The ridiculously busy Fall concert season is getting underway, and first up is the hype band du jour, New York’s Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. The hype machine began chugging this past Spring when the five-piece was annointed as the next greatest band in the world by the Brooklyn blogerati and confirmed as such with a 9.0 review that ensured that the initial run of CYHSY’s self-titled, completely independent debut was sold out coast to coast to coast.
There’s no denying that their upbeat Talking Heads-via-Elephant 6 pop is infectious and terribly of the now, but the weight of expectation placed upon them would be hard for any act to live up to, whether they have the goods or not. If CYHSY can weather the avalanche of hype and the inevitable backlash that will follow, they’ll find themselves in an enviable position for any young band – rumours of label bidding wars, both indies and majors, have been circulating for a while though there’s been no formal decision. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s music won’t change your life or stop the fascists, but it will make you dance. And that’s not a bad thing at all.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are at the Horseshoe this Saturday, September 3 with The Fembots and From Fiction. Tickets were $12, but this show is crazy sold out. There could be tickets at the door depending on how the guest list situation shakes out, but if you’re without and want in to the hipster party, good luck to you.
More less-hyped up shows this long weekend after the jump.
Thursday, September 1:
Country legend Dolly Parton plays the Molson Amphitheatre ($45.00 to $55.00) while it’s a prog-metal hoe-down at the ACC with System Of A Down, The Mars Volta and Bad Acid Trip ($31.00 to $56.50). Finally, Pitter Patter Nights at O’Grady’s present Clementine, The Machines, Knock Knock Ginger and Lake Holiday ($PWYC). Note – I used to be in Lake Holiday, though since I’m not actually endorsing this event, I don’t know if full disclosure is necessary. Anyway.
Friday, September 2:
Starting today and running through Sunday is the City Roots City Wide festival down at the Distillery district, with far too many artists to list off. Tickets range from $25 for a day to $65 for the weekend. The only thing worse than dirty old men is dirty old men who won’t go away. Louis XIV are back in town for the umpteenth time this year for a show at the Mod Club ($15.50). And from the “I could have sworn they were dead” files, Spin Doctors – yes, SPIN DOCTORS – are at Lee’s Palace ($15).
Saturday, September 3:
With a name like Gigantour, you just know the tour is going to be, um, gigantic. And it is, with Megadeth leading a contingent of metal to the Molson Amphitheatre that includes Dream Theater and Fear Factory ($48.75). And if you don’t like metal – what are you, a wimp? – there’s The Robot Ate Me at The Vatikan and Anagram at the Silver Dollar.
Sunday, September 4:
It may be the long weekend, but Wavelength never rests! Except around Christmas. In their own words, this week they bring you Stop Die Resusitate (“crazy electro-hip-punk-hop-Aesop-soul”) and The Narrator (“serrated texture and breakneck intensity”). Doesn’t that sound better than a barbeque in the backyard? It all goes down at Sneaky Dee’s ($PWYC).
Monday, September 5:
Scottish folk/blues/indie combo Sons And Daughters – and really, aren’t we ALL someone’s son or daughter? – are at Lee’s Palace ($9) while angry Chicagoans The Disturbed – and really, aren’t we ALL a little disturbed? – are at the Kool Haus with El Nino and 10 Years ($38.75).
Tuesday, September 6:
Everyone else knows better than to try and schedule a show when Elton John is in town. If you’re not going to catch Reg on either of the two nights he’s at the Air Canada Centre, then just stay home with the blinds drawn in the dark. No, you can’t turn the television on.
Wednesday, September 7: