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Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Show Me Your Loves

NXNE 2014 comes with blessings from St. Vincent

Photo By Renata RakshaRenata RakshaIt may not technically be Winter out there yet, but it certainly feels it and so you can’t be blamed for wanting to look ahead to Summer – particularly when NXNE is getting out there months earlier than in the past with artist announcements for next year’s festival, which will run June 13 to 22 – this means the main weekend of shows is a week later than past years and thus will NOT be happening concurrently with LuminaTO, Taste Of Little Italy, the MMVAs… all of which is to say you will actually be able to get around the city that weekend.

Leading announcements off in the biggest font is Ms Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent. Yesterday, she confirmed details of her fourth album – a self-titled effort coming out February 25 – and today announced a Spring tour behind the record. NXNE isn’t scheduled contiguously with those dates, though, so either Annie’s getting on a plane just to come see us or more dates are happening this Summer – good news for those in markets not included in the itinerary, though to be fair, there aren’t that many. There’s no details on where she’s playing, but the show looks to be happening on June 20. It’s questionable if she’s big enough to anchor Yonge-Dundas Square that night, but considering her trajectory of local shows has gone from opener at Lee’s in 2007 through packing The Horseshoe in 2009 and then The Phoenix in 2011, it’s not unreasonable – after all, you know how you become a festival headliner? You headline a festival. You can stream a track from St. Vincent below and The Quietus has an interview with Annie Clark.

St. Vincent wasn’t the only notable name amongst those announced yesterday; you also had Danny Brown, Mac DeMarco, Speedy Ortiz, Rhye, Snowmine, and Until The Ribbon Breaks. A pretty good start and six more months to make it even better. Wristbands are on sale now and the early bird price of $75 is good until the end of the year – and 2-for-$75 until December 24; then it goes up to $99 until May and finally $150. Do with that information what you will.

MP3: Mac DeMarco – “Annie”
MP3: Snowmine – “Beast In Air, Beast In Water”
MP3: Danny Brown – “Die Like A Rockstar”
Stream: St. Vincent – “Birth In Reverse”
Video: Rhye – “Open”
Video: Speedy Ortiz – “Tiger Tank”
Video: Until The Ribbon Breaks – “Back To the Stars”

And oh yeah, Canadian Music Week also announced the first batch of bands playing their festival next year during its new dates of May 6 to 10. It’s okay if you don’t recognize any of the names. Not many people do.

Neil Young has announced a special benefit show in support of Aboriginal peoples fighting oil sands development in their territories. That’s happening January 12 at Massey Hall where he’ll be supported by Diana Krall and tickets range from $95 to $250, going on sale Friday. Information on the cause can be found at Treaty 8 and Honor the Treaties. Young’s new archival release Live At The Cellar Door came out this week.

Video: Neil Young – “Love And War”

Solo Stroke Albert Hammond Jr was just here last month promoting his new EP AHJ, but will return on January 14 for a date at the Sound Academy supporting Jake Bugg. Which I’m sure he’s totally cool with. Scotland On Sunday, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Pitch have interviews.

Video: Albert Hammond Jr – “Carnal Cruise”

One of the more talked-about bands of the latter part of this year – Syracuse’s punky Perfect Pussy – have put together an extensive tour behind their debut cassette EP I have lost all desire for feeling that wraps through the end of this year straight through to next, and wraps up in Canada, a January 25 date at The Silver Dollar being the second-to-last of the jaunt. Tickets for that show are $10.50 and their full-length debut is due out next year on Captured Tracks.

MP3: Perfect Pussy – “I”

Making up for the date he had to cancel in September because of a hand injury, Colin Stetson has announced two dates at the Workman Arts Theatre on February 14 and 15 behind his Polaris-shortlisted New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light.

MP3: Colin Stetson – “High Above A Grey Green Sea”

San Fermin, the Brooklyn musical collective headed by keyboardist Ellis Ludwig-Leone, will be at The Garrison on February 15 behind this year’s self-titled debut. Advance tickets are $11.50. DIY and Under The Radar have features.

Video: San Fermin – “Sonsick”

Nicole Atkins has given her crowdfunded new album Slow Phaser a February 4 release date – check out the album art and stream a new song at Paste and read an interview at Speak Into My Good Eye – and while full dates to support it are still forthcoming, it’s confirmed she’ll be at The Horseshoe on February 18, tickets $12.50.

Stream: Nicole Atkins – “Girl You Look Amazing”

North Carolina’s Lost In The Trees will be on the road and at The Garrison on February 23 in support of their new album Past Life, which comes out just a few days before on February 18. It’s the follow-up to 2012’s A Church That Fits Our Needs. Tickets for that show will run $13.50 in advance.

Video: Lost In The Trees – “Rites”

London-based duo Public Service Broadcasting, who blend archival educational film soundtracks and footage with driving, Kraut-derived instrumental rock to bracing effect on their debut Inform Educate Entertain are setting out on a North American tour with a stop at The Drake Underground on February 26. And if you think that a band playing along with visuals is inherently kind of boring, do check out this live performance video at Noisey and also read this interview at The National Student.

Video: Public Service Broadcasting – “Signal 30”
Video: Public Service Broadcasting – “If War Should Come”

Not only have Warpaint offered up a second taste of their forthcoming self-titled effort, out January 25, but they’ve announced a North American tour that brings them back to Toronto for a show at the Danforth Music Hall on March 25.

