Well I have certainly slacked on doing these tip sheets haven’t I? Well new year, new music editor commitment! I hope you all enjoyed your holidays, ate lots of great food and partied so hard that we kicked all the bad vibes of 2016 right back in the crotch as we prepare to be the best we can be for 2017. January is a slow month for shows, but there are a few big names and a few hidden gems very worthy of checking out.
Reel Big Fish with Anti-Flag @ Phoenix
January 13th, 2017
$27.50-$40.00| All Ages
Reel Big Fish plays a big fun show and seeing them in a venue like Phoenix will be an absolute treat. While they have an element of punk to their style, playing on the same bill as Anti-Flag will make the show go hard. Except a big mosh pit and lots of skanking.
Kings of Leon with Deerhunter @ ACC
January 16th, 2017
$49.50-69.50 | All Ages
Kings of Leon are unfairly maligned as they spent a decade of being the best band you never heard of until they hit the big times and nothing has since lived up to Use Somebody and Sex on Fire. Shockingly their newest album WALLS was a return to form and so great it ending up as our #40 album of the year!
Austra @ Mod Club
January 20th, 2017
It’s been a few years since we heard from Katie Stelmanis and company with their last full length album and EP coming four and three years ago respectively. Their new record Future Politics is coming out this year and expect the band to take a big step forward in becoming one of Canada’s top acts.
Sam Roberts Band with Hollerado @ Rebel
January 20th, 2017
$49.50 | 19+
By now there really isn’t anything new to be said about Sam Roberts, they play fun, fast rockers that you know all the words too. They are fast becoming one of Canada’s biggest all time acts, it’s just a shame they don’t enjoy the same success in other markets (although a little band from Kingston did just fine only ever headlining in Canada). Hollerado brings a slightly harder edge to the show while still playing big choruses to sing along to.
Alcest @ Lee’s Palace
January 21st, 2017
$25.50 | 19+
The French metal shoegaze band might not be super well known in these parts of the world, but they are well-respected artists with a lengthy discography behind them. If you are looking for something different this is it for sure!
Kid Koala @ Rivoli
January 26-28th, 2017
$35.00 | All Ages
These shows might be the most unique concert going experience of the year, Kid Koala’s website can explain it better than I can though!
“Kid Koala will present an innovative collection of dreamy, atmospheric tracks composed especially for this event. In this latest live experience the audience is seated at stations equipped with a turntable, effects box and a small crate of colour coded vinyl records. Through subtle coloured lighting changes in the room, the audience is cued to play along. The idea is to have 60 harmonized turntables create a unique, uplifting, dynamic evening of light and music.”
Cloud Nothings @ Lee’s Palace
January 27th, 2017
$18.00 | 19+
The post-punk indie heads will be playing in Toronto on the night their new album Life Without Sound comes out, which should be a joyous and fun night to attend. They always bring out their A-game and this will be no exception.
Adam Ant @ Danforth Music Hall
January 27th, 2017
$34.00-$44.00 | All Ages
The legendary British post-punk new wave singer comes through Toronto after releasing a new solo record last year. He is huge on theatrics and will most likely do a ton of favourites that is sure to please the crowd.
Mogwai @ Danforth Music Hall
January 30th, 2017
$25.00-$35.00 | 19+
The mostly instrumental post rockers will be playing their soundtrack to the documentary Atomic in full this tour. The Mark Cousin’s directed film deals with the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the Second World War. The night should be intense but highlighted by some terrific art as the film will be screened while the band plays along.
Kevin Garrett @ The Drake
January 31st, 2017
You probably don’t recognize this last name, but looking at the liner notes of one of the top albums of last year will reveal that Mr. Garrett wrote and produced Prey You Catch Me from Beyoncé’s Lemonade album. The synth pop singer was first introduced to LiL when he played at Wayhome in year one and I got the chance to interview him.