: 11:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
December 25: CLOSED
December 26: 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 A.M.
January 1: 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 A.M.
The venue celebrated 25 years of food and music in 2012.

Looking For A Place T.O. Happen, December 26-30

The week after X-mas tends to be a bit of a wasteland for live music in the city, leaving music fans who didn’t leave the city with nothing to do once spending time with friends and family is out of the way.

The Drake Hotel feels your pain and will once again run their What’s In The Box music series starting on Boxing Day.

Taking advantage of the fact that many of Toronto musicians come home for the holidays, the stellar line-up features Zeus, Luke Lalonde, Sandman Viper Command plus DJ sets from Diamond Rings and Katie Stelmanis of Austra and much more.

The cover is only $5 and it allows total access to the assorted events around the Drake.

For complete listings, head to the Drake’s listings page.

Looking For A Place T.O. Happen, December 23

catl, one of the best live bands in Toronto, is playing their second last gig, and last Danceparty at the Dakota Tavern for the next little while tonight.

If you’ve never caught them before, I cannot recommend going enough. The band is taking some time off after their show at the Horseshoe on January 19 with The Royal Crowns.

Cover is $10 but the band is also doing a food drive so the price goes down to $8 if you bring a non-perishable food item.

Videos For A Lazy Sunday: Photo Ops’ ‘It Makes Me Cry’

Photo Ops, the dream-pop project from Nashville native and former member of Oblio Terry Price, released the video for ‘It Makes Me Cry’, the first single from his forthcoming album How To Say Goodbye, out on February 26.

The Noel Jordan-directed vid sees Price going through the motions of the daily grind lost in a haze.

“(It was) filmed in one day at my house and around my neighborhood in Nashville – The video is a visual collage representing the feelings of isolation and longing for love that I tried to convey in the song,” Price said in a statement.

Tracklisting and cover art for How To Say Goodbye are below;

Photo Ops How To Say Goodbye cover art

01. All The World Is
02. It Makes Me Cry
03. Chameleons
04. Wanna Feel Good
05. Someplace
06. You Said You Were
07. February Ocean Breeze
08. Go To Sleep
09. A Hundred Miles Away
10. Sail Across My Eyes