Patsy Cline Birthday Party
Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, September 6)
The birthday of late country great Patsy Cline is actually Saturday, but with artists like Dottie Cormier, Russell DeCarle, Oh Susanna and more paying tribute, why wait till the last minute to celebrate? And, hey, why not toast b-day buddy Neko Case, too?
BBQ, Shitt Hottt, Dangerloves, the Big Bang
Rancho Relaxo (300 College), Friday (September 7)
King Khan crony Mark Rodenhizer shakes up the tiny Rancho Relaxo stage with his smokin'-hot BBQ rock 'n' soul party.
Marissa Nadler, Saffron Sect, Castlemusic w/ Ryan Driver
Sneaky Dee's (431 College), Friday (September 7)
Getting tired of hearing all the Joanna Newsom hype? Stay one step ahead of your hipster friends by worshipping psych-folk siren Marissa Nadler now, before everyone else gets on board.
Toronto Islands, Saturday and Sunday (September 8 and 9)
Unless someone discovers a miraculous cure for "exhaustion" between now and Saturday, you won't be seeing Amy Winehouse rock V Fest. But acts like M.I.A., Stars, Metric, Smashing Pumpkins and Björk make the trip to the Islands more than worthwhile. See features, pages 96 and 99.
Hummingbird Centre (1 Front East), Monday (September 10)
Irish folkie heartthrob Damien Rice has deigned to honour the Hummingbird Centre with his presence. Let the swooning begin!
Bill Callahan and band
Music Gallery (197 John), Tuesday and Wednesday (September 11 and 12)
Troubling as it may be that Bill Callahan has forsaken his enigmatic Smog handle, the tentatively upbeat songs from his new Woke On A Whaleheart disc suggest that the change has been for the best.