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Local wordsmiths and performers shine at Toronto Poetry Slam, providing an evening of spoken word, lyrical mastery and friendly competition before an always packed house. $80 goes to the best performance of the night, so if you think your literary creations have what it takes to win, be sure to sign up at 7:30PM. And don't forget your sense of humour!
Weekly comedy series live from the Underground!
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If you don't know KCSB, chances are you don't know Awful Records, and if you don't know Awful it's time to have a quiet word with yourself. The Atlanta hip hop collective are the hip hop's new punks, a family of rappers and producers who have proved adept at distilling the sound of weird sex, suicide blues and pitch black humour into 3 minute bombs of rhyme and bass.
Often considered the crew's most likely to gain international success, KCSB doesn't just write his own beats and raps; he directs the psychedelic video clips that accompany them, working with an aesthetic that has reached from woozing, candy pastel visuals, to scratchy animation to dislocating frame flicker to subversions of the classic rap troupes of sex and violence. His new project is We're All A Little Triflin' and it's all fans would want, a sea of throbbing 808 kicks, washes of synthetic bliss, and languid raps that lurch through sex, desperation, depression and belief.
Dedicated to creating a new groove-based music, THE DIGS embody the unique perspective of diversity that could only come from Canada's multicultural melting pot, Toronto. To dig is to extract from the ground by breaking up earth, and The Digs are a band reaching down into the roots of American pop music and pulling up a vibrant sound that is an organically constructed embarrassment of riches.
Ultimately, The Digs consist of close friendships built upon the love of music, and the love for one another, and it is this dedication which gives them a consistently renewed energy with each jam-packed gig, each infectious groove, each funky beat. Catch The Digs while you can!
Cutting her teeth as a folk artist in the small town of Forbes and adopted home of Sydney, Vera Blue found her feet first as a singer and then an acoustic guitarist. Now, she’s found her sound, mixing the music she’s long loved with lush, sultry electronica. The results are sometimes gentle, sometimes ferocious and always show-stopping, with her commanding vocals front and centre.
It’s an evolution that feels like coming home. “I’ve always wanted to create something that’s a blend of folk and cool, heavy, thick sounds,” she says. “This is the music I have been wanting to make and I feel like I’m unleashing.”
Phantasmagorical Sir Jerry returns to the Underground with his all-ages, all-amazing, APRIL FOOLS DAY BIG JOKE SHOW! Lots of jokes + lots of pranks.
Sir Jerry’s been dubbed “Pink Floyd for kids,” and singled out by Pee-Wee Herman producer Richard Abramson as “the most innovative kid’s entertainer” since Pee-Wee himself. With dancing girls, colourful stage characters, rock ‘n’ roll and music hall influences – all informed by his Monty Pythonesque sensibility - the top-hatted faux-Brit Sir Jerry is a unique hybrid indeed.
The perfect laugh-out-loud Saturday afternoon for young jokesters and old-school prankers a-like.
Conceived at a drag show in Brooklyn in August 2014, Acid Dad has quickly become one of the most talked-about bands in the New York scene. Over the past year, their string of infectious psych-punk singles has earned them nods from the likes of Nylon, The Deli, CMJ, Village Voice, Impose, Hero Mag and more, and has garnered them slots on Gigawatts Festival and Color Me Bushwick. Dingus once described them as "so f***ing good," and if you listen to their latest single, "Grim," you'll see why. Between dropping awesome tracks like that one, Acid Dad has made a name for themselves as one of the tightest and most energetic live bands in the Brooklyn scene. The band recently played 6 CMJ shows, including Austin Psych Fest's Levitation showcase at Rough Trade along with Drinks, Mild High Club and Shannon & the Clams. Look out for their debut EP in early 2016.
Honduras played Brooklyn's DIY venue scene tirelessly and garnered a reputation for amazing live performances, with comparisons to bands like Sex Pistols and Buzzcocks. After bringing in Josh Wehle to play drums they added a new bass player in Paul Lizarraga (the Denzels) to round out the band's signature polished edge. Their more recent writing has included elements of krautrock and psych to their already energetic tracks for an intellectually developed and interesting sound. While picking up additional attention from serious tastemakers like Rolling Stone, NME, Noisey, Impose, and Nylon along the way, the group has shared stages like Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg with notable acts like Blur, Metz, Fidlar, Twin Peaks, Drowners and the Kaiser Chiefs. The first single from their upcoming debut LP, Paralyzed, is currently in regular rotation on Sirius Radio XMU and the band was just featured in NME's On The Radar section. On stage the formula continues, where four good friends exhibit a savvy devil-may-care tightness. Their engaging stage presence is both apropos to their influences and forever exciting to witness in a young and surging project. Their upcoming debut LP is called Rituals, and will be released in early 2016.
Live Nation Presents:
She's a singer songwriter from Los Angeles who makes what she calls, 'fantasy soul music'. Drawing influence from such artists as Erykah Badu, St. Vincent, and Beyoncé, QUIÑ’s confidence is such that it radiates through her deliberately laid back tracks with an alluring effortlessness.
Live Nation Presents:
Youngr is the new project name of musician Dario Darnell, the same Dario Darnell who formed electronic pop duo 'Picture Book' with brother Lorne a few years back. The same Dario Darnell, who is the son of August Darnell aka popular 80’s tropical pop gangster Kid Creole of Kid Creole and the Coconuts fame.