Ralph Irizarry & SonCafé
Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas West), tonight (Thursday, October 6)
The leaves may be changing colours, but the classic Afro-Cuban grooves of powerhouse Latin timbalero Ralph Irizarry and his swinging SonCafé posse will have you sweating at Lula Lounge. One for the dancers.
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, October 6)
It's always a roof-raiser when Deke Dickerson picks up his guitar. If his new solo disc is any indication, fans of hillbilly rock'n' roll and old-school country picking are in for a rare treat.
DJ Format with Abdominal and D-Sisive
Supermarket (268 Augusta), Friday (October 7)
UK-based mid-school hiphop flame-keeper DJ Format brings the funky boom bap to the Supermarket, while MCs Abdominal and D-Sisive drop side-splitting science. Can you say parrr-tay? See feature, page 75.
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Saturday (October 8)
Not only does Saturday's Rise benefit offer the perverse pleasure of seeing unlikely musical bedfellows the Sadies, Deadly Snakes and the Hidden Cameras on the same bill, but all the proceeds go to musicians displaced by Katrina. See T.O. Music Notes, page 73.
New Pornographers, Destroyer, Immaculate Machine
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Sunday (October 9)
Carl "A.C." Newman keeps it in the family by letting his long-lost niece (and newest Pornographer) Kathryn Calder and her Immaculate Machine crew open for the revered indie pop heroes at the Phoenix. See feature, page 54.
Dungen, Mia Doi Todd
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Tuesday (October 11)
Unlikely as it might seem, Dungen - a Scandinavian folk-psych group singing exclusively in Swedish - are one of the biggest buzz bands going right now. See feature, page 60.