Born Ruffians EP release
Neutral (349A College), tonight (Thursday, October 19)
With a torrent of hype already awaiting the Warp and XL release of Born Ruffians' self-titled EP, it may not be long before they blow this T.O. popsicle stand in pursuit of bigger stages. Catch 'em while you can. See feature, page 47.
Shrag, the Two Koreas
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), tonight (Thursday, October 19)
Brash Brighton party punk posse Shrag promise a shouty good time at the Silver Dollar, with the Two Koreas unveiling tracks from their top-secret new Altruists album. See feature, page 54.
The Killers, Tin Bangs
Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), Friday (October 20)
Brandon Flowers may be pretending he's traded new wave flamboyance for Springsteenesque arena rock (his new 'stache is proof of his "serious cred), but we're betting the Killers'll whip out glammy faves for the faithful at the Kool Haus.
Xiu Xiu, Dirty Projectors, Congs for Brum
El Mocambo (464 Spadina), Friday (October 20)
Xiu Xiu make up for past musical indiscretions with their fab new S/M-positive The Air Force album, which they'll be showcasing at the El Mo. Prepare for confrontation.
Lady Sovereign, Young Love
Opera House (735 Queen East), Tuesday (October 24)
Locating a middle ground between the sound of Missy Elliott and MIA on her forthcoming Def Jam breakout, Public Warning, could spell big time for Lady Sovereign. See her at the Opera House while you still can.
Los Straitjackets, Pontani Sisters, Kaiser George
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Wednesday (October 25)
Instrumental knuckleheads Los Straitjackets throw a twist party with the world-famous Pontani Sisters - and you're invited! Wear your snazziest Mexican wrestling mask and join in the rockin' fun.