Matt Mays, Cass McCombs, Mates of State
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, September 25)
Starry-eyed lovebirds Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel bring Mates of State's indie rock romance to the 'Shoe. Don't miss Halifax surfer boy Matt Mays and new old-school singer/songwriter Cass McCombs.
Stink Mitt, Rocket Tits, Vollrath
360 (326 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, September 25)
Although hilariously raunchy, Stink Mitt's new Teenage USA disc really doesn't come close to the bodacious big-hair-and-spandex action of their electro-hop live shows. Smell the Mitt.
Tracy and the Plastics
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Friday (September 26)
What's not to love about a no-wave Olympia post-riot grrrl who performs with herself in video triplicate? Wynne Greenwood sends up video art, Valley Girls and art punk at Vazaleen's queer rock throwdown.
Jane's Addiction, Ima Robot
Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Saturday (September 27)
Now that the glory days of Lollapalooza are but a pot-hazed memory, Perry Farrell and his band of merry alt-rock bashers have moved on to much posher digs. Relive the insanity in swank red velvet seats. See feature, page 62.
Polyphonic Spree, the Starlight Mints, Corn Mo
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Monday (September 29)
Let your inner sun shine out with divine Dallas rock choir the Polyphonic Spree. BYOR (bring your own robes). See feature, page 61.
Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), Tuesday ( September 30)
It's career retrospective time for alt-rock kingpins, so last call for Man On The Moon, Stand, Losing My Religion, etc. See feature, page 61.
Alejandro Escovedo benefit
El Mocambo (464 Spadina), Wednesday ( October 1)
Local roots scenesters including Chris Tait, Bob Egan, John Borra, Gord Cumming and Alun Piggins salute the superlative songcraft of Alejandro Escovedo at this fab funder. See feature, page 62.