The Sadies, the Good Brothers
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Friday and Saturday (September 8 and 9)
It's a full-on family affair when Dallas and Travis Good's dad and uncles show up to help the country-rockin' Sadies launch their fab new Sadies In Concert Vol. 1 disc at the Horseshoe - but if mom Margaret's around, chances are she'll steal the show.
Will "Quantic" Holland
Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen West), Saturday (September 9)
Back from recent trips to Colombia, Puerto Rico and Ethiopia, the man behind the Quantic Soul Orchestra shares some of the scorching tracks he picked up on his travels at A Man Called Warwick's Turning Point party.
Rogue Wave, the Grates
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Saturday (September 9)
Cali indie popsters Rogue Wave may be the ones with an O.C. endorsement behind them, but our money's on Brisbane bounders the Grates to blow the headliners off the stage with their effervescent melodies.
Toronto Island, Saturday and Sunday (September 9 and 10)
The Canuck edition of kajillionaire Richard Branson's superfest touches down on the Toronto Islands, featuring so many killer acts we'd need three more columns to list 'em all. See features, pages 100 and 123, and Celebrity Spins, page 108.
Catfish Haven, Birdmonster, Goodbye Boris Yeltsin
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Monday (September 11)
Raised on a diet of rich, dirty Southern soul, George Hunter and his fellow weeds in Catfish Haven may look like Chicago indie nerds, but their raw bluesy lurch will convince you they've dropped in from a Delta juke joint.
Mastodon, Converge, the Bronx
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Tuesday (September 12)
Suffering from an over-saturation of indie hipster limp-wristedness during Virgin Fest week? Look no further than the wallop of heaviosity at this Phoenix metal hat trick.