Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Friday (March 23)
As the Dinosaur Jr. reunion has shown, the attractive force of money is much stronger than the repellent force of hate. Make it worthwhile for Lou Barlow to suffer through one more Sebadoh show with his original bandmates.
Ice Age party w/Creeping Nobodies, the Guest Bedroom and others
Concord Café (937 Bloor West), Friday (March 23)
Why save those whites for the next Haitian voodoo ceremony when you can wear them proudly at the Ice Age party with the Creeping Nobodies in celebration of the Guest Bedroom's new Movement CD? See Local Player, page 58.
The Roots, Zaki Ibrahim
Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), Saturday (March 24)
Not many hiphop bands can pull off what they do in the studio onstage, but the Roots are one of the select few who can kick out the jams with authority. See cover, page 46.
Bloc Party, Albert Hammond Jr., Sebastien Grainger
Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), Sunday (March 25)
Their recent Weekend In The City CD may be a snore, but Brits Bloc Party may be able to keep you awake by pulling out hits from the Silent Alarm vaults. See Talking Toronto, page 53.
The BossHoss, the Screwed
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Sunday (March 25)
Germany + John Wayne films = country music? Trust us, it'll all make sense when you see these Stetson-wearing knuckleheads twang up Toxic and Hey Ya at the Horseshoe.
Mary Gauthier, Eliza Gilkyson
Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas West), Monday and Tuesday (March 26-27)
The recordings of rough-cut singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier are amazing enough, but hearing 'em live is an altogether different experience you need to have first-hand.