Thursday, May 5
QUEST FOR FIRE, DELORO, BURNING LOVE, SUN RA RA RA and ELL V GORE at Wrongbar (1279 Queen West)
Must-see: Ell V Gore
Brides have bitten the dust, and former frontman Elliott Jones has resurfaced with Ell V Gore, also featuring Tropics drum dynamo Simone TB. Think of it as a more minimalist, claustrophobic counterpoint to his old band's cacophonous skronk.
Friday, May 6
HUNDOS, ANAGRAM, LITTLE GIRLS, TEENANGER and YOUNG MOTHER at Duffy's (1238 Bloor West)
The founders of Toronto Thaw play in Teenanger, and their dirty garage-blues sound is a natural fit for the fest's underground vibe. They're currently recording their second LP, Frights, an album that Sidoli calls "more of a pure punk record," and many of the songs are sure to make their way into the set.
Saturday, May 7
METZ, BISHOP MOROCCO, ACTUAL WATER, TROPICS and RITUALS at the Silver Dollar (486 Spadina)
The "best band in the city" buzz increases every time Metz play a show in Toronto, but if the noise-rockers ever make good on the growing anticipation for their debut LP, expect the buzz to stretch outside city limits. They're also the loudest band in town, so wear earplugs.