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  • Deleted Scenes Collective Concerts Presents (EARLY SHOW) Deleted Scenes Fri, May 16, 2014 Doors: 8:00 pm The Drake Hotel Toronto, ON $10.50 Adv Tix at : RT-SS This event is 19 and over www.collectiveconcerts.com Advance Tickets available at: Rotate This and Soundscapes Music Facebook Share On Twitter Email Share This Event Sync event to iCal Sync event to Google Calendar Deleted Scenes Links Deleted Scenes Deleted Scenes, a four-piece indie band from DC, released its first full-length album, Birdseed Shirt, in 2009, fifteen years after meeting in grade school. It was recorded mostly in group houses across the East Coast with producer L. Skell (The Rude Staircase). Pitchfork praised its "thoughtful existentialism and strange, drowsy downers" (8.0 score), and NPR called it "playfully unpredictable and totally infectious." They toured heavily in a converted bread van, playing 300 self-booked shows across the country, and road-testing the songs that make up their new album, Young People's Church of the Air (Sockets Records, Sept 6, 2011). It was recorded at the Garden Center in Hockessin, DE, with Nick Krill (The Spinto Band) and Birdseed Shirt producer L. Skell. Young People's Church of the Air is fuzzy and warped, inspired by the cassette warble of Southeast Asian psych-pop. Its lyrics are darkly hopeful, exploring family, religion, death and joy. The songs are disparate, but unified, deriving their rhythmic feels from 80s pop, R&B, surf rock, dark funk, and Go-Go. They began as fruity loops-based bedroom jams, which were then introduced into the band environment, taking on a live energy and band identity. The album contains a mixture of studio sounds and home-recorded lo-fi noise. Deleted Scenes is Daniel Scheuerman (guitar, vocals), Matt Dowling (bass, keyboard), Dominic Campanaro (guitar, keyboards, samples), and Ricardo Lagomasino (drums). They have shared the stage with Cursive, Wild Nothing, Abe Vigoda, Black Kids, The Antlers, Medications, Akron/Family, Matt and Kim, and others. They have played SXSW, CMJ, and Pop Montreal.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $10.50
    • Time: May 16, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • The British group’s sound packs in an abundance of suave panache, ear-thwacking beats and heart-throttling melodies. Max McElligott and his crack combo have quickly cultivated a dedicated and avid fan base through two years of nearly non-stop live performances, including headline tours, support slots with Coldplay, Florence + The Machine, The Killers, The Naked And Famous, plus countless festival appearances. The band’s debut album, ‘Suego Faults’ was co-produced by the legendary Dave Fridmann (MGMT, The Flaming Lips, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) and released in 2011. They are currently back home in London writing and recording for their second album due out on Cherrytree soon!

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $15
    • Time: May 25, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • w/ Taylor Knox

    Through the bars and alleyways of Toronto’s Ossington Avenue, a new sound can be heard howling high. With the intensity of a snarling biker chick from a Russ Meyer film, the boys of FLASH LIGHTNIN’ have scraped the grime off the streets to create a debut rock ‘n’ roll album full of sex, sweat, smoke and sleaze.

    With a sound once described as “bad-ass sludge-boogie,” FLASH LIGHTNIN’ was born in the legendary Dakota Tavern, where the trio of Darren Glover (guitar, vocals), Darcy Yates (bass) and Chris Henry (drums) held down a celebrated Wednesday night residency, frequented by a veritable who’s who of the Canadian music scene. From Metric to Billy Talent, Ron Sexsmith and Feist, people came to witness FLASH LIGHTNIN’ deliver an authentic sound and experience that was virtually impossible to ignore.

    On the heels and strength of their success at the Dakota, FLASH LIGHTNIN’ recorded their first EP, Destello, which featured some early favorites like “Down Down” and “Tripped and Fell” alongside tracks co-written by Ian D’Sa of Billy Talent. This quick and dirty EP served as the perfect calling card for their sound and landed them tours with Eagles Of Death Metal and Priestess. But it was Metric guitarist and early supporter Jimmy Shaw who eventually raised his hand to record and produce their first full-length album at his newly opened Giant Studios – mere steps from the Dakota Tavern – the results of which are about to be unleashed.

