Plus: Free shows at Yonge-Dundas Square, Pride shows and Unsound Toronto
After swinging through town with Junior Boys earlier this month, Hamilton’s Jessy Lanza returns for a headlining set at Lee’s Palace in July in support of her second album, Oh No, out via UK label Hyperdub on May 13.
So far, the singles on the follow-up to her Polaris Prize-shortlisted debut, Pull My Hair Back, bode extremely well: It Means I Love You is an addictive left-field pop tune that pairs a knocking beat inspired by South African electro music with pitched-up vocals, while VV Violence is one of the catchiest songs of the year.
In the time between the two records, Lanza worked with Metro Area producer Morgan Geist for his 80s Latin freestyle project, Galleria, and lent her vocals to DJ Spinn and Taso’s cavernous footwork track You Never Show Your Love. Meanwhile, Oh No is partly inspired by 80s Japanese electronic acts Yellow Magic Orchestra and singer Miharu Koshi.
If these songs are any indication, Lanza – a classically trained pianist – is shaping up as a kind of subgenre queen, with a knack for turning all manner of nerdy musical references into pristinely produced pop.
The Hustle – Edition 16, with Blake Carrington, Mack Davis, K Forest, Cherisha Etnel at Drake Hotel doors 9 pm. $15, adv $10. universe.com/thehustle16. April 28.
Evil Needle at The Hoxton doors 10 pm. $10. ticketweb.ca. April 29.
Apollo, KRFW, A Lit, Weston & Teston, Edan at The Hoxton doors 10 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. April 30.
Eric Duncan, Members Only, Alister Johnson at Secret location doors 10 pm. $16.50-$18.70. eventbrite.com. April 30.
M.A.N.D.Y., Simon Jain, Nature of Music, Sam Haze at Coda doors 10 pm. $20 adv. wantickets.com. April 30.
Galcher Lustwerk, DJ Richard, Morgan Louis at Luanda House 10 pm. $16.51-$21.80. eventbrite.com,cmw.net. May 6.
Red Ride Tour: Rosary Spence, Kristi Lane Sinclair, Laura Ortman, Logan Staats, The Johnnys at Coalition redridetour.com. May 6.
Just A Taste: Disco Disco with Horse Meat Disco, Phil V, Diego Armand, Kris Steeves at The 519 Green Space Festival launch party. 9 pm. $20. greenspaceto.org. May 6.
Iskwé at Yonge-Dundas Square Lunchtime Live. 12:30 pm. Free. May 9.
Nicole Dollanganger, Bad Channels, Straight Truth at Smiling Buddha 8 pm, all ages. $10. May 9.
Lost Frequencies at The Hoxton doors 10 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. May 13.
Doomsquad, Lids, Roniia, Absolutely Free DJs at Smiling Buddha Album release. 9 pm. $7.85. eventbrite.ca. May 14.
Benoit & Sergio at Coda doors 10 pm. $20 adv. wantickets.com. May 14.
A l l i e at Yonge-Dundas Square Lunchtime Live. 12:30 pm. Free. May 16.
Fake Shark at Smiling Buddha doors 8 pm, all ages. $12-$15. ticketfly.com. May 16.
Djemba Djemba, Ganz at The Hoxton doors 10 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. May 22.
Ryan Hemsworth, Ryan Playground, Harrison at The Hoxton doors 10 pm. $15-$20. ticketweb.ca. May 27.
Air Guitar Toronto Championships at Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $15. airguitarcanada.org. May 28.
Nick Sherman at Yonge-Dundas Square Lunchtime Live. 12:30 pm. Free. May 30.
Ryan Boldt, Kacy & Clayton, Shuyler Jansen at Dakota Tavern thedakotatavern.com. May 19.
Danny Wood at Adelaide Hall doors 7 pm. $25. On sale now. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketmaster.ca. May 29.
Mandroid Echostar, Auras at Velvet Underground doors 9 pm. $12. ticketweb.ca. June 4.
Unsound Toronto: The Bug with Flowdan & Miss Red, Ancient Methods, Lotic, Jlin, Elysia Crampton, Alessandro Contini, Orphx, Roly Porter, Hot Shotz and more at Hearn Generating Station 9 pm. $25. luminatofestival.com. June 10-11.
Tanika Charles at Great Hall tanikacharles.com/tour. June 10.
Northcote, Jordan Klassen, Josiah & The Bonnevilles at Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm. $15. ticketfly.com.June 10.
The Jayhawks at Lee’s Palace June 10 and at Horseshoe June 11. Doors 8:30 pm. $39.50.soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com, ticketfly.com. June 10-11.
Turbonegro at Velvet Underground doors 8:30 pm. Sold out. June 23.
Pride Toronto: Alternaqueer with Christeene, Vag Halen, JD Samson, The Countess, Andrew Awesome at The House Of Filth’s Trash Cabaret South Stage 7 pm. Free. pridetoronto.com. July 1.
Pride Toronto: Fist with Juliana Huxtable, Kim Anh, Bambii, Sun Sun, Sigourney Beaver at Central Stage 7 pm. Free. pridetoronto.com. July 3.
Bas, Cozz, The Hics, Ron Gilmore, Earthgang at Mod Club doors 8 pm all ages. $18. –ticketmaster.ca.July 3.
Maxwell at Massey Hall 7:30 pm, all ages. $85.50-$135.50. On sale April 22. masseyhall.com. July 5.
Garrett Khlan, Slates at Dakota Tavern thedakotatavern.com. July 14.
G-Eazy, Logic, YG, Yo Gotti at Molson Amphitheatre 6:30 pm. $34.25-$99.25. On sale now. ticketmaster.ca. July 24.
Hiatus Kaiyote at Phoenix 8 pm. $29.50-$39.50. On sale now. –ticketmaster.ca. July 29.
Gwen Stefani, Eve at Molson Amphitheatre 7 pm, all ages. $34.20-$159.25. On sale April 22.ticketmaster.ca. August 4.
Deftones, Refused at International Centre doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $49.50. soundscapesmusic.com, -rotate.com, ticketfly.com. August 13.
Blue Rodeo, Terra Lightfoot at Molson Amphitheatre 7 pm, all ages. $20-$89.50. On sale April 22.ticketmaster.ca. August 20.
The Proclaimers at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $29.50-$39.50. ticketmaster.ca. September 24.
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