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Canadian Music Week – Friday Preview

apostleofhustle_6790.jpgTonight begins the running around from venue to venue, as Canadian Music Week starts it’s second day. The Indie Awards last night at The Docks were… interesting, but now the real fun starts. As such, here is our second installment of CMW previews to help you plan your Friday evening. If you missed the first preview, you can check it out here
Tickets can be purchased in limited numbers for each showcase, or you can pick up a festival wristband for $35 on TicketBreak or Ticketmaster, which will allow you access to (almost) all shows throughout the week.
See Friday’s preview after the jump.


Recommendations for Friday, March 9


* Schedule may change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, visit the CMW website.

Apostle of Hustle

Because a residency at the Rivoli just wasn’t enough, Apostle of Hustle are back for some more — which is a good thing for those who couldn’t get into the sold out shows in February. Also a member of the Broken Social Scene, Andrew Whiteman puts on a hell of a show in his own right. Infused with latin influences and a rich percussion section, AoH will blow you away on stage. You really have to see them live to fully appreciate the music, and if your body isn’t rocking to the rhythm, then you officially have no soul. — Carrie Musgrave
12 a.m. @ El Mocambo (464 Spadina Ave.) w/ LAPKO, Rubik, Young Galaxy, Callisto, $10

The Besnard Lakes

If there’s any band that’s playing CMW at just the right time to coincide with their hype, it’s probably The Besnard Lakes. Their latest, The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse, was just released in February on Jagjaguwar and has been garnering good reviews ever since. Expect a lot of fuzzed out guitars and wailing vocals with a hint of psychedelia. — Mike Warner
11 p.m. @ Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor St. W.) w/ Baby Eagle, Woolly Leaves, Sweet Thing, Rock Plaza Central, Pop Levi, We Are Wolves, $10 adv/ $12 door

Cadence Weapon

cadence_4988.jpgAlthough Edmonton’s Cadence Weapon had a somewhat shakey performance last night at The Docks on the big stage, he’s really one of those acts that you need to see in a smaller venue on a low stage, where there’s much more of a connection. With a Polaris Prize nomination this past year for Breaking Kayfabe, and now a win at the Indies last night, Cadence has garnered a ton of attention lately, and even if you’re not a hip hop fan, he’ll win you over with his smart sense of humour and coherent rhymes. — Carrie Musgrave
11 p.m. @ The Horseshoe (370 Queen St. W.) w/ Mother Mother, Peter Elkas, The Adam Brown, The Divorcees, You Say Party! We Say Die!, Land of Talk, Kill The Lights, $10

Cities in Dust

Hamilton’s Cities in Dust play catchy, sweaty, dirty and exciting rock ‘n’ roll with a distinct dance beat, and are easily comparable to your favourite dance-punk bands like controller.controller or Sharp Like Knives. Named after a popular Siouxie and the Banshees single, these guys have a lot of potential to become just as famous. If done right with a good audience, this show will be nuts. — Kate Robertson
10:30 pm, The Mod Club (722 College St.), w/ Drew Smith, Kenny Mehler, Kid Gib, Four Day Hombre, The Miniatures, $8

The Emeralds

Oh, Japanese surf-cock-rock bands. We think you’re weird, but we love you. Leather-clad from head to toe with sunglasses glued to their heads, The Emeralds sound a lot like the most famous band of the genre, Guitar Wolf. Highly entertaining with a healthy sense of humour, these guys love love, and they love cranberry juice. Don’t ask questions, just rock. — Kate Robertson
10 pm, Kathedral (651 Queen St. W.), w/ HY, Hunter Valentine, Fuck the Facts, Bobnoxious, $10

Friendly Rich & the Lollipop People

friendlyrich_7352.jpgMore burlesque or vaudeville than straight up ‘indie’, Friendly Rich & the Lollipop People call to mind Tom Waits, but more evangelical with a rock ‘n’ roll twist. Straight outta Brampton, Rich Marsella is an active community member and organizer of Brampton’s Indie Arts Festival, and therefore a hero to suburban kids everywhere. — Kate Robertson
8:30 pm, Annex Wreckroom (794 Bathurst St., 2nd Floor), w/ Dustin Bentall, Mark Bragg, Ruth Minikin, $8

The Hedrons

Glasgwegians tend to be pretty tough folk, and The Hedrons are no exception. They’re an all-woman party punk-rock band with a vulnerable side (see songs like “Be My Friend” and “I Need You”). Bands like the Donnas come to mind, as they’ve got a similar no-nonsense attitude with straight-up pop fundamentals down-pat. Sweet and mournful, but rough and ragged around the edges, don’t dismiss them as just another chick-band. — Kate Robertson
12 a.m., The Bovine Sex Club (542 Queen St. W.), w/ One Second 2 Late, Drunkula, Powersolo, Ernest, Sign, The Vibrants, $10

