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  • 2014 Harbourfront SoundClash Finalist previews his upcoming album Chaos Theory live at the Drake Underground on July 24th. Following up on the Peephole/Beach EP last spring, Keita Juma will give fans a taste of the his new work, which promises to deliver.

    BizZarh, the burgeoning hip hop duo, will also perform a full set. DJ Bambii will be spinning dance/hip-hop/dancehall throughout the night.

    Keita Juma is a Mississauga, ON-based rapper and producer. Born in Bristol, UK, his sound is shaped by early experiences during hip-hop's golden era. His early musical influences stem from Early '00s Rap, Bristol Underground, and Dancehall. Moving to Canada at 11, He began rapping at school with friends, forming crews and performing at local events. At 17, he saved up to visit his musician uncle, who had his own home studio at the top of a mountain in Iserlohn, Germany. It was there that he first began to learn the intricacies of sculpting and refining sounds. He dropped his first solo mixtape, A Breath of Fresh Heir soon after, and followed that up with his first full length release, The Headphone with it's red-lining single, "Repeat." In 2012 he dropped the critically acclaimed LP, Water, with the much buzzed about single "Bossed Up." His latest project, Peephole/Beach, is available on iTunes with Chaos Theory slated to drop this fall.

    bizZarh are Dollar Paris and Charli Champ are the two teens who have collectively created the sing/rap duo, bizZarh. They describe bizZarh as a cosmic musical creation; a gift to them from the universe as a token of their infinite friendship. Describing their vibe as diverse and surrealist, the duo is eager to bring their dream worlds into existence through their music.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: DJ, Live
    • Cover: $5
    • Time: July 24, 2014, 9 p.m.
  • 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!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: July 24, 2014, 10 p.m.
  • A very special evening with Astrid Young and Victor DeLorenzo (of the Violent Femmes) as they present a performance of the new release 'One Night at Giant Rock' with a full band: psychedelic acid folk rocks the house - join us for an intimate evening, up close and in person, and experience the dynamic tour de force that is Astrid Young.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $10.00
    • Time: July 25, 2014, 7 p.m.
  • w/ Cell Memory

    Any Kind consists of four good friends who have been playing music together for a long time. Their second album, Other, is out now on Brendan Benson's Readymade Records. Vocalist/guitarist Dan Duszynski recorded both albums in his studio, Dandy Sounds (www.dandysounds.com). The band hails from Chicago, though Dan has recently moved, relocating the recording studio to a beautiful ranch in the Texas Hill Country just west of Austin.

