October has a stacked lineup of sweet bands that’ll make you want to venture out into the cold weather to see some rad live tunes.
From Django Django to Lykke Li, the concert lineup this month is one you won’t want to miss. Check out this month’s must-see Collective Concert events.
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October 9 | Lee’s Palace | Tickets
Django Django will be bringing their multi-genre psych-rock to Lee’s Palace on October 9th to tour their album Marble Skies. The LP is a reflection on things past and present, and finding comfort with yourself in the grand scheme of things.
October 10 | Phoenix Concert Theatre | Tickets
Catch the sweet sounds of Grammy-nominated singer songwriter Liz Phair at the Phoenix on October 10th. Her debut album Exile In Guyville is considered to be a landmark of indie rock, and her unique tunes are a huge influence in contemporary music. This tour is in support of Girl-Sound to Guyville, which is full of current remasters of her 1991 demo tapes.
October 10 | Hard Luck Bar | Tickets
The Frights started as a band a couple of months after graduating from high school when they played a 30 minute joke set, but after such a positive response from their hometown, they decided to start a “real” band. They have recently released their new album Hypochondriac, which pushes their experimental upbeat, surfer punk sound to new limits. Check out their new tracks on October 10th at Hard Luck Bar.
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
October 10 | The Horseshoe Tavern | Tickets
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears are coming to The Horsehoe with their most subversive album yet, which is a combination of country blues, cowpunk, southern soul, and a stream of lyrical consciousness. Their fifth studio album This is The Difference Between Me & You explores the human condition and isolation. They’ll be playing these tunes at The Horseshoe on October 10th.
October 11 | Mod Club Theatre | Tickets
American folk band AJJ will be bringing politically charged themes, quick rhythms, and frantic vocals to the Mod Club this month. They recently released their new album Ugly Spiral: Lost Works 2012-2016, which is a collection of B-sides and demos that truly shows their transformation as a band. Check them out on October 11th at The Mod Club.
October 11 | The Danforth Music Hall | Sold Out
Iconic indie-pop staple Lykke Li has sold out her show at The Danforth Music Hall after releasing her latest studio LP so sad so sexy. With strong hooks and glum synths you’ve got to check out Lykke Li’s “sad pop” tunes. She’ll be playing her newest slow pop bangers on October 11th at The Danforth Music Hall.
October 11, 12, 13 | The Horseshoe Tavern | Sold Out
Timber Timbre’s fourth record Future Pollution is full of dystopian tunes and science fiction with musical cues of the past. Their grooves are full of heavy rhythms and starry synthesizers, and their new album reflects the chaos and confusion of the current political climate. Check out their new tunes on October 11th, 12th, or 13th at The Horseshoe.
October 12 | The Garrison | Tickets
Head to The Garrison on October 12th to check out Tall Heights’ harmony-heavy indie folk that finds a way to encorporate electronics, synthesizers, and drum loops. Their newest album, Pretty Colours for Your Actions comes out on October 5th, so you’re sure to hear some new tunes along with your old favourites.
October 12 | Lee’s Palace | Tickets
Indie-pop band Milo Green is always evolving and finding a balance between emotional intensity and lighthearted humour. Their recent release Adult Contemporary toys with sounds the band have always used, yet it encompasses a variety of genres, making the album feel both new and familiar simultaneously. Catch it on tour on October 12 at Lee’s Palace.
October 18 | The Opera House | Tickets
Joyce Manor is touring their recently released album Million Dollars To Kill Me, which is the Claifornia pop-punk band’s follow up to Cody. Weezer lovers will find a lot of similarities in their sunny riffs, but they differ in Joyce Manor’s rumbling vocals and sharp hooks. Check them out on October 18th at The Opera House.
Mitski with Overcoats
October 22 | The Danforth Music Hall | Sold Out
Indie rock star Mitski has recently returned with Be The Cowboy, which is full of her staple carefully crafted and emotionally raw songs. The tunes range from mournful ballads to deceptively uptempo, and the album swerves back and forth between cheerfulness and isolation. Her sold out show will be taking place at The Danforth Music Hall on October 22nd.
Overcoats is another indie powerhouse who will be taking the stage before Mitski, entrancing the audience with their dance-like harmonies and dreamy beats. The electronic pop duo are fun and exciting to watch on stage, with empowering dance moves and a perfect sense of chemistry.
Guided By Voices
October 25 | Lee’s Palace | Sold Out
Guided By Voices put out Bee Thousand, a rock classic that has been called one of the best records of the 90s. As part of their second reunion, the band will be playing tunes from their latest album Space Gun. Catch these indie rock legends at Lee’s Palace on October 25th.
October 25 | The Great Hall | Tickets
Canadian glam rocker Art d’Ecco will be hitting the stage at The Great Hall on October 25th with their debut album Trespasser, which will arrive on October 12th. Art d’Ecco draws inspiration from artists like Deerhunter and David Bowie, resulting in a sort of distinct sadness yet mystic sense of rock and roll.
October 26 | Monarch Tavern | Tickets
Living Hour started out writing dreamy love songs and blending guitar pop with smoky vocals. The band’s live performances are full of mesmerizing, cathartic, and moving live music that makes for an unforgettable experience. They’ll be bringing their psychedelic, blissful dream pop sounds to the Monarch Tavern on October 26th.
Porches with Girlpool
October 27 | The Rec Room | Tickets
American synth pop project Porches will be bringing their new tunes from The House to The Rec Room stage on October 27th. The album aims to recreate the tension between how you’re seen and how you feel, and locks into a groove you’ve never heard from Porches in the past.
Indie rock band Girlpool will be sharing the stage with Porches, who recently released their single Picturesong featuring Dev Hynes of Blood Orange. The song is a dreamy wash of Girlpool’s well known sense of duality, adding in the extra layer of texture from Hynes.