Modey Lemon, Shonen Knife
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, October 30)
It's a study in rock 'n' roll contrasts when hard-rockin' Pittsburgh posse the Modey Lemon get nasty with sweet-as-sugar Osaka bubblegum garage charmers Shonen Knife at the 'Shoe. See feature, page 56.
Matt Sharp, Tegan & Sara
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), tonight (Thursday, October 30)
Weezer bassist and ex-Rental Matt Sharp's wistful down-home ballads are the perfect antidote to the snarly sibling attitude of twin enfants terribles rock tarts Tegan & Sara.
Burning, Red Ants
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Friday (October 31)
The Killer Elite's Mike Gribben and NOW contributor Nick Flanagan unveil their new Burning project, preceded by a special stand-up comic showdown between Flanagan and club booker Dan Burke.
The Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Saturday (November 1)
Georgia roughnecks return with another kick-ass triple guitar onslaught.
Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), Monday (November 3)
Irreverent goofballs Gene and Dean Ween bring the puerile havoc of their new Quebec disc to the Kool Haus.
British Sea Power
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Monday ( November 3)
You won't want to miss these rowdy Brighton post-punk eccentrics, whose live shows can include a stage outfitted with flora and fauna, wacky military garb and diatribes on bird culture. See feature, page 46.
Atmosphere, Brother Ali
The Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Tuesday (November 4)
Minneapolis backpack hiphop heroes Atmosphere - featuring the soul-baring rhymes of Slug - rock the Phoenix with Brother Ali. See feature, page 97.
Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), Wednesday ( November 5)
You'll need a hankie to wipe up the puddles of drool from teenaged girls and their moms when Grammy winner John Mayer grunts out Your Body Is A Wonderland for the umpteenth time. See feature, page 48.