This week’s must-see Toronto shows

Groove is underrated, and often goes undetected when done well. You simply find that a song is making you feel.


Groove is underrated, and often goes undetected when done well. You simply find that a song is making you feel good – awesome, even – and when you unravel why, it’s because of subtle, hypnotic rhythms propelling things optimistically forward.

Adam Granduciel of the War on Drugs is a groove genius, layering real drums with drum machines and then adding shiny, impressive electric guitar lines, humming organs, reflective lyrics, open-sky melodies and his Dylanesque vocals overtop.

People are taking note, no question. The Philly band’s sometimes sprawling new album, Lost In The Dream, is a critical hit, and both of these Toronto shows sold out ages ago. White Laces open at the Horseshoe, and Andre Ethier at Lee’s Palace.

Monday (April 14) at the Horseshoe (370 Queen West) and Tuesday (April 15) at Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), doors 8 pm. $16.50. HS, RT, SS, TF.

Horseshoe (370 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, April 10)

See Language Arts preview.

Massey Hall (178 Victoria), tonight and Friday (April 10 and 11)

Softly anthemic indie rock.

Royal Cinema (608 College), Friday (April 11)

Dark, theatrical trilingual folk.

w/ Sarah Harmer, Wayne Petti, Tony Dekker, Wax Mannequin and others

Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Saturday (April 12)

Tribute show & Street Soccer benefit.

Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front West), Saturday (April 12)

Indian classical music.

Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), Saturday (April 12)

See preview.

Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), Sunday (April 13)

Daptone instrumental soul.

The Piston (937 Bloor West), Sunday (April 13)

Prolific Montreal singer/songwriter.

See album review.

Wrongbar (1279 Queen West), Monday (April 14)

English PBR&B.

The Garrison (1197 Dundas West), Wednesday (April 16)

New Zealand drum ‘n’ bass.

Double Double Land (209 Augusta), Wednesday (April 16)

See preview.

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