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This week’s must-see Toronto shows

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Why?, Cryptacize

Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), tonight (Thursday, March 27)

Since backpack hip-hop crew Why? picked up a couple of stray members of Fog, they’ve become a much more imposing live prospect. Watch out.

Crystal Castles, Health

Circa (126 John), Friday (March 28)

Those who couldn’t wrangle tickets for Crystal Castles’ gigs at Wrongbar get another chance to see the NOW cover stars at their Circa show with bruising bashers Health.

Acid Mothers Temple, Danava

Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Friday (March 28)

Most will be going to the Horseshoe to have their brains scattered by the psych assault of Acid Mothers Temple, but don’t miss openers Danava, who kick out an impressive Zeppelinesque wallop of their own.

Gary Louris, Vetiver

Mod Club (722 College), Sunday (March 30)

What’s going to make hearing Gary Louris sing his way through a mid-life crisis bearable is having freak folk dazzlers Vetiver as his backing band and opening act. Can someone say amen?

The Roots

Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), Sunday (March 30)

Be the first in your cipher to hear the new tracks from the Roots’ forthcoming Rising Down album, due April 29.

Minus the Bear, Portugal the Man, Big Sleep

Opera House (735 Queen East), Tuesday (April 1)

Ever wonder whatever happened to all the math rockers? Evidently, groups like Minus the Bear are still thriving in Seattle, where anyone with a guitar who doesn’t play power chords in drop-D tuning is a celebrated hero.

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