Friday, March 21st, 2008

Oh You're So Silent Jens

Photo by Jon Hoover

…And sometimes there’s a perk to posting late (or not posting at all) – like when I get an email announcing that after years of neglect, Jens Lekman is returning to Toronto for not one but two nights at the Music Gallery on April 7 and 8. It’s a fundraiser for the venue, which is almost the very definition of intimate, and presented by Wavelength. And if that’s not enough, support for the first night will be Katie Stelmanis and for the second, Final Fantasy. Makes the $20 ticket price look like quite the bargain, does it not? Tickets are on sale now at Ticketweb. Seriously, get them now. I got mine.

And this news helps relieve the only really tough decision I had at SxSW, which was to leave Jens’ set at our Hot Freaks show early to go see British Sea Power though, ironically, there’s still a Jens/BSP conflict here… but I’m getting ahead of myself. I’ll talk about that next week. And if you’re curious, three of four days of SxSW photos are now up, including the Jens and BSP sets.

MP3: Jens Lekman – “The Opposite Of Hallelujah”
MP3: Jens Lekman – “Friday Night At The Drive-In Bingo”
Video: Jens Lekman – “Sipping On The Sweet Nectar”

Elsewhere – New Zealand psych-poppers The Ruby Suns will be in town at Lee’s Palace on May 2 in support of Sebastien Grainger. The Fader has an interview with the kiwis.

MP3: The Ruby Suns – “Tane Mahuta”
Video: The Ruby Suns – “Tane Mahuta”

Miracle Fortress have a video. Watch it. They’re at Lee’s Palace on April 26 with Born Ruffians. Attend it.

Video: Miracle Fortress – “Have You Seen In Your Dreams”

Matador has made the whole of their Spring label sample available to download. Amongst the treasures hidden within, a new track from Shearwater’s Rook, due June 3.

ZIP: Matador Intended Play 2008

Junkmedia spends 15 minutes in conversation with Colin Meloy, in town at the Phoenix on April 19.

The Boston Globe interviews Drive-By Truckers. And if you missed their show at the Opera House Wednesday night, as I did, they did a Spinner Interface session that’s almost as good as being sweat on by Patterson Hood. Almost.

Filter gets to know Black Mountain as well as Kate Nash, though not at the same time, as interesting as that might have been. Nash is at the Phoenix on April 28.

By : Frank Yang at 2:47 pm
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  1. scott pgwp says:

    That Ruby Suns album has been growing and growing on me. It might be my favorite of the year so far.

  2. boooo says:

    Noooo! I don’t have a credit card and can’t get tickets for Jens Lekman :( This sucks.

  3. meegs says:

    wow! were we not just talking at mohawk about how TO has been neglected by jens? gripe & ye shall receive. brilliant. thanks for the heads up – going to tuesday’s show for final fantasy.

  4. Mel says:

    Quick question – is the Jens Lekman show all ages? Please tell me it is!

  5. cy says:

    thanks for the tip Frank! after griping (cf meegs) for last two years that jens doesn’t come here, i went and planned an NYC weekend around his show on the 5th. now comes this (double) final fantasy. outstanding. see you tuesday.

  6. Frank says:

    Music Gallery is definitely all-ages