Horseshoe (370 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, March 10)
Post-punk threat the French Kicks, who were onto the Talking Heads throwback shtick long before the Arcade Fire, kick out the quirk jams at the Horseshoe. Get there early.
Geoff Berner CD release party
Oasis (294 College), Friday and Saturday (March 11 and 12)
West Coast accordion achiever Geoff Berner does his best to prove that the squeeze box can be cool during his two-night stand. See feature, page 58.
W. C. Clark
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Saturday (March 12)
If the idea of a Murray McLauchlan strum session at Hugh's Room makes you sleepy, head over to the Dollar instead, where this Texas blues guitar slinger will be rockin' the joint ragged.
Run The Road CD release party
The Richmond (129 Peter), Saturday (March 12)
Get your grime on when UK rising stars like D Double E, Jammer, Ears and Steady Merkin' Sound help celebrate Vice's North American release of the Run The Road comp. Dizzee who? See feature, page 75.
Jens Lekman, the Dating Service, DJ Joel Gibb
Sneaky Dee's (300 College), Sunday (March 13)
Hidden Cameras Maggie MacDonald (the Dating Service) and Joel Gibb introduce suave Swede Jens Lekman's indie pop stylings to Toronto crowds before his new EP drops on Gibb's Evil Evil label. See feature, page 59.
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Sunday (March 13)
If the Futureheads and Franz are just too 2004 for your liking, jump on the Maximo Park bandwagon before the UK new wave/post-punk weeds get nominated for a Mercury Prize.
Mod Club (772 College), Monday (March 14)
Admittedly, the Mod Club isn't really the venue best suited to Marianne Faithfull or her audience, but the raspy-voiced chanteuse should still do well with new material from PJ Harvey and Nick Cave.