When Rogue Wave’s first album Out Of The Shadow came out in 2004, it was nigh impossible to read a review or article that didn’t reference SubPop’s other acoustic-y 60s-ish folk pop band… you know, the one that will change your life. And they were fair comparisons – the sonic and stylistic similarities were undeniable, though Rogue Wave’s record didn’t quite possess the quiet confidence that The Shins’ output did. It sounded more tenative, unsure – probably due to the fact that it was one-man show at point, everything written and played by one Zach Rogue (not his real name).
But after assembling a band and hitting a road to support the debut, Rogue Wave develped into a proper band, and that growth is evident in spades on their new album, Descended Like Vultures. Immeasurably more confident, hooky and all-around superior to Shadow, Vultures is a frontline contender for indie-pop record of the year and should be just the thing to ensure that they’re never mentioned as a poor man’s Shins again. They may not change your life, but they may very well rock your world. Rogue Wave play The Horseshoe on Sunday, November 27, tickets are $10.
If it seems like the concert calendar is tapering off, well, that’s because it is. But there’s still live music worth seeing out there in the cold, cold night. Be brave, dress warm, go rock.
Thursday, November 24:
The Hidden Cameras and The Toronto Dance Theatre continue their collaborative creation, “In The Boneyard”, at Harbourfront – the music and dance show runs through Saturday ($17 to $38). The newly independent Barenaked Ladies are at Massey Hall for two nights with Buck 65 as support ($42.50 to $69.50).
Friday, November 25:
controller.controller celebrate the release of their second full-length X-Amounts with a show at the Spin Gallery with special guests, No Dynamics ($10). And over on Queen W, The Lowest Of The Low open up a two-night stand at the Horseshoe ($10.50) which may or may not be farewell shows…
Saturday, November 26:
German electronicist Styrofoam is at the Rivoli ($12) with Esther Drang, while Nova Scotian fiddle-man Ashley MacIsaac holds a CD release party for his latest album Pride at Hugh’s Room ($28 to $30). Also celebrating a CD release (’tis the season), The Diableros will play selections from their new one You Can’t Break the Strings in Our Olympic Hearts with guests Uncut and Lipstick Machine. $10 gets you into the show AND a copy of the CD. You can’t beat that with a stick. Over at Lee’s Palace you’ll find The Most Serene Republic with In Flight Safety and Debaser ($10) and someone must have been naughty this year, because CFNY is kicking off their Edge Electric Christmas concert series with a big lump of coal, aka Theory Of A Deadman, at the Opera House. Inexplicably sold out.
Sunday, November 27:
Massey Hall will play host to the smooth R&B sounds of John Legend ($38.50 to $57.50) while Sneaky Dee’s will do the same for the dulcet tones of Lunchmeat and Five Blank Pages ($PWYC).
Monday, November 28:
Lee’s Palace gets a little (or a lot) of soul when Bettye Lavette is in the house ($15) and The Guverment is sure to be hopping to the reggae sounds of Damian Marley ($32).
Tuesday, November 29:
Wednesday, November 30:
Sarah Harmer plays selections from her new bluegrass record I’m A Mountain at Harbourfront Theatre ($31). And then she does it again tomorrow night.