By: Myles Herod, June 10, 2013
The National (Yonge and Dundas)
At the moment, The National are the reigning kings of New York indie rock. With six albums under their belt, and critical and commercial success to boot, there’s no denying that their free show (June 14, 9:30 pm; Yonge-Dundas) is a must for anyone with a pulse.
Joey Badass (Wrongbar, Saturday, June 15th
At only 18 – Joey Badass is bringing back the old school. Citing Nas as one of his definitive inspirations, Joey’s inflections are centred toward a boom-bap style associated with some of New York’s finest hip-hop. With a mix-tape set for June 12th, and his debut (B4.Da.$$) announced for September, he’s certainly a voice on the rise.
Coeur de Pirate (The Great Hall, Thursday, June 13th, 11pm)
Coming off the heals of her award winning, 2012 album, Blonde, Beatrice Martin (aka Coeur de Pirate) is clearly one of Canada’s best kept secrets. Cited with “bringing la chanson française to a whole new generation of Quebec youth” her sound has certainly spread across the country, helped by a beautifully evocative voice.
Mikal Cronin (Silver Dollar Room – June 13-15th, midnight)
With a day job as Ty Segall’s bassist, Mikal Cronin certainly has the pedigree of a garage rock veteran. Then again, some musician’s have eclectic styles. Having just released a sophomore album, MCII, he’s ditched the fuzz and opted for contemplative power pop and strings. Expect a mix of both sounds for his live set. A lot of head banging, too.
Shooting Guns (Friday, June 14th, 10pm, The Hideout)
Hailing from Saskatoon, Shooting Guns are an all instrumental troupe with a penchant for sludge and psychedelia. Incorporating epic riffs and metronomic beats, their sound is undeniably cosmic, taking you on a spacey, albeit doomed voyage. Born to Deal in Magic, their LP from 2011, made it’s way onto last year’s Polaris long list. Heavy, man.
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