Joe McPhee, Victor Bateman, Michael Keith, Rob Piilonen, Deep Dark United
Music Gallery (197 John), tonight (Thursday, September 21)
The inaugural X Avant new music festival gets off to a scorching start with legendary multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, but be sure to also check out Tony Conrad on Saturday night at the same venue. See feature, page 56.
Holy Fuck, Shout Out Out Out Out, Land of Talk
Mod Club (722 College), Friday (September 22)
Beans pals Holy Fuck head up a killer triple bill of danceable rock for kids who can't dance. Show up early to catch rising Montreal power trio Land of Talk, who'll be playing much bigger venues before you know it.
Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar
Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe),
Saturday (September 23) postponed. Rescheduled for Oct 23, 2007. All tickets will be honoured at the rescheduled date
It's father-and-daughter sitar night at Roy Thomson Hall! Grab your paternal figure and bask in the sweet South Asian sounds of maestro Shankar and his foxy offspring. Unfortunately, Norah Jones won't make the scene.
Lambchop, Apostle of Hustle, Tosca Strings
Mod Club (722 College), Sunday (September 24)
Maybe hearing Nashville's twangy outsiders perform the virtually chorus-free songs from their recent Damaged disc will shed new light on the music. If not, at least you're sure to hear a handful of older (and better) tunes... we hope.
Music Hall (147 Danforth), Sunday (September 24)
Back in town to continue plugging his pricey retrospective box set, Britain's Bard of Barking Billy Bragg preaches to the choir on the Danforth. Bring on the tunes about Blair and Bush!
Be Your Own Pet, Black Lips
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Monday (September 25)
Even if their founding drummer hadn't split, Nashville teens Be Your Own Pet would still have a tough time following the crazy antics of the Black Lips. Get there in time to see the dick tricks. See feature, page 63.