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The Venue Revue: March 22-28, 2010

Posted by Gabby / March 21, 2010

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Photo: "EFTERKLANG >> PETER BRODERICK >> SATELLITE MAPS @ il motore", by Midnight Poutine flickr pooler ncbeets.

This week in concerts: Phew, we're back! Apologies to all those who missed this little column. This week, we've got some great Canadian - and not so Canadian - (punk) rock, some fantastic Canadian indie, a bit of rollickin' good fun, and some French electro grooves comin' right up.

Monday, Mar. 22:
Air w/ AM, Metropolis
French electro-wonder duo Air is back to promote their latest album, Love 2, released last October. Tulsa-born and New Orleans-raised indie artist AM brings some of its Americana-post-bossa-pop-rock goodness to your ears.

Wednesday, Mar. 24:
Billy Talent w/ Alexisonfire, Against Me! and Cancer Bats, Bell Center
Although it isn't the first time Canuck punk-rockers Billy Talent play the Bell Center, I'm a little bummed every time, and look fondly back to those times they played smaller, packed venues where crowd surfers risked their lives and people moshed to their little hearts' content. If it's any consolation, they are on tour with musical soul mates Alexisonfire, Against Me! and Cancer Bats - if that isn't one solid lineup, I don't know what is.

Thursday, Mar. 25:
Said The Whale, the Green Room
Hailing from Vancouver, Said The Whale is one of the bands I really enjoyed at last year's edition of the North by Northeast festival in Toronto. They put on a really quirky, really fun show, and their songs are a rollercoaster of good fun. I highly recommend this show, especially in such an intimate setting.

Friday, Mar. 26:
The Black Lips w/ Demon's Claws and Box Elders, Just For Laughs Cabaret
American bluesy garage-rock bandThe Black Lips are known for their crude live show antics, which include peeing, vomiting, band members kissing, nudity and fireworks. If you're into that kind of stuff, they make pretty good music. They will be supported by Montrealers Demon's Claws and Nebraska natives Box Elders for an all-around swanky night of music.

Note: This is just a quick overview according to a highly biased writer. There are plenty more shows out there that suit every genre and style preference. I personally use Stillepost (for smaller shows) and Pollstar (for bigger entertainers) for show listings.

Discussion

12 Comments

Simonne / March 22, 2010 at 05:58 pm
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Hmmmm? Box Elders and Demon's Claws are supporting Black Lips...
Greg / March 23, 2010 at 02:46 am
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Glad this is back, Gabby! Always very informative...
Lisa / March 23, 2010 at 09:21 am
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I'll be up in Montreal this weekend; trying to track down tickets for The Black Lips but I can't seem to find them. I'm assuming the show is sold out..?
Gabby / March 23, 2010 at 03:09 pm
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@ Simonne: Thanks! Pollstar is a bit out of it, I think. The correct information was damn hard to track down, but you're totally right.

@Lisa: I found tickets at admission.com. Here's a link:
http://www.admission.com/html/evinfo.htmI?CNTX=8820535&;l=FR&C=
Simonne / March 24, 2010 at 12:30 pm
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Lisa, if you don't want to pay like a 5$ fee for your Black Lips ticket, you can go directly to the Just For Laughs Cabaret and buy your ticket. It's 20$

I actually went to Cheap Thrills, Atom Heart and l'Oblique to find there were no tickets left at any of the stores/or they never received them. So head directly to the Cabaret :P
Lisa / March 25, 2010 at 11:00 am
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Thanks for the info!
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