Soundscapes (572 College), today (Thursday, May 19), 5 pm
Malevolent mover Johnny Dowd returns to the Horseshoe with his thrilling brand of musical mayhem tonight, but if you've got plans to see Jenny Whiteley at Hugh's Room, catch Dowd for free at Soundscapes at 5 pm.
Raised by Swans
Rivoli (332 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, May 19)
The indie rock outfit - whom weewerk's Phil Klygo considers London, ON's answer to Broken Social Scene - launch their debut disc at the Riv.
Nels Cline Singers
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Friday (May 20)
The happy consequence of the annual Victoriaville festival is that cool experimental groups like the Nels Cline Singers play the Silver Dollar. Rad.
DJ Serious, D-Sisive, Theology 3
Supermarket (268 Augusta), Friday (May 20)
Toronto hiphop producer DJ Serious fires up his laptop and presents music from his awesome new Cold Tea album with unruly guests D-Sisive, Theo 3 and tons more. See feature, page 75.
LCD Soundsystem, MIA
Opera House (735 Queen East), Saturday (May 21)
Find out if James Murphy really is losing his edge when LCD Soundsystem try to fight off the serious upstage threat of MIA backed by Diplo.
Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet
Rivoli (332 Queen West), Saturday (May 21), 6 pm
Prepare to be overwhelmed by the onslaught of Peter Brötzmann's tuba-enhanced Chicago Tentet, blasting full-on improvisation- style at the Rivoli. See feature, page 53.
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Sunday (May 22)
Rambunctious Michigan rippers Wolf Eyes unleash a paint-peeling torrent of pure heaviosity at the 'Shoe. Bring earplugs. See feature, page 51.