Eye Weekly's Sarah Liss spoke with Spiral Beach about getting busted recently for illegal postering. (NOW also reports on the incident.) I do feel sorry for them though I do find the fine was overly high. Indie bands be careful where you poster. Sarah mentions that Spiral Beach have some 'fundraising' (ie. busking) gigs coming up starting tonight 6pm at Brunswick & Bloor, Saturday at 6pm outside the ROM, and on Sunday in Kensington Market. Stay tuned for more details of a benefit show planned at the Whippersnapper Gallery for June 20. [photo swiped from NOW]
Eye Weekly chatted with Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard (whose band headlines a mini-festival show at Toronto Islands tomorrow). Death Cab For cutie performed a session for MPR: The Current and The Smudge Of Ashen Fluff has graciously split the songs into separate mp3's available for download. It looks like the rain is gonna hold off for the most part tomorrow, though it's gonna be HOT. Have fun if you're going.
According to this Facebook Event page, Toronto record store Criminal Records will be hosting an NXNE-associated multi-band instore on June 13 (5 pm - 8 pm) featuring Mardeen, The Superfantastics, The Amazing Shotgun Jimmie, Old Man Luedecke, Calm Down It's Monday and (maybe?) Attack In Black.
Van Morrison has some select North American dates in July including a show at Massey Hall on July 7. Presale tickets for the Toronto show are already sold out. I'm not sure when the public onsale will be.
July 19, this year's Open House at The Tranzac goes down with a multitude of local indie acts, headlined by Fembots, Castlemusic, and The Burning Hell. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets $10 advance/$12 door. More details over at Stille Post.
With a new double CD 32-song retrospective entitled "Spirituality: The Consummate Compendium -- 1983 - 2008" coming out through Warner/Rhino on July 8, Vancouver's Spirit Of The West will celebrate a month later with a show at Horseshoe Tavern on August 1. The have a slew of tour dates beginning at the end of the month.
Pollstar indicates that Steve Earle and Allison Moorer will be at Gage Park in Hamilton, ON on August 8 and that date is confirmed at Steve Earle's website. It's a FREE show btw, as Steve Earle and Allison Moorer will be participating in Festival of Friends.
They broke up in 2006 which disappoint me but it seems that the split was short-lived as Vancouver's The Organ have decided to regroup. The CBC Radio 3 blog reports that this fall will see the light of a new 6 song EP "Thieves" from the gals. The EP is to come out October 14.