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  • MADE TO BREAK is improviser/composer Ken Vandermark's newest ensemble and his most radical. Combining elements of his interest and experience with the music of Ethiopia and the Ex, alongside the New Music ideas of John Cage and Morton Feldman, and mixing these with his perspective toward jazz and improvised music history, he has devised a compositional framework for the band that can be restructured for every performance and which deals with melody, sound, and rhythm in a completely unique way. This creative system gives the music of MADE TO BREAK an almost unprecedented flexibility and immediacy. The instrumentation of the quartet (drums, electric bass, electronics, and reeds) has given Vandermark an amazing palette of sounds to explore with each composition, but it is the individuals involved (with Tim Daisy, Devin Hoff, Christof Kurzmann), and their diverse approaches to improvisation, that give the ensemble such a dynamic and spontaneous energy. MADE TO BREAK developed its preliminary work in June of 2011 for the 3rd Okka Festival, and toured Europe in November of that year, to prepare to record their first albums in Lisbon. The band then returned to Europe from February 28th until March 10th, 2013, to play a series of concerts featuring music from those recordings (on lp, "Lacerba," and cd, "Provoke"), which were issued by Clean Feed. In addition, the group worked on new material during these performances, which they recorded in Vienna at the conclusion of that trip and will be released by Trost in January of 2014, on an album called "Cherchez La Femme." Though a relatively new band, MADE TO BREAK has already been featured at 5 international festivals of improvised music in since June of 2011

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $15
    • Time: April 19, 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: April 21, 2014, 9 p.m.
  • Who is ELECTRIC BLONDE? They’re fun. They play good music. And they wear bowties. What more could you ask for? With a huge variety of songs on deck from Top 40 to Classic Rock to Funk and Motown, they keep the audience dancing and singing along all night. Performing as a 3-piece all the way up to an 8-piece band, they tailor the night to who’s dancing so that everyone leaves with sore feet and a smile on their face.

    The band members are tried and true professionals who’ve been performing for over 10 years and have shared stages with the best of the best. The band’s lead singer, Lynzie Kent, has over 12 million YouTube views, is the former lead singer of Juno nominated God Made Me Funky, and was recently nominated (2012) by Now Magazine as one of Toronto’s best female vocalists.

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: April 21, 2014, 10 p.m.
  • Curated by NXNE
    w/ Ark Analog and Paradise Animals
    RSVP'S ARE FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $3 w. RSVP/ $10 w.o
    • Time: April 22, 2014, 8 p.m.
    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: April 22, 2014, 10 p.m.
  • Drawing inspiration from 70s disco, 80s New Wave and 90s indie rock, Moscow's Pompeya creates unabashed pop music. The group's weaves vibrant harmonies, melodic synth lines, and punchy guitar riffs to create a sound copmared favorably to that of Holy Ghost! and Cut Copy. Their debut Tropical quickly earned the band substaintial popularity in their home country, which they supported with extensive touring throughout Eastern Europe. The US-label reissued their debut in November 2012, which was paired with a US touring debut. Tropical Remixes is the group's most recent release, which as the title implies, is a collection of remixes from the likes of Jimmy Edgar, Fred Falke, Felix da Housecat and Psychemagik, to name a few. 2014 will see the band's SXSW debut, full US tour, as well much anticipated new material. An EP is slated for March, with the single "Satelite" expected to come as early as February.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $15
    • Time: April 23, 2014, 7 p.m.
  • RARE BEEF PRESENTS / / THE PANIC SEQUENCE RELEASE PARTY

    Produced by Nightbox with co-production from AL-P of MSTRKRFT and co-writing from Sebastien Grainger of Death From Above 1979 on the lead single “Burning”, "The Panic Sequence" provides another step forward as the Canada-by-way-of-Ireland five-piece band continues to prove they are deserving of the growing hype around them.

    NIGHTBOX (LIVE) http://nightbox.ca/

    SEBASTIEN GRAINGER (DJ SET) http://sebastiengrainger.com/

    MICHAEL IMPERIAL (DJ SET) http://michaelimperial.com/

    $5 Cover Includes a Copy of "The Panic Sequence" EP

    http://rarebeef.net/

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $5.00
    • Time: April 24, 2014, 10 p.m.
  • Say Hi To Your Mom simultaneously defies and enforces physics. We're the mumbling in your head while you're crunching the numbers. We're the apparitions, ticks, gut wrenching, suspicion and glee too. We're the reason you rolled a nineteen for charisma, the cat's meow, your least favorite aunt. Touch us and we'll touch you. Watch us and we'll watch you. You once tried to call us and the line was busy, but that was actually just us making busy signal noises with our mouths. If you would have called back we would have cooked you some pasta. What you're looking for right now is going to evade you forever. Fish don't speak but squirrels do. It all depends on your longitude. You should start from the beginning, but ignore the prequels. We like minimalism, broken robots, granny smith apples, sneakers and the mundane. We like make believe vampires but the real ones scare us. We don't care too much for your boss and the fact that you're starting to resemble her. You should work on that. You'll find us to be very reasonable if you'd just give us a chance. You can paint us by numbers. You can tell us to your shrink. You can consume us up to three times daily but you shouldn't ever exceed twelve doses in a four day period, unless you have a note from your mother. We definitely detest mom jokes. Seriously. We don't need to be reminded of what we resemble. We named ourselves after Midwestern dairy queen civility. We usually involve a variety of livestock running rampantly around. We think sideways motorcycle helmets are all the rage now that sideways trucker's hats are out. We are live, fleshy human beings attempting to recreate these sounds in real life. We put out our own records. We speak in binary code. We're in the market for an A-team van. We strive for muzak and custom made slip n' slides. We write under pseudonyms. We play for keeps. Our grass is always greenest. Our hair is unkempt.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: 11:50
    • Time: April 25, 2014, 8 p.m.
    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $10.00
    • Time: April 26, 2014, 8 p.m.