case in control
When Neko Case opened for Nick Cave a few months ago, accompanied only by pedal steel guitarist Jon Rauhouse and upright bassist Tom V. Ray, it seemed she might suffer from lack of instrumental support. But Case has made incredible progress in the past year as both a singer and guitarist, and the captivating way she delivered the new songs from her fabulous Blacklisted disc proved that the tasteful framing provided by the duo was all she needed. Those who remember Case belting it out at the Horseshoe may be in for a surprise when she takes control of the Phoenix on a bill with the spooky-brilliant Trailer Bride and Rae Billing September 26. 410 Sherbourne. $15. 416-870-8000.
The opportunity to catch Berlin tastemakers Jazzanova digging deep into their crates doesn't come very often. Between endless remix jobs, lucrative Japanese DJ gigs and finally finishing work on their long-delayed In Between album, the German collective of DJs and producers rarely makes it through North America. Hearing the crew spin through their favourite Brazilian, house and obscure eastern European fusion records alongside Swedish wonders Koop is a beat freak's dream. That their Toronto gig at Roxy Blu October 4 is a Movement party, whom the members of Jazzanova have bigged-up worldwide for years, makes this one extra-special. 12 Brant. $tba. firstname.lastname@example.org
The recent death of Who bassist John Entwistle, the man who pioneered the concept of lead bass in rock 'n' roll, means a huge piece of the Who sound is lost forever. Some have groused that Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey -- with Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey now on drums, with bassist Pino Palladino -- should no longer call it the Who, but the same argument was made after the passing of Keith Moon 24 years ago, and it didn't stop the band from pushing on. As crucial to the sound of the Who as Entwistle and Moon were, the rebellious rock 'n' roll spirit of the Who lives on in Townshend's windmill guitar-slashing and Daltrey's defiant shout, as we'll see at the Air Canada Centre September 28. 40 Bay. $50-$250. 416-870-8000.
Although the electroclash craze now seems like a distant memory, New York DJ, scenemaker and Mogul Electro label boss Larry Tee -- whose Electroclash 20o1 festival galvanized the movement -- is pushing ahead with his travelling Electroclash Tour extravaganza. It features Berlin-based conceptualists Chicks on Speed, performance art crew Tracey & the Plastics, electro pin-ups W.I.T. (Whatever It Takes) and Toronto's own threat, Peaches, and stops at the Guvernment October 15. It should make for a highly entertaining multimedia blowout. 132 Queen's Quay East. $tba. 416-869-0045.
boss is back
Even though Bruce Springsteen's brooding rumination on the 9/11 disaster, The Rising, is the least-rocking album he's ever recorded with the E Street Band, it didn't dampen interest in seeing the Boss make his Toronto return. Tickets for his Air Canada Centre show with the E Street Band on December 5 sold out in a matter of minutes, which can only mean one thing -- a scalper's bonanza! 40 Bay. Sold out.