Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas West), tonight (Thursday, January 6)
Get the new year off to a jazzy start with novelist/screenwriter Paul Quarrington and his Porkbelly Futures combo featuring guest guitarist Ali Jennings.
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Friday (January 7)
There's a certain high-energy attack associated with Texas blues guitar aces, and Sherman Robertson's got it goin' on. Don't miss this rare local appearance. See Celebrity Spins.
The Midways and the Glads single release party
Rivoli (332 Queen West), Friday (January 7)
Join local garage rock rippers the Midways and the Glads in celebrating the release of their stormin' new split 7-inch single with the Pauls. See feature.
Creaking Tree String Quartet
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Saturday (January 8)
The Juno-nominated acoustic roots wizards show off the more improvisational side of their fusionist chambergrass chops and launch their brand new Side Two disc at the Silver Dollar. See feature.
The Rizdales, Col. Tom Parker
Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick), Saturday (January 8)
Those whose taste for twang tends toward the traditional side of country should stop by the Tranzac, where the Rizdales will be cuttin' loose with the Backstabbers' Col. Tom Parker.
Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Unearth, Damn 13
Arrow Hall (6900 Airport Road, Mississauga), Sunday (January 9)
Masked malcontents of alt-metal Slipknot roll into town for an explosive Sunday-night throwdown.
Wavelength w/ Feuermusik, Men in Love
Sneaky Dee's (431 College), Sunday (January 9)
Make 2005 your year to support indie upstarts before Pitchfork uses and abuses 'em and catch Rockets Red Glare members' incendiary Feuermusik and the fucked up jazzy buzz of Men in Love.