    Ten pure rock ‘n’ roll tracks make up FLASH LIGHTNIN’s self-titled debut. The dirt blues meets desert metal rumble of the title song “Flash Lightnin’” signifies what the group is capable of. Massive drum swells and thick bass roll, as Glover struts across with his distinctive howl. The laid-back honky-tonk groove of “Dish it Out” leans confidently next to the pogo riffing of “Don’t Tell,” showing off the group’s wide versatility and Glover’s prowess, a guitar players’ guitar player. Tracks like “Slow Death” and the soon-to-be single “No Sympathy” tell tales of badass women that have the group “licking their wounds at the liquor store,” with thick grooves and a disco Stones shuffle. With several songs co-written by lyrical and melodic genius Ron Sexsmith, Glover’s delivery strikes the listener deeply, leaving no room for questions or second thoughts.

    This music isn’t looking to your new haircut for its cues; it just wants your hips and hearts to do what comes naturally – preferably with a shot of good bourbon to ease things along.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $10.00
    • Time: May 29, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • wsg/ Andrew Austin

    It's been a busy year for Toronto's female folk/noir duo Scarlett Jane. After coming onto the scene in 2012 as one of the most exciting new collaborations in recent Canadian music, the duo has been gracing audiences coast to coast and over in Europe with their charm, haunting harmonies, and distinctive songs.

    Their debut album 'Stranger' granted them two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for Best Emerging Artist and Best Vocal Group among the likes of Whitehorse, Dala, and The Once. Their song Wild Fire was featured on CBC's Here and Now and brought them into the semi-finals for the prestigious International Songwriting Competition world-wide. In 2013, they were listed by Metro as one of the "7 Canadian Indie Acts You Need To Know."

    Both Andrea and Cindy are road warriors. Andrea has two previous releases behind her, while Cindy has three - two of them in French, which has given her a following in both French Canada and Europe.

    They met several years ago at a tiny Toronto music venue; their solo careers were starting to move forward, and they shared a passion for prose, poetry, theatrics and songs in minor keys. They liked blues and country, old school soul and rock’n’roll.

    The blend of their voices stopped conversations; their musical sensibilities interweaved seemingly without effort. Soon, they began collaborating as songwriters, performing on each other’s shows and singing on each other’s solo albums.

    The groundwork laid in small Toronto clubs - perfect public rehearsals as they honed their songs, their harmonies, their band and their sound - began to pay off. Making their first major recording was the next logical step, and now Stranger is a reality.

    Stranger is produced and engineered by one of Canada’s most innovative producers, Stew Crookes, (Hawksley Workman, 100 Dollars, Doug Paisley, Justin Rutledge). The album is a collection of 11 alluring stories about longing and loneliness, about love, loss, and desire including the French version of “Aching Heart” as a bonus track.

    The songs came together organically over a brief two months in the fall of 2011, with Cindy and Andrea writing together at retreats in Mexico and northern Ontario, and in their shared apartment in downtown Toronto. Result: A rootsy folk/noir album with enough country-edged rockin’ wailers to keep dancers moving, and gorgeous ballads and moody set-pieces to satisfy the indie-pop fans.

    The singers’ collaborative songwriting, sultry performance style, and full band arrangements open up windows for the duo on both the indie scene and in major markets, nationally and internationally.

    Meet Scarlett Jane’s partners Andrea: She was two records into a solo career when she joined forces to create Scarlett Jane. She’s the queen of taking music to places you may well have never heard of; she’s completed (and booked) four major national tours across Canada. She’s of Italian heritage, a sweet city woman with fire in her heart, embers in her voice, and a background that includes school teaching (yes, she has her qualifications), acting in films, and even tap dancing.

