Musicologist is Torontoist’s weekly concert listings. Check back in every Monday for more.
This week, Musicologist recommends Girl Talk at the Phoenix—if you can find a ticket—but with a couple of caveats. First, do not go expecting your typical live show, or even your typical DJ. The magic of Girl Talk is in the atmosphere he creates with his sample-crazy mash-ups, not in any sort of live technical impressiveness. Think of the $15 ticket price as a dance party cover charge, rather than a concert ticket, and you’ll feel much better. Second, the last time Musicologist saw Girl Talk, at SPIN Gallery, it was half amazing and half total crap. When he was playing, the energy level in the place was off the charts. But the sound system conked out repeatedly, killing the show’s momentum entirely. It wasn’t his fault in the least, but still, we had to offer the warning that any sort of similar problem will ruin the show.
If you’d rather see people playing instruments, check out Jetplanes of Abraham at the Drake Underground on Friday. They’re an Ottawa-based pop orchestra (yes, similar to you-know-who) with an exuberant live show and expertly-crafted songs.
See the complete listings after the fold.
Tuesday, September 11
Miracle Fortress and woodhands @ The Drake Underground, $5 before midnight, $10 after
City and Colour @ Danforth Music Hall (first of four nights), $29.50
Daniel Lanois @ The Great Hall, $35.50
Wednesday, September 12
Girl Talk w/ Dan Deacon and White Williams @ Phoenix, $15
Basia Bulat @ Yonge-Dundas Square, Free
Boys Noize @ The Social, $10
Thursday, September 13
Wooden Stars @ The Music Gallery, $10–15
Blaqk Audio @ Mod Club, $25
Friday, September 14
Skratch Bastid, Sweet Thing, Jetplanes of Abraham and Songs From A Room @ Drake Underground, $5 before midnight, $10 after
Bebel Gilberto @ The Carlu, $34.50
Diplo @ Mod Club, $22
Sebastien Grainger, Bob Lanois, Chris Whiteley and more perform songs by female artists @ Hugh’s Room, $16–18
Saturday, September 15
Spiral Beach, 123TEN, Run With The Kittens and more @ Ward’s Island Association, $5 or PWYC
Tacoma Redd, The Rockafellers and North of Hollywood @ Horseshoe, $6
Sunday, September 16
Picastro @ The Music Gallery, $10–15
October 3 –The Donnas w/ Donita Sparks (formerly of L7) @ Mod Club, $17.50
October 6 – UK Subs @ The Big Bop/Reverb, $22.50
October 13 – Kid Rock @ Kool Haus, $59.50
December 4 – Paul Anka @ Massey Hall, $82.50–$135.50
Photo of Girl Talk by brandon king.