Music Gallery (197 John), tonight (Thursday, June 3)
Those classy cello parts on albums by Celine Dion and Sarah McLachlan didn't play themselves. Kevin Fox is joined by a big orchestra to show you how it's done.
Lee's Palace (783 College), tonight (Thursday, June 3)
Halifax hiphop hero Sixtoo breaks out of the conventional sampling straitjacket with his psych epic Chewing On Glass & Other Miracle Cures (Ninja Tune), which he'll unveil at Lee's Palace with P-Love.
James Brown, Jacksoul
Molson Amphitheatre (909 Lakeshore West), Saturday (June 5)
Sure, James Brown has seen some rough times recently, but the Godfather of Soul, aka the Minister of New New Super Heavy Funk, always puts on a spectacle. You can bank on it.
Trans Am, Bobby Conn
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Tuesday (June 8)
Mullet chic may be as last year as, well, electro-punk, but the glitchy shapeshifters in Trans Am know that hating on Dubya never goes out of style. Check out their nihilistically rockin' anti-hegemonic new tunes when they hit Lee's Palace Tuesday.
Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas West), Tuesday (June 8)
The stellar jazz saxophonist/flautist builds on her Afro-Cuban concept with an exploration of folk idioms on her adventurous Red Dragonfly (aka Tomba) disc, which she'll be showcasing with the Penderecki String Quartet during a two-night Hugh's stand.
DKT/MC5, C'mon, Raving Mojos, Laika & the Cosmonauts
The Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Wednesday (June 9)
The North By Northeast 2004 music fest launches in explosive style with a show by the reunited members of Detroit rock icons the MC5 joined by guests Mark Arm of Mudhoney, Marshall Crenshaw and Evan Dando.