Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), tonight (Thursday, April 17)
Here’s your chance to hear Memphis garage auteur Jay Reatard preview the tunes from his six-single deal with Matador.
Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Friday (April 18)
Former-carwash-attendant-turned-guitar-slinger Lil’ Ed Williams will rock you ragged with his good-time brand of Chicago blues. Par-tay!
Colin Meloy, Laura Gibson
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Saturday (April 19), 6 pm
Whlle you’re waiting for the Decemberists to release their new folk rock opus, you can spend a night swooning over Colin Meloy while he croons his fave Sam Cooke, Morrissey and Shirley Collins tunes. Get there early for Laura Gibson.
Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), Saturday (April 19)
Those bummed about Dan Bejar not touring with the New Pornographers will be thrilled to know there’ll be a whole night of moods and music from the man who shares more than initials with David Bowie at Lee’s Palace.
Toots and the Maytals
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Tuesday (April 22)
With Toots Hibbert at the Phoenix and the Aggrolites over at Lee’s Palace the same night, it’s coin-flip time for roots reggae fans. Of course, the soulful shouter from Funky Kingston always puts on a dynamite show.