Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Concert Announcements / Music News (March 24, 2009)

   Leonard Cohen: photo by Tom Sheehan
Leonard CohenAs part of his first tour in 15 years, Canadian music legend Leonard Cohen played London's 02 Arena in July of 2008, recording it for posterity. That performance will be released as a two-CD set on March 31 simply entitled "Live In London" and NPR is featuring it as an exclusive first listen:

Stream: Leonard Cohen - "Live In London"

Mr. Cohen plays Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, ON on May 19.

Chartattack speaks with Julie Doiron about happiness and her new album "I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day". Julie plays a CD release show at the Horseshoe this Thursday March 26.

And while I'm pilfering chartattack, they also speak with New Zealand indie pop-rock band Cut Off Your Hands who come to town for a show at the Horseshoe on March 30.

Ms. Neko Case, who'll be playing two sold-out shows at Trinity St. Paul's in Toronto on April 17-18, is interviewed by Pitchfork.

Concert announcements courtesy of Against The Grain: French Kicks play the Horseshoe on April 27, tickets onsale March 27, $11.50 in advance, $13 at the door. Justin Rutledge will be at The Mod Club for an early show(doors 6:30 pm) on May 29, tickets onsale March 27, $15 in advance, $18 at the door.

Intriguing find of the week, NY state girl boy duo Gregory and The Hawk whose wispy-voiced indie acoustic folk is actually pretty breathtaking. According to Flowerbooking they'll be at the El Mocambo on May 2. Their most recent effort, 2008's ‘Moenie and Kitchi’ is out now through FatCat. The duo did an interview and live performance for Bandstand Busking which you can click to below:

Video: Gregory and The Hawk - live on Bandstand Busking
MySpace: Gregory and The Hawk

Toronto's Slim Twig will release his debut full-length entitled "Contempt!" through Paper Bag Records on April 28 and will be available on CD, LP and digital formats. He's set to tour

MySpace: Slim Twig

Jenn Grant will be performing at the Direct Energy Centre (100 Princes' Blvd, Toronto) on April 23 as part of the Green Toronto Awards ceremony hosted by Mayor David Miller. The award ceremony begins at 7 pm and doors open at 6:15 p.m. It's a free event but you need to RSVP by e-mailing greentorontoawards@toronto.ca

Crystal Castles will be performing as part of the TIME festival (they who've not actually updated their website yet) taking place at Sound Academy on Saturday July 25. Via The Windish Agency.

NME reports on the details of Dinosaur Jr's new album "Farm" set for release June 23, as previously reported through Jagjaguwar. No Toronto date at least as of yet, but the band will be in will be in Buffalo at The Town Ballroom on April 6.

Morrissey performed his new song "Black Cloud" on Late Show With Jimmy Fallon last night(via Pitchfork):

Video: Morrissey - "Black Cloud" (live on Late Show With Jimmy Fallon - March 23, 2009)

I'd love to see Morrissey play Toronto although with the Canadian seal hunt just beginning recently (and his critical views towards that been quite public), I don't expect Morrissey to be playing Toronto, nor Canada for that matter, anytime soon.

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