    Cindy: She calls herself a troubadour and a vagabond. She’s from Timmins, Northern Ontario, bilingual, and she’s as at home in a Paris bistro as she is hitchhiking in Cuba, busking in Spain or making her CDs in Nashville. Her voice can whisper or roar, as the song (and the lyrics) demand. She has three solo albums, two in French, and she’s toured regularly in French Canada and Europe.

    The past year saw Scarlett Jane opening for the Skydiggers, Lee Harvey Osmond (Tom Wilson of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings), Alan Doyle, and the Strumbellas, as well as joining Adam Cohen's band with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. The ladies travelled to Cuba to write songs for their next album and will be showcasing many of these new songs on this upcoming east coast tour.

    Scarlett Jane: powerful and irrefutable, musically and dynamically. From the studio to the stage, this intriguing female duo is geared for great things.

    Scarlett Jane: In a word, ready.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $15.00
    • Time: June 5, 2014, 8:30 p.m.
  • Gemini Club is Dan Brunelle, Tom Gavin, Ryan Luciani and Gordon Bramli, a four-piece indie-electronica band from Chicago, Illinois. Far from the conventional live performance, Gemini Club has a specially designed rig that allows for on-the-fly remixing of its own songs — meaning each show is different from the last. As a featured Red Bull Sound Select Artist, Gemini Club has been tearing up the electro-pop scene with "Sparklers" on Sirius XM's Alt Nation and a college tour across the Midwest. Not only did Gemini Club support The Sounds in sold out shows on its fall 2013 tour, but has opened the stage for the likes of AWOLNATION, Panic at The Disco, Metric, Chromeo, A-Trak, Two Door Cinema Club, Who-Made-Who, Dj Falcon and Chateau Marmont. From the mid-west to the Orient, Gemini Club's own remix chops are in demand online and across the globe. Their remix for Australian band The Vanish went straight into the top ten of Hype Machine's charts. The band's spin on "Cold Dust Girl" entered the same top ten charts on five different occasions within a month - and their remix for Shinichi Osawa has been a mainstay on the iTunes dance charts in Japan. The gents of GC's remix of Chilly Gonzales premiered on the RCRD LBL blog as the most downloaded track of the week. As a talent on the rise, Gemini Club has been hard at work recording a new EP that is to be sure to keep people's feet moving on dance floors everywhere for the rest of the year.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $10.50
    • Time: June 13, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Robert Francis returns with his stunning fourth album “Heaven”, set for release on June 3rd. Recorded with his new backing band The Night Tide, the album’s 13 songs were produced by Robert, mixed by Mark Rains (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Jeff Buckley, Nirvana). The first single and video will be “Love Is A Chemical”, expected to launch in April. Following the release of the critically lauded third album Strangers In The First Place in 2012, Robert nearly abandoned his music career after a near nervous breakdown derailed his supporting tour of the album. Immersing himself in drugs and alcohol, he shaved his head and moved to Michigan with a girl he’d met on the road, unsure of his future. That is until his passion for music came calling again, allowing to him find new inspiration in these experiences and setting the path toward a new album. “I’d never known a life other than one consumed by music,” he says. “I had to lose myself in order to rediscover who I was in the beginning. I was able to do that in Michigan but eventually left to start over and pursue a series of songs that kept showing up in my dreams.” Reinvigorated and with a fresh outlook, Robert put together The Night Tide to back him and began laying down the album in a barn, then a beach house, eventually finishing it at his newly built home studio. Heaven is Robert Francis’ most realized album to date. It is not his most polished. It is a record that utilizes every facet and flaw of his being. Through his kaleidoscopic lyrics and vivid musical landscapes, Francis paints the picture of a man on the fringes of himself and reality. “Heaven is an idea, place or feeling in which all of us are after yet cannot fully understand. Most of the songs on this album are concepts dealing with things that are much bigger than us.” After giving the album a live warm up in Europe, Robert kicks off a 29-date U.S. tour in support of Heaven on June 11th.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $12.50
    • Time: June 16, 2014, 8:30 p.m.