Musicologist: February 18–24
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Musicologist: February 18–24

2008_02_18hayden1.jpgA brief stint of Radiohead concert rumours spread like wildfires last week. Ticketmaster had announced that the band would play two shows on May 26 and 27 at the Air Canada Centre, but mentioned neither the date for the tickets to go on sale nor the price of the tickets themselves—the announcement was quickly removed from the site. This is not the first time Ticketmaster has announced a Radiohead show that did not exist, and most knew the ticket-selling mongrels were wrong, as both Greenplastic and W.A.S.T.E. (the two most reliable Radiohead news sources) announced a small batch of US dates to come in May with the remainder of (unannounced) North American dates to follow Radiohead’s summer tour of the UK and Europe. With accurate Canadian dates sure to be released any day now, Musicologist recommends relying on both Greenplastic and W.A.S.T.E. for pre-sale opportunities.
Running a close second to exciting (but actually true) music news is the much-anticipated Hayden show tomorrow evening. While discussing the show may be rubbing salt in the wounds of some (the show is sold out), it is difficult not to celebrate tomorrow’s event at the Danforth Music Hall. But why all the fuss for the Thornhill, Ontario-born musician? Could it be for giving Basia Bulat a Canadian label home when no one else did? Or is it for having immense influence on dozens of young Toronto-based musicians? Casey Mecija (Ohbijou), The Rural Alberta Advantage, and Keith Hamilton (Postage Stamps) are just a few of the many budding local musicians who have all credited Hayden for his influence on their songwriting. Could it be for the nostalgia his Sonic Unyon roots ignite—nostalgia of Hayden-Wooden Stars-Eric’s Trip glory days? Or perhaps it’s his longevity, releasing his 7th full-length in over a decade and showing no signs of stopping anytime soon. In the end, it can be assured that the most deserving praise for the musician comes for his prolific songwriting. With healing melodies and gorgeous, introspective lyrics, Hayden encompasses the term “singer-songwriter.”
Don’t give up if you still haven’t found tickets—a little bird mentioned some available on Craigslist.
Full listings after the jump.

This Week

Monday, February 18
Flogging Molly @ Sonic Boom (3 p.m.), FREE
Flogging Molly @ Kool Haus, SOLD OUT
Dinosaur Bones @ Drake, FREE
New York Dolls and We Are The Fury @ Phoenix, $29.50
Angela Bowe, Kaeru, and Mandibles @ Tranzac, $5
Jon McKiel and The Papermakers @ The Boat, $5
Tuesday, February 19
Hayden and Jaymay @ Danforth Music Hall, SOLD OUT
Ingrid Michaelson, David Ford, and Matthew Perryman Jones @ El Mocambo, $13.50
The John Henrys @ Horseshoe, FREE
The Trews @ Mod Club, $20
Puddle of Mudd and Neurosonic @ Phoenix, $25
Jeffrey Lewis @ Soundscapes (7 p.m. In-store), FREE
Wednesday, February 20
Hedley and State of Shock @ Kool Haus, SOLD OUT
Super Furry Animals, Jeffrey Lewis, and Times New Viking @ Mod Club, $20.50
Jason Collett, Skydiggers, Andrew Cash, and Bob Wiseman @ Supermarket, $100
Lindsay Ferguson and Andy Swan @ Tranzac, $5
Hunting Horns, Nick Rose, Dan Griffin and the Regrets @ Horseshoe, $5
Fleece Elves and Elvyn @ The Boat, $5
Barons and Lengthy and Barn Owl @ Sneaky Dee’s
Thursday, February 21
Buckwheat Zydeco and Ils Sont Partis Band @ Horseshoe, $20
Plants and Animals and Bruce Peninsula @ Drake, $10
Crystal Castles @ Wrongbar, SOLD OUT
Rabbit Season, Boats, and Slow @ The Boat, $5
The Miles, Blue Sky Borderline, and The Wisk @ Rancho Relaxo, $5
Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra @ Tranzac, $5
Isaac Akrong @ Lula Lounge, $10-$20
Friday, February 22
Vacuity, Stirling, These Electric Lives, and In Transit @ Horseshoe, $8
Angels and Airwaves @ Kool Haus, $30.75
Matchbox 20 and Alanis Morissette @ Air Canada Centre, $49.50-$85.50
Laromlab, Robot Cowboy, and Nifty @ Sneaky Dee’s, $5
Saturday, February 23
Two Hours Traffic, The Wooden Sky, and My Shaky Jane @ Horseshoe, $8
Spiral Beach and Slim Twig @ Whippersnapper Gallery, $8
Cowboy Junkies and Ryan Adams @ Massey Hall, $29.50-$49.50
Big Gibson @ Cadillac Lounge, $20
Hell Yeah Fuck Yeah, Delinquents, and Video Dead @ Lee’s Palace, $10.00
Sunday, February 24
Clutch @ Phoenix, $26.50
Shitt Hottt, Brides, and Nick Storring @ Sneaky Dee’s, PWYC
Hamilton Trading Company @ The Boat, $5
Rukanas @ Tranzac, $20

Just Announced

March 7: Proof of Ghosts, United Steel Workers of Montreal, The Burning Hell, Ox, and Jenny Omnichord @ Silver Dollar, $8
March 22: Chromeo @ Opera House, $23.50
March 30: The Roots @ Kool Haus
March 30: Sunset Rubdown @ Lee’s Palace, $12
April 2: Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z @ Air Canada Centre, $59.75-$150.75
April 3: VHS or Beta @ El Mocambo, $10
April 16: Slackers @ Lee’s Palace, $15.50
April 19: Destroyer @ Lee’s Palace, $13.50
April 19: Colin Meloy (of Decemberists) @ Phoenix, $20
April 30: Snailhouse @ Tranzac
May 31: Presets @ Anti, $16.50
Photo of Hayden from his website.