july 20, guided by voices
Any band that has a guy dedicated to carrying the beer cooler onstage is clearly up for a bit of fun. That Guided by Voices frontman Robert Pollard probably wasn't sharing anything in the proudly labelled GBV cooler with his bandmates should come as no surprise. The band have taught many lessons on how to get completely hammered and still manage not to miss a note. Saturday's Horseshoe set was your standard GBV demolition session, with Pollard and crew blazing through three hours of near classics. The great thing about the band, though, is that if you show up late or have to leave early, you're not going to miss much. Each song is as concise and powerful as the next six and the last 14, and what GBV lack in variety, they make up for in volume, and beer.
july 20, múm
Less of a science experiment than many had predicted, the Toronto debut of Iceland's múm was still a sedate affair. After the thundering techno spun by Wabi, the sight of a Rivoli full of people standing silent, unable really to see what was happening onstage was a bit bizarre, but múm made up for it with an eerie set. The group is the closest thing the laptop scene's got to a proper live band, mixing accordions and strings with beats and chilling vocals. It sounded fantastic, but beyond the odd hairdos was a bit dull to look at. Maybe múm should invest in some of Wabi's movie screens.
upcoming, fundraiser for the animals
After his dog Sophie died in Toronto, drummer Akash Rastogi (ex of locals Marble Attic) was inspired to do something for Jeevashram, the New Delhi veterinary hospital that cared for her. He was dismayed by what he saw as Indian society's desensitization to animal cruelty. "There's legislation against it, but it's not enforced. In India, people don't know how to treat animals. They get pets, particularly high-end breeds like golden retrievers and German shepherds, as status symbols, not for companionship or love."
Impressed by Jeevashram's not-for-profit mission of teaching responsible pet ownership and compassion, Rastogi began brainstorming ways to raise cash for the shelter while volunteering for the Toronto Humane Society, which signed on as Jeevashram's sister shelter. He came up with the Fundraiser for the Animals at Clinton's (693 Bloor West) tonight (Thursday, July 25), featuring three local bands: Unistar, the Tantrums and the Lowdown. The $25 cover may seem steep ($12.50 with student I.D.), but Rastogi says volunteers promise that the show cost next to nothing to organize, so all profits go to Jeevashram and the Humane Society. Plus, everyone who turns up gets a T-shirt.
badly drawn in-store
Attention tea-cosy headz: the always entertaining Badly Drawn Boy, aka Damon Gough, who created the fab soundtrack for the film About A Boy, will be popping into Soundscapes (572 College) for a surprise in-store performance tonight (Thursday, July 25) at 8 pm sharp. Get there early.