Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Friday (July 30)
More than the food will be hot and spicy at Harbourfront as sizzling Cibelle shares a bill with hiphop-schooled Los Angeles groove crew Breakestra.
Xiu Xiu, Lenin I Shumov, Final Fantasy
Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen West), Friday (July 30)
Seattle's confessional sissy assault force Xiu Xiu join similarly minded local outfits Final Fantasy and Lenin I Shumov for an intense evening of indie rock.
Toots and the Maytals
Nathan Phillips Square (Queen at Bay), Sunday (August 1)
Roots reggae greats Toots and the Maytals rock the third annual Irie Music Festival, which runs from July 30 to August 2.
Mighty Sparrow, Ben E. King, John Holt, Maxi Priest, Fab 5
Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), Sunday (August 1)
A Caribana weekend highlight is the Summer Splash Reggae Festival, which includes soca monarch the Mighty Sparrow, soul great Ben E. King and pop reggae heartthrob Maxi Priest.
Amp Fiddler, Afrodizz
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Monday (August 2)
It's a thriller-diller of a doubleheader at Harbourfront with Afrobeat orchestra Afrodizz setting the stage for Detroit funk threat Amp Fiddler.
Wilco, Jim White
Mod Club Theatre (722 College), Tuesday (August 3)
Even with the wise addition of guitarist-for-hire Nels Cline, Wilco may need to resort to choreography and pyrotechnics to avoid being upstaged by charismatic songster Jim White.
Modest Mouse, Wolf Parade
Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), Wednesday (August 4)
Modest Mouse may be getting radio play, but Sub Pop-signed Montreal kooks Wolf Parade may blow the indie darlings to bits when they face off at the Kool Haus.