The Just Barelys

Just barely two members, Halifax’s Stephen Kelly and Eleanor King make simple, but somewhat twisted melodies which bring to mind the soft-spoken vocals of Of Montreal, only folkier. Recently signed to Just Friends Records, they make totally unassuming songs with shockingly honest or bitter lyrics. Take “Slum Lord”: “It’s fine to lie when you wanna screw / A scum landlord who brought the frig on you / I’m so goddamn angry.” — Kate Robertson
1 a.m., Art Bar (1214 Queen St. West), w/ Cormac O Caoimh, Kat Frankie, Scarlett Affection, Billy the Kid, $8

Land of Talk

landoftalk_9217.jpgYou know when you are at a meeting, and everyone has to go around and tell a ‘funny fact’ about themselves, and you can never think of anything that funny? Well, Land of Talk‘s front-person’s mom was an alligator wrestler. Musically, they are a tight, indie-rock three-piece from Montreal with 90s sensibilities, who make familiar lo-fi head-bopping rock songs with a few dance beats and catchy melodies. — Kate Robertson
12 a.m., The Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen St. W.), w/ Mother Mother, Peter Elkas, The Adam Brown, You Say Party! We Say Die!, Cadence Weapon, Kill the Lights, $10

Les Trois Accords

It’s hard (and in no way accurate) to speculate on what could have been, but if the Polaris Prize had been around in 2003, Les Trois Accords might have garnered the same exposure from the award that Malajube got last year. Their debut, Gros Mammouth Album, was well received in Quebec, which is not surprising as it’s fun, melodic, and raw rock’n’roll, so we’re expecting much of the same from their live show. — Mike Warner
11:45 p.m. @ The Reverb (651 Queen St. W.) w/ Priestess, Grimskunk, Vulgaires Machine, Psychotic 4, $12 adv/ $15 door

My Latest Novel

Another highly anticipated act is Glasgow, Scotland’s My Latest Novel. Their debut album, Wolves, is full of shimmery acoustic chamber-pop that we recommend for fans of Ohbijou. You won’t be able to resist “Sister Sneaker Sister Soul,” even if the song does have an awful title. If you can’t catch them here, they also play at Kathedral on Saturday. — Mike Warner
12 a.m. @ the Drake Underground (1150 Queen St. W.) w/ KTU: Gunn, Pohjonen, Mastelotto, 22-Pistepirkko, Lodger, Disco Ensemble, $5

Stars Of Track and Field

Portland, Oregon has a pretty good track record for producing quality musicians. The city has given us Elliott Smith, The Decemberists, M. Ward and many more, with Stars of Track and Field hoping to be the next in line. They don’t sound anything like those artists, however, or Belle and Sebastian, who they get their name from, but mix guitars and digital sounds to write anthems that will appeal to fans of Coldplay or Radiohead. — Mike Warner
9:30 p.m. @ Revival (783 College St.) w/ The Silent Years, $10

Two-Minute Miracles

There’s no doubt that Andy Magoffin has an ear for music. He’s an uber-producer and has worked on albums by such notables as The Hidden Cameras and The Constantines, but his Miracles have never gotten the attention they deserve. Magoffin is a melody machine and this will be a great chance to hear how Volume IV(due out sometime this year) is shaping up, so don’t be stupid and miss them. — Mike Warner
9 p.m. @ the Silver Dollar (486 Spadina Ave.) w/ The Sunparlour Players, Barzin, Ox, United Steel Workers of Montreal, Barmitzvah Brothers, $10

Young Galaxy

All these BSS’ers and related friends seem to have side projects these days, and Young Galaxy happens to be Stars guitarist Stephen Ramsay’s baby, along with Catherine McCandless. Based in Montreal, the pair share vocal duties, creating melodic and hypnotic music that compliment each other incredibly well. On the Arts & Crafts label, this band may be one of the latest additions but they’re already showing a lot of promise. The band’s self-titled album comes out this April and includes collaborations with fellow Montreal “it” bands The Dears, Stars, Patrick Watson and more. — Carrie Musgrave
11 p.m. @ El Mocambo (464 Spadina Ave.) w/ LAPKO, Rubik, Apostle of Hustle, Callisto, $10
With so many bands, we’re sure we missed others worthy of a preview. Know of any? Let us know in the comments.

Photos: Carrie Musgrave.

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