Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas West), tonight (Thursday, September 22)
What an incredible coup for the Small World Festival to have hot Brazilian actor Seu Jorge (City Of God, The Life Aquatic, House Of Sand) fly in to unveil his great new Cru (Wrasse) disc backed by his funky samba-soul combo. Don't miss this one. See feature.
El Mocambo (464 Spadina), tonight (Thursday, September 22)
Prepare for an alien invasion as the jumpsuited Polysics bring their highly Devolved style of quirky synth rock to the El Mocambo. See feature.
Deadly Snakes CD release
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Friday (September 23)
It should be interesting to see how the Deadly Snakes pull off the string-enhanced songs from their ambitious new Porcella (Paper Bag) disc onstage. Find out at Lee's Palace.
Benefit for Hurricane Victims
Distillery District (55 Mill), Sunday (September 25)
Join the stars of Toronto's jazz community - including Jane Bunnett, Hilario Duran, Bill King, Alex Pangman, Jaymz Bee, Nick Ali, Richard Underhill and more - in a benefit concert whose proceeds go to the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic, which provides health-care assistance to musicians and their families.
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Monday (September 26)
While Mom, Dad and their boomer buddies are out helping the Rolling Stones remember their hits, why not sneak over to the Phoenix and get down and dir-tay with M.I.A.?
Metric, Jason Collett, Lovely Feathers
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Wednesday (September 28)
Indie rock's got its sexy back, and we have Metric's Emily Haines to thank. Watch her get busy with their new Live It Out disc alongside Jason Collett and Montreal's fab Lovely Feathers. See feature.