Japanther, DD/MM/YYYY, Think About Life, Video Hippos
• Sneaky Dee's (431 College), tonight (Thursday, May 4)
Start your Over The Top festival crawl off right with a dance-punk blast from NYC's Japanther at Sneaky Dee's, and don't miss Kid 606 and Ninja High School, also at Sneaky Dee's, on Friday. See feature, page 52.
Phatt al, King Latifah, Mark McKay, the Word People
• El Mocambo (464 Spadina), Friday (May 5)
On your way to the Necro show at the Opera House Friday, why not stop by the El Mo and show Phatt al some respect as the Rodney Dangerfield of the Toronto hiphop scene celebrates the release of his party-starting new disc.
• Opera House (735 Queen East), Saturday (May 6)
These tour-crazy roadhogs spend so much time rocking Scandinavian music fests, there's rarely a chance to see them in a decent-sized local venue, so by all means, seize this opportunity to get down with Danko.
• Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Saturday (May 6)
To launch the Life And Hard Times Of Guy Terrifico DVD, Flashing Lights frontman Matt Murphy puts on the cowboy shirt and flared denims of his alter ego for a night of elbow-bending honky-tonk revelry. Should be a hoot to holler about for days to come.
Mary Gauthier, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Johnny Irion
• Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas West), Monday (May 8)
Few singers on the folk scene can match the spellbinding power of Mary Gauthier's engrossing narratives, and with the fab Sarah Lee Guthrie on the bill, this would be the show to see.
• St. Lawrence Centre (27 Front East), Wednesday (May 10)
Ever wonder where Death Cab for Cutie got their name? It's from a Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band song written by Monty Python collaborator Neil Innes, aka Ron Nasty of Beatles parody band the Rutles. Innes is sure to have a wealth of wacky tunes that Python fans will find highly entertaining.