This week’s must-see Toronto shows: Majical Cloudz, Alessia Cara, She-Devils and more

Majical Cloudz “Gutsy, bare-bones, emotionally charged synth hymns” is how.

Majical Cloudz

“Gutsy, bare-bones, emotionally charged synth hymns” is how we described Majical Cloudz’ October-released Are You Alone?, the latest album by the Montreal duo of Devon Welsh and Matthew Otto, out on Arts & Crafts. 

Last fall also saw the electronic pop musicians play a small album-release show at Smiling Buddha, and now they finally return for a larger show at the Garrison, fresh from a tour of Europe. 

Welsh, who toured with Lorde in 2014, and Otto are experts at making minimalism interesting, thanks in part to the contrast between Welsh’s airy vocals and the beat-driven productions. Expect an enigmatic show low on flash and high on vulnerability.

With She-Devils on Friday (January 15) at the Garrison (1197 Dundas West), doors 9 pm. $16.

The Beverleys, Honduras, Total Love Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Thursday (January 14) Melodic punk trio.

iLoveMakonnen The Hoxton (69 Bathurst), Thursday (January 14) Drake-affiliated Atlanta rapper.

New Horizzzons, Wolfcow, Broken Puppy Burdock (1184 Bloor West), Friday (January 15) EP and art booklet release party.

Fuck the Facts, Flying Fortress, Völur Coalition (282 Augusta), Friday (January 15) Canadian grindcore legends.

Majical Cloudz, She-Devils The Garrison (1197 Dundas West), Friday (January 15) Emotional synth hymns.

Darlene Shrugg, Comet Control, Century Palm Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Friday (January 15) Local garage rock supergroup.

Alessia Cara Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth), Saturday and Sunday (January 16 & 17) See preview here.

Long Winter w/ TUNS, Nicole Dollanganger, LOOM, Vallens, Overnight, Mystic Triangle, Indoor Voices, JOOJ, Bossie, Yung Bambii and others Great Hall (1087 Queen West), Saturday (January 16) This will get you out of the house. 

The Class of 2016 w/ GABI, Anamai, Taste, Rolemodel, Wild Rivers Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Saturday (January 16) More DIY acts of tomorrow, today.

Steve Lambke Burdock (1184 Bloor West), Sunday (January 17) See preview here.

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