BORN RUFFIANS

SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 2008
LEE'S PALACE, TORONTO
9PM/19+
$10


CUT COPY and BLACK KIDS

FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2008
LEE'S PALACE, TORONTO
9PM/19+
$17


CLINIC

SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2008
LEE'S PALACE, TORONTO
8PM/19+
$15


PETER MOREN

THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2008
THE MOD CLUB, TORONTO
7PM/19+
$12


THE KOOKS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2008
THE KOOL HAUS, TORONTO
8PM / ALL AGES
$20


KATE NASH

MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2008
THE PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE, TORONTO
8PM / ALL AGES
$17.50


THE CONSTANTINES

THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2008
THE PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE, TORONTO
8PM/19+
$20


BRITISH SEA POWER

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2008
LEE'S PALACE, TORONTO
9PM/19+
$15


FOALS

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2008
LEE'S PALACE, TORONTO
9PM/19+
$13.50


THE LONG BLONDES

THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2008
LEE'S PALACE, TORONTO
8:30PM/19+
$15


LOS CAMPESINOS!

FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2008
LEE'S PALACE, TORONTO
9PM/19+
$13.50


TOKYO POLICE CLUB

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2008
THE OPERA HOUSE, TORONTO
8PM / ALL AGES
$16


TOKYO POLICE CLUB

SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2008
THE OPERA HOUSE, TORONTO
8PM / ALL AGES
$16


THE VERVE

THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2008
RICOH COLISEUM, TORONTO
8PM / ALL AGES
$45 - $57.50


THE TING TINGS MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2008
THE MOD CLUB, TORONTO
8PM/19+
$13.50


RADIOHEAD FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2008
MOLSON AMPHITHEATRE, TORONTO
7:30PM/ALL AGES
$34.50-$69.50

SNOWDEN WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2008
LEE'S PALACE, TORONTO
8PM/19+
$10.50


LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 20008
LEE'S PALACE, TORONTO
8PM/19+
$11.50


RILO KILEYWEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2008
THE PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE, TORONTO
8PM / ALL AGES
$26.50


SWEET THING THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2008
MOD CLUB, TORONTO
8PM/19+
$12


UN HUH HER FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2008
MOD CLUB, TORONTO
7PM/19+
$15


M83 FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2008
MOD CLUB, TORONTO
7PM/19+
$15


JAMIE LIDELL THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2008
THE OPERA HOUSE, TORONTO
8PM/19+
$17.50


SEA WOLFTUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2008
EL MOCAMBO, TORONTO
9PM/19+
$10


M.I.A. w/ HOLY FUCKMONDAY, JUNE 2, 2008
SOUND ACADEMY, TORONTO
8PM/19+
$33/50


MARS VOLTAMONDAY, MAY 12, 2008
SOUND ACADEMY, TORONTO
7PM/19+
$42.50


DANKO JONESFRIDAY, MAY 23, 2008
SOUND ACADEMY, TORONTO
8PM?19+
$17.50


THE KILLS TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2008
THE OPERA HOUSE,  TORONTO
8:30PM/19+
$15.50


THE RACONTEURSTHURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2008
RICOH COLISEUM, TORONTO
7PM/?
$41.50


FROG EYESMONDAY, JUNE 23, 2008
THE HORSESHOE TAVERN, TORONTO
8:30PM/19+
$12.00


ADELEFRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2008
QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE, TORONTO
7PM/ALL AGES
$16.50



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The first time I saw Tokyo Police Club was three years ago and I had skipped class to catch their afternoon set at the Mod Club. They were on the bill with several other bands and played a relatively short set to a then very scattered crowd. Fast forward three years and Tokyo Police have released two EPs and are just about to release their first and full length LP called Elephant Shell.
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The Dirtbombs
We Have You Surrounded
Released: February 12, 2008





The Dirtbombs play rock and roll pure and simple. Every member of The Dirtbombs live and breathe it. Need Proof? Examine my review of their 2001 album "Ultraglide in Black" for it, or better yet pick it up yourself. What made that one so good compared to other releases? It was a covers record at that time and came in without overt hype. Its notability only grew within years of its release. While its follow-up "Dangerous Magical Noise" was pretty fun but probably confused the Ultraglide audience with it�s different sound, this albums� going to leave the Ultraglide fan base even more perplexed. Cutting it short, this probably isn�t going to be anyone�s favourite Dirtbombs album.

"We Have You Surrounded" originally started out being recorded as an EP and it somewhat shows. Some tracks sound vaguely like a forgotten Fall singles, while others tinker along to make it worth pressing the skip button. One specific album to do that with is the 8-minute noise-clunker "Race to the Bottom". This track sounds like a noise band is practicing for their opening gig one room next to you, while someone is playing their Atari 2600 a bit too loudly in the next. Other troubles come to formation with songs that either cut off abruptly or seem unfinished like "They Have Us Surrounded" and "It�s Not Fun Until they See you Cry". More problems seep in with tracks that do have good ideas like "Indivisible" or the French-sung "La Fin du Monde", but they run on for about a minute too long each.

It sounds more of an insult, but perhaps the Dirtbombs should stick to what they are best at: Cover songs! They are probably the best band since Yo La Tengo to have a real affinity for cover songs, and it shows on the enjoyable take of the Sparks song "Sherlock Holmes". The lead singer Mick Collins has suggested that there�s only a few more albums in the future for the band (which includes a long promised bubblegum covers album). Until then, let�s hope We Have You Surrounded is just mild slip instead of the end of greatness for one of Detroit�s best. We want more covers guys!

~ Andrzej Banas


Score: 6.5

KTSCH



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