Monday, January 26, 2015

Concert Listings Roundup #81

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.

Gigs of the week:

The Cluttertones [Ordinary Joy release party!] (Isla Craig / Brodie West) / Double Double Land 2015-01-31 (Saturday) [FB event]

The Cluttertones' Ordinary Joy is my first favourite album of 2015. Presenting "otherworldly chamber music" under the guidance of composer/bassist Rob Clutton, you're just not going to hear music like this anywhere else. Ryan Driver's analogue synth and Lina Allemano's trumpet work in a soundscape-evoking way you might also hear in the latter's Titanium Riot, but alongside Tim Posgate's banjo and guitar they're shaped into evocative miniatures, very much in the well-known spirit of wortlosegutesgefühlauseinemfensteraneinemkaltentag — that wordless feeling of warmth evoked by looking out a window on a cold day. Kudos for Healing Power for issuing this — it's at a bit of a right angle to their core "sound", but they're willing to make the effort for an album that I know they, too, are really excited about. (As a bonus, this release gig features opening solo sets from Isla Craig and Brodie West.)

Cluttertones - Webbed

#WL15/Pop-Up Show Series – Mechanical Forest Sound Presents: Ghostlight's The Winter Womb (Fifteen Wavelengths: An Ambient Suite) / Wavelength Pop Up Gallery @ Huntclub 2015-02-01 (Sunday) [more info]

Also on tap this week is a gig that — full disclosure — I had a hand in putting together. This night will see some experimental sounds take over Wavelength's pop-up galley at Huntclub Studios, with Ghostlight (the abstract/improvisational offspring of Mean Red Spiders) offering "a multimedia performance evoking the darkness of Arctic hysteria evolving into the midnight sun". The first half, meanwhile, will see a specially-chosen complement of top-notch players interpret "Fifteen Wavelengths: An Ambient Suite", a surround-sound piece created in honour of Wavelength's 15th anniversary. The music will be spontaneously composed by musicians responding to a series of fifteen synthesizer tones by Jonathan Adjemian. The goal of the slowly-unfolding improvisation is to create a musical Möbius strip, comforting and enveloping.

This week's noteworthy shows:

Dorian's Birthday Elvis Monday (feat. Triple Gangers / The Gordon Brothers / April Snow / "surprise guest") / The Drake Underground 2015-01-26 (Monday) [FB event]

Bedroom [analog synth/laptop/vibraphone grooves feat. Matthew Pencer/Josh Cole/Michael Davidson] with Phil Melanson / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-01-27 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Howl Canyon (Johnny Ferguson / The Super Darling) / Holy Oak Café 2015-01-28 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Kelly McMichael January Residency #4 (feat. Kelly McMichael & The Gloss / Terra Lightfoot / Dr Ew with Kelsey McNulty) / The Dakota Tavern 2015-01-28 (Wednesday) [FB event]

HPR TZAC Monthly (feat. Beard Closet / Hexzuul) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-01-28 (Wednesday) [FB event]

#WL15/Pop-Up Show Series: Blevin Blechdom (Naw) / Wavelength Pop Up Gallery @ Huntclub 2015-01-29 (Thursday) [FB event]

Alex G (Teen Suicide / Deliluh) / Smiling Buddha 2015-01-29 (Thursday) [FB event]

Surrender heads [new project from Paul Linklater and Doug Friesen, featuring members of Ohmhouse and Badbadnotgood – first gig!] (Charlotte Cornfield / Brent Randall and the Turtledoves) / The Piston 2015-01-29 (Thursday) [FB event]

Beams [7" release party!] (Loon Choir / José Contreras) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2015-01-29 (Thursday) [FB event]

Keep It Local: A Night With Pleasence Records (feat. Man Made Hill) / Johnny Jackson 2015-01-29 (Thursday) [FB event]

The Ryan Driver Sextet / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-01-30 (Friday)

Emergents II (feat. Dan Fortin / Robin Dann + Claire Harvie) / The Music Gallery 2015-01-30 (Friday) [more info]

#WL15/Pop-Up Show Series: Ravetapez feat. boyBITCH (Allegories) / Wavelength Pop Up Gallery @ Huntclub 2015-01-30 (Friday) [FB event]

Absolutely Free [belated album release!] (U.S. Girls) / Geary Lane 2015-01-30 (Friday) [FB event]

The Class of 2015/#7 (feat. Pet Sun / NOBRO / Champion Lover / Several Futures / CANYUN) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-01-30 (Friday) [FB event]

