Sonic Youth, Hair Police, Sunburned Hand of the Man
Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), tonight (Thursday, August 5)
Like the music they make, Sonic Youth's handle grows more irrelevant with each passing year. On the upside, their live shows are rarely as dull as the studio recordings they're pushing.
King Cobb Steelie, Barmitzvah Brothers
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Friday (August 6)
Witness two generations of Royal City indie rock action when Guelph's gods of dub pop celebrate the release of their new Destroy All Codes disc with thrift-store kidlets the Barmitzvah Brothers.
Buck 65, Death from Above 1979, Sloan, Sam Roberts, Broken Social Scene and more
Olympic Island, Saturday (August 7)
Sans Lollapalooza, the Canuck Olympic Island shindig stands to be this summer's blockbuster outdoor rock show.
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Saturday (August 7)
Harp-honking blues rocker Lazy Lester is the man behind I'm A Lover, Not A Fighter - but don't test him or you're liable to get a Crawley-style beat-down.
A.C. Newman, Rogue Wave
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Sunday (August 8)
Nothing to do Sunday? Spend it with New Pornographers mastermind Carl "A.C." Newman and indie pop upstarts Rogue Wave.
The Cure, Interpol, Head Automatica, the Rapture and more
Molson Amphitheatre (909 Lakeshore West), Monday (August 9)
A splendid theme bill pairs the Cure with every band who's bitten their shit. Get your mope on.
Jill Scott, Matisse & the Playground
Guvernment (722 College), Tuesday (August 10)
Be the first on your block to hear the soulful songs from Jill Scott's forthcoming Beautifully Human disc.