Stream: Warpaint – “Biggy”

Dum Dum Girls have announced dates in support of their new album Too True, coming out January 28, and it will feature support from Portland’s Blouse, who released their second album Imperium this year. They will be at Lee’s Palace on March 29, tickets $20.

MP3: Blouse – “No Shelter”
Video: Dum Dum Girls – “Lost Boys And Girls Club”

The Head & The Heart and Basia Bulat will team up for a pretty folk-ing great Spring tour that stops at The Kool Haus on March 30; both released acclaimed new albums this Fall – The Head & The Heart with Let’s Be Still and Bulat with Tall Tall Shadow – read an interview with The Head & The Heart at The Georgia Straight and watch a video session with Bulat at Public Radio International. Tickets for the show are $26.50 in advance.

Video: The Head & The Heart – “Shake”
Video: Basia Bulat – “Tall Tall Shadow”

Demand for The 1975 has bumped their May 6 date at The Danforth Music Hall up to The Kool Haus. You have five months to remember this.

Video: The 1975 – “Head.Cars.Bending”

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Running

What’s better than a Jessie Ware concert announcement? A Jessie Ware ticket giveaway.

Photo By Paul ScalaPaul ScalaReplicating success found overseas in North America has never been a sure thing, but for British electro-soul songstress Jessie Ware, it certainly seems more a case of “when” than “if”. The acclaim at home for her debut Devotion couldn’t help but get the buzz started in 2012 – I adored it enough to include it as one of my favourites of the year – but it’s only in 2013 that the campaign to conquer, or at the very least befriend, America has begun.

A short string of dates in January – which included a visit to Jimmy Fallon for a performance backed by The Roots – acted as a warm-up, with the markets left out expecting that a more thorough tour would accompany the April 2 domestic release date. And that tour has been announced, but it again is quite compact, getting her from the east coast to Coachella just in six stops. Happily though, Toronto is one of those stops – we will host Ms. Ware at The Opera House on April 6 unless it gets moved to a bigger room, and I don’t think anyone would be surprised if it did.

Tickets are $20 and go on sale this Friday at 10AM, but courtesy of LiveNation, I’ve got one pair of passes to give away for the show. To enter, email me at contests@chromewaves.net with “I want to see Jessie Ware” in the subject line and your full name in the body, and have that to me by midnight, February 7 – the winner will be notified before the on-sale happens so you can sit back and watch everyone else scramble for tickets. I mean that metaphorically, of course, because you can’t actually see people on their computers trying to buy tickets unless you’re a world-class creeper and world-class creepers are ineligible for the contest. House league creepers are welcome.

Vice has a typically Vice-y interview with Jessie Ware.

Video: Jessie Ware – “Sweet Talk”
Video: Jessie Ware – “Night Light”
Video: Jessie Ware – “Wildest Moments”
Video: Jessie Ware – “110%”
Video: Jessie Ware – “Running”

A bunch more concert announcements from yesterday, big and small – London (Ontario) folk-pop outit Olenka & The Autumn Lovers – themselves no strangers to my year-end list – will be welcoming lovers of all shapes, sizes, and seasons to Lee’s Palace on February 14; admission $10 at the door with couples getting in 2-for-1.

MP3: Olenka & The Autumn Lovers – “Odessa”

Last year’s Garbage reunion continues with a show at The Sound Academy on March 28, tickets $35. And if you were wondering, I can attest that they put on a great show and aren’t shy about trotting out the hits.

Video: Garbage – “Vow”

eMusic and Interview have features on Local Natives, whose sold-out March 28 show at the Opera House has been moved to The Phoenix and is thus no longer sold out, but probably will be again before too long. So get on that if you missed out – $21.50 in advance. And if you don’t want to wait, there’s a complete live performance streaming in HD for a limited time only – like the rest of today.

MP3: Local Natives – “Heavy Feet”
Video: Local Natives, Live From Brooklyn

Mysterious but aesthetically-pleasing LA-based soul-pop duo Rhye have put together a North American tour in support of their debut Woman, and will be in town at The Great Hall on April 13, tickets $15 in advance.

Video: Rhye – “Open”
Video: Rhye – “The Fall”

Up-and-coming Seattle-based indie rockers Pickwick will have their full-length debut Can’t Talk Medicine available for sale on March 12 and will be on the road all over the place in support, including The Horseshoe on April 21 – tickets $12.50 in advance.

Stream: Pickwick – “Lady Luck” (with Sharon Van Etten)

Californian garage-rocking sister act Bleached will be at The Silver Dollar on April 25 in support of their new record Ride Your Heart, out April 2. Exclaim has album details and tour dates, and you can stream the first single from it below.

Stream: Bleached – “Next Stop”

Though they didn’t win over quite everyone on their debut North American tour, British buzz band Palma Violets are leveraging the February 25 release of their debut 180 and a Coachella appearance for some more dates on this side of the pond, including a May 3 date at Lee’s Palace. Tickets for that are $15.50 in advance.

Video: Palma Violets – “Best Of Friends”

Unfortunate news as Vampire Weekend confirmed their continued existence yesterday by announcing the May 7 release of their third album – Modern Vampires Of The City – and subsequent tour dates, including a May 16 date at The Sony Centre. Tickets for that range from $33.50 to $44.50.

MP3: Vampire Weekend – “Horchata”

Toronto’s own METZ have announced an absurdly extensive world tour in support of their self-titled debut and have managed to squeeze in a hometown show at Lee’s Palace for May 17, tickets $15. Maybe this is why they took so long to release their album – because they knew when they did, they’d never, ever sleep in their own beds again.

MP3: METZ – “Wet Blanket”