Neil Young, Pegi Young
Massey Hall (178 Victoria), tonight (Thursday, November 29)
Now that Neil Young and his crew have had a couple of nights to work out the kinks, this would be a great time to see the Canuck icon. Just don't bother hollering for your favourites because Young isn't playing requests.
Catherine MacLellan, Royal Wood
Music Gallery (197 John), tonight (Thursday, November 29)
Can't afford those scalpers' prices to see Neil Young? Why not head over to the Music Gallery and catch rising Halifax-based folk star Catherine MacLellan (yes, she's Gene's daughter) before she starts playing hockey arenas.
Raekwon, U-God, Gza of the Wu-Tang Clan
The Big Sexy (39 King East, Oshawa), Friday (November 30)
Yeah, we know that this show is in Oshawa, but seeing the Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon, Gza and U-God together onstage might be worth a Friday-night road trip.
Madlib, Percee P, Peanut Butter Wolf, Karriem Riggins, J Rocc
Opera House (735 Queen East), Saturday (December 1)
Even without Guilty Simpson on the bill, this Stones Throw showcase with Madlib and Percee P will still pack a heavy punch.
Loudon Wainwright III
Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas West), Sunday (December 2)
He may not show up in black tights and heavy eyeliner crooning Judy Garland tunes but Rufus Wainwright's old man, actor/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, can still put on a helluva entertaining show with just an acoustic guitar. Ever hear him get down with Dead Skunk? Some serious shit right there.