After the live music orgy that was NxNE last weekend, the upcoming week shows a considerably lighter concert calendar. The can’t-miss show of the next seven days is Sleater-Kinney at the Phoenix on Saturday, promoting their new speaker-destroying rock opus The Woods. After producing two relatively pop and accessible albums with All Hands On The Bad One and One Beat, they opted for some sonic reinvention at the hands of uber-producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev) and embrace their classic rock muses. The end result is the loudest and rawest record of their career. Remaining tickets are $20 and it’s an early show – doors are at 6pm. Matador sludge rockers Dead Meadow provide support. NOW, eye and The Toronto Star have all run pieces today to preview the show.
More live music around T.O. after the jump.
Thursday June 16:
The Foo Fighters will be doing what constitutes a small, intimate club gig at Lee’s Palace, but if you didn’t win tickets by listening to CFNY (that’s 102.1 The Edge for those of you under the age of 25), you’re probably SOL. Of course, anyone who is willing to listen to CFNY for as long as it takes to win tickets deserves some sort of prize. If you’re not one of the fortunate few to have ducats to that show, you can still get your rock and roll ya-yas out at the Opera House with Jet and Youth Group, though that show is pretty much sold out as well. And if all else fails, you’ve got Foghat at the Docks. FOGHAT. Come on – Slow Ride. Take it easy. Foghat. Yeah.
Friday June 17:
Icelandic/Italian songstress Emiliana Torrini enraptures the audience at the El Mocambo tonight with Dubliner David Kitt supporting, tickets $15. Meanwhile, Oasis still try to pretend they’ve done anything worthwhile in the past ten years by playing the Molson Amphitheatre in support of Don’t Believe The Truth. Jet – yes, those guys again – and Nic Armstrong open things up. And Jet’s openers from Thursday, Youth Group, also have another gig – this time an early show at The Drake.
Saturday June 18:
The classic rock theme pervading the week continues as Deep Purple unleash a little “Smoke On The Water” at the Molson Amphitheatre. April Wine, Mountain and Tricky Woo round out the bill. And, at the El Mocambo, you can see this week’s NOW cover story Hunter Valentine at the ElMo with sorta-supergroup Dragonette, admission $10.
Sunday June 19:
Comets On Fire and Growing engage in some serious fuzz pedal abuse at Lee’s Palace tonight. Watch security try in vain to enforce the no smoking policy for $10.50.
Monday June 20:
It’s an emo sort of thing at the Opera House as Alkaline Trio head up a bill that includes Rufio and Thieves Like Us, tickets $20.
Tuesday June 21:
Singer-songwriter piano girl Anna Nalick is at the El Mocambo, tickets $14.
Wednesday June 22:
After not visiting Toronto for a decade, Dutch popsters Bettie Serveert are back for their second show in four months. The last one, in support of their latest record Attagirl, proved that for all the early 90s college rock nostalgia they might elicit, they’ve still got some creative gas left in the tank. Check them out at the Horseshoe, tickets $10.50. Texan family act Eisley bring their winsome emo-pop music and soaring multi-part harmonies to Lee’s Palace on their first headlining tour after stints opening up for larger acts, including Coldplay last year. Support comes in the form of Lovedrug and Pilotdrift, tickets will run you $10.