Rocktober is winding down to a close, but November, while not quite as wordlplay-friendly, isn’t letting up one bit with the shows of rock. And while it’s early, it’s hard to imagine that the month will offer any bills quite as exhilarating as The Constantines and The Hold Steady at the Opera House on November 2.
Guelph’s Constantines shouldn’t need an introduction to anyone who’s reading Torontoist – since forming in 1999, they’ve established themselves as one of the hardest working and rocking bands to come out of Southern Ontario in many a year. They’ve earned many a comparison to both Fugazi and Bruce Springsteen for their energy, ferocity and work ethic but by this point, they’ve surely themselves become an inspiration for a new generation of bands. Their live shows are always legendary, but for hometown shows such as this, they’ll surely find a way to take it to yet another level. They’ve just released their third album Tournament Of Hearts on SubPop.
Far less familiar to denizens of Hogtown is New York’s The Hold Steady, though those who pay attention to such things will surely have heard some of the buzz that has surrounded this five-piece since they released their debut Almost Killed Me early last year. Like their tourmates, they’ve quickly earned a reputation for carrying the torch of honest-to-god rock’n’roll, combining laser-like intensity with frontman Craig Finn’s literate and brilliant lyrics. Their new album, Separation Sunday, will surely be appearing on many critics’ year-end lists and this show will be one to remember.
Also on the bill are Detroit’s Thunderbirds are Now!. The Constantines and Hold Steady are co-headlining this tour, but for this show you can bet that the Cons will be closing things out and bringing down the house. Remaining tickets are $17.50, doors are at 7:30, show begins at 8:00.
Not feeling the rock? That’s okay – it’s not Rocktober anymore, you’re allowed. Lots else happening this week. Check it out after the jump.
Thursday, October 27:
You don’t get much more un-straight rock than cello-wielding, classical goth-punks or Hasidic reggae. For the former, check out Rasputina at the Mod Club ($16.50) and for the latter, Matisyahu at Lee’s Palace ($20) is the first – and last – word on the matter. Ironists, stay home – these acts are deadly serious, man.
Friday, October 28:
Jon-Rae Fletcher assembles a 17-piece choir to accompany The River at the Music Gallery ($8 to $10). Jamiroquai gets funky at the Kool Haus ($41.25). It’s pure death metal at the Opera House with Opeth, Nevermore and Fireball Ministry ($32). And for plain old, gimmick-less rock, Tricky Woo are at the Horseshoe ($8).
Saturday, October 29:
Jazz legend Ornette Coleman is at Massey Hall ($39.50 to $89.50), The Forgotten Rebels are at Lee’s Palace ($10) while mostly the mostly forgotten Tesla are at the Phoenix ($29.50). Finally, pop-punk rules at The Docks, with Saves The Day, Senses Fail, The Early November and Say Anything ($23.50).
Sunday, October 30:
The Go! Team follow up their super-crazy sold-out show at Lee’s Palace back in July with another super-crazy sold-out show at The Phoenix ($18.50). If you missed that one and don’t have tickets to this one… well, you’re going to miss it again. Congratulations. The Grates support. There’s an evening of what the kids call “alternative rock” these days at the Kool Haus, with Staind and Default ($33.75) and Wavelength hosts a costume party with guests the Lullabye Arkestra, Robocopp, and the five-part zombie musical, “Rigor Mortis Got Me Down”. Can you beat that? No you can’t. Sneaky Dee’s, PWYC.
Monday, October 31:
If you’ve finally decided you’re too old to go trick-or-treating, try hitting the Mod Club to see Kardinal Offishall ($15). And while candy is not included with the price of admission to see ex-Dead keyboardist Bob Weir & Ratdog at the Docks ($37.50), chances are if you’re in attendance, you’ll get some sort of treat just breathing the air…
Tuesday, November 1:
Celebrate the Day Of The Dead with Spoon and Mary Timony at the Phoenix ($20). Or don’t, and go see homegrown blues slinger Susan Tedeschi at the Mod Club ($14.50).
Wednesday, November 2:
Wonderful Welshman Super Furry Animals tour their latest Love Kraft to the Phoenix ($20) while Texans-by-way-of-New York Calla play selections from their latest moody space-rock opus Collisions at the Horseshoe. Celebration support.