Kiran Ahluwalia record release party
Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas West), tonight (Thursday, June 2)
Juno-winning contemporary ghazal stylist Kiran Ahluwalia presents the entrancing songs from her new self-titled recording for Triloka at Hugh's Room tonight. If you miss it, she's also appearing at Birchcliff Bluffs United Church on Saturday (June 4).
Matt Mays & El Torpedo
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Friday (June 3)
As a warm-up for Tuesday's White Ribbon Benefit concert, road-tested roots rock rising star Matt Mays raises the Lee's Palace roof with his amped-up El Torpedo homeboys. Should be a blast.
The Raveonettes, the Peels
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Saturday (June 4)
Now that the Raveonettes have added a dash of Velvet Underground to their Jesus and Mary Chain obsession, the grea..., er, reasonably good Danes may be able to thwart an upstage attempt by the Peels.
Opera House (735 Queen East), Sunday (June 5)
No longer the top bananas at Merge, Austin's Spoon try to regain some of the status they lost to the Arcade Fire by winning over the Opera House crowd. See feature, page 42.
White Ribbon Benefit Concert
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Tuesday (June 7)
Get out your white arm bands! With new management and a newly Jeff Martin-free roster, this year's star-studded edition of the concert to end men's violence against women, with Shawn Hewitt, Ron Sexsmith and others, should be the best yet. See feature, page 52.
Clorox Girls, Fucked Up, Brutal Knights, Career Suicide
Cinecycle (129 Spadina), Tuesday (June 7)
This time around, Portland punks the Clorox Girls hope to leave with more than a couple of pairs of women's designer jeans for their house-rocking efforts. See feature, page 45.