With so much going on in town this week, it’s hard to pick just one show to put the spotlight on, but it must be done and so Torontoist declares Bob Mould’s show at the Mod Club this Sunday, October 2 to be the hot ticket for the weekend. An alternative rock legend for both his tenure with 80s Minneapolis punk rock gods Husker Du as well as 90s alt.rock outfit Sugar, Mould is thankfully reneging on his promise seven years ago to retire from loud rock guitar in order to tour his latest album, Body Of Song.
The new record combines the searing guitar that defined Mould’s earlier work and the electronicism that he’s discovered in recent years to create something familiar to long-time fans, but still exploring new creative paths. And while Mould has steadfastly refused to get on the reunion bandwagon that his 80s peers are cashing in on (Husker Du’s breakup was acrimonious to say the least), he is acknowledging his past by including both Huskers and Sugar material in the set list. Expect this one to be loud. And as a bonus, Toronto natives Uncut have been tapped as openers for Bob on this leg of the tour.
Lots more rocking the Big Smoke this week as September gives way to October – check it out after the jump.
Thursday, September 29:
Indie rock-punk god Ted Leo and his Pharmacists hit Toronto no less than three times in 2004, but just to make sure we haven’t forgotten him he’s stopping in at the Mod Club ($15) to say hello. Expect to hear lots of new material from his follow-up to Shake The Sheets, due out next year sometime. North Of America support. Metric celebrate the delayed-till-next-week release of Live It Our with the second of two sold-out shows at the Phoenix ($20) while Michael Penn and Rosie Thomas also play the second of two nights at the Rivoli ($15). The Silver Dollar ($8) hosts the very definition of an eclectic bill with a lineup that includes Japan’s Zoobombs, Vancouver new-wavers My Project: Blue, members of Broken Social Scene (who, really, could be anyone in the city) and up-and-coming local songstress Kat Burns.
Friday, September 30:
The Culture Shock youth festival kicks off at Harbourfront Centre (free) and will feature performances throughout the weekend by Shawn Hewitt & The National Strike, Cuff The Duke, Gentleman Reg, No Dynamics and Magneta Lane. “America’s Funnyman” (pretty sure that’s a self-appointment, though) Neil Hamburger is at the El Mocambo ($10.50) for some, whatistcalled, comedy, and Manchester’s Doves return to the Docks ($26.50) with VHS Or Beta.
Saturday, October 1:
Where to begin? A reunited Dead Can Dance are at Massey Hall ($39.50 to $49.50) while Mercury Prize winner Antony & The Johnsons (and CocoRosie) have sold out Trinty-St Paul’s ($21.50). Australian pop collective Architecture In Helsinki and Philadelphia’s Dr Dog will play to a surely packed Rancho Relaxo ($12) while hurtin’ Albertan Corb Lund plays the Horseshoe ($10) with help from fellow westerner Leeroy Stagger. Also in town from the west coast – Black Mountain show off the stadium moves they learned whilst on tour with Coldplay at Lee’s Palace ($10.50) while it’s a Boompa party at the Rivoli with NOW cover boy The Ladies & Gentlemen and ex-Dirtmitt Catlow.
Sunday, October 2:
Wavelength presents The Lollipop People, The Winks and Iron Oxide at Sneaky Dee’s (PWYC) while David Gray entertains the Air Canada Centre ($39 to $49).
Monday, October 3:
It’s a 90s college rock revival as The Posies, dug out of mothballs for the first time in many years, team up with Lou Barlow at Lee’s Palace ($15), while Lucinda Williams countrifies Massey Hall ($32.50 to $42.50).
Tuesday, October 4:
Alt-country legend Alejandro Escovedo, who had been unable to tour for the longest time due to health concerns, is thankfully recovered enough to perform at the El Mocambo tonight. Also on the calendar – Jason Mraz is at the Kool Haus ($29.50), KMFDM are at the Phoenix ($22.50) and Jethro Tull are still going strong – probably thanks to the codpieces – and will be at Massey Hall ($54 to $72). Meanwhile, at the Horseshoe, Nu Music Nite doubles as a release party for Matthew Barber’s new disc, Sweet Nothing, which came out this past Tuesday.
Wednesday, October 5:
The Exclaim-sponsored Aggressive Tendencies tour gets angry at the Opera House ($15), featuring performances from lots of bands with one-word names. Considerably less aggressive is John Mayer, who’s at the Kool Haus ($46.75) and somewhere in between are The Exit, who are at the El Mocambo ($10) with Magneta Lane.