Moka Only, the Quartertones, DJ Serious
The Drake, tonight (Thursday, August 18)
Perhaps best known for his collaborations with Swollen Members, Moka Only refocuses on his solo career with The Desired Effect, on which the Vancouver rapper takes a daring step toward pop. See cover story, page 46.
Schoolyard Heroes, Bayside, Vendetta Red
El Mocambo (464 Spadina), tonight (Thursday, August 18)
Seattle's Schoolyard Heroes may look like fresh-faced high school students, but don't be fooled by those crested uniforms. These kids pack a nasty horrorcore wallop. See feature, page 52.
Three Gut anniversary party
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Saturday (August 20)
After the afternoon warm-up Three Gut farewell party with Jim Guthrie, Gentleman Reg and members of Royal City at the the Tranzac, wipe away those tears for the main event at Lee's with the Constantines, Oneida, Kinski and Oakley Hall. See feature, page 52.
Safe & Sound benefit w/Guest Bedroom, Scandalnavia, Cougar Party, Galaxy and others
Sneaky Dee's, Saturday (August 20)
Local scene rising stars the Guest Bedroom join forces with Scandalnavia, Cougar Party and others to raise money for Interval House women's shelter. See T.O. Music Notes, page 66.
Reverb (651 Queen West), Sunday (August 21)
It's the triumphant return of the Left Coast hiphop underground: Hieroglyphics crew members Souls of Mischief, Casual, Pep Love, Non Phixion, O.C. and the Boom Bap Project take over the Reverb for one roof-raising night. Don't miss it.
Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick
The Docks (11 Polson), Monday (August 22)
Okay, so playing with snakes and guillotines isn't all that shocking any more. Alice Cooper should still be able to rock the Docks with Cheap Trick helping out. See feature, page 53.