    Between melody and discord, Cross Record’s first full-length LP Be Good forges a quiet path through a myriad of sounds. The record follows a string of self-released recordings by this enterprising 25-year-old. Strings, clarinet, flute, steel drum, bells, tape distortion, and other instrumentation, support Emily Cross’ enchanting vocals while allowing for silences to build like black holes. Cross’ lyrics conjure a dark beauty that leaves an effect long after the album has completed. Cross Record has supported Angel Olsen, Dirty Projectors and Surfer Blood to name a few. Be Good has received critical acclaim by publications such as Chicago Tribune, Tiny Mix Tapes and Brooklyn Vegan.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $10.00
    • Time: July 26, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Elvis Monday is Toronto's longest running indie showcase. Now in its 30th year, at least 3000 bands have played Elvis Monday including Cowboy Junkies, Blind Melon, Treble Charger, Lights, Sum 41, Three Days Grace, Billy Talent, Austra, Peaches, Diana, JackSoul, Ron Sexsmith, Doldrums, Moon King, and BECK! Acting as a launching pad for many Toronto bands, Elvis Monday continues to champion emerging talent and play an important part of Toronto's music scene.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: July 28, 2014, 9 p.m.
  • The St. Royals are the new kings of the motown/funk/soul scene. Recently featured on Slice TV, they're an army of Toronto's most talented young players who always pack the dance floor. The St. Royals ooze style and swagger, while bringing authenticity and excitement to the soul era. Most of all, they bring the funk!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: July 28, 2014, 10 p.m.
  • PHOX is a bunch of friends from the Midwestern circus hamlet, Baraboo, WI, a place where kids often drink poisoned groundwater and become endowed mutants. They make music that straddles Feist and Monty Python. It was in Baraboo that the six unlikely musicians attended high school together, some playing on the soccer field, others on video production sets. But in a town with a drive-your-tractor-to-school day, they didn't last. They did the thing that most people do when they are 18: they fled the coop, each going their separate ways (to film school, cosmetology school, a job with Homeland Security…). But promises were made that couldn't be kept, and as they fell in unrequited love and lost their respective jobs, in spite of themselves, each simultaneously pulled the ripcord and came home. The sextet promptly (-ish) got a house together in the Portland of the heartland, Madison, WI. As prolifically documented in their online video series, PHOX rekindled their onetime A/V production house while discovering how to live as a family (i.e. how not to berate each other about the hair in the sink). After two years of cohabiting, PHOX beheld a demo reel of bedroom-recorded music (and home movies) that made Bon Iver and The Fray recording engineer Brian Joseph blush. Donning his producer's cape (and occasional lab coat), Joseph cheer-led the band through its debut album at April Base Studios in Eau Claire, WI. Joseph's enthusiasm propelled the band through the production of more than a dozen songs that have been swimming in the think tank for two years. Mixed by Michael Brauer at Electric Lady in NYC, their debut album is a school of simple folk-pop songs swimming amidst a chaotic eddy of rock, psychedelia, and soul. If the goal here is friendship, PHOX is doing quite well. If the chosen path is blue collar pixel-pushing and church camp trust falls, they're on the way. And if their only coping mechanism is to lay down their arms and, for 30 or 45 minutes a day, shut up and listen to each other, you can't be too upset.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $10.50
    • Time: July 29, 2014, 8:30 p.m.
  • Like an off-label industrial process or cult ritual conducted in the dead of night, an artery flowing open in spurts or a complex society on the verge of collapse, Neuroplasticity is both terrifying and morbidly enthralling to witness. Cold Specks has returned, two years and a world map of tours after 2012's I Predict a Graceful Expulsion. Hailed as a masterful and wholly original debut, the follow-up is radically expanded, like an announcer realising they hadn't turned on their microphone.

    The 26 year-old Canadian singer under the sobriquet Al Spx has been a byword for rare talent and depth of feeling since her arrival in late 2011. In November, in the afterglow of first single 'Holland,' she performed 'Lay Me Down,' and 'Old Stepstone' on Jools Holland. It turned into one of those shared national moments of cutlery-dropping, slack-jawed TV transfixion.

    Work on the second album began while holed up in a cottage in Wick, Somerset the following winter. "In retrospect, I probably didn't choose the most ideal season to live there," she deadpans. Neuroplasticity has since been constructed in fine layers, like a Rothko, building to a full, monolithic opacity.

    "The record was mapped out in the cottage. I was there for about three months," she says, "'A Formal Invitation', 'Old Knives' and 'Absisto' were essentially written there. They are the more unusual songs on the record. I may have been reflecting on my surroundings. Have you ever been to Glastonbury? It's a pretty fucked up place."

    The time on either side was as new and exciting as it was cruel and exhausting. Presently she was back on the road again in the UK, Europe, the US and Canada. "I relentlessly toured for the first time. Travelling constantly was an odd adjustment at first. I'd always imagined road-trips to be exciting and generally fun. I found it all to be physically and mentally draining. Between tours I was mostly attempting to re-socialise."

    The gruelling schedule has awoken her writing to the full possibilities of her ensemble. Her voice is still central but on Neuroplasticity the lights have been brought up on the instrumentation and arrangements, which are now deployed more boldly, in wider emotional registers that contend with the voice's dynamism and scope. "I've successfully overcome whatever quarter-life crisis I was having and I think the 'Cold Specks sound' (whatever that means) is fully realised," she says.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $14.00
    • Time: July 31, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • 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!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: July 31, 2014, 10 p.m.