Nathan Lawr, Eric Chenaux and the Minotaur Orchestra
Music Gallery (197 John), tonight (Thursday, March 18)
Ambitious ex-Royal City drummer beefs up his solo stuff with a full-on orchestra. See feature, this page.
Shameless Magazine fundraiser
El Mocambo upstairs (464 Spadina), tonight (Thursday, March 18)
Atmospheric brooders Les Six, all-girl surf rockers Z-Rays, b-girl crew Shebang! and DJ Will Munro are some of the solid femme-friendly talent at this all-ages funder for the cool feminist girls' mag.
The Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Saturday (March 20)
His royal Bobness is playing three different venues this weekend, but his appearance at the relatively intimate Phoenix offers the best bet for lip-reading once the mumbling begins. See Disc Reviews, page 56.
Ninja Tune's Zentertaiment
Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay), Saturday (March 20)
Calling all turntable headz: Ninja Tune's travelling road show promises a head-nodding beat barrage from Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, Bonobo, Sixtoo and Blockhead.
Brave New Waves party
Drake Hotel (1150 Queen West), Saturday (March 20)
Celebrate two decades of the CBC new music show with Les Georges Leningrad, Captain Easychord, Great Lake Swimmers and other talent from the Canadian hipster underground. See Celebrity Spins page 50.
Delgados, Malcolm Middleton, Sluts of Trust
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Monday (March 22)
This triple threat of mopey Scottish indie lads will make you feel better about yourself.
Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East), Wednesday (March 24)
The fabulous singer summit of global proportions returns with Jane Bunnett's Spirits of Havana backing Emeline Michel, Monica Freire, Suba Sankaran, Catarina Cardeal, Oumou Soumaré and Caridad Cruz. Don't miss this stellar one-off benefit event. See feature, page 42.