Bloc Party, Deerhoof, Smoosh
Ricoh Coliseum (Exhibition Place), Friday (September 28)
No, the boomy Ricoh Coliseum isn't really the best venue to enjoy the subtle eccentricities of Deerhoof and Smoosh, but now that Bloc Party has hit the mainstream, better get used to seeing them all in sports arenas.
Bat for Lashes, Lewis and Clarke
Mocambo (464 Spadina), Friday (September 28)
With the Mercury Prize-nominated Fur & Gold disc earning Bat for Lashes huge critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, former nursery school teacher Natasha Khan and her entrancing crew are about to break big. Catch them at the El Mo while you can.
Hot Springs, Mark Inside, Action Makes
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Saturday (September 29)
If the rockin' new disc from Les Hot Springs is any indication, the parade of great Montreal bands is not letting up. Their bill with local hombres Action Makes and the Mark Inside should help you forget the one that done you wrong.
The Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Wednesday (October 3)
Why blow $67.75 to see the mighty Hives play a short opening set for those Maroon 5 twerps at the ACC when you can experience the full impact of the Swedelic ascot rockers' forthcoming album up close and personal at the Phoenix? Go for it.