Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra, Polmo Polpo
Clinton's (693 Bloor West), tonight (Thursday, January 22)
The three-piece Godspeed spinoff formerly known as A Silver Mt. Zion explodes into a full-blown post-rock orchestra replete with strings and "Tra-La-La choir." Get there early to catch local ambient electronic mastermind Polmo Polpo with a full band. See feature.
John Rae Fletcher, Mark Sexareeno's Bar-B-Q, the Pauls
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), tonight (Thursday, January 22)
Be the first on your block to catch the awesome alt-country/gospel 'n' roll stylings of newly transplanted ex-Van City rocker John Rae Fletcher, and check out indie math rock squad the Pauls while you're at it.
Graffiti's (170 Baldwin), Friday (January 23)
Dig the self-styled "death country" attack of banjo-led local threesome Elliott Brood celebrating the release of their delightfully dark Tin Type EP.
Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas West), Friday (January 23)
Not hearing enough Tuvan throat-singing? Check out the masters of the art, Huun-Huur-Tu, making a rare club appearance at Lula Lounge.
Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas), Sunday (January 25)
Folksinger/songwriter and guitar teacher Jason Fowler demonstrates he's got compositional skills to match the impressive flat-picking chops on his new Temporary Ground disc.
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Wednesday (January 28)
Illustrious Yank ye-ye chanteuse April March brings the bilingual bounce of her Triggers disc to the renovated Lee's Palace. See feature
Maximilian Hecker, Barbara Morgenstern
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Wednesday ( January 28)
Sensitive Kitty-Yo label crooner Maximilian Hecker joins electronic threat Barbara Morgenstern for Deutsche delights at the Neue Musik Aus Berlin showcase. See feature, page 57.