Pink Wine [7" Release Party!] (NASA Valley / Army Girls / Pony / Germaphobes [ex-Gay]) / Johnny Jackson 2015-01-30 (Friday) [FB event]

Gemini Twelve (Datura Daydream / Village / Watershed Hour) / Cameron House 2015-01-30 (Friday) [FB event]

TWM/iM (feat. Christian Hansen / Dream Jefferson / BamBoo) / Gladstone Hotel 2015-01-30 (Friday) [FB event]

Owen Pallett (Foxes in Fiction) / Lee's Palace 2015-01-31 (Saturday — matinée! all ages!) [more info]

IMBOLC: A Celebration of the Midpoint (feat. New Chance / Andrea Gerhardt / Blunt Chunks / Zoë Alexis Abrams / Tanya Golden / Doomsquad / Wende Bartley) / Algonquin Island 2015-01-31 (Saturday) [more info]

Blunt Chunks / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-01-31 (Saturday)

Viet Cong (Crosss) / The Garrison 2015-01-31 (Saturday) [FB event]

Wavelength 638 & The 8 Fest: "A New Place to Dwell" (feat. Fresh Snow / Mimico) / SPK Polish Combatants Hall 2015-01-31 (Saturday) [FB event]

catl (Invasions / Bella Clava / The Cool Hands) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2015-01-31 (Saturday) [FB event]

No Angels Dancing / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-02-01 (Sunday – matinée! 1 to 3 p.m.!)

#WL15/Wavelength Talk Series: General Chaos Visuals Workshop / Wavelength Pop Up Gallery @ Huntclub 2015-02-01 (Sunday – 3 p.m., free!) [more info]

Eucalyptus Sundays (feat. Eucalyptus) / Hirut Restaurant 2015-02-01 (Sunday – 7 to 9 p.m. Tasty Ethiopian cuisine available, but you're not obliged) [FB event]

Lisa Bozikovic (LUKA / Strands [Jasmyn from Weaves]) / Holy Oak Café 2015-02-01 (Sunday) [more info]

Nite Comfort 18 (feat. Dirty Inputs / HRRR) / Handlebar 2015-02-01 (Sunday) [FB event]

Add these to your calendar:

Reminder: This post only contains this week's updates — the full listings can always be found over on the right-hand sidebar!

Spectrum Music: Starry Night [with kick-ass ensemble feat. Lina Allemano/Jim Lewis/Heather Segger/Tom Richards/Aline Homzy/Matthew Roberts] / Alliance Française de Toronto 2015-02-07 (Friday) [FB event]

Eucalyptus Sundays (feat. Eucalyptus) / Hirut Restaurant 2015-02-08 (Sunday – 7 to 9 p.m. Tasty Ethiopian cuisine available, but you're not obliged) [FB event]

Wavelength 646: Wavelength 15 Festival Pre-party (feat. Speedy Ortiz / HSY / WISH) / The Garrison 2015-02-12 (Thursday) [FB event]

Long Winter – Year Three, Volume Four: Long Winter Fair (feat. Bruce Peninsula / Choir! Choir! Choir! / L I D S / Sea Oleena / HUSH PUP / STACEY / The Cybertronic Spree / Crosss / Tio / Darlene Shrugg / Programm / Lobby / the beverleys / DEAD TIRED / Mekele / Spots / Eucalyptus / Gingy & Peach & Ryan Pierre + dance/performance/Outdoor Street Fair) / The Great Hall + 99 Sudbury + The Theatre Centre 2015-02-13 (Friday) [FB event]

Spiritual Songs of Africa (feat. Blandine Mbiya / Jeli Katenen 'Cheka' Dioubate / Ruth Mathiang / Evelyn Mukwedeya / Memory Makuri / Netsanet Mellesse / Frederica Ackah + an all-star band!) / Alliance Française de Toronto 2015-02-14 (Saturday) [FB event]

Toronto Homicide Squad [Birthday Bash and final show!] (Stüka) / June Records 2015-02-15 (Sunday – 5:30 p.m.! free!) [more info]

Eucalyptus Sundays (feat. Eucalyptus) / Hirut Restaurant 2015-02-15 (Sunday – 7 to 9 p.m. Tasty Ethiopian cuisine available, but you're not obliged) [FB event]

Pow Wows [LP Release!] (Towers / King Creep / Wave Of Terror) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-02-20 (Saturday) [more info]

Eucalyptus Sundays (feat. Eucalyptus) / Hirut Restaurant 2015-02-22 (Sunday – 7 to 9 p.m. Tasty Ethiopian cuisine available, but you're not obliged) [FB event]

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