We get it, it’s hot out there. If you’re going to suffer through July’s heat waves, you might as well do it backed by a bad-arse live soundtrack. It’s a busy month on the concert front, so clear your calendar, get your tickets, and stay hydrated.
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July 9 | Danforth Music Hall | Tickets | 19+
Rolling Stone praised her as “one of the sharpest, most original songwriters around—at any level, in any genre..” Her live shows are fantastic and always draw a huge crowd. Her July 9 show is the second Toronto date, it was added because the first one on July 10 sold-out quickly.
July 11 | Mod Club | Tickets | 19+
M. Ward’s newest album, More Rain was released in 2016. It begins with an actual rainstorm, then throughout the album, guitars chime. His music is a mixture of blues and folk inspired by old Americana analog recordings, which show in his live performances as well.
July 17 | The Drake Hotel | Tickets | 19+
Vacationer’s latest album, Mindset, is full of delicate melodies. It’s that breezy, lovely, dream pop that their fan base loves. For this album, lead singer Ken Vasoli shifted his focus from songwriting to production. This show is sure to be memorable for all the band’s intricate melodies.
July 18 | The Phoenix Concert Theatre | Tickets | 19+
Japanese Breakfast began as a monthlong, song-a-day writing challenge for Michelle Zauner. But when that turned into the widely successful album June, she continued to write. Since then, she’s created synth-boosted sounds that bridged lo-fi and indie-pop.
July 20 | Lee’s Palace | Tickets | 19+
Alex Cameron’s most recent album, Forced Witness, is full of love songs and anthems of personal resilience. Brandon Flowers from The Killers and Angel Olsen are also on the album. Alternative and indie fans from all over are sure to love this show.
July 24 | Sony Centre for the Performing Arts | Tickets | All Ages
This show is highly anticipated. This tour is the band’s first North American one since October 2011. Their third studio album, Crack Up, was released June 2017 with highly positive reviews. Pitchfork describes it as “their most complex and compelling to date.”
July 27 | The Opera House | Tickets | 19+
This California-based group has gained popularity due to their signature sound. Their music is a unique balance between black metal, shoegaze, and post-rock. Deafhaven has spent the last two years touring extensively internationally. The band is releasing their latest album on July 13, so you can expect some new songs at the show.
July 28 | The Opera House | Tickets | All Ages
Jeff Rosenstock mixes punk with diverse instrumentation. His latest album, POST-, has nine tracks, all of which were recorded in a marathon-like way, moments before it’s release. Most of the album was also recorded live to tape, so when you listen to it, you really feel like you’re getting the concert experience.
July 31 | Danforth Music Hall | Tickets | 19+
This indie-pop duo recorded their sophomore album, What Now, in 2016. The record is just as political as it is personal. When creating the music, the band tried to convey the message of a country seething inward on itself, and the crushing realization that no progress can ever be permanent.
July 31 | Sony Centre for the Performing Arts | Tickets | All Ages
St. Vincent has always created music that delicately contradicts itself. She pairs morbid lyrics with catchy, pop melodies. Her latest release, Masseduction, is no exception. The futurustic-pop sound was cloaked with lyrics of sex, drugs, and sadness, and reached number 10 on the Billboard 200.