Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Concert Listings Roundup #55

You can read more about why I'm doing listings here. Long story short: This curated and decidedly non-comprehensive list contains nothin' but shows that I am going to/would go to if I had more time.

Gig of the week:

The Saffron Sect (Brent Randall And His Rainbow Twangers / Red Plastic Buddah / Annie & The Honks) / The Silver Dollar Room 2014-08-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Psychedelic explorers The Saffron Sect reconvened after a hiatus last October, and have been sporadically active with occasional one-off gigs since. Given that this is a fairly rare opportunity, I'd advise you to come check them out while you still can. Powerful stuff.

The Saffron Sect - Phosphorous Flash

This week's noteworthy shows:

Nick Fraser/Rob Clutton/Kyle Brenders / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-07-29 (Tuesday)

Thom Gill/Justin Haynes/Germaine Liu/Brodie West (Organballoon [Justin Haynes/Ryan Driver] / Felicity Williams) / Holy Oak Café 2014-07-29 (Tuesday) [more info]

Carol Gimbel and Pemi Paull / The Toronto Heliconian Club 2014-08-01 (Friday – PWYC! early show, starts @ 5 p.m.!) [FB event]

Oneida (U.S. Girls) / Lee's Palace 2014-08-01 (Friday) [more info]

DAS RAD (Cellphone / BattleWülf) / Imperial Pub 2014-08-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Moon King (San Marina / Jaunt) / Smiling Buddha 2014-08-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

No Angels Dancing (feat. D. Alex Meeks and Stephen Parkinson) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-08-03 (Sunday – matinée! 1 to 3 p.m.!)

Add these to your calendar:

Mike Smith August Residency: Simcoe is Lord (with guests D. Alex Meeks & Karen Ng) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-08-04 (Monday – early!) [FB event]

Mike Smith August Residency: Transcombobulation (with guest Jonathan Adjemian) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-08-11 (Monday – early!) [FB event]

Mike Smith August Residency: Mellow Motel (with guests Michael Davidson + Matt Newton) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-08-18 (Monday – early!) [FB event]

Mike Smith August Residency: Battleship! (with guest Shaw-Han Liem) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2014-08-25 (Monday – early!) [FB event]

Salt Lick Kids (Pow Wows / The Green Rays) / Junction City Music Hall 2014-08-08 (Friday) [more info]

Rocket Parade (We Sell Drugs / Several Futures / Connoisseurs of Porn) / Izakaya Sushi House 2014-08-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

DIΛNETICS - OT LVL 3 (feat. Mystic Triangle / Fog Spirits / Hexzuul / Lone Human/ Blunt Chunks) / Mây 2014-08-15 (Friday) [FB event]

Zakary Slax And His Teenage Mutant Superstarz (The Taste / Village / Pet Sun) / Magpie Taproom 2014-08-15 (Friday) [FB event]

Frustrations (Jay Holy / Josh Korody with Trev) / Milk Glass Co. 2014-08-16 (Saturday) [FB event]

Wavelength 611: Endless Summer Mini-Festival (feat. Comet Control / Mexican Slang / Steve Shiffman & The Land Of No / JFM / New Horizzzons / Alpha Strategy / Hiawatha / Delta Will) / Vintage & Flea Outdoor Market 2014-08-16 (Saturday) [FB event]

Hellshovel (Dirty Frigs / Wicked Witches / No Aloha) / The Silver Dollar Room 2014-08-22 (Friday) [FB event]

Optical Sounds Presents: U.S. INVASION! (feat. The Veldt / Magic Shoppe / The Highest Order / B-17) / CineCycle 2014-08-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

EMA / The Drake Underground 2014-09-30 (Tuesday) [more info]

Wavelength 623 (feat. Ben Frost) / The Garrison 2014-10-24 (Friday) [FB event]

Bandcamp corner:

Being able to get recordings back to musicians is one of the treats of this gig, and when someone likes the recording enough to release it, it's a real thrill. A few sonic fragments that I've passed along to Moonwood are part of the mix in this new live tape they just put out:

Having moved from a duo to a full band over the past year, this is a document of a transitional phase not yet captured in a proper album, so it serves an intriguing in-betweener. Perhaps it's befitting, then, that it's sonically at something of an in-between point, too, consisting mostly of semi-improvised mid-tempo jams that often link the more rambunctious material in the band's sets. More of a bean-bag excursion than a skull melter, this might point where the band is heading after finding the off-ramp from the trans-anywhere express. Also: the tape comes in a very awesome shade of purple.

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