This week’s must-see Toronto shows

James vincent McMorrow So rhythm & blues isn't.

James vincent McMorrow

So rhythm & blues isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when we think of Irish singer/songwriters. So what? Dublin’s James Vincent McMorrow makes a brand new sound on his second album, Post Tropical. A mere whisper of his former folkie remains as he embraces the raw emotional expression of a soul singer. The smooth falsetto vocals were always there – they just seem much better suited to this new style lush with electronica. So which of McMorrow’s split personalities will be on display at his Toronto stop? According to McMorrow, a long-time Neptunes fan, he never intended to make folk music in the first place. Don’t let the beard and guitar fool you he’s a hip-hop/R&B guy at heart.

Wednesday (April 2), at the Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth), doors 7 pm, all ages. $24.50. RT, SS, TM. See album review.

Each Other, The Taste, Michael Rault

Smiling Buddha (961 College), tonight (Thursday, March 27)

See preview.

Secret Guest, Petra Glynt, Ice Cream, VCR

Cinecycle (129 Spadina), Friday (March 28)

Petra Glynt preview.

Biblical, Public Animal, Hollow Earth

Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Saturday (March 29)

Sludgy, psychy hard rock record release.


Sony Centre (1 Front East), Saturday (March 29)

German electronic music innovators.

Dum Dum Girls, Blouse

Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), Saturday (March 29)

See preview.

Wtchs, Wolfcow, Huren, Slender Loris

Izakaya Sushi House (294 College), Saturday (March 29)

Mathy indie pop EP release party.

How To Dress Well, Forest Swords

Virgin Mobile Mod Club (722 College), Saturday (March 29)

Experimental R&B auteur.

The Head & The Heart, Basia Bulat

Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East), Sunday (March 30)

See preview.

Miley Cyrus

Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), Monday (March 31)

Pop music with lots of tongue.

Carsick Cars, White+, Jay Holy, Tess Parks, Different Skeletons

Izakaya Sushi House (294 College), Sunday (March 30)

Boisterous indie rock from Beijing.

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, La Femme

Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), Monday (March 31)

Densely layered, epic indie rock.

Monomyth, Nap Eyes, Legato Vipers

Smiling Buddha (961 College), Wednesday (April 2)

Cosmic psych-pop deliciousness.

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