Monday, September 28, 2009

9/29 - Drink Up Buttercup w/ And The Moneynotes

“Lumbering drums, jangling shakers, electronic squiggles, and lots of whimsical, ragged shouts accompany the strutting bass line and stomping guitar. As with, say, Chicago indie-rockers the M’s, it’s all just loose and playful enough to avoid coming across as overly nostalgic.” - Pitchfork

Tuesday, 9/29: Drink Up Buttercup + And The Moneynotes
9:30pm / $5 / 21+

Monday, September 21, 2009

9/22! ROCK PLAZA CENTRAL w/ The Ends of the Earth

Toronto’s Rock Plaza Central have been a band in some form for more than a decade, but they became indie world darlings when their unknown, self-released album Are We Not Horses? received the elusive Best New Music tag from Pitchfork. That album was confusing to some because, at its core, it’s a concept album about mechanical horses who think they’re alive and real. However, it was very hard to ignore for many because of its epic alt-country switching triumphant instrumentation and darkly woven tales. Now three years removed from that record, they return with ...At the Moment of Our Most Needing, or If Only They Could Turn Around They’d Know They Weren’t Alone, the band’s fourth official album.

This Tuesday! 9/22/09 - w/ The Ends of the Earth
10pm / $6

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Havira has a quirky tenor that, oddly enough, sounds like Viggo Mortensen as hepcat killer, delivering lines like, “Check your machine for signs of life/go on and tell yourself you can make it through these heartaches I know all too well/let me show you a new way through happiness.”

Donovan Roberts give their acoustic blues more life than most such projects, avoiding by-the-numbers traditionalism while maintaining deep blues feeling. Are You Alone (Shelloy Sounds) crackles with energy even on such
oft-recorded songs as “Big Road Blues,” displays inventiveness in a country blues arrangement of Percy Mayfield’s “River’s Invitation,” and enriches the canon with Jeff Roberts’ lovely, jazzy “Wonderin’ About You.” Roberts’
guitar is augmented by occasional piano, harmonica, and mandolin, and Lori Donovan’s smooth, sultry vocals are simply perfect. Bold moves like the bossa nova “What You Need From Me” and a reworking of Tom Petty’s “You Got
Lucky” pay off neatly without interrupting the mood.
by Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue

Saturday 9/19
10pm / $5

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Bog Swing Band returns with a new schedule and start time.
9:30pm / $3

Tuesday, September 1, 2009