LCD Soundsystem indulged in a long goodbye before they broke up at the turn of the decade, so it only makes sense that their comeback is just as drawn out.
The quintessential post-modern, post-punk band of the blog era has finally announced their reunion album, American Dream, their first on the major label Columbia, out September 1. And there’s a massive European and North American tour to go with it, which hits Air Canada Centre on December 3.
It’s the first LCD Soundsystem show in Toronto since 2010 at the Kool Haus (not counting last summer at WayHome, which isn’t Toronto).
It’s also the band’s biggest. They didn’t hit arena status until their final “farewell” run at Madison Square Garden and they’ve so far spent their year-long reunion playing what seemed like every single music festival.
If that’s felt like LCD leader James Murphy cashing in on borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered 00s, he knew it.
“This isn’t a victory lap or anything, which wouldn’t be of much interest to us,” he wrote at the time, somewhat defensively. “This is just the bus full of substitute teachers back from their coffee break with new music and the same weird gear – or as much of it as we still have.”
Now they finally have their money where their weird gear is. The first taste of American Dream, their Call The Police/American Dream single, which they played this season on Saturday Night Live, showed them picking up right where they left off while hinting at LCD Soundsystem’s future plans.
There are shimmering new wave synths and self-reflexive anti-love-song lyrics, but also distinctly anthemic, rafter-reaching choruses. Maybe they had their eye on arenas all along. Or at least since they’ve been back.
December 3 at Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), doors 6 pm, all ages. $55-$99. ticketmaster.ca.
Corpusse, Goth Girl, Skin at Smiling Buddha 6 pm. $7-$10. June 26.
Dorothea Paas, Cascades, Trevor Turple at Burdock doors 9 pm. $10 adv, $8. burdockto.com. June 28.
AHI, Bordeen, Jaryd Stanley at Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $10, adv $8. ticketfly.com. June 28.
STWO, Shagabond at Velvet Underground doors 10 pm. $170-$15. ticketweb.ca. June 30.
Boris, Sean Collier at Nest/The Den 10 pm-5 am. $10-$15. activate.electrostub.com. July 1.
Ephwurd at Velvet Underground doors 11 pm. $21. ticketweb.ca. July 1.
Canada Day Rager: Dead Tired, Twin Rivals, Katatonix at Bovine Sex Club doors 9 pm. $12, adv $10. ticketfly.com. July 1.
Peeling, Fruit & Flowers, RNR Damnation DJs at The Baby G doors 9 pm. $10. July 7.
Chainbreaker, Abyss, Villain, Cellphone, Brutal Wülfsex at Bovine Sex Club doors 9 pm. $12. July 7.
Toronoise: G.O.D., Capsized, Doom Tickler at Stop, Drop & Roll and the Baby G $10 each show. July 7-8.
Whitehorse Release party for Panther In The Dollhouse: performance and live taping of Savage Lovecast at Revival 6:30-9 pm. $40. store.sixshooterrecords.com. July 11.
Tété, Darcy Fever at Adelaide Hall 8 pm. $20-$45. ticketfly.com. July 12.
Africa All Star Music Fest: Franko, Tekno, Stonebwoy, Sauti Soul at Rebel doors 9pm. $60. ticketmaster.ca. July 14.
Crossing Wires: Kenny Glasgow, Chloe, My Favorite Robot at Coda 10 pm. $20. codatoronto.com. July 22
Book signing: Garbage at Type Books 7-9 pm. Free. July 27.
Richard Colburn, Cris Geddes (Of Belle and Sebastian), DJ Nico, Johnny Trash at Velvet Underground DJ set. Doors 11 pm. $16. ticketweb.ca. July 27.
Tanika Charles at Roy Thomson Hall gates 4:30 pm. free. roythomsonhall.com. August 3.
Wooden Wand at Array Space 8 pm. $10. ticketscene.ca. August 10.
Birds of Bellwoods at Roy Thomson Hall Live On The Patio, gates 4:30 pm. free. roythomsonhall.com. August 10.
Night Bass – Summer Phases 2017: AC SLATER, Motez at River Gambler 6-11 pm. $40-$50. ticketweb.ca. August 12.
Homeshake, Mozart’s Sister at Lee’s Palace 8:30pm. $17.50. ticketfly.com. August 19.
Scott H. Biram at Horseshoe doors 8 pm. $13.50. On sale June 23. soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com, ticketfly.com. August 20.
The Night Game at Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $16. ticketweb.ca. August 24.
Washed Out at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $20-$30. On sale June 23. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketmaster.ca. August 26.
Bonobo at Danforth Music Hall Second show added. Doors 7 pm. $35-$40. ticketmaster.ca. August 28-29.
Voodoo Glow Skulls, K-Man & The 45s at Lee’s Palace doors 8 pm. $15. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. September 7.
Dent May at Horseshoe 8:30 pm. $11.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. September 9.
Cindy Wilson (The B-52s) at Lee’s Palace doors 8 pm. $24.50-$39.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. September 9.
Queens of the Stone Age, Royal Blood at Budweiser Stage doors 7 pm, all ages. $40-$75. ticketmaster.ca. September 9.
Electric Guest at Lee’s Palace doors 8:30 pm, all ages. $20. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. September 9.
The Marcus King Band at Mod Club doors 8 pm. $21. soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com, tickeweb.ca. September 11.
Picture This at Velvet Underground doors 8 pm, all ages. $TBA. On sale June 23. ticketweb.ca. September 14.
Kasabian, Slaves at Rebel doors 7 pm, all ages. $37.50-$55. On sale June 23. ticketmaster.ca. September 18.
Oh Wonder at Danforth Music Hall Third show added. Doors 7 pm, all ages. $27.50-$35. soundscapesmusic.com, ticketmaster.ca, -rotate.com. September 18-20.
The Lemon Twigs at Lee’s Palace doors 8:30 pm. $20.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. September 23.
Chicano Batman, Khruangbin at Mod Club doors 7 pm. $26. ticketweb.ca. October 1.
The Lone Bellow at Opera House 7 pm. $22.50-$129. –ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. October 2.
Saint Pé, Crocodiles, Twist at The Garrison doors 8 pm. $15. soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com, tickeweb.ca. October 10.
Soulfly, Cannabis Corpse, Noisem, Lody King at Opera House doors 7 pm. $28. ticketfly.com. October 19.
Lissie at Rivoli doors 7 pm. $22.50. livenation.com. October 20.
Ian Bluestone at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $25-$40. On sale June 23. ticketmaster.ca. October 20.
Chelsea Wolfe, Youth Code at Opera House doors 8 pm. $22.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. October 21.
The Clientele at The Great Hall doors 8 pm. $21.50. ticketfly.com. October 31.
Parov Stelar at Rebel doors 8 pm. $46.50-$64.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketmaster.ca. October 31.
Max, Rozes at Velvet Underground doors 7 pm, all ages. $TBA. On sale June 23. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketweb.ca. November 1.
Luna at The Great Hall doors 7:30 pm. $35. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. November 8.
The Drums, Methyl Ethyl at Mod Club doors 6 pm. $25. soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com, ticketfly.com. November 11.
A Perfect Circle, The Beta Machine at Air Canada Centre doors 7 pm. $65-$85. On sale Friday, June 23. ticketmaster.ca. November 15.
Julia Jacklin at Drake Hotel 8 pm. $16.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. November 15.
LCD Soundsystem at Air Canada Centre 6 pm, all ages $55-$99. ticketmaster.ca. December 3.
Lorde at Air Canada Centre 7:30 pm. $46.25-$126.25. On sale June 23. ticketmaster.ca. March 28, 2018.
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