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

Pop Goes The Week: Jimmy and Coldplay and Beyonce – Oh My!

Each week, SpiritLive will be rounding up the biggest stories from around the mainstream music world, along with the most buzz-worthy pop culture moments in order to keep our readers entertained and informed.

Eagles Of Death Metal Sit Down With Vice To Discuss The Aftermath Of The Paris Attacks

Following the horrific terrorist attacks that took place in Paris, the Eagles Of Death Metal – whose show at Le Bataclan was targeted by radicalized gunmen on November 13th – sat down for with Vice Media for their first public appearance since the events unfolded to talk about their experience, how they’ve been affected by the tragedy and their plans going forward as a band. The emotional, shocking and at times disturbing interview is extremely candid and eye-opening.

Yesterday, the band launched an initiative to assist the victims impacted by the attacks; as mentioned in the video above, EODM is urging any artist – across all genres – to cover their track “I Love You All The Time” for charity, with 100% of the publishing fees going to co-founder Josh Homme’s The Sweet Stuff Foundation, a non-profit originally created to provide financial assistance for those in the music industry (musicians, engineers, etc.) and their families dealing with illness and/or disabilities, but whose efforts will now focus on the victims of the Paris attacks for the remainder of the year. You can read Josh’s statement regarding the campaign in full here.

Jimmy Fallon & Rashida Jones Turn 2015’s Biggest Bangers Into Holiday Hits

The new “King of Late Night” is at it again, this time with a little help from funny gal Rashida Jones. The two comedians came together for a musical medley which morphed some of the biggest hits from this past year into timeless (well, that’s debatable) holiday classics. Highlights include their reimagining of Silento’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money,” and The Weeknd’s “I Can’t Feel My Face.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH9Se03t40w

Check Out Coldplay’s Latest, A Collab With Queen Bey

Welp, for those of you longing for the sounds of vintage Coldplay, it seems as though you’re shit out of luck. Their upcoming LP, A Head Full Of Dreams, drops this Friday, and contains a variety of…odd collaborations, including a track that features the musical stylings of Gwneyth Paltrow (excuse me?!) and one President Obama (annnnd we’re officially lost).

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The latest release entitled “Hymn For The Weekend,” was – according to Chris Martin – inspired by Flo Rida (GOOD GOD SIR WHAT ARE YOU SAYING?!), and the frontman’s desire for the band to have “one of those late night club songs.” Could someone please stop this insanity?! If you’re curious, you can check out the premiere of the song here. True, it’s catchy AF, but guys…WTF?!

Music News: Beach House Pulls a Fast One, Wiz Khalifa: Over 1 Billion Served, and Billy Corgan Does Something

The past couple days have yielded a good crop of music news, let’s hit the fields and see what we can harvest.

  • Two months after they dropped their last album, Depression Cherry, Beach House is back with album number six, Thank Your Lucky Stars. My guess is that this will mark some sort of sonic shift for the band, which at this point in their career is probably a good move.
  • According to Complex, Wiz Khalifa’s song “See You Again” is the first and only hip-hop song to reach 1 Billion views on YouTube. So, congrats to him. I’m sure Kanye is stoked.
  • The Smashing Pumpkins singer/guitarist Billy Corgan, who was quite the personality on Twitter, has decided to close his profile. Instead, he’s going to focus his attention on his Tumblr, or something? To be honest, I didn’t read past the first paragraph, but if you wanna read more, you can over at Consequence of Sound.
  • Rihanna is back with album number eight. It’s called ANTI, and she unveiled the artwork at some sorta fancy party in LA. See some photos and catch-up on the singles so far at Pitchfork.
  • There are a bunch of great albums dropping tomorrow, so let’s take a look at some. Local grunge rockers Dilly Dally are finally dropping their debut, Sore, via Buzz Records. Nicole Dollanganger’s album Natural Born Losers is coming out via Grimes’ new label Eerie. Ryan Hemsworth has a new collaborative EP with Lucas called Taking Flight, and that’s out via Last Gang. Alex G is stepping up to the big leagues, releasing his album Beach Music on Domino. Finally, look out for a new EP called Hallucinogen from Kelela, which comes to us via Warp.

Ok, that’s about all.