Silver Apples, Barzin
Music Gallery (197 John), tonight (Thursday, May 1)
Get your Over The Top festival weekend off to a bleeping great start with electro-rock innovator Simeon Coxe and his fab Silver Apples, who inspired the new Portishead album. True!
Ricoh Coliseum (100 Princes’ Blvd), tonight (Thursday, May 1)
Yes, we were wondering whatever happened to the Verve ourselves. Rumour has it they’ve been in the studio, so count on hearing a few new tunes before they get around to Bittersweet Symphony.
Foals, Sebastien Grainger
Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), Friday (May 2)
Getting called the “new Radiohead” sounds more like an insult than a compliment, but you’ll find the full-on Foals attack at Lee’s very refreshing nevertheless. See feature, page 44.
Jeff Healey: A Celebration
Sound Academy (11 Polson), Saturday (May 3)
It promises to be a memorable night. Randy Bachman, Colin James, Cream’s Jack Bruce and Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan head up an all-star benefit tribute to the music of guitar great Jeff Healey. See Q&A, page 62.
The Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Monday (May 5)
They’ve done it! Somehow they’ve come up with a cute Scandinavian singer of innocuous pop ditties that even jaded hipsters can love. Find out what all the Robyn hubbub is about. (see feature page 48)
Crowded House, Don McGlashan
Music Hall (147 Danforth), Wednesday and Thursday (May 7 and 8)
It’s night one of a two-night stand for well-loved Antipodean pop thrillers Crowded House, who’ve decided to play more intimate venues while finishing up a new disc. No complaints here.