C-Rayz Walz with 4th Pyramid
El Mocambo (464 Spadina), tonight (Thursday, August 28)
Watch underground rap star C-Rayz Walz work his South Bronx-style freestyle magic at the El Mocambo. See feature, page 59.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Opera House (735 Queen East), Friday (August 29)
Should be interesting to see if New York City nu-wave buzz band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs can live up to their over-the-top hype.
Toronto Urban Music Festival
CNE Bandshell (Exhibition Place), Friday and Saturday ( August 29 and 30), 4-10 pm
The hiphop showcase of the 2003 Toronto Urban Music Festival boasts performances by J-Live, El da Sensei, Wordsworth, Citizen Kane, Dan-E-O, Bless, Mister Roam, the Oddities and others while the R&B showcase on Saturday features Dwele, Jully Black and Melanie Durrant.
Fresh with Frank-N-Dank
Harbourfront's Ann Tindal Stage (235 Queens Quay West), Monday ( September 1), 3 pm
Expect Detroit hellraisers Frank-N-Dank to add some Motor City thrills to Harbourfront's Fresh festival. See feature, page 46.
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Tuesday ( September 2)
Brooding Scots post-rockers Mogwai aren't exactly making Happy Songs For Happy People (as the title of their newest disc claims), but their charming orch-pop will leave you grinning. Björk, Bonnie Prince Billy
Olympic Island, Wednesday (September 3)
Rumour has it that no one could talk Björk out of playing Olympic Island once she heard about the "fairy." Having Bonnie Prince Billy on hand should make for a mystical experience. See Bonnie Prince Billy's Celebrity Spins, page 57.
Dave Matthews Band
Molson Amphitheatre (909 Lakeshore West), Wednesday (September 3)
Shut out of the Jason Mraz and Joe Firstman gig at the Guvernment Thursday? Check out the man who put the whole rockstar fantasy in reach for dull suburban dweebs everywhere.