Germans, Bocce, Faceless Lazers
Sneaky Dee's (431 College), tonight (Thursday, December 14)
The ace Cape Fear disc from Toronto's own Germans won't be officially released by Arena Rock until February, so if you're on College, stop by for a Sneaky Dee's peak at what's in store. See feature, this page.
Alexisonfire, Fucked Up
The Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Friday (December 15)
They just might be the most powerful punk rock band in Canada right now, so you have to admire Alexisonfire's huevos to hire the amazing Fucked Up as openers. See cover story, page 60.
Elliott Brood, Sunparlour Players, the Acorn
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Friday (December 15)
Calling all technophobes: it's beating-on-suitcases night at Lee's, with the delightfully bent Elliott Brood joined by the equally snazzy Sunparlour Players and the Acorn for a pleasant racket.
Catfish Haven, Vicious Fishes, Staggered Crossing, Matthew Genovese
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Saturday (December 16)
The sweet indie-soul sounds of Catfish Haven have earned the Chicago roughnecks breathless raves from Pitchfork, but in spite of that, it's still worth seeing them work out onstage.
Howe Gelb and the 'Sno Angel Project
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Sunday (December 17)
Don't count on hearing any yuletide faves, but Howe Gelb's inspired collaboration with Ottawa's 11-piece Voices of Praise gospel choir promises to be the spiritually uplifting show of the week. See feature, page 62.
Andy Kim, Stabilo, Emm Gryner, Serena Ryder, the Bicycles
The Mod Club (722 College), Wednesday (December 20), 7 pm
If you haven't yet had your fill of Christmas cheer, the always entertaining Andy Kim and guests Serena Ryder, Emm Gryner and the Bicycles will get you in the ho-ho-holiday spirit.