By: Chantel Ouellet


Photo Retrieved from Quilt’s Website

Quilt at The Drake on April 8, 2016

This Friday, Queen Street West venue The Drake will host psychedelic indie rock band Quilt. Based out of New York, the Boston-bred band is made up of Anna Fox Rochinski, Shane Butler, Keven Lareau, and John Andrews. Known for their mellow and hazy guitar tones, their recent album Plaza (2016) is the ideal soundtrack for the transition from spring to summer. It’s sun-kissed and perfect to ingest on a Friday night. It is sure to be a laidback yet energized performance.

Opening the show is the band Beds, which, according to their Bandcamp, is “four dudes from NOVA making rad jams.” They notably tagged their latest single as “punk, emo, midwest emo, sad, [and] twinkle daddies.” The other opening act, Weyes Blood, is short for Natalie Weyes Blood, who is known for combining celtic folk music with psychedelic rock.

The doors open at 8 p.m., with Beds coming on at 8:30 p.m. and Weyes Blood at 9:30 p.m.

The general admission tickets are $12.50 (plus fees) in advance.They can be purchased online as well as in person at Rotate This and Soundscapes.

Bleached at The Garrison on April 17, 2016

Promoting their recently released sophomore album, Bleached will be playing at The Garrison.The sister-fronted band released Welcome The Worms (2016) on April 1 on the label Dead Oceans. Based out of Los Angeles with members from the now-defunct all-girls garage rock band band Mika Miko, Bleached has given sisters Jennifer and Jessie Claven an outlet to go out on their own. A blend of raw surf rock, the album is drenched in an angsty, lo-fi haze. It plays like a dusty snapshot of girl with messy hair on a beach.

The band fits right in with other garage rock-influenced, female-fronted bands such as Bikini Kill, Best Coast, and Colleen Green. “Hollywood, We Did It All Wrong,” off their most recent album, could soundtrack any summertime coming-of-age film; closing your eyes, you can practically see teenagers skateboarding down a boardwalk. Bleached’s striking lyrical imagery and killer hooks is sure to translate well onstage.

General admission tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at Collective Concerts or in person at Rotate This and Soundscapes.

Twin Peaks at Horseshoe Tavern on May 16, 2016

Touring before their new album Down In Heaven (2016), Twin Peaks consists of high school friends Cadian Lake James, Clay Frankel, Jack Dolan, Colin Croom, and Connor Brodner. For their latest album, the Chicago natives have brought it back to the basics and are bringing their rambunctious attitude to Toronto.

Set to be released in May, the album was mixed by John Agnello, who has worked with Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth, with help from co-producer R. Andrew Humphrey. Despite working on their own much like they did when they were just recording their singles on Garageband in high school, here, their sound still manages to retain the classic scrappy edge of their youth despite now being more polished.

The aggressive and rowdy band who was named “Best New Band” by NME is sure to have a crazy show. Show up ready to dance and party your pants off! It’s sure to be a riot.

General admission tickets are $15.50 and can be purchased online at Collective Concerts or in person at Rotate This and Soundscapes.

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