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Former El Mocambo booker Dan Burke's great adventure at the Tequila Lounge could crash to a premature end July 15.
The Bloor and Bathurst club is being shut down for 45 days following a series of liquor licence violations. It's just the latest chapter in the ongoing drama of Burke's life as a club booker. He was tossed out of the El Mo by a new owner and prevented from opening a new El Mo on College Street by city bylaws. Typically, he's steamed.
"We're not shutting down," Burke insists. "We'll be reopening on August 29.
"In the meantime, I'd like to know why the suspension's so severe. For the violations we have, it's over the fucking top. Unbelievable."
"We don't comment on upcoming suspensions," counters Alcohol and Gaming Commission spokesperson Ab Campion.
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Someone should tell alt-country stalwart Richard Buckner that bitterness ain't becoming. Midway through his Saturday-night set at the Horseshoe, Buckner paused to grumble, "I hope that fuckhead from NOW magazine isn't here! Why bother coming to a show if you're just gonna slam it?" Pretty big reaction to Tim Perlich's thumbs-down appraisal of Buckner's January show, especially from someone who admitted he never read the review. This time around, Buckner's set was decent -- although still boring -- and more alt than country, kinda like Eddie Vedder with twang. His lyrics are intelligent (though difficult to decipher), and his drumming partner, Penny Jo Buckner, had a nifty Christmas-light-covered kit. But Buckner paled in comparison to the awesome opening set by Peterborough's Silver Hearts. Rejoined by fiddle player Jen Ball, tanned and back from the tropics, the Silver Hearts were a hoot to watch, and hot whenever they featured siren singer Kelly Pineault, in a crimson dress.
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A low-key appearance by New York City next-big-thing disco punks the Rapture packed the tiny Kytes theatre space with a bored-looking crowd distinguished by self-inflicted haircuts and fancy belts. It was so hot, the threat of perspiration caused some to leave before the Rapture could plug in. The taut tunes from their forthcoming DFA album -- tentatively titled Echoes and due in September -- showed the trio of sassy singer-boy Luke Jenner, bassist Matt Safer and drummer Vito Roccoforte thumping further into Gang of Four territory, at times sounding remarkably like Scots dance-floor delinquents APB, circa Shoot You Down. Can't miss. The bigger surprise was the rousing opening set courtesy of From Fiction. The local foursome, led by the fearsome attack of wiry drum basher Rob Gordon, kicked hard and tight on a Drive Like Jehu tip. Impressive for their second gig.
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The annual MuchMusic Video Awards turned out to be a tremendous bore. With the same artists nominated in virtually every category of the popularity contest -- Nickelback oddly got triple nods in two different categories -- organizers could've saved everyone a lot of time by just shipping statues directly to the Swollen Members (4), Nickelback (2), Nelly Furtado (2), Sum41 (2) and David Usher (2).
There were no unexpected international artist winners either, since everyone knew that Shakira and KoRn wouldn't have flown in unless it was worth their while. The single entertaining moment occurred when Raptors star Vince Carter got onstage to boogie with Lil' Bow Wow.
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Another Stacey Case video for the Tijuana Bibles involving wrestlers might not be headline news, but the new one for Custom Made Man has some extra-special guests. Somehow 16mm auteur Case, who does double duty as the Bibles drummer, managed to dig up legendary ringmasters Waldo Von Eric and the Wolfman for cameos. Check it out when the Tijuana Bibles hit the Horseshoe Friday (June 21) with Atomic 7, the Punching Nuns and Montreal's One-976.