Distillery District (55 Mill), tonight (Thursday, July 8) .
Guitar slinger extraordinaire Sékou "Diamond Fingers" Diabaté leads Bembeya Jazz in a Guinean groove getdown at the Global Café fest.
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, July 8)
Believe it or not, Nuggets-era garage punk Fred Cole of Lollipop Shoppe and Weeds infamy is still swingin' with Dead Moon, who present the tough-rockin' tunes from their latest disc, Dead Ahead.
Mystery Girls, Sunday Sinners
Oasis (294 College), Friday (July 9)
Stand back while Green Bay punk rock 'n' roll rippers blast away the Wisconsin cheesehead stereotypes. See feature, page 48.
Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas West), Friday (July 9)
The so-called "brothel blues orchestra" bring the beautifully ragged back-porch Tom Waits tunes from their new Our Precious City disc to Hugh's Room as part of the Scream Literary Gala.
9th Wonder, DJ Serious, Nick Holder, DJ P-Plus, Dee Jay Nav
Roxy Blu (12 Brant), Friday (July 9)
Currently hot North Carolina hiphop producer 9th Wonder spins at Expansions the night before Little Brother raise the roof at Harbourfront's Beats, Breaks And Culture festival.
Queen's Park (Queen's Park Circle), Saturday and Sunday (July 10 and 11)
This year's version of Afrofest could be the biggest ever, boasting free performances by the Sakala Brothers, Lorraine and Thandie Klaasen, Mansa Sissoko, Neway Debebe and many others.
The Ponys, the Two Koreas
Sneaky Dee's (431 College), Tuesday (July 13)
Television-obsessed (the band, not the appliance) Chicago hotshots the Ponys are joined by local Fall-obsessed (the band, not the season) music-critics-cum-band-geeks the Two Koreas for an art punk bonanza.