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Monday, June 30, 2014

This Week in Music: TURF, Tour Tax, Mexican Slang, SSION, Jessy Lanza, Actual Water, Jennifer Castle

This Week In MusicThis Week in Music rounds up the latest news, releases and concerts coming to Toronto.

"Touring Tax" for foreign musicians meets its end

While it will likely be a while before word gets to bands outside of Canada, the temporary foreign worker program has been revised, allowing artists to enter the country without paying a steep head tax on everyone in their band/entourage regardless of what type of venue they're playing - so long as it's not a permanent gig. I know, I can't think of a musician with a permanent gig either. This is great news for Canadian music fans, but there is a downside - we already have a reputation as a country that's difficult to tour through thanks to geography and bureaucracy, and the ghost of this tax will be floating around for a while to come.

New Toronto songs and vids

Mexican Slang - Halcyon

New to the Buzz Records family, Mexican Slang are going on tour - I love Brooklyn Vegan because it makes me feel safer here with you cuddly blogTO commenters. Aside from the press pic, why be mean to Mexican Slang? It's like listening to Hole from a K-hole. Preorder their debut EP Inside the Velvet Castle here.

Jessy Lanza

Hamilton almost-star Jessy Lanza's shared a new r&b/electronic track from the Hyperdub 10.2 comp, which drops July 21. It's lov-el-y and includes some breathy raps and unpredictable production.

Actual Water - Waldo Jackson

Actual Water are releasing their new album Call 4 Fun tonight at Smiling Buddha. In this video they ride philosophical waves about being Actual Water - cheekily, naturally.

Jennifer Castle - Nature

Jennifer Castle's Pink City is out on idee fixe September 2. The first single is a sad music box folk song.

Babe Rainbow - Dub Music

Babe Rainbow understands that your memory and the hype cycle only last one week tops, so he's back with new sounds again. You can download this minimal, ambient track free and grab the sheet music for violin here on DIS Magazine - thanks Babe Rainbow.

New Chance - Briona ~ collab w/Steph D

Toronto's glitter-graphics electronic scene is picking up, and this HVY WTR / Fan Fiction / Healing Power Records / Steph D piece has its eyes mostly shut, shuffling through the late night fun zone in a neon jacket that asks, why go home? This scroungy bar is home.

‪Unfinished Business - Epic Fail‬

Missed this earlier in June, when I needed it most - a fun punk song about epic fails. It's a quick one - the music portion of this video is about 40 seconds long. Get Unfinished Business' Mix n' Mash cassette via Heretical Objects.

Champion Lover's first EP

Tags include noise, punk, sludge, hiss, feedback, diy, bass vi, loud, and rock and roll. But they have a marketing agent! That's not DIY, guys. Anyway, I'd add garage to those tags and call this a pretty alright snack for Nirvana/Pixies/DFA1979 fans.

This week on Bandcamp

  • TV Freaks (Hamilton) are talking about leeches and mommy issues on their Leeches 7". They're calling it power pop punk, which is what I'm going to run my future car with.

  • Newgrange and Blakkr Nio's The Doppler Effect is our drone/metal release of the week. The sparse collab between Ireland and Toronto is free for download. Stream a track below.

Hot ticket concerts


I only like men who paint their faces like puppy dogs. Why should WorldPride end with a parade? Better to end it with brilliant, John Waters inspired gutter pop / video art icon Cody Critcheloe (NY/Kansas), aka SSION. From art punk all the way to electronic cult star, SSION is constantly evolving and, most importantly, puts on a great show. First Thursdays are kinda weird, but this is worth it. Dogs rule, but definitely don't bring your dog to a SSION show like this one person did, please. Cody will not be impressed. July 3, 7pm, AGO (317 Dundas Street West).

TURF (Toronto Urban Roots Festival)

After confounding everyone with their 2013 debut, "what the heck is the Toronto Urban Roots Fest?" can finally be dropped. Put on by some of the most well-respected members of the Toronto music community, TURF has expanded to three days and seven club nights in only its second year. Headlined by Beirut, Sam Roberts Band, and Neutral Milk Hotel, there's a deep lineup behind those three with lots for fans of indie rock to love. July 4-6, Garrison Commons (Fort York). -Matt Forsythe

See also

Recently announced concerts

  • Construction ft Absolutely Free + Doom Squad / July 11 / Smiling Buddha

  • Mexican Slang / July 12 / Manifesto

  • Blood Orange + Tops / July 30 / Danforth Music Hall

  • Oneida / Aug 1 / Lee's Palace

  • Milosh / Aug 15 / The Hoxton

  • Mount Kimbie / Aug 29 / Hoxton - Aug 29

  • Jad Fair / Sept 6 / The Cave (Dance Cave) (omg Jad Fair)

  • Glass Animals / Sept 12 / Horseshoe

  • Dandy Warhols / Sept 25 / Lee's Palace

  • Chromeo / Sept 27 / Kool Haus

  • Slow Magic / Sept 28 / Garrison

  • Mirah / Sept 30 / Garrison

  • Tennis / Oct 3 / Lee's Palace

  • Sharon Van Etten / Oct 7 / Opera House

  • Trust / Oct 10 / Danforth Music Hall

  • Bahamas + Barr Brothers / Nov 5 / Danforth Music Hall

What we got up to this week

Photo of SSION by Hippie Magic on Flickr

by Aubrey Jax via blogTO

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