Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Friday (April 23)
Sure, it's only April, but get ready to sweat as Georgia-born soul shouter Sharon Jones and her deadly Dap Kings bring the funk to Lee's Palace.
Ricoh Coliseum (100 Princes' Blvd), Friday (April 23)
It's always an event when Düsseldorf's finest stage one of their grand multimedia performances, but their current retrospective show should be an extra special treat for long-time Kraftwerk fans. See feature, page 50.
Damien Rice, the Frames
Convocation Hall (31 King's College Circle), Friday (April 23)
No doubt the Sebadoh reunion show over at the Horseshoe will cut into Damien Rice's ticket sales, but the Irish heartthrob's return engagement should be packed silly with the swooning faithful nonetheless.
Winter Garden Theatre (189 Yonge), Monday (April 26)
The faux foliage at the Winter Garden should provide a fitting backdrop for Sarah Harmer's chilled-out tunes for the his 'n' hers Saab crowd. See cover story, page 46.
Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas West), Tuesday (April 27)
Perennial Canfolk underdog hopes to be seven times lucky with his new Retriever disc. Show him some support at Hugh's Room Monday and Tuesday.
Def Jux Tour w/ SA Smash, Murs, and the Perceptionists
Funhaus (526 Queen West), Wednesday (April 28)
The big draw for this backpacker deluxe Def Jux getdown is the union of Mr. Lif, Fakts One and Akrobatik as the Perceptionists, but don't be surprised if Murs steals the show.
Opera House (735 Queen East), Wednesday (April 28)
Though it's been years since the industrial-strength noise merchants destroyed any buildings, you can always count on a few spontaneous kicks at any Einsturzende Neubaten bash.