Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), tonight (Thursday, August 7)
Sure, Mariah Carey has been through some tough times, but count on her to be in high spirits tonight at the ACC. The recent critical savaging of Madonna's Swept Away and Bennifer's horrible Gigli mean that Carey's own cinematic abomination, Glitter, is no longer the unanimous choice as the worst film ever by a pop diva.
Jason Ringenberg, Luther Wright & the Wrongs
The Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Friday (August 8)
Even without the Scorchers backing him up, Nashville outsider Jason Ringenberg is going to raise the roof at the Horseshoe along with Pink Floyd fans Luther Wright & the Wrongs. See feature, page 39.
Arcee with Lil' Jazz
Harbourfront's Brigantine Room (235 Queens Quay West), Saturday ( August 9)
Rhyme-rippin' host of CKLN 88.1's popular Saturday-afternoon hiphop show The Real Frequency, Arcee and sidekick DJ Lil' Jazz keep it real at the Masala! Mehndi! Masti! South Asian cultural festival. See feature, page 51.
The 360 Club (326 Queen West), Saturday ( August 9)
Haven't had enough of the Rolling Stones? Check out former Stones guitar great Mick Taylor as he slides his way through their Exile-era classics along with the Beggarz and the Undercurrents.
The Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Monday (August 11)
Be the first on your block to see what NME is drooling about when Australia's answer to the Strokes snarl their way through Stonesy rockers and Oasisish ballads from their upcoming Get Born (Elektra) disc at the 'Shoe. See feature, page 42.
Tori Amos, Ben Folds
Molson Amphitheatre, Wednesday ( August 13) Did Tori Amos and Ben Folds plan a joint tour just so they could dub their shows "Lottapianos"? Find out when the quirky key-bashers roll into the Amphitheatre Wednesday night. Bring your lighter: you don't want to be left out when Folds wails his way through Brick for the umpteenth time.