Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), tonight (Thursday, August 30)
Mos Def's former partner in rhyme sets the Phoenix on fire with the smokin' tracks from his new Eardrum disc, arguably the best work of his solo career.
Neil Hamburger, Nick Flanagan, Daiquiri
El Mocambo (464 Spadina), Friday (August 31)
Underground comedy might not be a musical event, but you won't find a more entertaining show this week than this yuk-fest with Drag City-signed stand-up Neil Hamburger and local punk prankster Nick Flanagan. Let the laughs (and appalled silences) begin!
Toronto Urban Music Festival
CNE Bandshell Park (Exhibition Place), Saturday (September 1)
Join Pharoahe Monch, JDiggs, Ayah, Sick Sound Syndrome and more for this year's edition of the outdoor rap and R&B throwdown that's become Canada's largest urban music fest.
Land of Talk, Cloud Cult
El Mocambo (464 Spadina), Tuesday (September 4)
Midwestern experimental indie collective Cloud Cult, who boast the dubious honour of being named 04's artist of the year at the Minnesota Music Awards, prep the El Mo crowd for the righteously ragged assault of Montreal power trio Land of Talk.
Tusks, Bruce Peninsula, Snailhouse
Tranzac (292 Brunswick), Wednesday (September 5)
Atmospheric guitar alert! Sandro Perri's Wombat Wednesdays series continues with post-Kepler non-pandering pop ensemble Tusks, Mike Feuerstack's Snailhouse and choral indie crew Bruce Peninsula.