CSS’s Carolina Parra (left), Luiza Sá, Iracema Trevisan, Ana Rezende, Lovefoxxx and Adriano Cintra
Festivals, outdoor concerts and stellar multiple bills make the summer concert scene sizzle
UK producer Calvin Harris has been heavily hyped in underground circles for the past couple years, and is now enjoying a number-one UK pop hit for the banging club beat he provided for Dizzee Rascal's Dance Wiv Me. While we wish he were bringing his sizzling live band to Circa (126 John) August 29, we're still happy about getting a chance to hear what he brings to the table as a DJ. $15. ticketweb.ca.
Brazilian brats CSS shrug off any suggestions of a sophomore slump on their new disc, Donkey, a strong album that shows inklings of some unlikely maturity. They're not toning anything down, though, so expect more of the full-on chaos that's made past appearances so memorably rowdy when they play the Phoenix (410 Sherbourne) on August 5. $25.50. 416-870-8000.
Soulwax's David Dewaele (left), Stephen Dewaele, Steve Slingeneyer and Stefaan Van Lauren
Had the folks at Embrace simply booked Soulwax to play the gorgeous and historic Sunnyside Pavillion (1100 Lakeshore), it still would have been one of the hotter events of the summer. But they've stacked the bill for the Time Festival on August 10 with even more hipster dance heroes, including heavily hyped knob twiddlers-of-the-moment Erol Alkan, A-Trak, Matthew Dear and a slew of locals, spanning both the indie dance world and the tech house scene. $24.50. wantickets.com.
While the Radiohead show with Grizzly Bear at the Molson Amphitheatre August 15 will be the gig of the year for many, it'll just be a warm-up for the club crowd, and Wrongbar (1279 Queen West) is a promising spot for an after-party. That's not just because of the club's amazing sound system, but Stones Throw happen to be putting on a Move night that lasts till 3 am, featuring DJs James Pants, Dam-Funk, Koushik and Taktiks. $15 advance. 416-516-8677.
Those who thought the Rock The Bells mid-school rap extravaganza was going to be the capper for hip-hop shows this summer should note that Thes One and Double K of People Under The Stairs are coming from Los Angeles to head up a dope triple-bill with Notes To Self and Circle Research at the El Mocambo (464 Spadina) on August 13. And when straight-up party rockin' is concerned, it ain't over until the PUTS b-boys do their thing. Sure to be a roof raiser. $15. ramosent.com.
Looking for a way to escape the big city hubbub for a day without having to deal with bumper-to-bumper cottage-country traffic? Plan a jaunt over to the Ward's Island Jamboree August 24 to join many of your favourite local yokels at the ninth annual twang-fest, including the Rizdales, Cameron Family Singers, Backstabbers, Swamperella, Joanne Mackell & the Paradise Rangers, Ancient Chinese Secret and the Jambo All Stars (featuring Russell deCarle, Catherine MacLellan, Dan Kershaw and others). A hoot and a half. $25. thecameron.com.