Rancho Relaxo (300 College), tonight (Thursday, July 31)
Find out what the producer behind Sam Roberts, the High Dials and the Dears gets up to on his own when Joseph Donovan brings his atmospheric gloom-pop band the Receivers to town. See feature, page 42.
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Saturday (August 2)
The Welsh soul singer is still trying to shrug off the Winehouse comparisons and avoid getting lost in the onslaught of Brit R&B revivalists, but she's managing to carve out a niche for herself with strong live performances and a healthy amount of wholesome charm.
The Black Keys, the Kills
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Sunday (August 3)
The deconstructed blues of the Black Keys goes up against the Kills' angular post-punk ruckus in a battle for modern garage rock supremacy. If you're kicking yourself for not driving down to Lollapalooza, you can take comfort in the fact that both bands will sound better at a club gig like this.
Mod Club (722 College), Monday (August 4)
Whether you buy into the Daft Punk revival or not, don't let their connection to Sebastien Tellier's new album, Sexuality, dissuade you from checking out the quirky French pop singer. His tracks aren't disposable electro-house club bangers. See feature, page 34.
The Go! Team, CSS, Natalie Portman's Shaved Head
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Tuesday (August 5)
Some of the top indie dance bands of the moment come together for a night of synth pop and electro-punk excitement.3