Michael Franti & Spearhead
Guvernment (1 Jarvis), tonight (Thursday, November 2)
Michael Franti recently returned from a fact-finding mission to Iraq. You'd better believe you'll hear all about it when he and Spearhead righteously rock the Guvernment. See feature, page 42.
Steve Wynn, Rock Plaza Central, Poppy Seed & Love Explosion
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Saturday (November 4)
...Tick...Tick...Tick. No, that's not a bomb about to detonate; it's the title of Steve Wynn's latest studio album, which the Dream Syndicate frontman will showcase when he swings by the 'Shoe.
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Saturday (November 4)
So she's not big on female songwriters - Bettye LaVette can still sing the hell out of their songs. Watch her add real soul to the works of Fiona Apple, Joan Armatrading and Aimee Mann at Lee's.
Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), Monday (November 6)
If horn-rimmed glasses, mandolins and lit studies are your bag, boy, do the Decemberists have a show for you. Check out the fab tunes from their new Crane Wife album when they rock anthems for the nerdy set at the Kool Haus. See feature, page 46.
Bob Dylan, Foo Fighters
Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), Tuesday (November 7)
Modern Times features some of the best songs on a Bob Dylan album in years - too bad he didn't actually write them. Dylan'll still sing 'em like they're his own at the ACC Tuesday.
Prince Buster, Delroy Williams, Willi Williams, Lynn Taitt Band
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Wednesday (November 8)
Here's a rare chance to see ska, rocksteady and roots reggae legends Prince Buster, Willi Williams and Lynn Taitt, who inspired the genre's 80s revival. See feature, page 48.