Ted Leo/Pharmacists, Electrelane
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, March 25)
Witness the bizarre marriage of opposites when the raw, jangly punk tunes of New Jersey's other favourite son, Ted Leo, clash with Electrelane's all-girl indie kraut weirdness. See feature, this page, and DVD review, page 52.
El Mocambo (464 Spadina), tonight (Thursday, March 25)
Nellie McKay's much-hyped SXSW appearances weren't that special, but perhaps the "potty-mouthed Norah Jones" just needs her own stage to stretch out.
Royce Da 5'9'
Funhaus (526 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, March 25)
Rising hiphop roughneck Royce Da 5'9' lets fly some battle rhymes over dope beats from his great Death Is Certain (KOCH) disc, but don't count on Slim Shady dropping in. See feature, this page.
Movement featuring Seiji
Roxy Blu (12 Brant), Friday (March 26)
Bugz in the Attic's Seiji busts out the broken beats in a highly anticipated DJ set as part of Movement with John Kong, Dee Jay Nav, Jason Palma and Aki. Don't miss this one.
Eccodek, DJ Medicineman
Drake Hotel (1150 Queen West), Friday (March 26)
Dubby Afrobeat from Guelph? Sounds weird, but Andrew McPherson (aka Eccodek) pulls it off. Witness the implausible at the Drake this Friday.
Midways, Blue Demons, Nick Flanagan
Rivoli (332 Queen West), Saturday (March 27)
Rock 'n' roll returns to the Rivoli with a slam-bang release party for the Midways' new Pay More And Get A Good Seat (Fuzzy Logic), opened by NOW's Nick Flanagan.
Pretty Girls Make Graves, Constantines
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Wednesday (March 31)
East meets West when the Seattle post-punk poster kids and Guelph golden boys the Cons kick out the jams at the Phoenix.