This week’s must-see Toronto shows

Swearin' Swearin' sometimes live in Brooklyn and.


Swearin’ sometimes live in Brooklyn and sometimes in Philadelphia, but mostly they just tour a lot. Their appearance at Parts & Labour will be their first in Toronto, and it’s in support of their recent full-length album, Surfing Strange (Wichita/Salinas).

The four-piece made up of singer/guitarist Allison Crutchfield, singer/guitarist Kyle Gilbride, singer/bassist Keith Spencer and drummer Jeff Bolt is still relatively new, and the album finds their earlier fuzz-pop-punk tendencies giving way to 90s alt rock inspiration (think Superchunk, the Breeders). It’s also become more collaborative (note all the singers listed above) and heavier – both sound- and subject-wise.

If their shows are anywhere near as goofy as their band photos, this one will be flat-out good times. And you can’t go wrong when boisterous noise punks Neon Windbreaker are sharing the bill.

Friday (March 14), at Parts & Labour (1566 Queen West), doors 10 pm, all ages. $10-$12. 416-588-7750.

Arcade Fire, Kid Koala

Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), tonight (Thursday, March 13)

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D-Sisive, Adam Bomb, TechTwelve

Drake Underground (1150 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, March 13)

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Keb’ Mo’

Massey Hall (178 Victoria), tonight (Thursday, March 13)

Grammy-winning Delta blues.

Foundry Music & Arts Fest

w/ Four Tet, Anthony “Shake” Shakir, Purity Ring (DJ set), Shigeto, Blue Hawaii, Katie Stelmanis & more

Tower Automotive Building (158 Sterling), Friday (March 14) to April 5

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Cuff the Duke, Trish Robb, Beams

Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Friday (March 14)

Oshawa roots rock.

Islands, Escondido

Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Saturday (March 15)

Broken-hearted, layered indie pop.


Sound Academy (11 Polson), Saturday (March 15)

New Zealand pop sensation.

Michie Mee, Saukrates, King Reign and others

Wrongbar (1279 Queen West), Saturday (March 15)

Big Ticket hip-hop series.

Crosss, Soupcans, Special Noise, Ketamines

Smiling Buddha (961 College), Saturday (March 15)

Doomy grunge, sludgy punk.

B-17, Tess Parks, The BB Guns, The Auras, Sun Stone Revolvers, The Disraelis And Others

The Great Hall (1087 Queen West), Saturday (March 15)

Optical Sounds psych-pop party.

Mary Margaret O’Hara

Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Monday (March 17)

Martian Awareness Ball, what?

Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Chad Valley

The Garrison (1197 Dundas West), Tuesday (March 18)

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