Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), tonight (Thursday, May 5)
Stellar Brithop MC Roots Manuva promises to raise the roof at Lee's Palace, but if your mom won't let you stay out that late you can still get him to sign your graf sketchbook at the Soundscapes in-store at 6 pm. See feature, page 67.
Valery Gore, Royal Wood
Supermarket (268 Augusta), tonight (Thursday, May 5)
Suffering from a dearth of ivory-tinklers in your life? Check out a pair of cabaret-fabulous purveyors of piano pop at Supermarket, where Royal Wood helps Six Shooter newbie Valery Gore launch her new disc. See disc reviews, page 72.
Over The Top w/Amy Millan, Jon-Rae & the River
Poor Alex Theatre (296 Brunswick), Friday (May 6)
Stars' not-so-secret weapon Amy Millan previews her long-threatened solo album with Jon-Rae & the River and new Arts & Crafts signees Most Serene Republic as part of the Over The Top festival.
Cursed CD release party
The 360 (326 Queen West), Friday (May 6)
Since local hardcore heathens Cursed only play Toronto shows twice a year, now would be the time to experience the full blast of their great new Two disc. Be sure to arrive early to catch Fucked Up, who are releasing their new Generation 7-inch. See feature, page 57.
The English Beat
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Wednesday (May 11)
Evidently, it's never too late to join in the ska revival. Just ask Dave Wakeling, the only original member touring with this English Beat repertory group, when they hit the 'Shoe.
Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), Wednesday (May 11)
Haven't downloaded the new Coldplay album yet? No problem - you can hear all of Mr. Paltrow's songs about changing nappies when the Britrock gents hit the Kool Haus.