When is a reunion not a reunion? When there’s only one returning member of the band, even if it is the singer, songwriter and most recognizable face. After doing the solo thing for a few years, Jay Farrar decided to try and put back together Son Volt, the alt.country legend he disbanded after 1998’s Wide Swing Tremolo.
The other original members were initially interested but negotiations fell apart after lawyers and agents got involved, and Farrar was left with a highly publicized reunion gone terribly wrong. The solution? Round up a new batch of players, call them Son Volt and get on with it. While some of the faithful cried foul, saying that the Boquists and Mike Heirdorn were as much a part of Son Volt as Farrar, the new album Okemah & The Melody Of Riot is a perfectly worthy addition to the Son Volt discography. Considerably more rock-oriented than any of his recent solo works, Okemah proves that Farrar still has some fire in him when he plugs in and turns up.
Son Volt Mk 2 will be in Toronto at the Opera House this Monday, October 19th ($22.50). Chicagoan folk-pop combo Fruit Bats offer support, touring their new album Spelled In Bones.
Plenty going on in town this week beyond resurrected twang peddlers. Check it out after the jump.
Thursday, October 13:
Coming back for their second local show this year, Portland’s Decemberists try to top their superb show this past May, also at the Phoenix ($17.50). 4AD troubadour Cass McCombs supports. And if Colin Meloy and crew are too damn verbose for you, instrumental surf-twang-rockabilly combo Atomic 7 promise no words whatsoever when they play the Cadillac Lounge.
Friday, October 14:
Toronto pays tribute to the late Bob Moog with a special tribute night taking place at The Boat. Performances from The Happy Ending (featuring members of The Old Soul), The Empires, 10,000 Watt Head and In Support Of Living will compliment a screening of Moog, a documentary on the man who pioneered the synthesizer. Elsewhere, namely the NOW Lounge, Five Blank Pages and Spitfires & Mayflowers throw down ($6) and 54-40 prove they’re not dead with the first of two nights at Lee’s Palace ($20).
Saturday, October 15:
I remember futilely trying to unload an extra Death Cab For Cutie ticket before their last Toronto show at the Opera House in 2003. Chances are, an extra ticket for their utterly sold-out show at the Kool Haus would now pay a month’s rent. The O.C. really does work wonders, doesn’t it? Those interested in staying ahead of the hip curve will more likely be at Revival to see The Organ and Gentleman Reg ($12), a show that is also likely to end up utterly sold-out. And if neither of those tickles your fancy, there’s Matthew Good at the Phoenix ($32.50) with The Ladies & Gentlemen. Or you can stay home and watch hockey. Because it’s back.
Sunday, October 16:
Ex Can-man Damo Suzuki is at Lee’s Palace with his Network, which for this evening will include a whole whack of Broken Social Scenesters ($10). Wavelength counters this indie rock wet dream with The Lolo Project and Germans at Sneaky Dee’s (PWYC). Methinks Damo wins.
Monday, October 17:
A ridiculous amount of options for a Monday night. Besides Son Volt at the Opera House, you’ve got John Darnielle bringing The Mountain Goats back to Lee’s Palace with The Prayers & Tears Of Arthur Digby Sellers ($12.50), the first of two sold-out shows for Feist at the Danforth Music Hall ($25) and the buzziest band of the Fall, Wolf Parade play a don’t-even-try-to-get-tickets-at-the-door show at the Horseshoe. No matter which of these you elect to go to, you can’t go wrong.
Tuesday, October 18:
Franz Ferdinand want you to have it so much better, and both TV On The Radio and Cut Copy want to help. Meet them at the Ricoh Coliseum ($32.50 to $42.00). Things get psychedelic at Lee’s Palace with The Warlocks and The Gris Gris ($13.50) while The Sun Ra Arkestra settle in for a four night stand at the Lula Lounge ($30).
Wednesday, October 19:
Kentucky’s unclassifiably great My Morning Jacket show off their eclectic new album Z at the Guvernment ($26.75), the formerly Moist David Usher is at the Phoenix ($22.50) and Adult. perform material from their new album Gimmie Trouble at the Horseshoe ($12).