El-P, Y@k Ballz, Hangar 18, Slow Suicide Stimulus
Opera House (735 Queen East), tonight (Thursday, May 3)
Dust off those backpacks and get ready to nod your head to the jams of Rhymesayers ripper El-P, who's joined by the underappreciated Y@k Ballz.
Over The Top Fest
Various venues, tonight (Thursday) through Sunday (May 3-6)
Eric Warner's bringing tons of hot indie talent in for this year's instalment of his Over The Top Fest, but make sure to set aside time Sunday for the rare appearance of songster savant Daniel Johnston at the Mod Club.
Ron Sexsmith, Amy Millan
Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Friday (May 4)
Maybe the promise of sharing royalties from his co-penned Brandy Alexander track on Feist's new disc will be enough to add a little zip to Ron Sexsmith's Massey Hall performance. Amy Millan's sweet opening set should help. See Q&A online at www.nowtoronto.com.
Peter Björn & John, Fujiya & Miyagi, Au Revoir Simone
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Sunday (May 6)
Spring may be in the air, but you'll want to wear your sweaters for the Scando-pop warm fuzzies of Peter Björn & John.
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Tuesday (May 8)
Not just for hipsters any more, apparently, LCD Soundsystem promises to rock all their fans those who wear tight pants as well as those who still favour relaxed-fit trousers at the Phoenix.