Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe), tonight (Thursday, January 15)
With everyone else doing standards albums, B.B. King didn't want to be left out, so he released Reflections, his own take on the trendy concept. Expect to hear the blues icon's wistful renditions of I Love You (For Sentimental Reasons) and What A Wonderful World at Roy Thomson Hall.
Raoul and the Big Time
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Friday (January 16)
Local blues crew Raoul and the Big Time celebrate the release of their swank new Cold Outside (Big Time Records) disc, and they couldn't have picked a better time for it.
Required Listening Session w/Circle Research, DJ Serious
Roxy Blu (12 Brant), Friday (January 16)
Astro and Nix of Circle Research join DJ Serious, John Kong and DJ Fase kicking off the new monthly Required Listening Session showcasing the best and brightest of the Toronto dance club and hiphop scene. See feature, page 45.
The Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Saturday (January 17)
Sweet 'n' sensitive singer/songwriter will make the indie kids swoon when he brings his string-drenched Now, More Than Ever disc to the 'Shoe.
Shy Child, Sick Lipstick
Sneaky Dee's (431 College), Saturday (January 17)
Rush-worshipping Williamsburg synth duo Shy Child introduce the hipster crowd to the pleasures of prog rock. See feature, page 32.
Jayhawks, Josh Rouse
The Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Tuesday (January 20)
Shake off the slushy doldrums of 40-below weather with this double bill of sunny alt-country rock from Americana sweethearts.
Anti-Flag, Against Me!, None More Black
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Wednesday ( January 21)
Get ready to raise your fists when righteously indignant political punks Anti-Flag lead an agit-prop Fat Wreck punk rock invasion into the Phoenix. See feature, page 34.