The Ponys, the Black Lips
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), tonight (Thursday, March 29)
The Ponys may need more than an act of God to hold their own alongside Atlanta Dirty South house-rockers the Black Lips, whose antics have gotten them banned from several venues.
DJ Gilles Peterson, SoulJazz Orchestra
The Next Level (11 Polson), tonight (Thursday, March 29)
The last time UK celebrity DJ Gilles Peterson hit Toronto, he didn't bring his records with him and played Jason Palma's vinyl instead. Hopefully, promoter Gani will bring along some great records just in case.
Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe), Friday (March 30)
After hearing her most famous songs being butchered nightly on American Idol, it should be sweet relief to hear the Queen of Soul sing them as they should be performed.
Michael Weston King, Kelly Joe Phelps
Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas West), Friday (March 30)
Kelly Joe Phelps may be the headliner on this roots-rock double bill, but the real attraction is soulful Birmingham song stylist Michael Weston King, who counts Ron Sexsmith as a fan.
Exclaim Spring Fling tour
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Wednesday (April 4)
With francophone indie rock heroes Malajube, Montreal's Champion, electro-pop slicksters Chromeo and Vancouver dance-rock threats You Say Party! We Say Die! on board, this year's version of Exclaim's cross-country tour should be the show of the week.
Adult., Erase Errata, Parts & Labour
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Wednesday (April 4)
This week's electro-punk extravaganza should motivate us all to don white belts in solemn remembrance of all the fashion victims we've lost since the demise of electroclash.