Musicologist: March 17–23
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Musicologist: March 17–23

2008_03_17singleaf.jpg This week Musicologist wants you to meet Sing Leaf. This orchestral/experimental-folk sextet combines intricate pieces of woven sounds ranging from airy flute to a reversed loop of acoustic guitar to sparse banjo overtop of minimalist electronic bases. Their sound is warm and sincere, and offers promising comparisons to many of the ripened initiatives in similar genres (Yo La Tengo’s And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out, for example). Sing Leaf play at a much-anticipated Beach House show on March 28 at El Mocambo—tickets are $8.50.
As of late, it is becoming quite accurate to describe Toronto as a hub for experimental musicians. Both the Tranzac and the Music Gallery (and the series that operate within these venues) are two of the many venues that have steady commitments to showcasing exciting experimental projects that push to mold fresh sounds and re-invent genres. Record stores name many of these local experimental releases some of the best for the year (Soundscapes spoke highly of Timbre Timbre’s Medicinals in 2007), local labels snatch them up whole-heartedly (Eric Warner’s We Are Busy Bodies has just released Andre Charles Theriault’s first full-length), and when Spin Magazine recently did a feature on Toronto as a musical nucleus, Sandro Perri and the Tranzac were featured. Sing Leaf joins this rich community of experimental musicians that continues to shape what is coming to be, another one of the many strengths this city has as a musical centre.
Full listings after the jump.

This Week

Monday, March 17
Xiu Xiu @ Sneaky Dee’s, $13.50
Justice, Busy P, and Fancy @ Sound Academy, SOLD OUT
Isla Craig, Mike Smith, Michael Liston, Jess Hill, and James Lamb @ Tranzac, $5
Exploding Band, Steve Singh, People of Canada, Ali Hughes, and others @ Drake, FREE
The Mahones @ Tattoo Rock Parlour
Tuesday, March 18
Duffy @ Mod Club, $15.50
Staylefish and Anti-Q’s @ Horseshoe
Falling Trees, James Lamb, and Jess Hill @ The Boat, $5
Yundi Li @ Roy Thomson Hall, $39.50-$89.50
Futures Post @ Opera House (5 p.m.), $10
Wednesday, March 19
Sandro Perri @ Czehoski, FREE
Ninja Funk Orchestra @ Concord Cafe
Louis XIV @ Mod Club, $17.50
Drive By Truckers @ Opera House, $18.50
Rye Rye and Grahmzilla @ The Social
Speaking Tongues and CATL @ Tranzac, $5
Everytime I Die and From First to Last @ Phoenix, $20
Tommy Ambrose @ Lula Lounge, $38
Thursday, March 20
Caribou @ Lee’s Palace, $20
Digitalism @ Mod Club, $20
Bad Manners @ Horseshoe, $17.50
The SOS Band @ Capitol Event Theatre, $45
Throwdown and Soil Work @ Opera House, $20
Germans, Spooky Ruben, and Sky Shark @ Tiger Bar, $5
Jason Wilson @ Lula Lounge, $15
Rudder @ Rex
The Tall Ships, Whale Tooth, Brett Caswell, and Ryan Karam @ Rancho Relaxo, $5
Friday, March 21
Caribou @ Lee’s Palace, $20
XYZ Affair, The Winks, and Green Go @ Drake, $5
Old Time Relijun, Rozasia, and Racoon Wedding @ Sneaky Dee’s
311 and Slightly Stoopid @ Sound Academy, $35
The Raveonettes @ Sonic Boom (6:30 p.m.), FREE
The Raveonettes @ Opera House, $16.50
Acacia Strain @ Reverb, $15
Simian Mobile Disco @ Circa, $12.50
Chris Eaton (Rock Plaza Central), Key Witness, and Yonder @ Rancho Relaxo, $5
Rudder @ Rex
Foxfire @ Rivoli, $5
Saturday, March 22
Ladyhawk, Immaculate Machine, and The Arkells @ Horseshoe, $10
Cursed @ Lee’s Palace, $8
Geoff Berner and The Phonemes @ Tranzac, $10
Chromeo @ Opera House, $23.50
Foo Fighters @ Air Canada Centre, $45.50-$59.50
Harley Card @ Rex
Sunday, March 23
Riot in Belgium @ Wrongbar, $15
Ben Jordan and Wisp @ The Boat, $5
Lioness, Syntonics, and Minisystem @ Sneaky Dee’s, PWYC
Sea of Song Trio @ Rex
The Anthony Johnson Sickle Cell Bash for Cash feat. Exco Levi, Odel, Tonya P, and many others @ El Mocambo (5 p.m.), $10

Just Announced

April 15: MGMT @ Mod Club, $11
April 25: Buck 65, Cadence Weapon, and Skratch Bastid @ Music Hall, $22.50
April 26: Hayes Carll @ El Mocambo, $10.50
May 2: Tokyo Police Club @ Opera House, $16
May 6: The Kills @ Opera House, $15.50
May 13: Zaki Ibrahim @ Mod Club, $12
May 22: The Long Blondes @ Lee’s Palace, $15
May 23: Los Campesinos @ Lee’s Palace, $13.50
May 27: Eric Clapton and Robert Randolph & The Family Band @ Molson Amphitheatre, $41-$225
June 4: Cyndi Lauper, B-52’s, Rosie O’Donnell, Indigo Girls, and The Cliks @ Molson Amphitheatre, $49.50-$89.50
June 21: Finis Tasby @ Silver Dollar, $18
August 3: Jack Johnson @ Burl’s Creek Park, $49.50
Photo of Daniel Dickson of Sing Leaf from their website