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Riot Fest & Expo Toronto Band Spotlight: Thurston Moore and The Beaches

As I mentioned last week, Riot Fest & Expo Toronto is a month away and I really want you to go.  Keep your eyes peeled in a week’s time as I will be giving away weekend tickets to Riot Fest & Expo Toronto.  All you will need to do is sign up to Thirty Four Flavours Facebook, Twitter or email subscription to enter the draw.

Also, for the next few weeks leading up to Riot Fest & Expo Toronto I will be introducing you to some of the bands on their festival roster.  This week’s band highlights a veteran of the NYC punk scene and some local female Toronto rockers.

Thurston Moore

When I heard that Sonic Youth’s grand poppy would be at Riot Fest Toronto this year I felt a bit giddy.  How could I not be?  Bringing his style of NYC art/punk rock to our fair city – Thurston Moore will be sure to educate us.  His first solo album, Psychic Hearts (recorded during and immediately after his wife and Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon’s pregnancy in 1994), with ex-Half Japanese guitarist Tim Foljahn and Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, had an appropriately offhand feel but was far from sloppy. Following Moore’s separation from lifelong bandmate, wife, and partner Kim Gordon in late 2011, Sonic Youth’s future became incredibly uncertain and put on indefinite pause. The year 2013 saw the release of @, a collaborative album of sax/guitar improvisations with fellow N.Y.C. fringe dweller John Zorn.  Let’s see what he has up his sleeve for us as we lounge under the sun at Downsview Park come September.

The Beaches

Remember L7 from the 90’s? This all-female, indie rock band from The Beaches (area of Toronto) will be sure to dazzle you at Riot Fest & Expo Toronto as they rock us hard with some of L7’s essence . Ranging from sixteen to eighteen years old these girls have a lot to prove and are having fun doing it.

Their Toronto centric aesthetic with dollops of pop doused into their tunes will keep you grooving.  These girls are indeed the real deal and keep things clean rooted in punk rock.

Till next week for my next installment of the Riot Fest & Expo Toronto Band Spotlight plus TICKET GIVEAWAY INFO!  😉

Riot Fest & Expo Toronto Ticket Links:

http://riotfest.org/toronto/tickets/

http://ticketf.ly/1mrNTFl

http://www.unionevents.com

Riot Fest & Expo Toronto Band Spotlight & Ticket GIVEAWAY: Seaway and The Flaming Lips

Riot Fest & Expo Toronto is nearly a month away – excited?  I am!  Have you seen the line up yet?  Voila!

Riot Fest & Expo Toronto Line-up

September 6:

The Cure * Billy Talent * Rise Against * The Flaming Lips * Death from Above 1979 * Brand New * Paul Weller * AWOLNATION * Bring Me the Horizon * Taking Back Sunday * The Afghan Whigs * Alkaline Trio * Glassjaw * New Found Glory * Circa Survive * Manchester Orchestra * Title Fight * Bad Suns * Citizen * Mounties * Pentimento * Broncho * Laura Stevenson * The Beaches * Somos * The Bots * Little Big League

September 7:

City and Colour * Metric * The National * Social Distortion * Death Cab for Cutie * Stars * The Head and the Heart * Dropkick Murphys * Die Antwoord * Tokyo Police Club * The New Pornographers * Thurston Moore * Buzzcocks * Bob Mould * Clutch * Lucero * Lemuria * PUP * Nostalghia * Radkey * Rubblebucket * The Hotelier * Restorations * Say Yes * Seaway * Wounds

For the next few weeks leading up to Riot Fest & Expo Toronto I will be introducing you to some of the bands on their festival roster.  This week’s bands to conduct some music research on are a local outfit and an Indie heavy weight.

Seaway

Seaway is a pop-punk band of 5 friends from Oakville, ON Canada. They play music influenced by the likes of  Blink-182, Sum-41 and New Found Glory but without the bubble gum popping in the background.   I’m usually not keen on the above mentioned bands but I like that these guys are rocking the plaid with some authentic pop-punk edge.  I’m sure the skate kids at the mall are buzzing off their sound and so should you.  What better way to give props to some Canadian talent by supporting them at Riot Fest?

The Flaming Lips

On the flip side, The Flaming Lips are indie giants from Oklahoma City.

The Lips are best known for their association with 1960s and 1970s psychedelic subculture framed within an edgier and easily digestible 2014 indie pop aesthetic.

If you are looking for a band that thrives on being a spectacle ‘The Flaming Lips’ are it!  You could be paying big money to see them live on their own.  Why not save some bucks and see them as part of a package deal at Riot Fest & Expo Toronto?

Their past elaborate live shows featured costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, complex stage light configurations, giant hands, large amounts of confetti and frontman Wayne Coyne’s signature man-sized plastic bubble.

Have I peeked your interest?  If so, keep your eyes peeled.  I will have a Riot Fest & Expo Toronto Ticket Giveaway later in the month of August.

If you can’t wait because let’s be serious with this line up, Riot Fest & Expo Toronto will sell out.  Check out the ticket links below.

Till next week for my next installment of the Riot Fest & Expo Toronto Band Spotlight!  😉

Riot Fest & Expo Toronto Ticket Links:

http://riotfest.org/toronto/tickets/

http://ticketf.ly/1mrNTFl

http://www.unionevents.com