Tuesday, June 17, 2008

BB and BB

There's a lot to see this week (I know, I always say that ...) just not today. So rest up and prepare yourselves for Wednesday.

Bella Bombs, Babylon, January 3, 2007

... When Sweden's Oholics play Zaphod's. They're a retro garage-psych act with production courtesy of Ebbot Lundberg of Soundtrack of Our Lives. The Bella Bombs open.

Bloodshot Bill, Irene's, November 20, 2006

Thursday night you can see Indiana psychobilly cat Art Adams and Montreal trashabilly idol Bloodshot Bill at the Elmdale. It's a busy night: you can also see Butterflies and Zebras at the Avant-Garde; Trevor James and The Perfect Gentlemen with Montreal indie rockers The Darling DeMaes and Windsor folkies Michou at Zaphod's or Bonjour Brumaire, Winter Gloves and The Murder Plans at Mavericks.

D'Urbervilles, Zaphod Beeblebrox, August 10, 2006

If you have the means to make it to The Black Sheep Inn you can see The Wooden Sky with ace Guelph combo The D'Urbervilles and Leif Vollebekk.
Friday is, of course, the start of jazzfest: Wynton Marsalis, Common Bond, Servantes and Apex Jazz Band are the bigger names; their website has more, but since it crashed my Firefox you might just want to hunt up a handbill instead.

Tara Lee Combs, The Rainbow, September 9, 2007

But let us suppose you are not a jazz fan: You can always see Flow 14 with Tara Lee Combs at Zaphod's. Rock lovers can check out Garaga's record release at Babylon with Tokyo Sex Whale and Boom Creek. If you like Ball and Chain, you might want to check out cajun ensemble Grouyan Gumbo (with which they also play) at the Elmdale House tavern. There's also Uzumaki - this is not the bonkers Japanese rap-rock combo, but a local outfit featuring Lindsey Wellman, Toronto experimentalist eldritch Priest and Rory Magill - at the Avant-Garde.

Brant Bjork, Babylon, June 6, 2005

On Saturday, apart from Jazzfest (Cosmos, Buddy DeFranco, Felix Stussi, Duane Andrews Quartet and the ever-popular more), you can see A Plot Against Me with Knives for Kids at Cafe DeKcuf, Econoline Crush and State Of Shock at Mavericks or Hunter Eyes and Blind Mule at the Avant-Garde. Politique release their new CD with The Balconies at Zaphod's; Shawn Tavernier and Silver Creek (and/or Anders Drerup, there are conflicting listings) perform with The Withering Pines at Irene's and Washboard Hank and The Wild Turkeys get down at the Elmdale House. The big draw from rock fans is, of course, former Kyuss man Brant Bjork at the Dominion Tavern. The younger set may enjoy Strike Anywhere, The Flatliners, Hostage Life and Assemble Me at Babylon.
Sunday the Jazzfest continues with Herbie Hancock Quartet, Iro Haarla and Alexis Baro Sextet. And more? Of course! I miss anything? Drop me a line in the comments section or via e-mail. The Rainbow plays host to Bruce Boris, Throes, Shot by Jack and Riishi Von Rex and the Dire Royalty, while Mavericks collects as many strangely named bands as they can for a bill including I Wrestled A Bear Once, Kissy Face Fashion Faux~Pas, Beneath All Innocence, Pray For Tomorrow, Her Last Words and Caramel Waltz.

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