This week’s must-see shows: Timber Timbre, Sean Nicholas Savage, DBX and BadBadNotGood

BadBadNotGood Jazzy instrumental hip-hoppers BADBADNOTGOOD are having a.


BadBadNotGood

Jazzy instrumental hip-hoppers BADBADNOTGOOD are having a good year. In May, the Toronto trio released their first album of all original music, III (third album in total, out on Pirates Blend), which got long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize and favourable reviews all around for its self-assuredness, raw production style and Krautrock rhythmic references.

Hot on its heels is a collaborative album with Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah. Sour Soul is slated for a February 17 release on eOne Music. Ghostface first teamed up with BBNG on the single Six Degrees back in May (with a verse by Danny Brown), released as a 10-inch also on eOne. 

Poke around YouTube and you’ll find the more recent Gunshowers, featuring Elzhi, from the upcoming Sour Soul. There’s always a chance BBNG might bang out a track or two at the Opera House on Friday. Don’t miss it.

Friday (December 13) at the Opera House (735 Queen East), doors 8 pm, all ages. $16. ticketweb.ca.


Tokyo Police Club, Said the Whale and Others Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth), Thursday and Friday (December 11-12) Indie rock two-nighter.

Common, Jay Electronica Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East), Thursday (December 11)

The Hold Steady and Others Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Thursday to Saturday (December 11-13) Driving, heart-on-sleeve indie rock.

Timber Timbre & Guests Lee’s Palace (529 Queen West), Thursday to Saturday (December 11-13) Creepy blues-folk.

Public Animal, Vietnam Out of USA, Dead Tired, Mountain Dust The Garrison (1197 Dundas West), Friday (December 12) High-energy rock and roll.

Sean Nicholas Savage, Army Girls, Animalia, Anti-Vibes, Wish, Goin’ Steady DJs The Great Hall (1087 Queen West), Friday (December 12) Long Winter Year Three, Volume Two.

The Flatliners, Pup, Dirty Nil Opera House (735 Queen East), Friday (December 12) Puuuuuuuunk rawk.

Medeski Martin & Wood Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Friday (December 12) Avant-jazz-fusion superstars.

Tinashe, Taya Marquis Tattoo (567 Queen West), Saturday (December 13) 2 On singer’s Toronto debut.

DBX, Jamie Kidd, Martin Fazekas Wrongbar (1279 Queen West), Saturday (December 13) See preview.

The Wooden Sky, Smoke Show, Jon Hynes 918 Bathurst Centre, Tuesday (December 16) Holiday Revue charity concert.

Lemuria, Prince Adelaide Hall (250 Adelaide West), Wednesday (December 17) See preview.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe), Wednesday (December 17) Handel’s Messiah.

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