Animal Collective, First Nation, Barr
• Opera House (735 Queen East), tonight (Thursday, February 23)
Even if electro-folk weirdos Animal Collective decide not to dress up in fancy stagewear, you'd better believe the fur will still be flying when they're joined by geek-hop renegade Barr at the Opera House.
Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), Friday and Saturday (February 24 and 25)
You won't hear songs from Emily Haines's hard-to-find solo debut at Metric's two-night Kool Haus stand, but rumour has it the rare recording recently went for a whopping $189 on eBay.... Drinks are on Emily's mom.
Show Do Man, Tamzir Seck, Jean Baptiste Fojeba
• Tranzac (292 Brunswick), Friday (February 24)
Celebrate Black History Month with Bana Y'Africa's winter festival, featuring searing soukous from Show Do Man, Cameroonian swinger Jean Baptiste Fojeba and Senegal's high-steppin' Tamzir Seck.
• Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Saturday (February 25)
Backpack hiphoppers beware: L.A.'s microphone master Aceyalone has some booty-bumpin' new RJD2 beats - and perhaps a whole new look. Find out what the hell's going on at the Phoenix.
Belle & Sebastian, New Pornographers
• Docks (11 Polson), Saturday (February 25)
The sensitive phase might finally be over for Belle & Sebastian since Stuart Murdoch's discovery of T-Rex. Let's see whether Glasgow's other band is prepared to throw off the cardigans live.
Docks (11 Polson), Wednesday (March 1)
Warm up for Canadian Music Week by bobbing along with the swoony dream-pop of indie success story Stars, who beef up the lineup of this year's CMW Indie awards.