Toronto Concert Roundup – April 2016

April is a HUGE month for concerts in this city. Whether you prefer a stadium-sized affair, or a small club show — you won’t have any trouble finding an event to help you procrastinate during this exam season.

Here are some shows we’re looking forward to attending in April:

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS & LIZ PHAIR @ MASSEY HALL, APRIL 12, 2016

It should take absolutely NO persuasion to get any music fan to this show. The infamous Chicago alt-rock band — on their “Plainsong” tour — will be playing stripped-down versions of their greatest hits. Liz Phair is set to open.

Here’s the classic, “Bullet with Butterfly Wings,” off of the iconic 1995 album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness:

TICKETS: http://www.masseyhall.com/eventdetail/SmashingPumpkins

RIHANNA & TRAVIS SCOTT @ AIR CANADA CENTRE, APRIL 13 & 14, 2016

Fresh off the release of her latest album, ANTI, Rihanna will be kicking off a two night stand at the ACC on Wednesday the 13th — to (nearly) sold out crowds on both nights. Ticket-holders probably wouldn’t be too far off in assuming #6ixGod Drake may show up to perform with his “friend” and frequent collaborator. If that’s not reason enough to buy tickets, we don’t know what is.

Get to “Work” listening to her hit single — it’ll pump you up for the show:

TICKETS: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/10004F779F952B28

FATHER JOHN MISTY & TESS AND DAVE @ MASSEY HALL, APRIL 20, 2016 

On tour supporting his 2015 release, I Love You, Honeybear, Father John Misty will be bringing his dreamy/psychedelic indie rock to Massey Hall. While his crazy antics and sarcastic stage presence have earned him a reputation for being a bit of a wild card, he’s also known for his excellent musicianship. Expect relaxed acoustic guitar strumming and piano-playing from the former Fleet Foxes member — along with backing from his full band. Trust us, this show will be worth the pricier tickets. Folk/Pop duo Tess & Dave will open.

Check out the title track from his breakthrough album:

TICKETS: http://www.stubhub.com/father-john-misty-tickets-father-john-misty-toronto-massey-hall-4-20-2016/event/9499236/?sliderpos=true

PARQUET COURTS & SODA @ PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE, APRIL 22, 2016

NYC rock band Parquet Courts are set to play the Phoenix this month, soon after the release of their fifth studio album, Human Performance. Their upbeat, Pixies-esque repertoire is bound to draw an energetic crowd — and will hopefully make for an unforgettable show. Florida band Soda will kick things off.

Listen to the title track off their 2014 album, Sunbathing Animal:

TICKETS: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1079729/tfly?utm_medium=api&utm_medium=291182 (19+)

 

For a full list of shows taking place in the city this month, check out SongKick.

 

By: Alex Reinprecht

Toronto Concert Roundup – March 2016

Whether you’re a huge music fan, or just looking for a fun night out with friends — there’s a concert happening in Toronto this month to please everyone.

Here are some shows we’re looking forward to attending in March:

TY SEGALL AND THE MUGGERS @ THE DANFORTH, MARCH 4, 2016

This will most likely be a high-energy show well suited for any indie/psychedelic/garage rock fan. Segall and his band are touring in support of his latest record, Emotional Mugger, and will be sharing the stage with new indie rock band CFM.

Check out “Girlfriend” from 2012 album Melted:

TICKETS: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/10004F6BC29664AB (19+)

BEACH HOUSE @ THE DANFORTH, MARCH 5/6, 2016

Beach House were set to play a two-night stand at The Danforth. But with tickets in such high demand, they’ve announced a third show at an installation venue (tickets already sold out) on the 4th. The indie dream-pop band is on tour promoting their latest album, Depression Cherry.

Check out “Space Song” off Depression Cherry:

TICKETS: http://www.stubhub.com/beach-house-tickets-beach-house-toronto-the-danforth-music-hall-theatre-3-5-2016/event/9422104/ (19+)

DAUGHTER @ THE DANFORTH, MARCH 7/8, 2016

If you’re looking for something a little more relaxed, you may want to check out one of two Daughter shows happening this month at The Danforth. The indie-folk trio is definitely worth seeing live.

Check out to “Youth” off of their debut album If You Leave:

TICKETS: http://www.stubhub.com/daughter-tickets-daughter-toronto-the-danforth-music-hall-theatre-3-8-2016/event/9470150/

LEON BRIDGES @ MASSEY HALL, MARCH 10, 2016

The R&B/Soul/Gospel artist will play to a sold-out crowd, along with opening act Son Little in just over a week. Bridges played The Danforth last October, and high demand for tickets meant an upgrade to the larger (and iconic) venue Massey Hall this time around. There are a few select tickets still floating around on StubHub.

Check out “Coming Home” off his album of the same name:

TICKETS: http://www.stubhub.com/leon-bridges-tickets-leon-bridges-toronto-massey-hall-3-10-2016/event/9414930/

BADBADNOTGOOD @ THE DANFORTH, MARCH 12, 2016

Canadian hip-hop/jazz instrumental group BADBADNOTGOOD will play to a hometown crowd at The Danforth, supported by Marvel Alexander.

Check out “Cant Leave The Night” from III:

TICKETS: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/10004F8F31DB8593

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE @ THE ACC, MARCH 23, 2016

Death Cab needs no introduction. The almost 20-year-old alternative rock band returns to Toronto in the wake of their latest release, Kintsugi. They will be supported by one of Toronto’s most successful indie acts, Metric.

Check out the classic “I Will Possess Your Heart” from Narrow Stairs:

TICKETS: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/10004F84A0AB2924

 

For a full list of shows taking place in the city this month, check out SongKick.

 

By: Alex Reinprecht