October 15 to 21
If arena-sized spectacle is your thing, Disclosure’s tour stop at Exhibition Place this weekend should probably be on your hit list.
British brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence are now a major pop-radio concern on this side of the Atlantic, thanks to hit singles like the Sam Smith-featuring Latch. Their recently released second album, Caracal, moves them further away from their classic, UK garage-influenced club sound toward more R&B-oriented pop.
The album’s guests include The Weeknd, Lorde, Miguel and Smith, but if any surprise singers turn up on their 360-degree stage in Toronto, it’ll likely be less famous – but no less capable – collaborators such as Brendan Reilly, Lion Babe and Kwabs.
The Lawrences began DJing only after their singles started taking off. From the start, they’ve been critical of fake DJs, ghostwriters and other “industry poseurs,” so, accordingly, their live sets err on the side of being live in the rockist sense: Howard sings and they play drums and bass guitar.
With Claude VonStroke at the Enercare Centre (100 Princes’, Exhibition Place), Saturday (October 17), doors 9:30 pm. $32-$71.50. ticketweb.ca.
INDIE WEEK w/ After Funk, Meg Myers, Van Halst, The Luka State and others Various venues, Thursday to Sunday (October 15-18) Indie music conference and festival.
TEEN DAZE, HEAVENLY BEAT Drake Hotel (1150 Queen West), Thursday (October 15) Vancouver synth-pop producer.
LUCERO Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), Thursday (October 15) Country punks mark Lee’s 30th.
JAYD INK, DYNESTI WILLIAMS, WHILLA, SYDANIE & OTHERS Tattoo (567 Queen West), Thursday (October 15) The Known Unknown.
X AVANT X NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL w/ Tyondai Braxton, Absolutely Free, Lori Freedman, Keita Juma and others Music Gallery (197 John), Thursday to Sunday (October 15-18) See our preview here.
ODONIS ODONIS, SOUPCANS, NEW FRIES, BLONDE ELVIS Smiling Buddha (961 College), Friday (October 16) See our preview here.
PAUL MCCARTNEY Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), Saturday (October 17) Fingers crossed for Biker Like An Icon.
UMA NOTA w/ Vox Sambou, Tdot Sound Crew, DJs General Eclectic & K Zar, The Responsables, YUKA, Lenis Rino and others Geary Lane (360 Geary) and Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas West), Saturday and Sunday (October 17 and 18) Afro-Brazilian funk, soul and more.
DREAM SERENADE w/ Bahamas, Joel Plaskett, Hayden, Serena Ryder, Kevin Hearn & Thin Buckle, the Weather Station & more Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Saturday (October 17) Hayden-curated benefit show.
MAJICAL CLOUDZ Smiling Buddha (961 College), Saturday (October 17) See our album review here.
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES, BOARS, JACK MOVES Soybomb (156 Bathurst), Saturday (October 17) Math rockers play reunion show.
SEAN NICHOLAS SAVAGE Smiling Buddha (961 College), Sunday (October 18) See album review here.
JOHN GRANT, VILLAGERS Mod Club (722 College), Monday (October 19) A midlife crisis you can dance to.
CHANCE THE RAPPER Sound Academy (11 Polson), Monday (October 19) Jazz-influenced Chicago MC.
AUTRE NE VEUT, GEMS, MAZED The Hoxton (69 Bathurst), Tuesday (October 20) Less experimental, more pop.
PEACHES, DEAP VALLY Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne), Tuesday (October 20) See preview here.
RAZ FRESCO, TRE MISSION Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), Wednesday (October 21) Underground MCs play one-off gig.