• Horseshoe (370 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, February 9)
A funny thing happened on the way to a Lyle Lovett gig in Ottawa - Flatlander Joe Ely decided to make a T.O. stopover and play some acoustic songs in honour of the 'Shoe's 58th birthday.
Wavelength sixth anniversary
• Speakeasy (120 Church), tonight (Thursday, February 9)
Three hundred Sundays later, the weekly indie rock social is still going strong, and the assembled rock brain trust at tonight's Speakeasy panel discussion try to figure out why. Anagram, Republic of Safety and other great bands provide musical relief. See T.O. Music Notes.
Closer To The Heart benefit
• Club 279 (279 Yonge), Friday (February 10)
The Regent Park School of Music is a pretty magical phenomenon. When else are you gonna see Esthero, DFA1979's Sebastien Grainger and Gowan getting down in the same room? Do it for the kids.
Devin the Dude, DJ Rapid Ric
Reverb (504 Queen West), Saturday (February 11)
Houston hiphop hotshot Devin the Dude shows why he's Dr. Dre's second-favourite rapper at the Reverb.
Angry Angles, Brutal Knights
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Tuesday (February 14)
Sick to the pants with all the unbearably sweet Valentine's hoopla? Add some aggro to your hearts 'n' flowers holiday with Atlanta's snarly Angry Angles, who'll rock you assless.
Final Fantasy, Gentleman Reg, the Two Koreas
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Wednesday (February 15)
It may be billed as a funder for the avant-garde Images Festival, but it's really an effeminate boys' night out. Get your fey on with the fine-boned fellas from Final Fantasy, Gentleman Reg and the Two Koreas.
Revival (783 College), Wednesday (February 15)
Don't miss jazz sax sensation Chris Potter in this cold-weather preview of the summer's Downtown Jazz Festival.