Phosphorescent's touring van after their New York show on June 8. Inside of this van was an enormous amount of equipment, plus a bunch of merch they were going to sell during their six week US Tour. They have subsequently canceled tonight's Toronto gig at the Horseshoe, which will probably be rescheduled for the near future. You can get your ticket refunded at the point of purchase.
Most indie bands make their income from touring and selling merch at the shows. This theft is a huge blow to the band, especially since it occurred on the first day of the tour. I imagine it's also a loss to the Horseshoe in terms of booze sales. The 'Shoe also got hammered (financially) when they had to close and cancel the These United States show on June 27 due to the G20 riots. Side note: Jesse Elliott of These United States made a remarkable video about his experiences with the G20 riots, which was picked up by the Huffington Post.
Phosphorescent's management has set up a donation site where you can help out the band. Why don't you donate the door price that you would have paid to see the band ($15), order a CD ($11 on Dead Ocean) and then head to the Horseshoe and have a pint (~$6). That's what I am going to do! Criminals suck.
It's Hard To Be Humble (When You're From Alabama).mp3
Buy: Here's to Taking it Easy (2010)
The Party's Over.mp3
Buy: To Willie (2009)
Phosphorescent also has two killer sessions up at Daytrotter from 2007 and 2008.