Archive for July, 2010

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

CONTEST – Arcade Fire @ The Toronto Islands – August 14, 2010

Photo By Frank YangFrank YangWho: Arcade Fire
What: Arguably the biggest band in Canada right now. Maybe you’ve heard of them.
Why: After previewing their long-awaited third record The Suburbs to Toronto via a couple of intimate theatre shows back in June, they will follow next Tuesday’s official release with an appropriately big-ass show as far from Toronto’s suburbs as you can get.
When: Saturday, August 14, 2010
Where: The Toronto Islands
Who else: Support comes from the almost-as-buzzworthy-as-the-headliner soul sister Janelle Monáe and psych-country veterans The Sadies.
How: Tickets for the show are $56 including ferry, fees and donation to Partners In Health but courtesy of Collective Concerts I’ve got eight pairs of passes to give away for the show – six for regular admission and two for VIP, which gets you admission to the VIP areas which will allow you to feel superior to those outside the VIP area. To enter, email me at contests AT with “I want the Arcade Fire” in the subject line and your full name in the body and get that to me before midnight, August 10.

Note that the prizes do not include the ferry to the islands so that’ll be $6 a head out of your own pockets and VIP winners must be 19+ so if you’re underage, note that in your entry as to avoid any awkwardness on the day of the show.
What else: The Montreal Gazette interviews Win Butler. Their show this Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York City will be webcast on Vevo and be directed by Terry Gilliam.

MySpace: Arcade Fire

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

CONTEST – Maps & Atlases @ The Horseshoe – August 7, 2010

Photo By Frank YangFrank YangWho: Maps & Atlases
What: Chicago quartet build mathy, proggy structures from country-inflected, psych-rock implements
Why: Following a series of EP releases, their full-length debut Perch Patchwork came out at the end of June
When: Saturday, August 7, 2010
Where: The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto
Who else: Support comes from Cults and Laura Stevenson & The Cans
How: Tickets are $11.50 in advance but courtesy of Collective Concerts, I have two pairs of passes to give away for the show. To enter, email me at contests AT with “I want to see Maps & Atlases” in the subject line and your full name in the body. Entries due by midnight, August 5.
What else: A Daytrotter session with the band went up last month. The Arizona Daily Wildcat, Green Shoelace, Colorado Daily and The Santa Barbara Independent have interviews.

MP3: Maps & Atlases – “Solid Ground”

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

CONTEST – Powerhouse Sound @ The Drake Underground – August 5, 2010

Photo By Joel WanekJoel WanekWho: Powerhouse Sound
What: The current project of Chicago-based saxophonist/clarinetist Ken Vandermark, exploring the improvisational intersections of funk, jazz, rock and hip-hop. There will be rhythm.
Why: Touring around their appearance at next weekend’s Newport Jazz Festival and the impending release of their album Overlap
When: Thursday, August 5, 2010
Where: The Drake Underground in Toronto
How: Tickets are $18.50 in advance but courtesy of Collective Concerts, I have six pairs of passes to give away for the show. To enter, email me at contests AT with “I want to see Powerhouse Sound” in the subject line and your full name in the body. Entries due by noon on August 4.

Video: Powerhouse Sound – “Coxsonne” (live)

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

CONTEST – Blitzen Trapper @ The Opera House – August 3, 2010

Photo By Todd RoethTodd RoethWho: Blitzen Trapper
What: Just your usual willfully eclectic country-folk-rock-psych-jam band goodness from the Pacific northwest
Why: Touring the continent in support of their new record Destroyer Of The Void because, well, those voids aren’t going to destroy themselves.
When: Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Where: The Opera House in Toronto
Who else: Youthful Californian indie-poppers Avi Buffalo support
How: Tickets are $15.50 in advance but courtesy of Collective Concerts, I have two pairs of passes to give away for the show. To enter, email me at contests AT with “I want to blitz that trapper” in the subject line and your full name in the body. Entries due by midnight, August 2.

MP3: Blitzen Trapper – “Dragon’s Song”
MP3: Blitzen Trapper – “Heaven & Earth”

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Time To Listen

Film School and Autolux deliver shoegaze from the Golden State

Photo By Andrew YouseffAndrew YouseffShoegaze as a genre is generally considered to be a British sort of thing, which is reasonable since the concept of playing guitars really loudly while avoiding eye contact with the audience largely originated on that side of the Atlantic, but since the early ’90s, introverts everywhere have picked up guitars and daisy-chained distortion pedals and not a few of those who formed bands call California home. And a couple of the best-known of them are back with new records.

Hailing from San Francisco, Film School have gone through considerable changes since their 2006 eponymous release, both in terms of personnel and sound, softening the somewhat hard edges of that record on the more melodic 2007 follow-up Hideout and from the sounds of the first MP3, their new record Fission – due out August 31 – looks to be their most pop-oriented effort yet. They’re hitting the road this Fall with New York’s The Depreciation Guild, who know a thing or two themselves about building walls of sound as evidenced on their latest album Spirit Youth, and both will be at the El Mocambo in Toronto on October 4.

Los Angeles’ Autolux have managed to remain one of the state/country’s the most revered dreampop acts despite not having released a record since their debut Future Perfect in 2004, but the long wait for a follow-up will finally end next week with the release of Transit Transit. And though you could argue that after waiting six years to hear a new record, what’s another week, the band are now streaming the whole album at their MySpace, giving folks a little extra time to cram on the new tunes before the trio kicks off a North American tour in a couple weeks that rolls through Lee’s Palace on August 24.

MP3: Film School – “Heart Full Of Pentagons”
MP3: Autolux – “Supertoys”
MP3: The Depreciation Guild – “Dream About Me”
Stream: Autolux / Transit Transit

Owen Ashworth has decided that it’s time to pull the plug on Casiotone For The Painfully Alone and as such, his upcoming Fall tour will be his last. Local fans can say thanks and goodbye when he plays The Piston on October 10. Ashworth talks to Exclaim about the decision to hang it up.

MP3: Casitotone For The Painfully Alone – “Optimist Vs. The Silent Alarm (When The Saints Go Marching In”

Two acts keeping Canada safe for down-home rock – The Wooden Sky and Yukon Blonde – are teaming up for a cross-Canada tour which will wrap up on November 6 at Lee’s Palace in Toronto.

MP3: The Wooden Sky – “Something Hiding For Us In The Night”
MP3: Yukon Blonde – “Wind Blows”

Diamond Rings has finally set a release date for his full-length debut Special Affections – it will be out in North America on October 26. He plays the Lower Ossington Theatre as part of Summerworks on August 11.

MP3: Diamond Rings – “All Yr Songs”

77 Square talks to Kathryn Calder about both her forthcoming solo debut Are You My Mother? and The New Pornographers.

Under The Radar throws Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham at Devo; interviewing ensues.

The Santa Barbara Independent checks in with Robin Pecknold, who is hitting the road solo as a break from recording the second Fleet Foxes record. There’s also a short tour documentary about Pecknold’s adventures on his own.

MPR has a studio session with Band Of Horses. They’re at the Kool Haus on October 21.

NPR is streaming a session with Retribution Gospel Choir.

Billboard talks to Sam Fogarino of Interpol. Their new self-titled record is out September 7 and they preview it on August 10 at the Kool Haus.

Interview does its thing with The Morning Benders. In addition to two dates at the Kool Haus opening up for The Black Keys next Wednesday and Thursday, they’re giving a free acoustic performance at The Big Chill ice cream on August 4 at 5:30 PM. Free ice cream for the early birds!