Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), today (Thursday, July 14)
Why would Bruce Springsteen tour with the E Street Band if he can fill the ACC himself and avoid splitting the take? In any case, it'll be good to hear the Boss strumming those old Nebraska tunes again.
Spitfires & Mayflowers, October Guard, Guest Bedroom
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Thursday (July 14)
It's a high-energy hat trick at the Silver Dollar when jangle-pop goofballs Spitfires & Mayflowers face off against manic indie pals October Guard and Guest Bedroom. Bring yer dancing sneakers. See feature, page 52.
Daara J, Tinariwen
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Friday (July 15)
It's another fabulous free mini-festival at Harbourfront this weekend. A Feast Of Global Sounds features Senegalese hiphop upstarts Daara J and Malian Afro-rock rebels Tinariwen. Don't miss it. See cover story, page 46.
Ready Or Not CD release w/ Billy Robinson, Kathryn Moses
Harbourfront's Brigantine Room (235 Queens Quay West), Saturday (July 16)
Spiritual saxophone supremo Billy Robinson and his quartet are joined by scat-singing flutist Kathryn Moses to launch the Ready Or Not comp of rare Canuck jazz. See feature, page 68.
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Sunday (July 17)
They said it'd never happen, but Lou Barlow and J Mascis have buried the hatchet for this indie rock miracle of a Dinosaur Jr. reunion. Pray the truce lasts until Monday.
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Tuesday (July 19)
Taking a short break from his non-stop studio work, Bill Frisell teams up with banjo-picking buddy Danny Barnes, violinist Jenny Scheinman, steel guitar god Greg Leisz and local fave David Piltch for a highly strung hoedown. See feature, page 54.