Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas West), tonight (Thursday, October 12)
Check out singer/songwriter Jenny Whiteley as the Crazy Strings graduate unveils the fantastic songs from her new Dear album.
Horseshoe (370 Horseshoe), Friday (October 13)
Though the dark tunes on her new Springtime Can Kill You disc might make you think Jolie Holland's a downer, you'll change your mind after the Texas-bred siren's smokin' show at the 'Shoe. See cover story, page 54.
Convocation Hall (100 King's College Circle), Saturday (October 14)
Sure, you know his songs, but until you've seen Randy Newman perform them live you've only got half the story. Don't miss it.
Badly Drawn Boy
Mod Club (722 College), Saturday (October 14)
Since he started making music, Damon Gough has tried to live up to the high-water mark set by Bruce Springsteen, and his new Born In The U.K. album could finally be the realization of his Badly Drawn Boss dream. Decide for yourself when he previews material from the disc at the Mod Club.
Ricoh Coliseum (100 Princes' Blvd), Monday (October 16)
Have you had an E-meter test lately? Either way, don't be a suppressive personality and get your Dianetic fix with the most delightfully dark tunes this side of the Celebrity Centre, courtesy of Beck. Bonus: you may even get sexally reoriented in the process!
Drive-By Truckers, the Drams
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Wednesday (October 18)
They may hail from the South and play rip-snortin' rock, but don't you dare call Drive-By Truckers a Southern rock band. See feature, page 60.