Now Playing Radio’s official guide to Canadian Music Week 2012 – Part Three: Friday the 23rd

Alrighty, CMW show-goers.We’ve hit the halfway point. Two nights down, three to go. We’re keeping the rundowns short again as day three is yet another whirlwind of activity – though if you want to check out daytime sessions, we strongly encourage you to check out Sonic Boom’s in-store lineup and the Young Lions Music Club/Live Near Bellwoods Living Room Sessions. We checked out Kalle Mattson, Samantha Savage Smith and Louise Burns there at the Toronto Institute for the Enjoyment of Music yesterday, and it was a wonderfully intimate setup. Best part about both of these? No wristbands needed, both events are absolutely free.

Tonight’s shows near College and Spadina:

MEGAN BONNELL, 8pm, El Mocambo upstairs (464 Spadina, at College). Sounds like: a softer, piano-driven Jenn Grant. Listen to “Lowell, MA.”

GREAT BLOOMERS, 8:30pm, El Mocambo downstairs (464 Spadina, at College). Sounds like: folk-tinged indie-rock that Gordon Lightfoot himself has thumbsed-up. Listen to “Young Ones Slept.”

GREY KINGDOM, 9pm, El Mocambo upstairs (464 Spadina, at College). Sounds like: the lovechild of Iron and Wine and John Denver. Listen to “Haunted.” (Saw him last night with full backing band; huge Now Playing Radio stamp of approval.)

JAMES AND BLACKBURN, 10pm, Rancho Relaxo (300 College, near Spadina). Sounds like: indie prog-rock, even a little reminiscent of ’90s rock. Listen to “We Have No Names For Anything.” (Ottawa hometown boys, highly recommended by Now Playing Radio.)

JOSHUA HYSLOP, 11pm, Free Times Cafe (320 College, near Spadina). Sounds like: soft singer-songwriter acoustic jams a la Joshua Radin. Listen to “Nowhere Left To Go.”

FIRE + NEON, 12am, Rancho Relaxo, (300 College, near Spadina). Sounds like: throwback-but-updated synth-driven disco-rock. Listen to “Everybody’s Going.”

DINOSAUR BONES, 1am, Sneaky Dee’s (431 College, at Bathurst). Sounds like: earnest indie-rock — the closest thing to the Strokes Toronto’s got right now. Listen to “Ice Hotels.”

ROUGE, 2am, Sneaky Dee’s (431 College, at Bathurst). Sounds like: dark dance/synth beats. Listen to “Modern Lovers I.”

SHEEZER, 3am, Sneaky Dee’s (431 College, at Bathurst). All you need to know about this band is that it’s some of Toronto’s raddest lady musicians covering the best tracks off Weezer’s Pinkerton and Blue albums. Rivers Cuomo-approved, and we approve ’em too. This is one show you won’t want to miss. Listen to their entire killer set from New Year’s Eve at the El Mo here.

MORE TO COME!

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