Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas West), tonight (Thursday, March 24)
Woody Guthrie's storied sidekick, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, brings a lifetime's worth of boxcar-hopping wisdom to Hugh's for a fascinating evening of tall tales and tunes.
Mary Gauthier, Tom Russell, Gretchen Peters
Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas West), Friday (March 25)
This folk star bonanza with marvellous Mary Gauthier, Tom Russell and the great Gretchen Peters should be the roots event of the season. See feature, page 47.
Soundtrack of Our Lives, Matt Mays, American Minor
The Guvernment (1 Jarvis), Saturday (March 26)
So what if Soundtrack's new disc is a huge letdown? The mighty Swedes still put on kickass shows, especially when they've got an opener like Matt Mays to raise the stakes. See cover story, page 44.
By Divine Right, the M's
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Saturday (March 26)
The hippie love gods perpetually smile on By Divine Right, so Jose Contreras and his posse always spread good vibes. See Celebrity Spins, page 50.
The Final Blow Up
El Mocambo (464 Spadina), Saturday (March 26)
Watch the mop-topped set drown their sorrows as they bid farewell to Toronto Mod institution Blow Up with Ladies & Gentlemen, the Diableros and more. See feature, page 47.
Matt Mays & El Torpedo
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Tuesday (March 29)
Nova Scotia's roots rock rebels make their triumphant return to the Horseshoe for a proper unveiling of their brilliant new self-titled Sonic/Warner disc. See cover story, page 44.
Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal
Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), Wednesday (March 30)
It's two times the Josh Homme when the rough-voiced QOTSA frontman does double duty behind the kit in his classic rawk side project, amusingly named openers Eagles of Death Metal.