Golden Animals are one of the most arresting duos to register on our radar in a long time. Singer/guitarist Tommy Eisner and drummer/backing vocalist Linda Beecroft play inspired desert-psych. Since the group's inception in 2006, they've divided their time between Brooklyn and the California desert, though Beecroft is originally from Sweden.
Their powerful second album, Hear Eye Go, came together after a successful Kickstarter campaign and was released last September through Reverb Appreciation Society, the label of the Austin Psych Fest. It mixes 60s psych, Depression-era blues and Mojave mysticism to powerful effect. It's hard to believe two people can make such a big sound. For their Phoenix show, they're bringing along organist Flor Zabala for added fullness.
And they're not the only band worth heading to the Phoenix for: the superb Black Angels play a headlining set after idiosyncratic cult legend Roky Erickson.
Tuesday (February 11), doors 8 pm, at the Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne). $27.50. RT, SS, TF.
Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), tonight (Thursday, February 6)
Long Winter Volume Four
w/ The Wooden Sky, the Bicycles, Teenanger, HSY, Alvvays and others
The Great Hall (1087 Queen West), Friday (February 7)
Music and art explosion.
Oldies 990, DJ Jay Ferguson
The Gladstone (1214 Queen West), Friday (February 7)
See tribute band preview.
Ppop Launch Weekend
w/ The Victim Party, Soupcans, CATL, Philly Moves, Surinam and others
The White House (277.5 Augusta), Izakaya Sushi House (294 College), June Records (662 College) and Crawford (718 College), Friday to Sunday (February 7 to 9)
See CATL preview.
Royal Conservatory's Koerner Hall (273 Bloor West), Friday (February 7)
Chicago gospel/R&B singer.
w/ A Tribe Called Red, Lido Pimientia, Tanya Tagaq, Timber Timbre and others
St. George's Church (99 Woolwich, Guelph) and other venues, Friday to Sunday (February 7 to 9)
Indoor version of the summer fest.
Sonic Boom Kensington (201 Augusta), Saturday (February 8)
CODA (794 Bathurst), Saturday (February 8)
Spanish house DJ/producer.
The Belle Game, Anamai, Fevers, DJ Natural Animal
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Saturday (February 8)
Dark orchestral pop.
Weeknight, Prince Innocence, Elsa, RLMDL
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Tuesday (February 11)