This week’s must-see Toronto shows include Deerhoof, Mozart's Sister and YG
Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson is the latest emcee whose spot-on sense of the current rap climate, combined with formidable lyrical skills, makes it hard for us to believe he was born in the 90s. His March–released debut album, My Krazy Life, spawned a #19 Billboard Hot 100 hit – the über-catchy if un-singable My Nigga – as well as deep narratives that earned the L.A. artist comparisons to fellow Comptonite Kendrick Lamar. He also had the good sense to work with DJ Mustard, Drake and, yes, Kendrick on it, too.
Wednesday’s show sees him opening for New York’s A$AP Ferg – of Shabba and Work fame – but we think YG deserves to co-headline, at least.
Opening for A$AP Ferg on Wednesday (November 19) at Sound Academy (11 Polson), doors 8 pm. $49.50. ticketmaster.ca
Deerhoof, Priests Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), Thursday (November 13) Ricocheting, erratic indie rock.
Mozart’s Sister The Great Hall (1087 Queen West), Friday- (November 14) See preview.
The Space Lady, Carl Didur, New Chance, Body Interface Double Double Land (209 Augusta), Saturday (November 15) See preview.
Retro Stefson, Lyon, Hermigervill, Young Karin, Uni Stefson Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Saturday (November 15) Taste Of Iceland.
Pup, Indian Handicrafts, Life In Vacuum Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), Saturday (November 15) High-energy punk rock.
Lal, Moe Clark, DJ Pursuit Grooves, Deejay L’oqenz Gladstone Hotel (1150 Queen West), Saturday (November 15) See preview.
Jill and Matthew Barber Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Saturday (November 15) Canadian Songbook tunes.
Ryan Hemsworth Opera House (735 Queen East), Saturday (November 15) Electronic hip-hop music maker.
Mother Mother Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth), Saturday and Sunday (November 15 and 16) Melodic alt-rock from Vancouver.
Bob Dylan and His Band Sony Centre (1 Front East), Monday and Tuesday (November 17 and 18) Needs no introduction.
Damien Rice Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth), Tuesday (November 18) Irish folk songbird.
Electric Youth, MIdnight Faces The Hoxton (69 Bathurst), Tuesday (November 18) Local synth pop.