North Mississippi Allstars, Alvin Youngblood Hart
Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), tonight (Thursday, January 31)
You can bet jam band fans from all over southern Ontario will be making a pilgrimage to Lee’s for the return of the brothers Dickinson. But don’t miss the opening set by guitar slinger Alvin Youngblood Hart, who brought some heat to the shockingly tight Great Debaters soundtrack. Black history month starts right here.
Wintersleep, Russian Futurists
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), tonight (Thursday, January 31)
The unfortunate coincidence of the Sunparlor Players and Jewish Legend playing the Drake may have some of Wintersleep’s crowd flipping coins. But those who wind up at the Phoenix will be glad they saw the Halifax twangers at this high point in their career.
Black Milk, Kardinal Offishall, Saukrates
Sound Academy (11 Polson), Friday (February 1)
The Real Frequency dudes don’t mess around when they put on a hiphop party. With rising Detroit rhyming producer Black Milk sharing the stage with Kardinal Offishall and Saukrates, you know it’s going to be a crazy night.
Nathan Phillips Square, Saturday (February 2)
Why would you want to blow $30 on Hedley when you can see Winnipeg’s Weakerthans at Nathan Phillips for free, then catch the Airfields at Sneaky Dee’s and the Forgotten Rebels at Lee’s – with $12 left from your $30 for beer. Spend wisely.
Drake Hotel (1150 Queen West), Wednesday (February 6)
A couple of years ago, a Cleveland artist who perforned on harp wouldn’t be given a second glance by indie hipsters, but since Joanna Newsom became all the rage, suddenly Baby Dee has an album on Drag City and David Tibet, Marc Almond and Antony Hegarty are lining up to be her MySpace friends. Find out what all the fuss is about.