Gurf Morlix, Sam Baker
• Rivoli (332 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, August 17)
Fans of Texas twang won't wanna miss this rare doubleheader with former Lucinda Williams sideman/guitarist Gurf Morlix and the stellar Sam Baker.
• Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), Saturday (August 19)
You may not know it from his G-rated films, but Ice Cube was actually on the ground floor of the gangsta rap explosion, as you'll discover when he blasts through his back catalogue at Kool Haus. See cover story, page 44.
Billy Bryans benefit
• Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas West), Sunday (August 20)
Join Molly Johnson, the Parachute Club, Samba Squad, Madagascar Slim, Alberto Alberto and other musical friends of Billy Bryans, and help offer the ailing T.O. scenester both emotional and financial support. See Q&A, page 30.
• Reverb (651 Queen West), Monday (August 21)
Now that respected DJ Cut Chemist is out of the picture, it could spell trouble for Jurassic 5, and their recent Dave Matthews collabo is no less worrisome. But aren't you just a little curious to see if they can still put on an exciting live show?
Mary J. Blige, LeToya
• Molson Amphitheatre (909 Lakeshore West), Tuesday (August 22)
Considering LeToya's album is at number one on the charts, perhaps wig-happy Mary J. Blige should be the opener on their cross-continent neo-soul revue. Discover if Blige still has what it takes. See feature, page 48.
Foo Fighters, Frank Black
• Hummingbird Centre (1 Front East), Wednesday (August 23)
Though it might seem strange to see the Foo Fighters at a ballet venue, Dave Grohl and crew will find the acoustics of the Hummingbird Centre well suited to the softer side of last year's two-CD set, In Your Honor. A solo Frank Black might even out-rock them. See feature, page 53.