...and other amusements.
It’s a brand new month, and they don’t call it Rocktober for nothing. Here’s this month’s list of your music must-see-and-hears.
1. Celebrate comedian Zach Galifianakis’ 43rd birthday by hitting up your local record store and seeing if they are front-racking Regina’s Rah Rah new release The Poet’s Dead (a serious album of the year contender) a day early!
2. The Raveonettes‘ sixth LP Observator was inspired by multi-instrumentlist Sune Rose Wagner’s three-day rehab stint. See the results for yourself at the Phoenix Concert Theatre.
3. Jack White is sold out, so check out The Afghan Whigs at the Phoenix. 1993′s Gentleman is a Sub Pop top-five all-timer.
4. Two Door Cinema Club play The Edge studios prior to their show Friday at the Sound Academy.
5. Two much blogged about bands, Seattle’s Perfume Genius and Toronto’s Dusted take over the fine 918 Bathurst space.
6. With their new album Now For Plan A in stores on Oct. 2, The Tragically Hip play the first concert in 33 years (and the last gig ever) at Hamilton’s legendary Ivor Wynne Stadium.
7. Day off. Watch football.
8. Modern R&B revisionist Nick Waterhouse unleashes his rollicking Times All Gone album at The Great Hall.
9. Bartender and rockabilly sage Teddy Furry has been spinning JD McPherson’s Signs & Signifiers in the Horseshoe’s front bar since it came out in April. Now see him live in the Horseshoe’s back room!
10. Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit showcase tunes from their new EP State Hospital at the The Mod Club.
11. Scott Kaija (formerly of controller.controller) celebrates his new band Medallions’ debut LP with a very late last call (4 a.m.) Indie Week bash at The Garrison.
12. Metz celebrate the long-awaited buzz ‘n’ fuzz of their Sub Pop debut at the Horseshoe.
13. The Sex Pistols’ original bassist Glen Matlock holidays at the Bovine Sex Club.
14. Ben Gibbard takes a break from Death Cab For Cutie to preview songs from his solo debut Former Lives (in stores Oct. 14) at the Danforth Music Hall.
15. Ben Folds Five’s first new album in 13 years, The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, comes to life at the Kool Haus.
16. The queen of slack, Juliana Hatfield, is back with a new covers album featuring tunes by Teenage Fanclub, Foo Fighters and The Who. She’ll play a few at the Danforth Music Hall.
17. Portland-based experimentalists Menomena serve up cuts from their new LP Moms at the Horseshoe.
18. This guy is the spitting image of The Sex Pistols/Public Image Ltd frontman. Check his fingerprints at the Opera House.
19. Famed Canadian funnyman and Twitter golf analyst Norm Macdonald goes for the green at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
20. Cat Power’s new LP Sun is her first album of originals since her greatest The Greatest in 2006. See her tonight at the Kool Haus.
21. New Pornographer bandleader AC Newman shares tunes from his new record Shut Down The Streets (in stores Oct. 9) at Lee’s Palace.
22. I think Eric Early and Blitzen Trapper‘s last record American Goldwing is their second best. You be the judge when they hit Lee’s Palace.
23. They’ll go mental for Yentl when Barbra Streisand plays the ACC.
24. Might be a seat or two left for the second night of New Order at the Sony Centre.
25. Fall means Billy Ball! The great Pumpkin is back with his best record in years as a recharged Smashing Pumpkins rock the ACC.
26. Snappy New Zealanders Opossom bring their fine LP Electric Hawaii to Parts and Labour.
27. Father John Misty’s debut album Fear Fun is another album of the year contender. Hear why at the Opera House.
28. Death From Above 1979 are recording new songs and just might play some at Hamilton’s Molson Canadian Studio.
29. Wrestler Chris Jericho once again trades his tights for tunes when Fozzy takes on The Mod Club.
30. Tennessee swingin’ garage-rockers Those Darlins shake, rattle and roll at The Garrison.
31. I’ll leave the tricks and treats up to you!